The soundtrack begins with the popular devotional song, Raghupati raghav. The song appeals only in parts. The recurring bass wobbles à la dubstep seem contrived. Aiyo ji, combines a beautiful folksy tune with drum and bass, and breakbeat. It is reminiscent of Sona Mohapatra’s hit from Talaash (2012) — Jiya lage na. However, its remixed version, a house track, does nothing to add to the original’s appeal. The stale synth sounds and predictable crescendos are indicative of unintelligent producers at work.
In today’s age, when electronica has assumed the form of an uncontrollable leviathan and the ratio of composers to DJs is almost 1:200, it is criminal to release such stale matter. Raske bhare, a bandish with a groove, is a pleasing track. However, the overly sensuous female voice doing the ‘bols’ (read dha dha dhin..) could have been avoided.
Surprisingly, its club sounds quite enchanting. Janta rocks, sounds convincing only for the first 20 seconds. After that, it fails miserably in attempting to sound like an anthem. The exuberance of the song seems in dissonance with its aimed vibe of a social satire.
If you want to know why many indie musicians steer clear of Bollywood music composing, listen to, Hum bhole the. The song is a classic example of how the compulsions to churning out a masala song can wring the life out of a healthy, soulful song even as the composers try to sound all socially relevant and aam-admi-ki-awaaz-like. Too bad Indian Ocean took their chance here. Satyagraha’s soundtrack seems all over the place.