DAAWAT-E-SANGEET! (DAAWAT-E-ISHQ – Music Review)

Album Details:-
♪ Music by:- Sajid-Wajid
♪ Lyrics by:- Kausar Munir
♪ Music Label:- YRF Music
♪ Music Released On:- 17th July 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 19th September 2014

Daawat-e-Ishq Album Cover

Daawat-e-Ishq Album Cover

 

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Daawat-e-Ishq is an upcoming romantic comedy and drama film starring Parineeti Chopra and Aditya Roy Kaput in lead roles. The film is directed by ‘Ishaqzaade’ fame Habib Faisal and produced by Aditya Chopra. Other supporting actors in the film are Anupam Kher & Karan Wahi. The music of ‘Ishaqzaade’ which was by Amit Trivedi had crested waves across the country, and same was expected from the music of this film which has been composed by Sajid-Wajid. They have been having a relatively good innings this year, what with the songs of ‘Main Tera Hero’ and ‘Heropanti’ gaining immense popularity when they released. Also, this is their first full album for Yashraj Films, and it is expected to be better than their previous albums this year. The film revolves around Lakhnavi and Hyderabadi culture and tradition, so that was also expected to reflect in the music. With all the hype surrounding the movie and its music, let’s see to what degree Sajid-Wajid have managed to give entertaining tracks for this album!


1. Daawat-e-Ishq:- Singers ~ Javed Ali, Sunidhi Chauhan

Looking at the name and theme of the film, the first thing that came into my kind was ‘Qawwali’. Sure enough, the first song is a Qawwali. The same Qawwali which we had heard glimpses of in the trailer, and I had instantly loved. The full track is just as awesome and just as energetic. When you hear Qawwali, the first thing you would think of would be harmonium, tabla and aalaaps. This song has tablas, aalaaps and sargam, (no harmonium) but with an interesting twist of rock, making it a rock Qawwali. Electric guitars have been used everywhere possible, and they sound awesome fused with the Qawwali. The rhythm of the rock guitars keeps playing in the background throughout the song. The tabla sounds awesome whenever it comes throughout the song. The santoor interlude is awesome, followed by the awesome sargam by an uncredited guy (probably Keerthi Sagathia or Shabab Sabri). The bulbul tarang with which the song starts is also played very beautifully. Next to talk about is the vocals. With two powerhouses such as Javed Ali and Sunidhi Chauhan on board, nothing could go wrong, and, it really didn’t! Javed Ali with his smooth yet loud and buland voice, sings effortlessly, whereas Sunidhi with her energetic voice also performs exceptionally. Their coordination is something worth hearing. The variations by Javed are mind-blowing. Especially in the last antara, when first Javed sings a line, then Sunidhi. It sounds great! The magical part is the conclusion of the song when the singers each say ‘daawat-e-ishq hai’ in different tunes and different styles. The strings supports the singers so beautifully in that part, that it will leave you stunned! When Sunidhi sings ‘hai qubool yeh humne maana…’ her voice sounds so angelic, and even more because of the instruments that support her. The lyrics are also great. The food theme has been mixed very well to make a romantic song. Words like tashtari, dastarkhwan show that the lyricist Kausar Munir has made sure that the theme of food (Hyderabadi style) should be reflected in the song. Other Urdu words just add to the richness, and since they sound very fancy, they make the song sound very, very authentic. Sunidhi gives a perfect end to the song, with her perfect and well-projected ‘ishq hai…’. A very authentic, and a very impressive fusion of two contrasting styles, Rock and Qawwali, resulting in a must-listen, in other words a #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. Mannat:- Singers ~ Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal & Keerthi Sagathia (Original), Sonu Nigam & Shreya Ghoshal (Reprise)

The next song is a beautiful, kind of haunting melody, started by wonderful sarod. Sonu is back in mainstream films after a long time, and he has finally gotten a song which is worthy of his voice. This song sees Sajid-Wajid treading A.R. Rahman territory, with many resemblances to Rahman’s 90s type of songs. Sonu starts with his sweet voice, instantly giving off vibes that would attract you towards the song. The lines are just magical, especially the tune of the line, ‘dariya na sahi…’. It is just so magnificent! The hookline is even more mystical, with awesome percussion, giving a very strong feel. The tune itself is so strong, and the percussion reminded me of A.R. Rahman in the 90s. Sonu is the correct choice for the song and he passes with an undoubted A+ for this song. Shreya, on the other hand has a very small part, but it is very catchy and sweet as well. Her part is preceded by Keerthi singing some folksy lines, with a more upbeat tempo which is very different from the rest of the song. He sings his part well. Shreya, as said before, sings well, but is given a very small part which is also in an upbeat tempo different from that of Sonu’s part. Still, her part is one of the best parts of the song. When Sonu picks up again after Shreya’s part is over, the tempo is again reduced, and I wonder how Sajid-Wajid could come up with such a transition without creating even a slight feeling of unease to the listeners. The transition takes place quickly, but also so smoothly that one doesn’t care about the sudden tempo changes. The last antara is even more beautiful, and has such a mature tune that one would instantly fall in love with it. Arrangements are exceptional throughout the song. The santoor interrupts at many places in the song, but nowhere does it seem uninvited or unwelcome. It sounds marvelous wherever it has been played. The dholaks in the upbeat paragraph sound awesome and give a bit of a Qawwali feel to this one as well. The oud after some lines sounds awesome. The violins just make it sound even more magnificent. The brass instruments have led a whole interlude, making it sound very grand. The reprise version is a bit less instrumentated, but there Shreya gets to start the song. However, Sonu and Shreya eventually end up with the same amount of lines. This version doesn’t create that impact which the first version did because of the folk part being omitted. Also, though Keerthi isn’t credited, one can clearly make out his voice. 😛 Lyrics in both the version, however are great and very romantic. Sajid-Wajid have succeeded in composing a beautiful romantic song by entering Rahman’s territory, resulting in a must listen haunting melody. #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Rangreli:- Singers ~ Wajid, Shreya Ghoshal

After two stupendous songs, the excitement has just kept on increasing, and here comes the third song. First of all, with Wajid on board, we can assume that it must be a very mediocre song, so no established singer has agreed to sing it and Wajid had to employ himself to sing it. 😂 Okay, but sometimes he sings good, and the mention of Shreya Ghoshal still gives us some hope that it might be good. So you start the song and you are greeted with the maddening sound of dhols, horns and whatnot. It will make you feel you are in a very low-scale marriage in the village, which has unnecessarily loud and thunderous songs playing. The composition itself is so outdated (like the 90s) that one would imagine how Sajid-Wajid could dare put such a song (which sounds like a song that Govinda would dance on in the 90s) in a movie which stars Aditya and Parineeti, two of the actors who have proved themselves in this sudden inflow of newcomers, and who have innumerable fans by now. But no, Sajid-Wajid don’t seem to have any worries about the actors’ careers, and so they delivered this average typical Sajid-Wajid song, after two gems. The band-baaja is the most irritating part of it all! I understand it’s a wedding song, but that doesn’t mean put as much irritating band drums and horns as you want! The annoying arrangements have crossed the limits this time. Thank God that Wajid sounds decent in this song. But he and his brother have spoiled Shreya’s voice here. 😛 They have used two different pitches of her voice and put them together in the song. When they have used only one of her voices in the antara, however, it still sounds bad because they have made her sing in too high a pitch. Had they made her sing in a lower pitch, it would have sounded better. The lyrics are also average. I doubt the song will get any more popularity even after the movie releases. Utterly annoying, and disappointing after two beautiful songs. Sajid-Wajid are back to their usual nonsense (which they think is fun) in this track!

 

4. Shayarana:- Singer ~ Shalmali Kholgade

Whenever I see Shalmali in the credits as a singer of any song, be it by Pritam or by Himesh Reshammiya or by Sajid-Wajid, as is the case here, I get very worked up about it, and keep waiting for it to release. Sajid-Wajid had made Shalmali sing a club song and a Punjabi dance number in ‘Main Tera Hero’, so I thought they would be making her sing something just as crazy in this movie as well. And what I got was exactly the opposite of what I was expecting. I was delighted to hear a cute, happy-go-lucky, cheer-you-up type of song, which instantly caught my attention. Guitar starts this wonderful song, and drums join it later on. Shalmali sounds very cute in this song, and her unique voice is perfect for this song. First of all, I doubted that Sajid-Wajid had created this song. Their usual genre is very close to the traditional Indian music, and full of Indian sounds. Here, they have gone on a path somewhere between Amit Trivedi and Sachin-Jigar. Another coincidence is that both of these music composers have dubbed Shalmali to sing for Parineeti. 😀 And Shalmali debuted with Habib Faisal’s last film, too! So naturally Sajid-Wajid would be tempted to rope in Shalmali, and the result is brilliant! She has sung so beautifully, sounding rocking at the same time. The tune of the song is so catchy and cute, that you would have it on loop for hours on end! (I actually have!) The part ‘yakeen toh dila de, Tu hai yaa nahi hai’ has an awesomely sweet tune and so does the ‘aaye haaye zubaan bhi phisalne lagi’ part. Guitar has supported Shalmali very well throughout the song. In the interlude, a rock guitar joins as well, giving an awesome effect. The hookline is just awesome. It creates a wonderful ambience, that of peace and serenity. The snapping in the antara sounds great as well. The conclusion of the song has awesome variations by Shalmali, who seems to have aced them in the first go. When the song ends, you just feel like it ended too soon. A never-heard-before song from Sajid-Wajid! Very impressive composition with just as impressive vocals! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Jadoo Tone Waaliyan:- Singer ~ Shabab Sabri

I believe Sajid-Wajid are the best at making Bollywood Qawwalis nowadays. Here they have composed another Qawwali in this film, this time giving it a more heavier rock twist. The rock guitars are still there, but Sajid-Wajid have made it more traditional, by making the tablas more prominent than they were in the title song. The song does sound a bit annoying in the beginning, but will slowly grow on you as time passes. Shabab has the right voice texture for these type of songs, but still one misses Rahat Fateh Ali Khan here. I hated this song a lot at first, but it slowly started to attract me towards itself. Now I have nothing against it. Sajid-Wajid have tried this type of Rock Qawwali once before in ‘Yeh Jo Halki Halki Khumariya’ in ‘Son of Sardaar’, which was also the type of song which grew on me very slowly. The difference was that Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was actually singing that song, whereas a relatively new guy is singing here. The lyrics are mostly Punjabi, but they sound good with the music. The saxophone interrupts in between with a beautiful interlude supported by drums. Otherwise the whole song is managed by the rock guitars and tablas. The song has been transported to great heights just because of the amazing fusion. A treat for Qawwali fans and also for Rock fans! I suggest all to give it some time to work its jadoo on you, because it is actually a tone waala jadoo! #5StarHotelSong!

 

6. Daawat-e-Ishq (Instrumental):- Instrumental, Arranged by:- Hitesh Modak

The instrumental version of the title track of this film, starts interestingly with the sound of food sizzling in a pan, followed by the dialogues of Aditya Roy Kapur. Looks like he is a waiter taking orders. 😛 The hookline of the title track has been played greatly with oud, and it creates an awesome nomadic/Arabic feel. The percussion is also awesome. It ends with a sizzling sound as well. Short, but worth hearing! Will sound very impressive in the theatre!


Daawat-e-Ishq must be a very ambitious project for Sajid-Wajid. First of all, it’s their first full album for YRF. Next, the two actors of the film have an immense fan following, so they must know that everyone would decide whether or not to watch the film depending on the music and promos. There, they have more pressure about whether they will be able to impress listeners with their music. Though they have given us some very (and by very, I mean VERY) cheap albums in the past, and are the butt of jokes everywhere, we can cut them some slack, and allow them to evolve more now. They have definitely evolved with this one, especially since they have provided music as per the theme and setting of the movie (just forget about ‘Rangreli’ okay? That’s a disgrace to wedding songs 😛 ) and have delivered some things which actually do entertain! The song ‘Shayarana’ sees them evolving a lot as composers. After ‘Main Tera Hero’ and ‘Heropanti’ this year, which were pretty good, but could have been better, and of course the “wonderful” 😛 music for ‘Jai Ho’ (only one song was wonderful :P) this album definitely surpasses all of their albums this year and emerges as one of their best albums. They got an opportunity to compose for YRF and they made the best of it. Sajid-Wajid are in form now, and I hope they continue to give us just as entertaining albums in the future! Overall, this album turns out to be a real musical feast!

 

Final Rating for This Album:- सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध < नी < सां

Note:- The letter which is underlined is the final rating.

 

Which is your favourite song from Daawat-e-Ishq? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

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