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Parmanu song 'Shubh Din': Celebratory, but not auspicious enough

A little more effort from lyricist Vayu; music composers Sachin-Jigar; and singers Keerthi Sagathia and Jyotica Tangri, could have resulted in a more welcoming song.

Mayur Lookhar

The trailer of Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran was impressive for it spelt out the story and its mission clearly. It promised a gripping, intense feature that is also packed with punch lines.

Now, you would wonder if a film that tells the story of India's nuclear bomb tests of 1998 in Pokhran, Rajasthan, will have songs. In fact, a reliable source had once informed to us that there will be no songs in the John Abraham, Diana Penty, Boman Irani-starrer.  The film might not have a song in it, but it for sure has a promotional track — 'Shubh Din'.

Most of the visuals from the trailer have been rearranged and incorporated in the promotional song.

The day India successfully completed its nuclear testing was indeed a shubh din (an auspicious day). However, there is nothing much to celebrate about the 'Shubh Din' song. The music and lyrics in the beginning are fine, but after half a minute or so, your interest fades.

Rajasthan is known for its folk music and hospitality that for centuries has been celebrated through the 'Kesariya Balam' folk song. Lyricist Vayu, perhaps, had the 'Kesariya Balam' spirit in his heart, but unfortuntely, he couldn’t translate that spirit into the 'Shubh Din' song. His attempt to welcome the ausipicious day, like the Rajasthanis welcome their guests, is barely convincing.

Singer Keerthi Sagathia's voice has both energy and the Rajasthani flavour, while Jyotica Tangri has very few lines to croon, and is only convicing in parts.

A little more effort from the lyricist, music composers Sachin-Jigar, and the singers, could have resulted in a more welcoming song.

Sachin-Jigar needed to put in more effort in composing the music, and should have gotten more out of Vayu. The length (1 minute, 57 seconds) of the song is too small. You have John's dialogues in between too, so there is not much lyrics, limiting the scope of the singers.

Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran, directed by Abhishek Sharma, will be released on 25 May.

Watch the song here:

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