Monday, February 16, 2015

Dum Laga Ke Haisha Music Review

Welcome back, Mr. Malik  
Music: Anu Malik 
Lyrics: Varun Grover 
Ratings: *** ½ 

Anu Malik, ladies and gentleman, is back! And with an YRF album! My first reaction: this would be an interesting affair. I really like Anu Malik’s music (mostly original ones) because this man knows his music. He follows the grammar of music composition very carefully, does justice to the genre, and has a classical approach. All this is evident in this album too and it’s good to hear how he has adapted himself over the time with contemporary music. 

1. Moh Moh Ke Dhaage 
Malik creates a serene ambience with the arrangements- flute, shennai and strings. Papon antes up the beauty with his top notch rendition. The song has an intriguing tune and I love the way the melody flows.  

The exact same song remains for a female version too- sung by Monali Thakur who sounds a bit hasty but is sweet nonetheless. 

2. Dum Laga Ke Haisha 
The title track is composed to suit the production house’s trademark style and energy. Malik scores this one with his choice of singers: Nooran sisters complement Kailash Kher very well, but the song gets a bit messy in the way.  

3. Tu 
The protagonist of the film proclaims that Kumar Sanu’s songs move him to tears. And I’m sure, that’s the case with many small-town guys. The singing legend of the ‘90s makes an appearance here with this short solo track and takes us back to his time. Sweet throwback, but this one just remains for the sake of it.  

4. Sundar Susheel 
 Malini Awasthi’s “tana-na-na-tanazana-na-na” hook sticks in your head from its first listen. The essence and ethos of middle-class India’s matrimonial aspirations is captured interestingly in its quirky lyrics with words like “grehdaksh” in it, and which also goes, Suit me jo achha lage, shave karke bachha lage”. Its fun lyrics mouthed by interesting pair of singer, Rahul Ram and Malini Awasthi, will make you loop this one.  

5. Dard Karaara 
Another throwback to the era of Kumar Sanu and Sadhna Sargam recreated spotlessly by Malik (Ah, those accordion and violins!) while being immensely careful of treading the borderline of spoof and tribute. Generous of him to keep it short and not to overkill it by being carried away. Must say the veteran singers haven’t aged a bit. 

6. Prem’s Theme 
Generally, the track that goes with the word “theme” in its name, is just an instrumental track or with humming. Papon gets to demonstrate his powerful vocal range here accompanied by an acoustic guitar.  

Anu Malik couldn’t have got a better album to comeback with. Here’s him showing that rust of time hasn’t caught his music and both can walk together! And what would complement better to this comeback music than a great set of singers and superb lyrics.  

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