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Primates

Primates
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Music by Adam Lukas and Denise Santos

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Primates premiered on BBC 1 on 25th May 2020. Filmed over two years in locations around the world, from the snowy Atlas Mountains to the flooded jungles of Sumatra and Brazil. Primates is a 3-episode documentary series created by the BBC Studios Natural History and narrated by Chris Packham. The episodes, “Secrets of Survival”, “Family Matters” and “Protecting Primates”, follow our closest animal relatives and reveal how much we have in common with them.

“There is a monkey in the BBC’s new nature epic that bears a startling resemblance to Donald Trump. The uakari has a disgruntled, crimson face and bleach blond hair – though its coat is far thicker than the wispy comb-over still desperately clinging to the president’s scalp. It’s one of the many creatures we meet in Primates (BBC1), which serves as a reminder of just how similar humans are to our closest furry relatives.” – Independent

The score was written by composers Adam Lukas (National Geographics Being The Queen, Netflix’ Roman Empire II) and Denise Santos (National Geographic’s Gathering Storm, Savage Kingdom, Discovery’s Apollo: The Forgotten Films) who work as a part of the musically diverse composer’s collective Bleeding Fingers. Founded by Hans Zimmer, Steve Kofsky and Russell Emanuel, Emmy and Bafta nominated Bleeding Fingers Music is a home to exceptional and sonically diverse composers. The collective’s work includes soundtracks for Planet Earth II, Seven Worlds, One Planet and Blue Planet II, all previously released on Silva Screen Records.

“Mischievous music patters over scenes of bush babies getting up to no good, instructing us how to feel. “At last, jack pot!” cries Packham, when the pint-sized creatures find their dinner.” – Independent

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1. Primates Theme
2. Gibbon Learns
3. Lizard Hunting
4. One Family
5. Monkey Spa
6. Gentle Guardian
7. Ringtailed Lemur
8. Face Slapping Monkey
9. Wild Cashews
10. Unknown Monkey
11. Mountain Gorilla
12. Giant Fruit Tree
13. Lonesome Louis
14. Mouthful
15. Grey Slender Loris
16. Macaques
17. Battlefield
18. Baboon vs. Leopard
19. Orangutan Infants
20. Sleepy Blue Eye Black Lemur
21. Low Profile
22. Barbary Macaque
23. Spider Monkey II
24. Only 800 Left
25. Winters in Atlas
26. Guardians and Navigators
27. Owl Monkey
28. Python Danger
29. Primate Decline


The Planets

The Planets
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Music by Anže Rozman and Andrew Christie

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The Planets premiered on BBC 2 on 28th May 2019. Narrated by Professor Brian Cox, the series follows the dramatic lives of the eight majestic planets that make up our solar system through five episodes -“A Moment in the Sun – The Terrestrial Planets” (Inner Worlds), “The Two Sisters – Earth & Mars”, “The Godfather – Jupiter”, “Life Beyond the Sun – Saturn”, “Into the Darkness – Ice Worlds”.

The score was written by composers Andrew Christie, Anže Rozman, Jacob Shea and David Fleming, who work as a part of the musically diverse composer’s collective Bleeding Fingers. Founded by Hans Zimmer, Steve Kofsky and Russell Emanuel, Emmy and Bafta nominated Bleeding Fingers Music is a home to exceptional and sonically diverse composers. The collective’s work includes soundtracks for Planet Earth II, Seven Worlds, One Planet and Blue Planet II, all previously released on Silva Screen Records.

“He (Prof Brian Cox) will tell (he promised, standing on a rocky precipice as a low sun flared behind him) ‘stories of worlds born and worlds lost… their destinies more entwined than we ever imagined.’ The effect is vastly heightened by the symphonic soundtrack from composer Andrew Christie, a protege of Hollywood music giant Hans Zimmer and who sounds as if he’d be right at home in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” – The Arts Desk

“Armed with an intense musical score, very reminiscent of the video game series Mass Effect, The Planets does a good job keeping things feeling suitably epic and intense throughout the episode.” – The Review Geek

“In Brian Cox’s new series high drama, a cinematic soundtrack and CGI combine to make life on earth appear truly miraculous” – iNews

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1. Prologue
2. Specks in the Sun
3. Inner Planets
4. Mars Maven
5. No Sleep Till Mars
6. Saturn’s Rings
7. Planetary Forces
8. Collapsed Rings
9. Journey To Saturn
10. Future Dawn of Titan
11. The Small Bang
12. Gravitational Pull
13. The Moons
14. Star Power
15. Keplar’s Law
16. Voyager Crossing
17. Outer Solar System
18. Pluto’s Heart
19. Planet X
20. Towards Discovery


Meerkat: A Dynasties Special – Album

Meerkat A Dynasties Special
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Music by Benji Merrison and Will Slater

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Meerkat: A Dynasties Special was presented as the introductory film of the forthcoming sequel to the 2018 Dynasties series – Dynasties II. Filmed in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the Christmas special was made by BBC Studios Natural History Unit, co-produced by BBC America and Bilibili. Featuring Benji Merrison’s and Will Slater’s score, the 60-minute programme was aired on 28th December 2020.

The Special follows the young meerkat queen Maghogho and her family battling to survive in hostile environment, during a drought. Joyous and heart-breaking, the programme was filmed in the searing heat of Makgadikgadi, a 6,000-squaremile wedge of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana in southern Africa.

Says Sir David Attenborough “When you see the trials and tribulations – and successes, of course – of Maghogho and her family as they struggle to survive in such conditions, you can’t help but be caught up in their lives and feel a real connection with them. ‘I’m proud to have been involved in the making of this documentary. As ever, the intensity and insight that the Dynasties team bring to their filmmaking make this an extraordinary watch – gripping, and thought-provoking.”

The soundtrack was written by award winning composers Benji Merrison and Will Slater. Benji Merrison’s distinctive musical voice is in high demand and he has scored music for hundreds of projects across film, television, installations and events. He is known for SAS: Red Notice, Forces of Nature with Brian Cox, Dynasties, General Magic. Will Slater has been composing for television for close to 20 years and his extensive CV includes Planet Earth Live, Africa, Shark and One Strange Rock.

Benji and Will comment on their composing experience “Meerkat: A Dynasties Special was a pleasure to score… We worked very closely with the producer Emma Napper to develop a strong thematic language which is used to underpin the narrative development of the film. We were also very keen that the instrumentation and ‘sound-world’ of the score reflected the physical textures of the landscape in which the Meerkats live. In a subliminal way, the effect is to draw the viewer down to ground level, to be emotionally aligned with the Meerkats as the real-life storyline unfolds.”

Throughout 2021, the remaining Dynasties II episodes will unfold, and, from the same Sir David Attenborough-narrated stable, Green Planet is due to air early in 2022; all featuring soundtracks by Benji and Will. Benji and Will’s score for Dynasties I was warmly received, with The Review Geek labelling it as “outstanding” and “a fantastic musical journey” whilst Review Graveyard describes it as “beautifully rich and varied’ that “equally works just as wonderfully as a standalone album of incredible themes”.

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Tracklist
1. Dynasties Opening Titles
2. Meerkats Introduction
3. Maghogho’s Theme
4. Gathering Food
5. Bonds Run Deep
6. Nowhere to Hide
7. Chase Sequence
8. The Next Morning
9. Searched all Night
10. Heading Away
11. The Rival Group
12. TT Submits
13. Makgadikgadi
14. Time to Take Cover
15. Life is Fragile
16. Drought Breaks
17. Future of the Family
18. A Long Day
19. Hiding Among the Herds
20. One Last Challenge
21. A New Hope
22. Dynasties End Credits


Meerkat: A Dynasties Special – EP

Meerkat A Dynasties Special
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Music by Benji Merrison & Will Slater

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4 track EP – Full album coming soon…

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Tracklist:
1. Maghogho Theme Suite
2. Next Morning Suite
3. Future of the Family Suite
4. New Hope Suite


Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks

Doctor Who Revolution of the Daleks
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Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks
Music by Segun Akinola

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2021 New Year’s Day special – Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks

Original television soundtrack to this action-packed spectacular episode featuring Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harness, Chris Noth as corrupt business tycoon Jack Robertson and Dame Harriett Walter as Jo Patterson.

“We’ve crammed this year’s Doctor Who special with an explosion of extraordinary acting talent. Where else would you get British acting royalty, a globally renowned US screen star, an (inter)national treasure of stage and screen and one of Britain’s hottest young actors – just in the guest cast! Put those together with Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole (and Daleks! Did I mention Daleks!) – and you get a cast to be exterminated for. And things will explode. Promise.” – Chris Chibnall, Executive Producer

Composer Segun Akinola comments – “Revolution of the Daleks is an emotional rollercoaster full of action, tension, old friends, old enemies and some heartfelt goodbyes, all of which are accompanied by music that utilises many of the musical themes from Series 11 and 12, and very often moves from a solo cello to orchestra, and much more in-between. It’s a ‘special’ in every sense of the word and I’m pleased that we’ve been able to release the entire score as I really wanted it to be readily accessible to those who’ve enjoyed listening to the Series 11 and 12 albums. So, if that’s you, thank you – this album is dedicated to you!”

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Tracklist
1. 367 Minutes
2. A Cuppa
3. Something Revolutionary
4. Breakout Ball
5. The Clone
6. The Production Line
7. Stability and Security
8. Thank You For Being My Friend
9. Activate
10. The Death Squad
11. Bad Boys
12. Bye Fam


His Dark Materials: Series 2 – Original Television Soundtrack

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His Dark Materials: Series 2 – Original Television Soundtrack
Music by Lorne Balfe

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The original soundtrack to the much anticipated second series of ‘His Dark Materials’ scored by Lorne Balfe.

“…easily the best episodic tv music I’ve heard in a very long time …undoubtedly one of the most impressive new scores of the year …there’s some great music on here …a couple of tracks are really exceptional and there’s no doubt that anyone who enjoyed volume 1 should absolutely go and pick this up too …can’t wait for volume 3!” – Movie Wave

“The music is just gorgeous to listen to on its own.” – Soundtrack World

“Lorne Balfe’s orchestrations give the already grand world of His Dark Materials an even more sumptuous feel, with every faction of characters getting a distinct musical voice.” – Ign.com

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2020 Nominations
IFMCA – Lorne Balfe for Best Original Score for a Television series
OFTA Television Society UK – Best New Theme Song in a series
RTS Craft & design Award – Lorne Balfe for Music – Original Title

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His Dark Materials: Series 2
Starring Dafne Keen and Amir Wilson as Lyra and Will, two children on a quest across multiple realities, the new episodes follow on from a successful first season in 2019. As season one was based on the first novel in Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, season two will be based on the second instalment The Subtle Knife.

Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) has opened a bridge to a new world, and, distraught over the death of her best friend, Lyra (Dafne Keen) follows Asriel into the unknown. In a strange and mysterious abandoned city she meets Will (Amir Wilson), a boy from our world who is also running from a troubled past. Lyra and Will learn their destinies are tied to reuniting Will with his father but find their path is constantly thwarted as a war begins to brew around them. Meanwhile, Mrs. Coulter (Ruth Wilson) searches for Lyra, determined to bring her home by any means necessary.

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Tracklist:

1. A Parallel Sky
2. Tortured Witch
3. Land of Spectres
4. He’s A Murderer
5. Magisterium’s New Era
6. The Chosen Two
7. The Witches’ Envoy
8. Study The Dark Matter
9. Kiss The Ring
10. Journey Ahead
11. A Once Great City
12. O Little Knife
13. Queen of the Southern Lakes
14. The Other Side of the Window
15. Let’s Do It Together
16. Matter of Dust
17. The Knife will Protect You
18. The Key to the Multiverse
19. Giacomo Paradisi
20. Kaisa Reveal
21. Beyond the Aurora
22. The Female Scholar
23. Fly, Spectres!
24. Farewell
25. Interdimensional Travelers
26. Indomitable Courage
27. My Child
28. A Mystic Explorer
29. I Had A Best Friend
30. Lee’s Choice
31. Beyond The Waterfall
32. Fates Intertwined
33. The End of Tyranny
34. Goodbye Explorer
35. The Eve of War


Christmas Guitar Classics

Christmas Guitar Classics
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Christmas Guitar Classics
Music by Swan

Tracklist:
1. Angels We Have Heard On High (“Gloria”)
2. What Child Is This? (“Greensleeves”)
3. Winter Wonderland
4. O Tannenbaum (“Oh Christmas Tree”)
5. God Rest Ye’ Merry Gentlemen
6. Deck The Halls
7. Silent Night
8. White Christmas
9. Do You Hear What I Hear?
10. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
11. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
12. The First Noel
13. Joy To The World
14. Good King Wenceslas
15. Silver Bells
16. Let It Snow
17. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
18. Jingle Bell Rock


Roadkill

Roadkill
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Music by Harry Escott

Harry Escott’s original score for BBC drama Roadkill. Starring Hugh Laurie, the four-part political thriller was written by David Hare (The Hours, The Reader) and directed by Line of Duty’s Michael Keillor. The thriller follows a self-made, forceful, and charismatic politician whose public and private life is being picked apart by his enemies.

Over the last two decades, Harry Escott has worked with some of the industry’s finest filmmakers composing scores for Eran Creevy’s Shifty, Paddy Considine’s Journeyman, Steve McQueen’s Shame, David Slade’s Hard Candy and Alvaro Delgado’s Retablo. He is known for his long standing relationship with Michael Winterbottom, for whom he has scored several films including A Might Heart, The Face of An Angel and most recently, Greed and with Clio Barnard for whom he has scored all of her films including the forthcoming Ali & Ava.

Away from the screen, Escott’s recent works include a collaboration with the poet Lavinia Greenlaw for her sound installation, Audio Obscura, which won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry and O Light Of Light, a reflection on Tallis’ O Nata Lux which was commissioned and performed by Ora Singers.

Harry Escott’s score for Roadkill is a jazzy, small ensemble affair featuring Mercury nominated pianist Kit Downes as leader of the band of world class performers – Martin France on drums, Richard Price on Double Bass, Oliver Pashley on Clarinet and Hugh Wilkinson on Vibraphone. Escott’s jaunty yet slippery themes and chromatic angular waltzes, seem to be purposefully disassociated from the on-screen drama. The music’s role in Roadkill is to heighten our understanding of the central character, the sociopathic politician Peter Laurence, skilfully played by Hugh Laurie.

Roadkill premiered on BBC One, UK on 18th October and is expected to premiere in the U.S. in early 2021 as part of the PBS’ Masterpiece series.

Roadkill is Harry Escott’s 4th release on Silva Screen Records, following Shifty (2009), The Face of An Angel (2015) and River (2015), for which he was awarded the Music and Sound Award for best original TV score in 2016.

Tracklist
1. Chess Game Shuffle
2. Gently Crushing Lily
3. The Comb
4. Off To Downing Street
5. Back In The Game
6. Lily Tails To Marylebone
7. A Hell Of A Price For A Speech
8. The Game’s In Play
9. Are We Allowed To Kiss?
10. The Shark’s In The Swimming Pool
11. Shephill Prison
12. We’re Very Grateful
13. Running Over Deer
14. Prison Riot
15. Charmian Pepper
16. Moving On From Madeleine
17. I Was Humiliated
18. Roadkill Title Theme
19. Strewing Rose Petals


The Capture

The Capture
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Music by Dave Rowntree and Ian Arber

“In the most spied on country in the world, the BBC surveillance thriller is both deeply unsettling and terrifyingly plausible” – The Guardian

Starring Holliday Grainger and Callum Turner, The Capture is BBC’s Big Brother themed thriller set in our contemporary world of digital surveillance. The first six episodes of Season 1 established a heightened world of deception and paranoia. Season 2 filming is scheduled for summer 2021.

Composers Dave Rowntree and Ian Arber were presented with a brief to compose a complex and melody-driven score. The director Ben Chanan (The Missing, Cyberbully) wanted the score to reflect the puzzle nature of the story, using bold and idiosyncratic themes for the characters to help enhance the show’s twists and turns. The music was to become a part of storytelling, and the themes were to evolve with the characters, as their relationships developed, entwined and collided.

David Rowntree and Ian Arber used their strengths as a duo to approach this distinctive and mysterious musical world. David’s experimental, analogue synth and percussive experience, in combination with Ian’s more traditional, melody-driven orchestral background led to a rich and unique hybrid of ideas and techniques, with both composers collaborating on every cue. Dave Rowntree is the drummer for the rock band Blur, whilst Ian Arber (Medici, My Name Is Lenny, I Am Bolt) is a classically trained composer proficient in cello, piano, bass, electric and acoustic guitar, and music production.

“We created the sound of this world using our unique blend of electronic and organic sounds, interweaving a live string section for the characters at the heart of the story. The purity of the strings helped contrast and focus in on the heart of the human stories within the unravelling world. We used many effects and techniques to distort, glitch and stutter electronic sounds, but also processed the purer sounds like the strings, when our musical worlds needed to collide. We hid clues in the music by creating images and converting these to sounds using a number of techniques which allowed the images to be reconstructed by a viewer from the audio, and also incorporated hints based on Morse Code rhythms.” – Ian Arber

Tracklist
1. The Capture Titles
2. The Soldier
3. Would It Be You?
4. The Assault
5. What Happens in Helmand
6. Seeing is Deceiving
7. Tread Carefully
8. Tall Man
9. Toy Soldier
10. Leaked
11. Monitor
12. The Body
13. Gastor Square
14. Fig Leaf
15. A Pilgrim of Justice
16. Safe House
17. The Mole
18. Believe Your Eyes
19. Confession
20. Alternative Fact
21. Correction


A Suitable Boy

A Suitable Boy
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A Suitable Boy – Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar

Based on Vikram Seth’s 1300-page book following the fortunes of four large families, the six-part series is directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) and adapted for screen by Andrew Davies (War and Peace, Pride and Prejudice). The series was created by an almost exclusively all Indian cast and crew and main roles featured Tanya Maniktala (Lata), Ishaan Khattar (Maan), Mahira Kakkar (Mrs Mehra), Danesh Razvi (Kabir), Namit Das (Haresh).

The score was composed by Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar, world renowned sitar player. Previously paired on Mira Nair’s 2016 Disney Film Queen Of Katwe, Alex knew how important the music score is to her. Says Alex of his work with Mira “music flows throughout Vikram Seth’s book so we discussed very early on how to tie the original score into the very authentic music world of India that had been captured on screen and how to create a musical language for the score that weaves between the world of Classical Indian music and the world of film music… careful consideration was given to how to integrate orchestra into the Indian musical world, often having to learn to follow the phrasing and bending of the sitar.”

In search of character’s music themes, Alex arranged experimental sessions with some of the UK’s best classical Indian performers, combining tabla, mridangam, kanjeera, ghatam and many other percussion instruments with bansuri (Classical Indian flute), tanbura and the sitar. Early on, the decision was made that the sitar would be Lata’s ‘voice’. For Kabir they used the bansuri, played by acclaimed indian performer Ashwin Srinivasan and for the character of Amit, the solo violinist Philippe Honoré provided the musical voice. For suitor number three, Haresh, a variety of pitched Indian classical percussion such as clay pots, mangeera (hand cymbals), ghungroos and morsing (jaw harp) was employed, played by percussionist Sanket Naik.

Says Mira Nair “The three of us (Mira, Anoushka and Alex) approached several Indian artistes. Ashwin Srinivasan, the great flutist, plays throughout the soundtrack. Namit Das, who also acts as Haresh Khanna in A Suitable Boy, is an extraordinary singer who composed the boatman’s song as the lovers crossed the Ganges. Gagan Dev Riar, who also acts in A Suitable Boy, made a beautiful song of longing for the widow in the village scenes.

We were lucky to get the great maestro, Ustad Shujaat Husain Khan, the son of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan, to perform ‘Jhinjhoti’ and ‘Khamaj’ on screen in two concerts. The syncretic nature between traditional Indian sound and the Islamic influences that had arrived through Iran, Turkey, and Pakistan, which was then called India; all of this confluence can be experienced in the music of A Suitable Boy.”

Vol 1
01. Prologue
02. Lata’s Theme
03. Your Sister, My Brother
04. You Too Will Marry A Boy I Choose
05. Lutf Woh Ishq Mein – Composed & Sung by Kavita Seth
06. Mehfil Barkhaast Hui – Composed & Sung by Kavita Seth
07. Smitten Kitten (Meenakshi’s Theme)
08. Holi
09. Quegdevelim Sunset – Composed by Rhys D’Szousa / Performed by Bombay Brass
10. No Time, Lover, Or Friend
11. Raag Khamaaj – Composed & Performed by Shujaat Husain Khan
12. There Is No Harm In Dawn
13. The Floating Temple – Composed by Alex Heffes, Anoushka Shankar, Namit Das & Yamini Das
14. Pillow Talk
15. Let’s Go Away / I Never Want to See You Again
16. Na-rawa Kahiye – Composed & Sung by Kavita Seth
17. What Happened & Maan Delirium
18. Muddat Hui Hai – Composed & Sung by Kavita Seth
19. Kabir’s Letter
20. Unsuitable Tango
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Vol 2
01. The Railway Theme
02. One Loves You
03. Your Parakeet Is Well?
04. Are You Making Fun of Me?
05. Farewell to Rasheed
06. Are You A Lipstick Girl?
07. Are We French Now?
08. Dil-e-Nadaan – Composed & Sung by Kavita Seth
09. Make Lata Love Me
10. I Can Make Any Shoe
11. Think Beyond Your Friends
12. Fluke of A Catch
13. Christmas In Prahapore
14. Free India’s First Election
15. Raag Jhinjhoti – Composed & Performed by Shujaat Husain Khan
16. Raag Lalit
17. Maan In Turmoil
18. Loss
19. The Fever Bird
20. Maan In Prison
21. An Unfortunate Accident
22. Love Has Run Its Course (Mehfil Barkhaast Hui Duet) – Composed by Kavita Seth / Sung by Kavita Seth & Sharvari Deshpande
23. A Suitable Boy
24. Lata Chooses Her Suitable Boy
25. Monkey Wisdom