Satyajeet Jena’s first Bollywood song ‘Ae Watan’ from Alia Bhatt’s upcoming film ‘Raazi’ is high on emotion and celebrates true spirit of patriotism.
The music of Raazi has been composed by the trio of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and the lyrics are written by Gulzar. ‘Ae Watan’ is without doubt the best patriotic song to have come out of Bollywood in a long time.
Arijit Singh leads the earnest piece in style, with a fine chorus in tow and a grand soundscape that while making the song a haunting one, contributes to the earlier mentioned deja vu factor.
The composers hand the alternate version of ‘Ae Watan’ to Sunidhi Chauhan and a bunch of talented kids from the Shankar Mahadevan Music Academy Children’s Chorus.
While retaining the main melody, the song receives a totally different treatment here. The orchestral backdrop is replaced with a folksy one (which means more of Roy’s awesomeness). And the song is sandwiched between free form (seemingly raag Kedaar/Hamir Kalyani-based) renditions of the opening lines of Muhammad Iqbal’s ‘Lab Pe Aati Hai Dua’ — while Sunidhi sings the prelude version of the poem, the closing bit is sung by a very promising sounding Satyajeet Jena.
Raazi, directed by Meghna Gulzar, is based on Harinder Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat. The film is set during the Indo-Pak war of 1971 and Alia’s character Sehmat plays a daughter, a wife and a spy.