Sheer Brilliance!! (Rangoon – Music Review)

Vishal Bhardwaj is a music director who happens to direct films too, and not otherwise. Hence, music is an integral part of his films. His collaboration with Gulzar has been extraordinary. Rangoon, their latest, seems to be yet another more-than-ordinary album. Surprisingly, Vishal Bhardwaj has collaborated with another lyricist Lekha Washington for two tracks in English.

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Music: Vishal Bhardwaj;  Music Label: T-Series


1. Bloody Hell – Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan;  Lyrics: Gulzar – Those who know the nuances of Bhardwaj’s style of composition, they would be in love with this track instantly. The rest would take the time to sink in this fantastically composed and arranged track that Sunidhi owns so spontaneously. That Guitar pause just before the hook line has all the charm one usually wants to have in a song like that. Bloody Hell is bloody addictive once it sinks in you.


2. Yeh Ishq Hai / Yeh Ishq Hai (Female Version) – Singer: Arijit Singh / Rekha Bhardwaj;  Lyrics: Gulzar – This man is getting better with every song. On the lines of Haider’s Khul Kahin Toh, this song has intensity in the notes which Arijit buys really well. Gulzar, on the other hand, does not seem to be following the above-mentioned track and is going his way. He makes sure that the romance goes many notches intense, not just horizontally but vertically when he comes up with this line – Bekhud sa rehta hai, Yeh kaisa Sufi hai, Jaage to Tabrizi, Bole to Rumi hai. The surprise lies in its female version where the composer has gone in a qawwali mode though keeping the bass intact. It becomes more like devotional track than a romantic which anyway is good, for the lyrics talks about the love of Tabriz and Rumi.


3. Mere Miyan Gaye England – Singer: Rekha Bhardwaj;  Lyrics: Gulzar – At the time of remakes, Vishal Bhardwaj makes sure he too comes up with one, a very intelligently remade track that is more likely to come under the ‘inspired’ list of songs, taken from 1949 released Patanga’s Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon. Rekha’s retro sounding vocals totally do justice to the track. Gulzar shows his quirky side which he makes sure to do in at least one song of every album he does. Enjoyable.


4. Tippa – Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Rekha Bhardwaj, Sunidhi Chauhan, O. S. Arun;  Lyrics: Gulzar – How brilliantly he captures the rhythmic sound of the train and utilizes by blending with his composition which is indeed catchy if heard properly. All the four amazing voices together make a strong ensemble, one complementing the other. The second interlude is a transition from a more earthy to a more dreamy sound which something to listen for.


5. Ek Dooni Do – Singer: Rekha Bhardwaj;  Lyrics: Gulzar – Rekha’s third track in the album is a salsa sounding number full of mathematic tables of 3 and 4 (Not kidding). The way Gulzar connects the tables to the rest of the mukhda is amusing and creative. Arrangements lacks novelty but the composition, particularly in the antara, makes up a really interesting experience. The way Rekha Bhardwaj renders those tables in such a style is phenomenal. 


6. Alvida – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Lyrics: Gulzar – A typical Bhardwaj composition containing those familiar unusual notes that begin the song. Arijit, as I said earlier, is getting better with every song to such an extent that he sounds even better here compared to how he did in Yeh Ishq Hai. The transition after the first anatara to a more qawwali ambiance is one of the points that makes the song engaging. And, Arijit sounds brilliant in that transition. This is that Bhardwaj show one usually expects in his albums. 


7. Julia – Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, K.K., Kunal Ganjawalla, Vishal Bhardwaj;  Lyrics: Gulzar – Such a grand appeal it has while going through multiple transitions. Vishal makes such interesting combos of all the four singers including himself in every line that the song totally holds your attention till the end. It is one of those songs in which you won’t remember anything except that it’s on Julia and I guess that’s the sole motive of the makers. Somehow Vishal Bhardwaj couldn’t equate the portions and Sukhwinder lands up getting much more than the other two and the composer himself. Superb arrangements and instrumentation.


8. Chori Chori – Singer: Rekha Bhardwaj;  Lyrics: Gulzar – Another retro sounding track on Rekha Bhardwaj which she seems quite comfortable in handling. It’s a foot-tapping peppy track that is catchy and has interesting elements to dance upon. Compared to other tracks in the album, it lacks that standout quality but manages to be an engaging one. The way the instruments are played reminds you of Raj Kapoor’s Aawaara tracks.


9. Rangoon Theme – Instruments – Well, in this one and a half minute theme track, you wish if those Violins could continue playing for a longer time. It has a great emotional appeal. Strangely, the notes, as beautiful as they sound, strongly resemble Dear Zindagi theme.


10. Be Still – Singer: Dominique Cerejo;  Lyrics: Lekha Washington – This is a non-Gulzar track which Lekha has written quite aptly with respect to the mood of the song. A lovely Jazz by Vishal Bhardwaj where although the arrangements are typical and no experimentation has been tried there, Dominique handles the song so beautifully that it’s almost captivating for a listener.


11. Shimmy Shake – Singer: Vivienne Pocha;  Lyrics: Lekha Washington – Here he goes pure 50s Western Rock ‘n’ Roll with Vivienne’s great singing, almost making believable that it really is a song from that era. Lekha’s second and the last track which is written unfashionably and hence, authentically.


Rangoon is yet another example of how Bhardwaj-Gulzar jodi is ever flowering. 

Worth Listening: Yeh Ishq Hai, Alvida, Julia

The Final Verdict: 4/5


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The Superb Seven!! (Musical Recap – 2015)

The year 2015 has successfully ended with a super hit album Dilwale through which we relived the 90s era in through modern glasses. It was the year which gave many successful albums and hit numbers though these seven albums were worth writing about. All these seven albums got the highest verdict AGREE. So, what actually was there in these albums which keeps in a superior position to rest of the albums? Let’s relive this year once again with these superb seven albums.


Hawaizaada – This multi-composer album flied with creativity in the very beginning of the year. The album was filled with nine amazing compositions. Out of nine Mangesh Dhakde, a debutante, had four songs to his credit. He quite well understood the flavor of the album and delivered three songs according to that and impressed in just one go! Rochak Kohli got three, out of which Daak Ticket was the most impressive composition sung by Mohit Chauhan. Out of the rest two, one was by Ayushmann, who composed a song out of a Mirza Ghalib ghazal, and the other by Vishal Bhardwaj which created quite an impression. Unfortunately, the film sank at the box office and hence the music could not get the due recognition. Some of them which aired on TV got noticed by people, like Daak Ticket, Maaza My Lord and Dil-E-Nadaan.


Badlapur – The very next month came Sachin-Jigar’s Badlapur. This album was filled with surprises as one never expected an action packed film to have such wonderful compositions. The album got the highest verdict inspite of having just three songs. But those three songs were outstandingly brilliant. The album consisted of a revenge song Jee Karda fabulously sung by Divya Kumar, a simple acoustic romantic track but with a very strong melody Jeena Jeena sung by Atif Aslam and a very experimental sad song Judaai, which had Rekha Bhardwaj singing on an unbelievably low scale along with Arijit Singh making the much needed emotional appeal. An album with just three songs, won the hearts of many.


Bombay Velvet – This is undoubtedly the best work of Amit Trivedi till date. This album was a complete Jazz album, and a very pure one, not at all adulterated with Bollywood style. Amit’s fabulous use of instruments, orchestration, arrangements and above all, Neeti Mohan, created a huge benchmark for others. Neeti Mohan with six out of nine songs, sprinkled her charm and showed what a valuable singer our industry has got. But it came with really bad fate. Film sank badly at the box office and except Mohobaat Buri Bimaari, none of the songs actually got recognition. But we just hope that in the coming years, this album will be counted among the magnum opus in our music industry and Amit’s effort will not go in vain.


ABCD 2 – Another Sachin-Jigar album that was filled with immense creativity, mostly in the way the songs had been programmed. It was a big album with ten songs each of which have ability to impress you with tremendous potential of sounds, arrangements and composition. The album had a Sun Saathiya, Chunar which has become my favorite song based on motherhood, and also an out-and-out commercial track like Tatoo. People thinking that with ABCD they got enough, were proved wrong in the sequel. ABCD 2 was another example to show the tremendous growth of Sachin-Jigar with each album.


Phantom – Pritam made a comeback this year after one year of rest and he came back with a bang! After delivering a totally commercial stuff Bajrangi Bhaijaan, he got into a very technical classy stuff in another Kabir Khan film Phantom. The album had just three songs but all three had enough potential to be included in this list of superb seven. Pritam introduced a fabulous singer Asrar in Afghan Jalebi which became quite a hit but unfortunately other two song Saaware sung by Arijit Singh and Nachde sung by Shahid Mallya went unnoticed. But with this album Pritam again showed that a massy composer like him can do wonders in these edgy soundtracks too.


Tamasha – AR Rahman never stops impressing. With Tamasha, his third collaboration with Imtiaz Ali, he came out with some of the massy stuff after quite a long time. Songs like Matargashti, Agar Tum Saath Ho, Wat Wat Wat and Heer Toh Badi Sad Hai, he proved everybody that he is still capable of producing catchy massy stuffs and has not forgotten what the ears of aam janta really want. The songs are being loved all over the country and yet again Rahman provided the much needed soul to this year’s music.


Bajirao Mastani – The soundtrack is still in the process of gaining popularity but Bhansali has delivered his career-best performance. This classically-tuned album has ten songs, each having beautifully composed tunes and arrangements, providing the much-needed indianness. With raga Poorvi and Bhopali Sanjay Leela Bhansali has shown what he is capable of and comfortably now secured a well-deserved place for himself among the country’s best composers. The year signed off with a classically rich soundtrack, hoping to come in notice of aam janta.


 

2015 – The year of Jazz and Classical

 

Pensive!! (Talvar – Music Review)

With Talvar, Meghna Gulzar is returning to direction after almost a decade. Made on the infamous Arushi Murder Case, this film is written and produced by Vishal Bhardwaj and hence composed the music too with his regular partner in lyrics Gulzar.

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Music: Vishal Bhardwaj;  Lyrics: Gulzar;  Music Label: T-Series


1. Insaaf – Singer: Aooj Aftab – Very few songs are there which prove to be a cracker inspite of having extremely simplistic tune and flat notes. It is the haunting that creates a huge impact on the listener that comprise of singer Arooj Aftab’s heavy impacting vocals on the candid lyrics by Gulzar who hardly goes wrong. Hard-hitting! #WelcomeSong


 2. Patli Gali – Singer: Sukhwinder Singh – One doesn’t expect humor in the soundtrack of a thriller unless there’s Gulzar who has an expertise to find humor in any serious situation. Vishal has perfectly given it the folk essence which Sukhwinder Singh has justified it amazingly, definitely giving you a reason to smile. 


3. Zinda – Singer: Rekha Bhardwaj – On a shallow but haunting Guitar refrain, Rekha Bhardwaj has completely lived Gulzar’s pain-attaining lyrics, comfortably going into its very essence. The use of Accordion in phases producing alternatively noticeable and negligible sounds is lovely! Well arranged!


4. Shaam Ke Saaye – Singer: Arijit Singh – Arijit whispers magnificently, creating a mystical atmosphere all around with terrific Guitar being used. Vishal’s extremely complicated composition is not so compelling though, still sets the mood. The mukhda is too complex to be liked in one go. A beautiful melody which needs time to grow on ears.


Vishal Bhardwaj – Gulzar combo delivers yet another heavy intense soundtrack.


The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE

The Verdict Order:  DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE

 

Dark! Unpleasant! Monotonous! (Drishyam – Music Review)

Drishyam belongs to a unique genre called family thriller which was originally made in Malyalam, then in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. Finally it arrives in the Bollywood scene and this Hindi version is directed by Nishikant Kamat. The music is given by Vishal Bhardwaj and lyrics is penned by his partner Gulzar.

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Music: Vishal Bhardwaj;  Lyrics: Gulzar;  Music Label: Zee Music Company


1. Kya Pataa – Singer: Arijit Singh – Vishal Bhardwaj with his cliche style starts off the soundtrack utilizing Arijit Singh in a very effective way. The slow moving track with ever-changing notes, constantly make you hooked to it. Just like a good thriller with twists and turns in almost every scene, each note in this song comes with a twist. Gulzar has written brilliant lyrics, will possibly be one of his most underrated work. It needs edge-of-the-seat attention for its beauty to be discovered and felt. #WelcomeSong


2. Carbon Copy – Singer: Ash King – A very ordinary tune with ordinary lyrics and arrangements that give the feel of late 90s Bhardwaj when he used to compose for Ram Gopal Verma. Ash King is the only saving grace in this otherwise boring track who brings amazing variations with his vocals in the antara as well as in the interlude. Not upto the mark!


3. Kab Kahan Se – Singer: K.K. – Vishal Bhardwaj can’t resist making atleast one weird track. the weirdness in this particular track has gone too higher with lots of variations in the notes that were sounding good in Kya Pataa, fail to make it likable. It is somewhat another version of that previous song by Arijit as the lyrics are also similar at places. The same words have been described with a different emotions in two different songs. You can afford to skip!


4. Dum Ghutta Hai – Singers: Rekha Bhardwaj, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan – Unfortunately this song has no saving grace even after having Rahat and Rekha and two pieces of Flute. It’s quite monotonous and lyrics are too ordinary to notice. It has elements that have already been done in the past in numerous songs. Hence it provides nothing new.


One of the weakest soundtracks of Vishal Bhardwaj.


The Verdict Order:  OKAY

The Verdict Order:  DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE


Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (July 2015)

Singer of the Month (Female):  Chinmayi Sripada – Sahebaan (Guddu Rangeela)

Singer of the Month (Male):  Arijit Singh – Kya Pataa (Drishyam)

Singer Jodi of the Month:  Arijit Singh & Chinmayi Sripada – Sooiyan (Guddu Rangeela)

Composer of the Month (Song):  Amit Trivedi – Sahebaan (Guddu Rangeela)

Lyricist of the Month: Varun Grover (Adapted) – Tu Kisi Rail Si (Masaan)

Composer of the Month (Album):  Pritam – Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Song of the Month:  Sooiyan – Guddu Rangeela (Amit Trivedi, Irshad Kamil)

Album of the Month:  Bajrangi Bhaijaan – T-Series

Flying with Creativity!! (Hawaizaada – Music Review)

Vibhu Virender Puri, an FTII graduate has come up with this unique untold and hence unknown story about Shivkar Bapuji Talpade, a man who is said to be the actual inventor of world’s first plane much before the invention done by Wright Brothers who are officially called the inventors of Plane. It is the debut film of Vibhu as director, writer and lyricist. Music has been given by a debutante Mangesh Dhakde, Rochak Kohli, Ayushmann Khurrana and Vishal Bhardwaj.

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Lyrics: Vibhu Virender Puri;  Music Label: T-Series

1. Hawaizaada Dil – Singer: Rochak Kohli;  Music: Rochak Kohli 

The carelessly flowing composition is actually the highlight of the title track which is Rochak Kohli’s first song as singer with the voice that sounds like an appropriate mixture of the voice of Mohit Chauhan and Ayushmann. Rochak has set the arrangements very alive with whistle and backing vocals ornamenting the track and Guitar being the leader, successfully impresses the listeners. The drawback is just that it grows on you after listening multiple times and not gets carried with you in the first attempt. Give it few chances to be liked by you. 

2. Daak Ticket – Singers: Javed Bashir, Mohit Chauhan;  Music: Rochak Kohli

Rochak gets much amazingly better in his next track which has a lovely tune and the playfully played keherwa rhythm beautifies it even more. But what stands out is the lyrics by Vibhu Puri. If you clearly know what the film is about, you’ll flatter the way the lyrics has been written. Each line tells you Mr. Talpade’s passion for inventing the Plane. The lyrics seem to be depicting that the song happens after the invention of Plane or just before the completion. Mohit Chauhan is outstanding and so is the Flute that appears everytime in the line Daak ticket jaari hogi. An adorable creation!

3. Maazaa My Lord – Singers: Mohit Chauhan, Neeti Mohan;  Music: Mangesh Dhakde

     The song kicks off with splendidly played Accordion that itself indicates that you are going to find something special. Mohit superbly delivers yet another applauding performance and Neeti gets the most melodious portion of the song which makes you remember the black & white 50s songs. Vibhu here too is fabulous with the writing. Mangesh has used the Goanese flavor which is very intriguing. Fascinatingly good.

4. Dil-E-Nadaan / Dil-E-Nadaan (Reprise) – Singer: Ayushmann Khurrana / Ayushmann Khurrana, Shweta Subram;  Music: Ayushmann Khurrana;  Lyrics: Mirza Ghalib

Generally, Ayushmann’s songs are recognized by the typical way of playing Guitar, but here he has  quite intelligently composed Ghalib’s popular poem which is already used many times before with completely different notes, in a poppy way and fused it with Ghazalion texture using Sitar and Santoor in the first and second interlude respectively with Tabla being the consistent supporter. The reprise version is even more poppy where he has replaced the instruments with beats which is also very appealing. Shweta’s brief rendition of aankh ka dariya in the Reprise just makes it more lovable. She sounds very similar to Shilpa Rao, that’s what I noticed. A youth/mass appealing approach of Ghalib.

5. Udd Jayega – Singers: Sukhvinder Singh, Ranadeep Bhasker;  Music: Mangesh Dhakde

Apart from proving to be meaningful for the film, it also has nice inspirational lines which fit into every aspect of our life. The Hans has been metaphorically presented as the Plane which he had invented as well as Mr. Talpade himself or his dream. The orchestration is good and has given a devotional approach to the song. Sukhvinder, as always, is fabulous with partner Ranadeep. Mangesh scores in this too!

6. Dil Todne Ki Masheen – Singer: Rekha Bhardwaj;  Music: Vishal Bhardwaj

Vishal Bhardwaj has come up with the most rocking track of the album. A lavani number rendered by who better than his wife Rekha Bhardwaj with her typical salty vocals. What I liked most about the song is the beats which Vishal has put in the hook line. Amazing beats which are so well mixed that everytime they come, you get a smile on your face. Antara is impressive and so is the chorus. A Killlller by Vishal Bhardwaj!

7. Yaadien Gatthri Mein – Singer: Harshdeep Kaur;  Music: Mangesh Dhakde

Don’t excite yourself much by seeing Harshdeep’s name as it’s just another much shorter version of Udd Jayega which is handled enchantingly by Harshdeep. Mangesh has kept Violin orchestra in background with constant humming sound that is sounding relishing to ears but we wish it would be a little longer. Short but damn soothing!

8. Turram Khan – Singers: Papon, Ayushmann Khurrana, Monali Thakur;  Music: Rochak Kohli

Rochak Kohli has actually showed his creativity now with this album. He goes creatively amazing in this track as well with Papon leading it. It’s far from what we listen regularly in Bollywood yet it goes well with ears having Banjo creating the atmosphere of uniqueness and happiness. Ayushmann and Monali each have got just a line to sing which doesn’t have much relevance though changes the mood delightfully for a very short period of time. Lyrics are again clearly depicting what would be happening in the film. A well-attempted creativity. 

9. Teri Dua – Singers: Wadali Brothers, Lakhwinder Wadali, Harshdeep Kaur, Ravindra Sathe, Ranadeep Bhasker, Sukhwinder Singh;  Music: Magesh Dhakde

Another variant of Udd Jayega which has a Sufi approach, Wadali Brothers aptly being on board, has made the Sufi atmosphere stronger. With Harmoniums, Tabla and the utterly well-managed chorus and arrangements, the song sounds more beautiful. Vibhu has changed the lyrics for good and the ensemble voices are creating a strong impact which is again for good. The Sufi variant of Udd Jayega, better in some aspects.

You hardly get to hear so much of creativity with melody in a single album! Rochak Kohli, Mangesh Dhakde, Ayushmann Khurrana, Vishal Bhardwaj and Vibhu Virender Puri along with the blessings of Mirza Ghalib, deliver one of the best albums of 2015!

The Final Verdict:  AGREE

The Verdict Order:  DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE

Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards January 2015

Singer of the Month (Female):  Shruti Haasan – Joganiyan (Tevar)

Singer of the Month (Male):  Mohit Chauhan – Daak Ticket (Hawaizaada)

Singer Jodi of the Month:  Mohit Chauhan & Neeti Mohan – Maazaa My Lord (Hawaizaada)

Composer of the Month (Song):  Rochak Kohli – Daak Ticket (Hawaizaada)

Lyricist of the Month:  Vibhu Virender Puri – Daak Ticket (Hawaizaada) & Manoj Muntashir – Main Tujhse Pyaar Nahin Karta (Baby)

Composer of the Month (Album):  Sajid-Wajid – Dolly Ki Doli

Song of the Month:  Baatein Ye Kabhi Na – Khamoshiyan (Jeet Ganguli, Sayeed Quadri)

Album of the Month:  Hawaizaada – T-Series

Musical Sameekshaa Trimester-IV Awards 2014 – Results (October, November, December)

Hope you all must satisfied with the nominees. Here are the results.

 

Best Backing Vocals/Chorus:  Shekhar Ravjiani – Meherbaan (Bang Bang)

 

Best Recorded Song:  Manali Trance (The Shaukeens)

 

Best Arranged Song:  Bismil (Haider)

 

Best Use of an Instrument:  Rubab by Vishal Bhardwaj – Bismil (Haider)

 

Song That Provided Wholesome Entertainment:  Paaji Tussi Such A Pussycat (Happy Ending)

 

Best Singer (Female):  Shreya Ghoshal – Manwa Laage (Happy New Year)

 

Best Singer (Male):  Swaroop Khan – Tharki Chokro (PK)

 

Best Singer Jodi:  Shankar Mahadevan & Sonu Nigam – Kill Dil (Kill Dil)

 

Best Composer (Song):  Mikey Mccleary – Gannu Rocks (Sonali Cable)

 

Best Lyricist:  Gulzar – Bismil (Haider)

 

Best Composer (Album):  Vishal Bhardwaj – Haider

 

Best Song:  Sajde – Kill Dil  (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Gulzar)

 

Best Album:  Haider  (Junglee Music)

Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Sukhwinder Singh, Arijit Singh, Vishal Bhardwaj, Alaap Majgavkar, Sourabh Joshi, Mayukh Sarkar, Muzamil Bhawani, Bashir Bhawani. Bashir Lone, Suresh Wadkar, Shraddha Kapoor and Rekha Bharadwaj

Music: Vishal Bhardwaj

Lyrics: Gulzar

 

Next:  2nd Annual Musical Sameekshaa Awards 2014

Poora Ishq Kiya with this album! (Dedh Ishqiya – Music Review)

Dedh_Ishqiya_Teaser_PosterIn a recent award ceremony, he told us that he started directing films just because he wanted to continue composing music in films. His love for music has been seen by all. His music has always been experimental but always liked by listeners. He gained popularity and respect through his dedication. If even some of his albums go unnoticed, I have always liked them. Last year Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola was a hit but Ek Thi Daayan was a flop but I liked both and gave the verdict POSSIBLE.

Vishal Bharadwaj‘s music in Ishqiya was outstanding and so was his combo with Gulzar. The song Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji very well connected with all age people. It was the result of brilliant composition and beautiful writing. Ishqiya was a light soundtrack. Its sequel Dedh Ishqiya is a heavy soundtrack with Classical Music, Qawwali, Ghazal and a Mujra.

 

Music: Vishal Bharadwaj;  Lyrics: Gulzar;  Music Label: Shemaroo Music

 

1. Humari Atariya – Singer: Rekha Bharadwaj

The soundtrack starts with a stylish Mujra. After Dil Mera Muft Ka, here’s another Rock Mujra. Like the former, it doesn’t disappoint at all. The tune is little weak but Vishal has managed it by using the instruments in an amazing way. The song is based on the raga Bhairavi which is an adaption of Begum Akhtar‘s dadra. The Jugalbandi of Tabla and Electric Guitar is worth listening. Vishal has created the tune in semi-classical form giving a tinge of Rock. That’s what makes this song special. Rekha’s voice seems to be made for this track. The lyrics by Gulzar is fab. Listen it for the Jugalbandi. 

 

2. Dil Ka Mijaaz Ishqiya – Singer: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

It starts with haunting sounds making you remember Kaali Kaali from Ek Thi Daayan. This title track has a catchy Mukhda and Rahat rules the mukhda and the whole song. The makers have tried to create another Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji but sadly they failed. Simpler the Mukhda is, complex is its antara. To fully understand the beauty of the antara, you have to listen it many times. Gulzar’s lyrics has a typical nawaabi flavor. Surprisingly Vishal didn’t sing this song though it has all the Vishal-ness in it. After a very long time Rahat has sung a class song. Don’t give a casual hearing, listen it carefully.

 

3. Jagaave Saari Raina – Singer: Rekha Bharadwaj

As the track starts with sargam, you would know there’s something beautiful in this. After listening to the song, you would come to know that the whole song was beautiful. Based on the raga Khamaaj, this track is exceptionally good. After such a long time a track like this has been composed in a film soundtrack. The beautiful Sitar driven tune aptly supported by Tabla is worth listening. Some parts have Violin in place of Sitar. All the instruments are played outstandingly. In some places, where the instruments take rest, a sound of Koyal is heard. The song takes us back to the era of Roshan and Nushad where there used to be heavy classically based songs. Rekha Bharadwaj has sung it even better than she did in Humari Atariya. She deserves a special mention. In the form of second interlude, there’s a taan rendered by Pt. Birju Maharaj. A Pure Classical Music after a very long time.

 

4. Zabaan Jale Hai – Singer: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan 

It starts with a rare instrument called Saz, also known as Baglama and it supports in the whole song. It’s wonderfully rendered by Rahat and creates a vibe better than the title track. Unlike other track which are more technical and complex, this one is a soulful melody which gets connected very well.  Apart from Saz, Guitar orchestration has been done perfectly. It has a rhythm which 1950s songs used to have. It gives a feeling of gratification. Like the title track’s antara, it has also beautiful vibe as the composition is just mind blowing. Gulzar’s lyrics has Ghazal like flavor which gives a perfect delightful experience. Na Bolun Main Toh Kaleja Phooke, Jo Bol Dun Toh Zabaan Jale Hai. 

 

5. Kya Hoga – Singer: Jazim Sharma, Master Saleem, Shahid Mallya 

It’s a traditional Qawwali which has typical instruments like Tabla, Harmonium etc. The strength of this song lies in the vocals of all the three singers. All of them have sung beautifully. They have done a tremendous job. The coordination among them is just amazing. This track has also introduced a new voice in the industry, Jazim Sharma. He appeared in the latest Saregamapa Challenge 2011 as a contestant and was one of the best performers in the show. Lyrics has also been written in the typical qawwali form. A Perfect Qawwali.

 

(Additional Track) Horn OK Please – Singers: Yo Yo Honey Singh, Sukhwinder Singh

This comes as a surprise track. After all those heavy classical tracks, it’s a sudden change in the soundtrack. The makers have tried to show a glimpse of its prequel by making a track quite similar to Ibn Batuta. This track has all accurate fun elements but sadly it couldn’t make to the level of Ibn Batuta. Unlike Honey Singh’s film songs like Lungi Dance, Party All Night or the latest Sunny Sunny which are composed and written by him only, this track is composed by Vishal and written by Gulzar. The best thing in the track is its lyrics just like of Ibn Batuta. The strange thing is that Gulzar has himself made fun of his old song from Aandhi in the Rap part done by Honey Singh. In that he also mentions about Rafi and Lata. That line is seriously humorous. Honey Singh singing Vishal Bharadwaj’s tune and Gulzar’s written words, well that itself gives you a proper reason to listen it. 

 

Dedh Ishqiya is one of the finest soundtracks in recent times in terms of Indian Classical Music. It’s an amazing paradigm of the combination of composer, lyricist and singers. When in these days albums follow Pop Music more, albums like Dedh Ishqiya come as a trendsetter and provide a unique mental relief. If by chance, one gets bore listening to the classical genre, there’s a fun yo yo track to change your mood. It’s an album not made for the mass but would be liked by the mass. 

 

The Final Verdict:  AGREE

The Verdict Order:  DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE

 

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