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Naam Shabana’s 'Zinda' song lacks life and soul

Though the lyrics are inspiring, the poor music by Rochak Kohli and Sunidhi Chauhan’s average singing suck the life out of Zinda.

Mayur Lookhar

The makers of Taapsee Pannu’s Naam Shabana rolled out 'Zinda', an inspirational number penned by Manoj Muntashir. While the trailer of the film received a positive response, the same cannot be said about the film's music. 

In the trailer, we had seen how Shabana (Pannu) is left scarred by a tragedy and this number perhaps is her first step towards repairing her shattered soul. The song shows how Shabana trains hard to become a secret agent.

The mukhda (intro) 'Aankhon ke paani main sapney toh nahi doobtey, dil pe jo kharashi hai, tujhko yeh tarashi hai, koi toh kahani hai joh waqt ko sunani hai' shows promises, but it quickly meanders to the average 'Zinda hoon abhi, baki hoon abhi, dekho is rag main thodisi roshni hai abhi'.

Muntashir's lyrics are often backed by good music, for example 'Teri Galiyan' from Ek Villain (2014).  However, the same cannot be said about 'Zinda', composed by Rochak Kohli. Kohli has failed to complement the inspirational lyrics with inspiring music.

The word zinda immediately reminds you of similar inspirational tracks like 'Zinda Hoon Yaar' from Lootera (2013) and 'Abhi Muhjhme Kahin' from Hrithik Roshan’s Agneepath (2012) — both of which were penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya.

It would be naïve to say that Sunidhi Chauhan is past her prime, but the singer is no longer getting the chartbusters by the dozens. The poor music has perhaps made her task difficult too, and she’s clearly not at her best.

The only thing inspiring about the song is Pannu. She has an electrifying smile, but Pannu does well to wipe the dimple off her face while enacting intense and sombre roles. Watch the video song purely for the grieving intensity in her eyes.