Movie Cast : Imran Khan, Anushka Sharma, Pankaj Kapur, Shabana Azmi, Arya Babbar

Music Composer: Vishal Bhardwaj

Director:Vishal Bhardwaj

Producer: Vishal Bhardwaj, Fox Star Studios

Release: January 11, 2013

Cinematography: Kartik Vijay

Written by :Vishal Bhardwaj, Abhishek Chaubey

matru ki bijlee ka mandola

Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola is an upcoming comedy-drama by Vishal Bhardwaj. Set amidst rustic locales in Haryana this movie brings together the fresh and unconventional pairing of Imran Khan and Anushka Sharma. The movie also stars Pankaj Kapur, Shabana Azmi and Arya Babbar. The movie has been touted to be one of the biggest in 2013 and rightly so seeing that Vishal Bhardwaj’s movies always seem to hit the right note. the music is composed by Vishal himself and again another reason for excitement, think ‘Darling’ from 7 Khoon Maaf or ‘Dhan te tan’ from Kaminey or ‘Beedi jalaile’ from Omkara, so let’s see how this album fares.

Track Singers Rating
Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola Sukhwinder Singh, Ranjit Barot ★★★★½
Oye Boy Charlie Rekha Bhardwaj, Mohit Chauhan, Shankar Mahadevan ★★★★☆
Khamakha Vishal Bhardwaj, Prem Dehati ★★★½☆
Lootnewala Sukhwinder Singh, Master Saleem ★★½☆☆
Shara-rara-ra Prem Dehati ★★★☆☆
Badal Uthiya Rekha Bhardwaj ★★★★½
Chaar Dina ki Pankaj Kapur, Imran Khan, Prem Dehati ★★★☆☆
Chor Police Pankaj Kapur ★★★½☆
Nomvula African Umoja ★★★★☆
Badal Uthiya(reprise) Prem Dehati ★★★★☆
Lootnewala(reprise) Sukhwinder Singh ★★★☆☆

 Album analysis:

1. Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola:

 ‘Get up and dance right now’! This is what the song commands! With some fun lyrics and powerful vocals this song is a wonderful title track. There is an African element to the song here and there and just makes the song so rustic yet classy! Complete madness and fun!!

2. Khamakha:

Very pleasant and smooth yet not the kind that makes you take a good nap. Gulzar Saab’s lyric just elevates the beauty of the song to a new level. Think candle light dinner, romantic moonlight walks and the African element again goes very well with the song. The last one minute brings out the rusticity in the song perhaps keeping in mind the location where the movie is set in. Brings out the romantic mellow mood in the listener.

3. Oye Boy Charlie:

Throw in a bit of folksy elements ,a pinch of qawwali like feel ,funky lyrics and a generous and eclectic heap of Rekha Bhardwaj, Shankar Mahadevan and Mohit Chauhan’s voices you have Oye Boy Charlie! The title itself is catchy and the lyrics keep that up such as ‘Oye my dolly dolly, meri vitamin ki goli’! A fun composition.

4. Lootnewala 

This is perhaps a song that will project itself better through picturization or during the course of the movie. Sounds like something that would be sung at the onset of a revolution or an uprising. Sukhwinder Singh and Master Saleem are the voices behind this track with pretty powerful background beats.


Weddings or mela, this song will fit in perfectly well! It’s a small song, just about one and a half minute long which is quite unusual. Even though it is quite energetic and pumpy it is not one of my favourites, though Prem Dehati’s rustic voice goes well with the overall mood of the song

6. Badal Uthiya:

Starts off with a folk-sy feel and the music takes a little turn into a mix of Indian classical with a wee bit of contemporary feel to it. Rekha Bhardwaj is very alluring (as usual) and amazing. This song invokes a variety of feelings, all of them good with beautiful strains of the sitar complementing the song .one of the best in the album and totally recommended. So sit back, listen to the song and let the emotions and feelings wash over you.

7. Chaar Dina Ki:

The background shaadi-wala band makes this song catchy especially with a fast tempo. Maintaining the rustic feel seems to be the agenda for most of the songs and it is completely obvious that Pankaj Kapur, Imran Khan and Prem Dehati are having a blast singing this! But still not one of those songs that linger on even after hours.

8. Chor Police:

Bull’s eye with the lyrics !this is not exactly a song but more like a fun yet true recitation by Pankaj Kapur about the wrongdoings of the government !i think those who are protesting against corruptions would want to lend a ear to this song. Also somewhere in the middle of the songs one note of music which is unexpected but is quite interesting!

9. Nomvula:

Beach party, carnival, and party …some of the things someone listening to this song will think of! Luckily I’m not one of those who needs to understand lyrics to enjoy the music, shouldn’t music transcend barriers? But a chilled out track but a tad too short, another 10 seconds would have been good.

10. Badal Uthiya (Reprise):

This version sung by Prem Dehati brings the same soulful, melodious feel to the song with a little more raw energy into it whereas Rekha Bhardwaj‘s voice gave it a more alluring, somehow graceful feel and after listening to both I’m a little bit more partial to the Rekha Bhardwaj’s version, just a matter of personal preference but all in all a beautiful song.

11. Lootnewala (Reprise):

This is a better than the original version of the song. This is more successful in arousing the revolutionary- type of feeling. The music and feel is more powerful over here and you get a better grasp of the raw energy in Sukhwinder Singh’s voice.

Vishal Bhardwaj is back again with some wonderful compositions and coupled with Gulzar’s lyrics it does create magic. Most of the songs are good with some being exceptional and some just average. Has a good mix of songs for most listeners and will find a lot of fans, so all-in-all a pretty good album and well worth a listen.

Picks of the album: Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola, Badal Uthiya, Khamakha

Album verdict: Well-worth a listen!

Album ★★★★★★★★☆☆