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Prassthanam title song: Dev Negi's anthem lacks fire in the battle for Sanjay Dutt's legacy


Written and composed by Farhad Samji, the song is sung by Dev Negi. 

Shriram Iyengar

Every complex political drama deserves a proper anthem to keep the fire burning. With Prassthanam (2019), the title track in Dev Negi's voice is tasked with the job.

However, despite the upbeat music and high tempo, the song fails to keep you gripped to the story about legacy. Sung by Negi, the song is written and composed by Farhad Samji. 

The song is set in a tempo that many listeners will be familiar with. The song begins with the rapid procession style percussion that matches the sight of Sanjay Dutt's mass leader walking in and out of power corridors.

The video also focusses on the means by which this legacy is obtained. The sight of Dutt and Jackie Shroff's younger days causing violence offers a lead into the story. The sight of Dutt's gang leaving a house with blood on their hands, while a young boy's silhouette looms at the door is a telling sign. If that young boy grows to become the character of Ali Fazal is not yet known. 

The rest of the visuals focus on the battle from Dutt to save this legacy from crumbling, and keeping the empire together. 

The composition from Farhad Samji builds on the high of this violence to create a rhythmic template. This might have worked if not for the ordinary lyrics by Samji himself.

The combination of Sanskrit verses/or sanskritised verses to match the war-like tone of the song does not click. The reason being the unfamiliarity of the words, and some words feeling forced into the rhythm. 

While Dev Negi has the power in his voice, the singer does not capitalise on it. The vocals are capable, and effective, but the lack of powerful lyrics seem to impede the experience. 

Prassthanam, also featuring Manisha Koirala, Jackie Shroff, Ali Fazal, Satyajeet Dubey and Amyra Dastur, is set to release on 20 September. 

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