After the musical successes of Lage Raho Munna Bhai and Parineeta, Shantanu Moitra returns with another musical rhapsody, Eklavya--The Royal Guard. Though the music of the film hasn't released as yet, the traliors give a glimpse of the film's music which, in one word, is soulful.
Eklavya, perhaps, is one of those rare Bollywood films in which the music is used to set the mood thereby increasing the overall impact of the film, rather than just functioning as fillers.
The epic film, which releases on February 16, has a typical Rajasthani backdrop of a rajwada. The same desert flavour is reflected in the music which is haunting and reminds you of other musical classics like Lekin and Paheli.
Another interesting point to note is that Vidhu Vinod Chopra had recorded the music of the film six months in advance of the filming so that he could use the music while shooting the film.
Moitra's brilliance is clearly revealed in the way he has used mere sound-effects - such as the whistle of a steam engine, the trotting of a camel or the sound of a moving train - and fused them into both, the background score and the songs themselves, and made them a part of the melody.
As per the promos, Chanda Re is the most prominent song of the film. It is a soft, melodious number in which the cadences of the flute are overwhelming. Picturised on Vidya Balan, this song is blessed with a classical feel and its crisp laidback energy reminds you of Moitra's brilliant compositions for Chopra’s Parineeta.
The Love Theme -- picturised on Saif's meeting with his childhood sweetheat Vidya after a gap of several years -- is an instrumental arranged beautifully arround one alaap. The tune sounds old-wordly, conforming to the mood and setting of the film and creates an effect of timelessness, of an echo resounding from the days of yore.
The music of Eklavya is certainly another milestone in Shantanu Moitra's career.