Sunday, March 31, 2013

Ek Thi Daayan: Music

Some music directors have their own style of composing tunes which helps them mark their ingenuity stamp on their compositions. No wonder why we try to find resemblances in some of their own songs. Vishal Bhardwaj is one such composer, who mostly collaborates with legendary lyricist Gulzar, to deliver his kind of music.

Based on the template of his earlier songs, Ibn-e-Batuta (Ishqiya), Raat Ke Dhai Baje (Kaminey) and Sapne Me Milti Hai (Satya), here's Totey Ud Gaye where VB effortlessly binds Suresh Wadkar's soft vocals with heavy guitars, accompanied with Rekha Bhardwaj. But it's Sukhwinder Singh's delicious part towards the end that will compel you to play this one again. And, it's wonderfully interesting to find metaphorical depth in the lyrics of this fun song: "Hari hari jo laage, ghaas nahi hai kaai."

Yaaram reminds me of O' Mama (7 Khoon Maaf) for the way it lazily develops on the intricate guitar chords to catch the hook. Sunidhi Chauhan and Clinton Cerejo effectively brings the breeziness into the song. But, it's the contemporary lyrics by the veteran that registers directly into your mind and lips. 

Kaali Kaali and Lautungi Main are, more or less, based on the same theme of finding love amidst haunting atmospheres. Clinton Cerejo brings varied dimensions to the former solely with his voice that ultimately faints into a Rahmanesque piano, beautifully; while Rekha Bhardwaj hits each notes brilliantly in the latter which is effectively more eerie thanks to the animal sounds that starts off the song. 

This kid singer, Padmanabh Gaikwad, evokes so much cuteness and compassion in Sapna Re Sapna when he goes "Bhure bhure baadalon ke bhaalu, loriyaan sunaye la ra ra ru." With his humming (that starts and ends this song) and flute, this works as a sweet, mellow lullaby. 

Even with only 5 songs, Ek Thi Daayan doesn't let down your expectation from the ingenious VB-Gulzar duo.

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