Top 15 Ajay-Atul Songs
Ajay-Atul are stars in their own right of Marathi cinema. They have been composing beautiful music for a while now and have also been the rare Marathi composers who have successfully crossed over into the Hindi film industry. Their recent album, Sairat, has also become a rage, so I thought it wouldn’t be a bad idea to list my favorite 15 songs of them.This post is not a review of their music, as my knowledge of music is pretty limited, but it is just an attempt to explore the music composed by them over the years which has made them hugely popular in Maharashtra.I am going chronologically.
So, here we go:
These two have a penchant for belting out dance numbers and they strike gold with Zhingat. Ajay-Atul have weaved magic here, especially with those wacky lyrics. This sure to replace Shantabai in all marathi weddings this year.
Sairat Zaala ji
The fantastic duosoar to new heights with this song. The composition is just top quality here. This more of a haunting melody with such sweeping orchestration. The have put this combination to great effect.
Their second big project in Marathi after Natrang and many are of the opinion that it surpasses Natrang in versatility and skill. The flute piece in the beginning of the song will melt even the most unreceptive to music. A playful romantic song, the Sairat album starts with a bang.
Adhir Man Zhale
Ajay-Atul are highly versatile composers with no particular kind of song out of reach for them. Here they show they can compose these soft melodies with ease. Nilkhant Master is the only marathi film they did in the year 2015 which had a few other lovely songs as well. This though is my favourite.
Tujhya Pirticha Vinchu
Their return to marathi cinema after the popular Agneepath was no less popular than their last marathi album before this, Natrang. Fandry was a festival hit and it had no songs. The behemoth marathi production house Zee picked it up and came up with a brilliant marketing idea to promote the film with a song and that too by Ajay-Atul. The lyrics here too are written by Ajay-Atul.
Natrang was a wildly popular album with nearly every song as good as another. But in my books Apsara Ali pips all others to become the best song of the album. The orchestration here is just gorgeous. BelaShende low and soft vocals create a great base on which the chorus soars high. One of Ajay-Atul’s best songs!
Ajay-Atul made it clear that deep, contemplative songs are not out of their reach either. If they could compose a catchy ‘Vajle Ki Bara’, they were also capable enough to compose this song with depth and emotion.
Wajle Ki Bara
Natrang soared Ajay-Atul’s popularity to gigantic proportions in Maharashtra. Ajay also developed a reputation as a singer by crooning songs like ‘Khel Mandala’ in the album. Zee also helped their cause by going all-out on the promotion of the songs and the film. This song fits into the traditional lavani song which is loved by all in Mahrashtra. The naughty yet rustic lyrics by Guru Thakur played a major role in the popularity of the song. ‘Mala ZauDya Na Ghari, Ata Vajle Ki Bara’ can be roughly translated to ‘Let me go home, as the clock has struck twelve’. Again, the live version here is more enjoyable.
Sung expertly by Hariharan and Shreya Ghosal this is probably Ajay-Atul’s finest song. The sensuality and the gorgeous cinematography by Sanjay Jadhav take it to an altogether different level. The depth, the diversity, the ingenuity and, most importantly, the passion for their music that Ajay-Atul have is very clear from the above.
Jogwa won the duo critical acclaim in the form of a national award for the best music directors. This song is a ‘gondhal’ which is a traditional folk form of dramatic narration of mythical stories.The song is about the Goddess Yellamma which is being sung by the ‘devadasis’ in the film. Ajay himself has lent his voice to the song.
Ajay-Atul proved from this song that sweet ‘Dil Hain Chota Sa’ type numbers are also not out of their reach. This upbeat number from the Rajshri film ‘Gojiri’ has been sung by Vaishali Samant and the charming lyrics are written by Soumitra(Kishore Kadam).
This one is an apt example of their composing talent. The indigenous use of various sounds is very impressive. Wonderfully written by Sandeep Khare, the song is supposed to be a ‘lagingeet’ the type of songs which are sung during wedding ceremonies. This live version probably enhances the beauty of the song.
The original version of Chikni-Chameli. A completely crazy track. This showed that they could compose wacky tunes too. The absolutely wild lyrics by Jitendra Joshi is in my opinion what makes the Hindi version pale in comparsion to this one. Interestingly, Jitendra Joshi has also written the deeply romantic lyrics for the Sonu Nigam song Cham Cham in Striker. Also, AnandShinde’s voice is quite helpful in adding to the craziness in KombadiPallali. In the hindi version Sunidhi’s voice might have been more effective. Notice the crowd going wild.
Man Udhan Varyache
The duo also composed original songs for Aga BaiArechya which was their ticket to fame. This song is easily one of their most loved songs. Soulfully sung by noted singer Shankar Mahadevan and the beautiful lyrics are written by Guru Thakur. The song has been nicely shot too.
This is a song from Ajay-Atul’s first album ‘Vishwavinayak’. Also sung by both of them, the words of the songs are traditional folk. Ram GopalVerma helped them launch this album as they were also giving music for his Gayab then. KedarShinde has very nicely used it in his enjoyable film Aga BaiArechya which was an adaptation of the Hollywood film ‘What Women Want’.