The film is set in the post-independence period and deals with Indo-Pak partition. It is a directorial debut of an actor Vijay Raaz who is quite famous for his comic timing, particularly being the Kauwa Biryani scene in the movie Run. The music has been given by Sandesh Shandilya. It is quite a long time now when we hear his songs. The lyrics is penned by Gulzar. After a phenomenal performance in Dedh Ishqiya and winning Dada Saheb Phalke Award, he is on the roll!
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Music: Sandesh Shandliya; Lyrics: Gulzar; Music Label: T Series
1. Kisse Lambe – Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Sandesh Shandilya, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
It’s a Punjabi track with folk-ish feel carefully rendered by Sunkhwinder Singh. Rahat seems to be dominated by Sukhwinder’s hard hitting vocals having a brilliant throw in it. The whistle sound that Sandesh has used, is quite potent but unknowingly that sound is nowhere to be heard after the mukhda. Gulzar is quite innovative in Punjabi nowadays be it Challa or Heer or any other song and this seems to be no different. Chorus part has been nicely done. For Punjabis who love serious Folk music.
2. Lakeerein – Singer: Papon
Although there’s Papon, there’s Sandesh Shandilya and they both have nicely done their job, the ovation is for Gulzar. What a thought-provoking thought! Lakeerein hain toh rehne do, kisi ne rooth kar gusse mein shayad kheech di hongi. Inhi ko ab banao paala, Aur aao Kabaddi khelte hain. What would you say about this! That is something beyond excellence. This whole line is spoken by Gulzar in the starting. In this very line the whole song has been composed. Papon’s singing always leaves a great impact on ears. His voice is just an icing on the cake, baked deliciously by Gluzar. The composition could have been more tune-specific. The whole song has a Drum base but Sandesh has used Sarangi to give it an earthy feel. It’s a nice attempt of making Sarangi and Drums perform on the same stage together. Gulzar and Papon makes it worth attempting. #WelcomeSong
3. Jo Dikhte Ho – Singer: Shafqat Amanat Ali
Why does it seem that Sandesh Shandilya is not comfortable composing tunes on Gluzar’s lyrics! It does seems so. His tunes have always been his strength. The instruments, arrangements, mixing come later. In this song, he seems to have certain discomfort in making the song sound ear-friendly which he has been doing for years. Shafqat’s singing is flawless as always. Sandesh has mainly used Guitar, Drums and Shafqat’s alaap as instruments. In the second interlude he has created tuning-folk like sound which sounds impressive. Gulzar’s lyrics are quite philosophical, revealing the harsh reality of people. Could have been amazing if the composer had shown more interest.
4. Kaleje Mein – Singer: Ustad Hamid Ali Khan
Bina dushman akela reh gaya hota. Gulzar, in this song, tells us that even our enemy is equally important for us in our life. Without them also, we would have been alone. It is agreeable that it’s a sad song but Sandesh’s composition is too dull to attempt. He could have improved that by the choice of singer, instruments, arrangement but he did none of that. The composition is not bad in any way but it is somehow not appealing. It takes time to grow and hardly anybody would give that much time to this song. Gulzar owns it!
It is a pretty short soundtrack containing four songs, all of them belonging to a same genre. Sandesh Shandilya, who is known for his great melody, fails to impress in any of the songs. The tunes and the rhythm are too average to get noticed. It is Gulzar who acts like a hero for this soundtrack. In all the four songs, he has shown his brilliance of his writing. The composer disappoints, the lyricist impresses. It’s a lyrically dominated soundtrack.
The Final Verdict: OKAY
The Verdict Order: DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE