Because of Imtiaz Ali’s Highway, Rahman got too much into technicality and the sound became quite heavy to be held by the lame listeners. Hence, he badly needed a massy work. What could be better than to compose for Imtiaz Ali’s brother’s debut film which is a Rom-Com, a genre which Rahman touches very occasionally but whenever he touches, he just nails it. Also, this album is special because it is the first time when AR Rahman and Amitabh Bhattacharya has worked together.
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Music: AR Rahman; Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya; Music Label: Eros Music
1. Khalifa – Singer: AR Rahman
When AR Rahman enters the cub zone, he makes you forget all the preconceptions of club music. The starting rap is ridiculous though. Experiments are quite dangerous at times. The Guitar riff after the rap sounds glamorous and the song gets the much needed attention when AR Rahman enters with his soulful voice. His pronunciation is again a problem here. He pronounces Khalifa bade as Khalifa bare. One more regular problem in his songs is that the lyrics do not get the required attention as we can hardly hear any word in the rap written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. But this lyricist always finds his own way to get attention as he again introduces a new word to Bollywood, Khalifa. This is an Arabic word which means successor. Since this song is written for today’s youth, the word justifies its theme very well. Lack of coordination between music and lyrics.
2. Maloom – Singers: Hriday Gattani, Jonita Gandhi
This is a typical Rahman song which confuses you in the first listen and keeps on growing on you as you keep on listening to it. Its sweetness is discovered quite later when you start understanding the tune as the tune is quite complex. Rahman introduces a new singer Hriday Gattani whose voice perfectly matches this youthful song along with Jonita Gandhi whom he had used in Highway also. Jonita has a very unique kind of sweetness in her voice and brings freshness to the song. Guitar is mainly used throughout the song along with Drum and Whistle in some parts. Amitabh’s lyrics are damn good and fresh. It connects with the youth perfectly. The basic melody of this song has a slight 90’s Rahman touch which would be awesome for all time Rahman fans.
3. Ala Hada – Singer: Shiraz Uppal
The song starts with a grand Violin orchestra, followed by Matka and then unexpectedly, the simplest Guitar riff starts which is very unlike Rahman. After singing Raanjhana title track, Shiraz again delivers a beautiful melody for Rahman with his magnificent vocals. The line tere bagair is surprisingly too catchy to be belonged to the Rahman zone. That line is actually the soul of this song. You feel that Rahman-ish sanctity when you hear the bridge connecting antara to mukhda. Amitabh is again excellent with his lyrics, introducing another word Alahada. He should be termed as “Lyrical Dictionary”. It is one of the catchiest compositions of Rahman.
4. Mawali Qawwali – Singers: Raghav Mathur, Tanvi Shah
Remember the sounds? The Drums, the weird vocals? Yes, it’s that very song which was in the trailer. After sticking to the film’s script for quite a long time, Rahman and Amitabh has shown their typical madness in music and lyrics respectively. Chhapan chhuri, Chhattisgarhi, Akhiyaan teri Naxalwaadi. Amitabh has kept himself in his comfort zone for this song. Rahman’s madness is clearly heard just when the song starts. A lady singing in operatic style with weird vocal sounds is a thing which Rahman is known for. It also feels that all these mad sounds could have been avoided and it could be a much better, typical catchy Rom-Com song but since there’s Rahman, you can’t expect anything cliche from him. The lyrics are fun and good but there’s no connection of the whole song from the words mawali qawwali. It actually doesn’t depict any meaning. Not as exciting as it sounded in the trailer.
5. Beqasoor – Nakash Aziz, Shweta Pandit
You just can’t praise this song. You start finding words to express your feelings but you fail. It is beyond the limit of praise. It starts with the very Piano tune which you heard in the end of the trailer. Shweta Pandit with Nakash Aziz is one of the best jodis ever witnessed. The way they both have coordinated, singing different lines at the same time sounds fabulous. Nakash has finaly got his first romantic song. He has been known for desi dance numbers. He is also lucky to get the best song of the album. He is even luckier to get the best portion of this song. Its antara by Nakash is heavenly composed. It can be listed as one of the best compositions of Rahman. Amitabh has written it beautfully but honestly, music is so powerful that you hardly notice the goodness of lyrics. Damn Soulful. #WelcomeSong
6. Tu Shining – Singer: Hriday Gattani
It’s a very different kind of song that is impossible to be liked in the first attempt. It actually isn’t a strong composition. Rahman has kept arrangements in a way that when you listen to it as a whole song, it sounds cool. Lyrics also are meaningless and quite weak. Same lines have been repeated numerous times like a Honey Singh song. Hriday Gattani has saved this track by his full-of-energy youthful vocals. Completely situation-oriented.
Lekar Hum Deewana Dil: People had started saying that Rahman now can’t compose massy tracks which are youth oriented but he has again shown his versatility. Khalifa is a nice club track which is inclined towards Rahman’s zone. The beats are very energetic, the tune also could have been the same. Mawali Qawwali and Tu Shining are the so-called massy tracks according to Rahman but they have been experimented too much. The actual massy track of this album is Maloom and Alahada. They are instant likable. Beqasoor is undoubtedly the best of this album and one of the best of Rahman. AR Rahman is happy because he can still understand youth very well and Amitabh Bhattacharya is happy just because he worked with AR Rahman for the first time. Lekar Hum Deewana Dil is a beautiful combo of the “Musical Maestro” and the “Lyrical Dictionary”.
The Final Verdict: AGREE
The Verdict Order: DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE
Listeners Ki Sameekshaa (Public Review)
- For a moment forget Lekar Hum Deewana Dil is an ARR album and listen to it! you will know how bad it is, all songs sound similar
- #Beqasoor turn out the best track from the “Lekar Hum Deewana Dil” soundtrack. It is so beautiful, enchanting & touching that you will lost in the world created by #ARRahman & #AmitabhBhattacharya.
- The cool quotient just got upped some more. Rahman ready to rock the charts with Lekar Hum Deewana Dil. Amitabh Bhattacharya new age poet.
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