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Saand Ki Aankh song 'Womaniya': Taapsee Pannu, Bhumi Pednekar celebrate women in this joyous number


Composed by Vishal Mishra, the song is sung by Vishal Dadlani and Mishra himself. 

Shriram Iyengar

Bhumi Pednekar and Taapsee Pannu's upcoming Saand Ki Aankh (2019) is all about two women who broke barriers on their way to setting new records. Naturally, the second song from the film seems to be set along the same lines. 'Womaniya' composed by Vishal Mishra is a celebration of women who are constantly pushed back by the world, and the call to action to get them going. 

The song is set as a celebration in the village, with both the Tomar sisters-in-law (Bhumi Pednekar and Taapsee Pannu) leading from the front. The song opens with a conversation of the two leads talking about feeling free in the absence of the men in the village. With no one around, the women decide to let loose and celebrate their little moment of freedom. 

Vishal Mishra composes a groovy track that brings pep and verve to the visuals on screen. The only flaw is perhaps the disjointed lip sync that both actresses perform. At points, the song goes on without either actress lip syncing to the verses, but then there are some verses where they are shown to be singing. This is an oddity in the otherwise choreographed routine. 

The song itself is an eclectic mix of Western sensibility and a Indian heart. The opening verses of Hanuman Chalisa form the perfect introduction to a song about women gaining strength and confidence. Vishal Dadlani's voice is suited to this energetic number, as he brings a touch of the radical. In hindsight, using Vishal Dadlani's voice strikes as an oddity as well. For all its call about women's empowerment, it is the man who does the singing.

Mishra's composition is filled with energy, and moves with a rock-pop synthesized style. The composition veers away from traditional instruments, with the percussion eschewing the dhols shown on screen. While it makes for an interesting mix, it certainly is enjoyable. The composition also elevates the vocals, with the guitars and shehnai setting the tempo. 

The lyrics by Raj Shekhar are, perhaps, a little ordinary, but that hardly matters. The song delivers the promise of being a celebration of womanhood, and makes no bones about it. Quite like its lead characters. The title of the song is also a nod to producer Anurag Kashyap's own 'Womaniya', set in similar circumstances, from Gangs of Wasseypur (2012). 

Saand Ki Aankh, directed by Tushar Hiranandani, and is set to release on Diwali, 25 October. Watch the song below, and let us know if you are keen to watch the film.

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