Music release of Life is Good held

Violinist Jeetu Thakur, Abhishek Ray, Jackie Shroff, Anand Shukla, Ananth Mahadevan and guitarist Chintoo Singh Wazir at the Life is Good music launch. Photo: Rajiv Vijayakar

It is rare nowadays to have a complete, film-oriented situational soundtrack for a Hindi movie. While Hindi film composers lament that films in the South are advertised as an “R. Thaman musical” or a “DSP Rockstar musical” after their composers, the scenario here is suffused with multiple music directors making random songs, often with re-created numbers, and the composers are reduced to mere supplier of wannabe-hit songs.

After eons, November 2022 in Hindi cinema has seen the Uunchai soundtrack comprised of songs that were created for the film’s needs, and now comes another complete album, that of Life is Good, where Nivedita Joshi (incidentally, the daughter of Murli Manohar Joshi, who wrote the phenomenal TV epic, Buniyaad) and Manvendra have penned the lyrics, the music is by Abhishek Ray of Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster and Paan Singh Tomar fame, and the album is released by The music launch was held December 5 at their Mumbai office.

Jackie Shroff, the hero of this small film directed by Ananth Mahadevan and produced by Anand Shukla, was present on the occasion along with musicians Chintoo Singh Wazir and Jeetu Thakur. Abhishek sang his own song Bairi badra and the mukhdas of Asha Bhosle’s song, Rut bheege tan and the Shaan version of Palko ke palne. Shreya Ghoshal has also sung in the film.

Abhishek stated that the album “was not a smart one” but one with a shelf-life. Asked by newsindiatimes why the singers’ names were put on the poster itself, Abhishek replied that it was an overdue correction that was needed to restore importance to music, which had been decimated in recent times.

Newsindiatimes also asked Jackie Shroff whether it was good luck that he was associated with musicals from Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s Hero, his first film, to A.R. Rahman’s Rangeela and many more and now this one, and he just replied with a smile, “Subhash (Ghai) just gave me a flute in one hand and a gun in the other!” Praising Abhishek, he quipped, “Why are you listening so much to your own praise from me?”

The actor said that he owned endless gratitude to Dev Anand, who put him first in front of the camera for a blink’n’miss cameo in Swami Dada, and encouraged him all through. “As an actor too, I liked everyone but was blown by the styles of Dev Anand and Shammi Kapoor!” he added.






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