Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Dedh Ishqiya Music Review

Music: Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyrics: Gulzar

In the spirit of year-end, I would already declare this album as one of the bests of next year. This was almost a perfect album, for the given template of the film and of what we know from the first part of this sequel film, until today when 2 'extra' songs came out.

One is Horn Ok Please that has Yo Yo Honey Singh's name to it along with Sukhwinder Singh. Thankfully, there's only Yo Yo's name in it as this one is not typically a Honey Singh song that we hear these days in every other Hindi film music album. (Reason: Gulzar's amusing lyrics that makes too much sense for Honey Singh) Now that his name is enough to cause a mass hysteria, you need him, additionally (like Chennai Express's Lungi Dance), to make your album a hit, even though you already have Pt. Birju Maharaj, Rekha Bhardwaj, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Vishal or Gulzar aboard. 

Going by the title and Sukhwinder for it, I expected this one to be on the lines of Ibn-e-Batuta... a road-song (like a road-movie), but quite disappoints. Like already said, Gulzar's lyrics is the only entertaining part of the track; Honey Singh's "Pleeej" is annoying and the techno in arrangements is a misfit. 

Another 'extra' song, that released today, is the redundant remix version of Dil Ka Mizaaj Ishqiya. Speaking of the original version that starts with a serene whistle and has Rahat Fateh Ali Khan on softer notes, it is somewhat on the lines of Dil Toh Bachcha Hai (this one also goes: Arrey bachcha hai aakhir, behak jaata hai) with lesser complexity in the arrangement.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan croons with much ease his other song in the album: a pensive ghazal on an indulgent Waltz-like arrangement, Zabaan Jale Hai

Rekha Bhardwaj is very much into her space in two of her thumris: Jagaave Saari Raina and Hamari Atariya. Both raag based, so heard-them-before reaction is expected. While former is elegantly arranged and composed and also has Pandit Birju Maharaj behind the microphone, latter has a bit of grungy guitars and is also badly mixed. 

The standout song from the album, for me, is the qawalli Kya Hoga competently sung by Master Saleem and Shahid Mallya, backed by Jazim Sharma and Jamal Akbar. For the length of about 8 minutes, the track races with enough energy.

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