Looking back at Manmarziyaan: How Anurag Kashyap used songs as narrative tools
Siddarth Srinivas -
Choked, Anurag Kashyap’s latest film is now live as a new release during the lockdown. But sometime back, the filmmaker came up with a worthy romantic drama in Manmarziyaan, which bombed at the box office but later picked up it's own following. The film is loved for lots of reasons, but the most important one is Amit Trivedi’s music, which fits like a T to the film’s proceedings. Anurag’s fabulous use of music to elevate his storyline is a work of art, which deserves to be revisited now. Here are five examples of how songs were used as a narrative tool in the film.
Dhyaanchand – The happiness
Vicky Kaushal and Tapsee’s opposing characters merge beautifully in this lively number that is shot on the streets with loads of colour and a happy vibe. Anurag starts to establish the duality in the film through the dancing twins, while Vicky Kaushal’s energy dominates and takes in all our attention. Notably, the director solved the issue of public folk looking into the camera during the shoot, by making them wear sunglasses.
Grey Waala Shade – The fun of love
This is another beautiful song that opens up the world of love that Vicky Kaushal and Tapsee’s characters find themselves in. This song also makes use of the dancing sisters, while the lyrics skip into the real feelings that the characters share. An underrated number to date.
Daryaa – The failure
The pain of two individuals on different sides of marriage are exposed here, with the relationship between Vicky and Tapsee breaking down and bringing out the sorrow. The issues peaking within the family also come into play.
Sacchi Mohabbat – The honeymooners
Here, Anurag uses a slow, emotional song to dive deeper into the feeling of an awkward newly married couple. Abhishek Bachchan’s high levels of tolerance are put forth here. The interesting part is how Anurag, who had stuck to the twin sisters in the first half, changes lines by depicting a pair of twin brothers here.
Hallaa – The disappointment
Abhishek Bachchan did full justice to his character in the film, and this song is an example of the same, showcasing one of the most powerful moments in the screenplay. Amit Trivedi’s haunting music is more than enough to convey the tough situation of the character, and Anurag uses that to best effect.
If you are thinking of watching Manmarziyaan tonight, catch the film on Zee5. English subtitles are available too, look no further.