Film: "Aatma"; Music Directors: Sangeet Haldipur, Siddharth Haldipur; Singers: Sangeet Haldipur, Nikhil Paul George, Anahita Irani, Suraj Jagan, Alyssa Mendonsa, Anusha Mani, Shefali Alvares; Rating: **1/2 - music entertains, but not out of the box.
The music album of director Suparn Verma's psychological thriller "Aatma" has six tracks. Going by the genre of the movie, the songs fit the mood of the movie. Although the compositions are above average and lyrics are apt, the album is not so delightful.
Sung by Sangeet Haldipur, the first song "Aaja nindiya" is slow. As the name suggests, it is like a lullaby. Going by the lyrics, it can be deciphered as sad, sweet and slightly spooky song. The lyrics are in sync, and whistling used in the song sounds soothing. It does gain pace in the middle, but overall it is a slow number. The rhythm and pace is maintained throughout, making it melodious.
Next is "Aatma theme", an instrumental track, which is more intense. Use of the violin in the composition adds an element of sadness to it. As the song gains momentum, it shows a certain dramatic touch to it. However, the whistles used in this version gives a spooky effect to it.
"Jee le zyada", sung by Nikhil Paul George, is like a ray of sunshine in a horror film's music album. Colourful and peppy lyrics lift the mood. The song has such an aura about it that one falls in love with life. However, the happy song can be interpreted differently by different listeners. Not an outstanding track, it can strike a chord with niche listeners.
Next is the female version of "Jee le zyada", which is high on energy. Sung by Alyssa Mendonsa, Anusha Mani and Shefali Alvares, its music is peppier.
The album of "Aatma" could have done without "Koi jaagi aankhein". Anahita Irani sings it in a little slurred manner and the composition has a feel of the 1960s and 1970s orchestra. It might look interesting while watching the movie, but as a standalone song it neither entertains nor gives goose bumps.
One can describe "Teri khatir" as the best pick in the album. The lyrics suit Suraj Jagan's style of singing. With too much of use of 'Aatma', this can be credited as the title track. It gets slow in the middle and the singer deftly manages the changing tempo in the song. The composition spells craziness, which may delight rock and hard music lovers, but it won't appeal to those who like soothing and soft numbers.
Except for two songs, the "Aatma" soundtrack is dull. One doesn't expect over-the-top compositions in a thriller, but the songs could have been catchy. The chances of their topping the charts is less, but not a bad option if you have an ear for all sorts of music.