Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Music Review: Dedh Ishqiya *Naseeruddin Shah, Madhuri Dixit, Huma Qureshi*


Director: Abhishek Chaubey
Cast: Arshad Warsi, Naseeruddin Shah, Madhuri Dixit & Huma Qureshi
Music Director: Vishal Bhardwaj 
Lyricist: Gulzar

Expectations: Vishal Bhardwaj-Gulzar, two big names and they have collaborated a lot of times and most of the times they have managed to impress us. And last Ishqiya flick won the National awards for both Best Music Direction and Best Female Singer, so expectations, from the sequel, are naturally high!

1- Dil Ka Mizaaj Ishqiya - (Rahat Fateh Ali Khan): A typical Rahat Fateh Ali Khan track with soothing tune and soft rock arrangements. It will surely remind you of 'Dil To Bachha Hai Ji' from Ishqiya. The lyrics are spot on and beautiful and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is simply amazing. Beautiful track! Rating 4/5

2- Hamari Atariya - (Rekha Bhardwaj): The start of the track is so Rahman-ish and we simply loved it. A mujra track with the fusion of Western sounds and typical Indian beats and this fusion works really well. The song is already being aired on TV channels and is quite popular. Madhuri Dixit looks as graceful as ever. Rating 3.5/5

3- Zabaan Jale Hai - (Rahat Fateh Ali Khan): Very soothing and slow track. Gulzar shines with the lyrics and his lines will stay with you. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is drop-dead brilliant here. Mesmerizing composition. A must listen. Rating 4.5/5

4- Jagaave Saari Raina - (Rekha Bhardwaj & Birju Maharaj): A semi classic Kathak track. Rekha Bhardwaj's vocals are magical in this track. Sitar interludes in the track are very tempting. Featuring a vocal interlude by Pandit Birju Maharaj later in track, makes it even more classy and amazing. Rating 4.5/5

5- Kya Hoga - (Jazim Sharma, Master Saleem, Shahid Mallya & Jamal Akbar): A classic and beautiful Qawwali. The singers compliment each other perfectly. The instrumentation, replete with Tabla, Harmonium and other traditional instruments elevates an enchanting midway turn! Beautifully written lyrics. Rating 4.5/5

NOTE: One must credit Bharadwaj for being one of the few music directors around who still adhere to the traditional music forms of the film industry. Needless to say, faith in Mr. Bhardwaj's musical capabilities are, once again, cemented and anchored down strong! The album has almost no mass apeal, but the music of Dedh Ishqiya will find it's audience. Vishal Bhardwaj & Gulzar give the 2014 Bollywood music scene a classy and heady start! Excellent!

REVIEW OVERVIEW:

Freshness .. 4/5
Lyrics .. 5/5
Singers .. 4.5/5
Repeat Value .. 4.5/5

AVERAGE RATING: 4.5/5

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