Harmony of Genres: ‘Lootera’ Soundtrack’s Musical Experiment

The soundtrack of Lootera was a beautiful combination of different genres. The entire music and background score for the film has been composed by Amit Trivedi. The song lyrics have been thoughtfully written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. The music is similar to compositions from the 1950s. “Monta Re” was influenced by the Baul musical tradition of Bengal. You also get some post colonial vibes in the songs. The entire soundtrack album was released online on the 29th of May, 2013.


Let’s find out what’s so special and mesmerizing about the “Lootera” music album?

Monta Re

This song is set in the Bengal of the 1950’s. The song shows a wealthy daughter of a zamindar falling in love with an archaeologist who has arrived to excavate the area. The lyrics by Swanand Kirkire say that a lover’s heart is like an unbridled horse, charged up and out of control, it can go in any direction and does not bother about restrictions. Amit Trivedi has introduced some Baul elements in the song with the strumming of the Iktara and Manjeera, which is common in Baul. The infusion of Folk elements makes this song super awesome. Swanand Kirkire and Amitabh Bhattacharya’s voices were perfect for this track and they did complete justice to it through their soulful singing. You’ll be transported to the land of baul just by listening to this song.



This is another hair-raising composition by Amit Trivedi. The music brings new hope. The music also has a guitar riff that brings about passion in the song. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics are poetic and beautiful. The lyrics give hope during times of darkness and explains how blessed we should be to live our lives to the fullest. Amit Trivedi has not just composed it but he has also sung the song in his charismatic voice spreading positivity. This song made millions happy during the Covid period. Ranveer and Sonakshi were excellent with their acting.


Sawar Loon

The word Sawaar Loon means indulging, beautifying, pampering or even taming to a certain extent. Singer Monali Thakur won many awards for singing this song in her sweet voice. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics talk about a woman who feels untamable love growing inside her. Amit Trivedi has composed the song to suit the time and place where the song is set, i.e. in the West Bengal of the 1950s. The music sounds like it is a classic Bollywood number. It has a minimalist ‘non-digital’ sounding orchestra, innocent vocals and the style of having one mukhda and two antaras with similar tunes.



Each composition in the Lootera album is different from each other. Shikayatein is a fresh composition that will make your heart flutter. Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha getting attracted to each other in the movie would not have appeared half as magical without this song playing in the background. The music by Amit Trivedi starts on a slow, soft note and slowly catches a faster pace. The lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya are basically about the ups and downs that the hero and heroine go through in their relationship. Mohan Kannan and Amitabh Bhattacharya sang the song with complete feelings in their voices. The picturization is spectacular especially the snow covered trees, mountains, the snow laden streets and the yellow leaf hanging to the tree that Ranveer had tied it to.



This one is quite an underrated song from the album. The hidden beauty of this song is that even the telephone ring becomes a musical instrument. That is Amit Trivedi’s talent. A soothing, serene song that sounds more like Blues or Jazz. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s poetic talent is beautifully expressed through his song lyrics. This song is about doing what your heart desires in love and being happy about it. This track deserves to be showered with a lot more love. Sonakshi Sinha seems to have fallen Ill in the song and Ranveer Singh is taking full care of her.



This is a calm, soothing track. It will calm your nerves and is a great stress buster. Most people were not aware of this song in the Lootera album, but those who heard it, loved every bit of it. Trivedi has beautifully put in the piano music in the background. The lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya talk about a love story that remains “Ankahee” or unsaid. Amitabh’s voice also gives a spooky, eerie feeling to the song shot amidst the snowy atmosphere.


Talented Amit Trivedi

The album shows Amit Trivedi’s talent as a composer. The central background score theme for the film is similar to Rachel Portman’s score piece called “One Day (suite)” from the 2011 film “One Day”. Amit Trivedi was blamed for plagiarism but his true fans know that he can never plagiarize, as he is one of those very few composers who believes in complete originality when it comes to composition.

The entire soundtrack seems to be a wonderful combination of different musical forms and you get to hear the sound of various instruments from different regions across the country. 


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