Music Review: Ludo

Pritam’s decent soundtrack works even better after you’ve watched the film

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Music Review: Ludo

Ludo, directed by Anurag Basu, has been making waves ever since it released on Netflix. Viewers have appreciated the performances as much as the unusual hyperlinked narrative. Ludo marks another collaboration between Basu and composer Pritam Chakraborty, who always seems to reserve his whimsical best for Basu's madcap narratives. And this album is no different.


Aabaad Barbaad
Singer: Arijit Singh
Composer: Pritam
Lyrics: Sandeep Srivastava

Arijit Singh kickstarts this soundtrack with his mellifluous vocals, as he croons the upbeat Aabaad Barbaad. Pay attention to the sublime lyrics by Sandeep Srivastava, and you understand that this is not another random song about love, but about the addictive qualities of a kind of one-sided love for someone else. Pritam adds a touch of sarangi in the middle portions, to what is essentially a breezy track filled with piano notes and whimsical flute notes.


Hardum Humdum
Singers: Arijit Singh, Shilpa Rao
Composer: Pritam
Lyrics: Sayeed Quadri

Sayeed Quadri, who has written the lyrics for many tracks by Pritam in the past, returns to form with this soulful number that actually can be defined as the heartbeat of Ludo. With lyrics like, “Kitna hoon chahta kaise kahun tujhe, saaya tera dikhe toh chum loon usse”, Quadri is the real winner of this track. While Arijit Singh croons two versions of the track, including the better-sounding version used in the film, do watch out for Shilpa Rao's solo version that is hauntingly beautiful.


Meri Tum Ho
Singers: Jubin Nautiyal, Ash King
Composer: Pritam
Lyrics: Sandeep Srivastava, Shloke Lal

Meri Tum Ho is a trademark Pritam number that reminds you a lot about the kind of innocence and soulful was that was present in Basu's previous films such as Barfi and Jagga Jasoos. In fact, I was reminded of Nikhil D'Souza's sublime Main Kya Karoon from Barfi while listening to this number. Very easy on the ears, it has equally soothing lyrics by Sandeep Srivastava and Shloke Lal. The unplugged version of the song is good too.


Dil Julaha
Singer: Darshan Raval
Composer: Pritam
Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire

A whimsical number that is a staple in every Anurag Basu film post-Barfi, Dil Julaha talks about “matters of the heart” in the most playful way possible. Darshan Raval brings Swanand Kirkire's fun lyrics to life with his zesty vocals. This song, however, works even better after you’ve watched the film.

Bafflingly, the producers have left out at least three tracks which were there in the film. Nevertheless, Ludo's soundtrack suits the crazy narrative of the film and is another winning entry in the list of Pritam-Anurag Basu collaborations. While Hardum Humdum is the song of the album, the other three tracks do not disappoint at all. The best part is that these songs are of the type that will grow on you over time.


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