Vishal Bhardwaj


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Maqbool was an ambitious project for Vishal Bhardwaj. Despite the high critical acclaim showered on the movie, it did not perform well at the box office. This is further paralleled by its soundtrack. Given the director/composer's earlier accomplishments in music direction with Maachis and Satya, Maqbool did not impress as much, yet it still displays a heavy tinge of Bhardwaj's creative superiority -- his ability to work seamlessly with Eastern and Western influences and blend them into a uniquely styled melodic output can be witnessed throughout this soundtrack. Moreover, with the bar of ingenuity raised so high (as expected with Bhardwaj), each song can be ranked according to its own soul: "Ru-Ba-Ru" for its Sufism; "Jhin Min Jhini" as a traditional marriage song; "Rone Do" for its grim melancholy; and "Chingari" for its dark, poetic, and sensuous quality. However, his second Shakespearean saga, Omkara, hits the bull's eye better for being both a commercial success and artistic masterpiece.

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