With a generation of millennials turned filmmakers, nostalgia for the ’90s is at its height. This era crept into Abhishek Sharma’s Suraj Pe Mangal, which features Javed-Mohsin’s composition “Waareya”.

The song serves as the backdrop to the romance of the characters of Diljit Dosanjh and Fatima Sana Shaikh. Sung by Vibhor Parashar, the composition is melodious, sweet and deserves to be listened to.

The song’s visuals capture the romance that is built between the characters, from hours spent at the local PCO to communicating via pagers. That imagery seems a bit overdone, however, with each visual reminiscent of the era, from drive-ins to Nintendo games and the reference to the dove at the start. Still, it’s sweet for a millennium to see the return of the Yamaha RX 100 and the Premier Padmini in a movie.

Composition is what makes visuals interesting. To be fair, the former is a lot more contemporary than the latter, but it doesn’t seem out of place. With a strong emphasis on melody and harmony, Javed-Mohsin left the emphasis on Parashar’s voice, which is accompanied by acoustic guitars. The singer captures the gentle and shy nature that Dosanjh reflects on the screen.

While the Punjabi song was still unexplored in 1990s Hindi cinema, the lyrics are well written and capture the overwhelming love of Dosanjh’s character. The only twist, perhaps, is the sight of Manoj Bajpayee in disguise.

Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari is directed by Abhishek Sharma and is set for release on November 13.

Check out ‘Waareya’ and let us know if you fancy watching the movie.


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