Two years of 'Gangubai Kathiawadi': Revisiting the film's soulful soundtrack

25 February,2024 11:36 AM IST |  Mumbai  |  mid-day online correspondent

Two years of `Gangubai Kathiawadi`: We bring to you the top soulful soundtracks from the film, which you would love to revisit

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As Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' marks its second anniversary, it's not just the compelling narrative and stunning visuals that are being remembered, but also the soul-stirring music that accompanied this cinematic masterpiece. Bhansali, renowned for his immaculate attention to detail and love for classic Indian instruments, once again demonstrated his musical prowess as a director with this unforgettable soundtrack.

The 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' album stands out as a testament to Bhansali's commitment to creating music that not only complements the narrative but also stands tall as a work of art in itself. Let's revisit some of the standout tracks that have left an indelible mark on listeners' hearts:

1. 'Meri Jaan'

A haunting melody that captures the essence of longing and resilience, 'Meri Jaan' is a testament to Bhansali's ability to evoke raw emotions through music. Neeti Mohan's soulful rendition adds layers of depth to this poignant composition, making it a standout track in the album.

2. 'Jhume Re Gori'

With its infectious rhythm and vibrant orchestration, 'Jhume Re Gori' transports listeners to the vibrant streets of Kathiawad, where Gangubai's spirit shines bright amidst adversity. The folk-inspired beats and lively vocals make this track an instant favorite, reflecting Bhansali's penchant for infusing traditional elements into his music.

3. 'Dholida'

A celebratory ode to love and festivity, 'Dholida' is a joyous composition that encapsulates the exuberance of Gujarati folk music. Rich with energetic beats and colorful instrumentation, this song is a testament to Bhansali's ability to create music that resonates with the masses while maintaining its artistic integrity.

4. 'Jab Saiyaan'

A mesmerizing song sung by the immensely talented Shreya Ghosal that explores the nuances of love and longing, 'Jab Saiyaan' is a gem in the 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' soundtrack. With its soul-stirring lyrics and ethereal vocals, this track captures the bittersweet essence of romance, leaving a lasting impression on listeners.

5. 'Shikayat'

An evocative ballad that tugs at the heartstrings, 'Shikayat' is a poignant reflection combined with Bhansali's evocative composition that creates a hauntingly beautiful melody that lingers long after the song ends.

Alia Bhatt played the role of Gangubai in 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' which revolves around a maiden sold by a suitor into prostitution and how she becomes a prominent and celebrated figure in the underworld and Kamathipua red-light district.

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