IT ALL DEPENDS ON YOUR ‘DRISHYAM’!! (DRISHYAM – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Vishal Bhardwaj
♪ Lyrics by: Gulzar
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 17th July 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 31st July 2015

Drishyam Album Cover

Drishyam Album Cover

To hear the full songs of this album on Hungama CLICK HERE

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Drishyam is a Bollywood thriller film released on 31st July this year, directed by Nishikant Kamat and produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak, Ajit Andhare and Abhishek Pathak. The film stars Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran and Tabu in the lead roles, and is a remake of the superhit 2013 Malayalam film, ‘Drishyam’, which was remade in Tamil and released just about a month ago, as ‘Papanasam’. It has also been earlier remade in Kannada and Telugu. So, Bollywood is the last to remake it into Hindi, a language with a far wider reach than any of the above. And definitely, with great actors such as Ajay and Tabu on board, the film is gonna be an awesome thriller! The film revolves around a lower middle class family, the Salgaonkars, who get the shock of their lives when they get to know that they are the prime suspects for the disappearance of the son of a IG officer, Meera Deshmukh (played by Tabu). How Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn) protects his family from the oppression of the powerful police force, is what the film is about. Those who have seen it in other languages, may not be that excited for it, but those who haven’t, like me, are really excited to watch it, and see how it ends. Half the people reading this right now must have seen it already; sorry for my ultra-late review! Anyways, I’m not here to write a movie analysis or anything. You know me, I’m a music reviewer, and I’ll stick to that hobby for now! 😄 So the music of the film has been scored by none other than Vishal Bhardwaj, the genius filmmaker and composer and… Pretty much everything. After a long time, he’s composing the entire album (because he compsoed one song for ‘Hawaizaada’) for a film that hasn’t been produced and/or directed by him, and it would make listeners look forward to what he has offered here. A short soundtrack, consisting of four tracks, is feasible for such a movie, but I’m hoping (and also secretly knowing, because I believe he can work wonders with his music) that the quality of the four songs is top-notch!! Let’s begin the analysis of this album called ‘Drishyam’!!


1. Carbon Copy
Singer ~ Ash King, Whistle ~ Meghna Gulzar

It really gives you a great feeling when you come to know, that someone known for his style of heavy and unconventional music, Vishal Bhardwaj, starts off the album of a thriller film with a surprisingly light and feel-good song, that you would not even imagine could fit into a thriller film. Calm guitar riffs start off the song, later joined by wonderful, cheerful and breezy whistling by Meghna Gulzar. The moment Ash King starts, you can’t help but immerse yourself wholly into the song, and also hope that the song never ends. His voice is the perfect sugar-coated type of voice that works wonders in such songs. And when he touches the high notes — Brilliant!! 😄 In the second interlude, don’t miss his awesome Western style vocals, that entertain you for the whole interlude. He sings the second antara with so many variations, that you may not even notice that it is not the same tune as the first antara, because of those variations, which you cannot ignore, hence forgetting to notice anything else! And the way he laughs in between words, is just mind-blowing, and suits the song as well! He is singing for Vishal for the first time, and makes use of  the opportunity very well! Vishal has presented listeners with a treat, a sugar-sweet composition with just as wonderful arrangements, mostly guitars, finger snaps, and the whistles by Meghna. Strings also join in places, and increase the mystical experience. Gulzar’s lyrics are also simplistic, but at the same time, make the listener think and wonder what they’re really about, are they mocking life or praising!! A perfect, unexpectedly commercial start to the album!! Vishal-Gulzar combo works wonders yet again! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Dum Ghutta Hai
Singers ~ Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Rekha Bhardwaj

The next song starts off with Rekha Bhardwaj’s rustic vocals, singing in a melancholic tone, before being joined by Rahat singing in the same tone. You don’t know what to make of it by this time, but then things start getting very interesting. As Rahat hits that high note, the song suddenly gets interesting. When he hits that note, great percussion enters the song, electric guitars start mesmerizing you, and the whole atmosphere kind of lifts up, yet staying predominantly gloomy. As the duet between these two living legends proceeds, you can’t help but nod your head to the awesome guitars playing in the background. Though the mukhda of the song sounds a bit too monotonous, with the singers singing the same things over and over again, and that too in such a gloomy tone, things really get even better in the antaras. After an interlude with an awesome flute piece, Rahat starts the Antara, which has an utterly irresistible tune, sounding like Vishal’s 90s composition a bit, and winning over our hearts. Rekha concludes the antara, bringing it back to the hookline, the part where most people may have a problem with the song, owing to its monotony…but not me! 😀 Talking about the arrangements, most of it has already been said except that I forgot to mention a wonderful Spanish-Latino interlude before the second antara, infused with traditional Indian matka, giving an authentic exotic feel. Gulzar’s lyrics convey the pain, agony and mental suffering of the characters really well, brought to life by the two expert singers like Rahat and Rekha. All-in-all, a song that starts off sounding really robotic, but gains momentum as it progresses. And it also grows on you with multiple listens!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Kya Pataa
Singer ~ Arijit Singh

Starting in a stereotypical Vishal Bhardwaj way, with the scintillating and mesmerizing calm chime sounds, the next song prepares you for something vintage Bhardwaj, right from the moment it starts. Arijit has sung for the man twice already in ‘Haider’, and this will be his third time singing for him. We have seen with both the songs in ‘Haider’, how efficiently Vishal uses his grainy-textured voice, so that it appeals to everyone. The song is slightly on the same lines as ‘Khul Kabhi’ in terms of the feel and ambience it creates, but it is definitely not a romantic song. Gulzar’s lyrics — some of the best in recent days — make that point very clear. Arijit carries out the composition with ease and finesse, and gives it that thriller feel, with every note he sings. Vishal’s arrangements are flawless! Acoustic guitars with drums makes a deadly combo, stealing your breath away slowly, slowly, slowly. The other techno sounds that can be heard are really effective as far as the song and the suspense feeling of it is concerned. Though the composition might not stand out instantly, if you give it time, I’m sure you’ll start loving it, if you love typical Bhardwaj melodies. Another stellar song from Vishal Bhardwaj, with the arrangements and vocals as the highlights! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Kab Kahan Se
Singer ~ K.K., Backing Vocals ~ Rishikesh Kamerkar, Suhas Sawant, Vikas Joshi & Rajiv Sundaresan

From the title of the last track, you might guess that it is another version of ‘Kya Pataa’, because after ‘Kya pataa’, Arijit sings ‘Kab kahan se’ in the song. And when you play the song, your doubt turns out to be right, but not exactly. We can call it another version, but it is not at all similar to the former song. This time, K.K. comes behind the mic, and he sings with elan and attitude, making it sound a complete rock song. The composition has been changed, and it hasn’t remained as good as it was in the first version. The arrangements are also totally weird and unusual, and not something that would make you want to hear this song again and again. As such, the only things worth hearing this track for turn out to be Gulzar’s lyrics and K.K.’s awesome rendition of a high-energy rock song, which he does as if he’s the expert at it! The chorus part (Heyyyy-eyyy-eyyy) is good too, but that’s pretty much the only appealing part of the composition along with the hookline, which we’re already familiar with. You wouldn’t really think of playing this song again, except for K.K.! Unfortunately, Vishal failed to maintain the stupendous song streak till the end, and provides a limited-appeal song as the grand finale to the album.


Drishyam is a movie that frankly didn’t need an album. The presence of one, though, was not a problem! Since it was Vishal Bhardwaj behind the music, I had no complaints at all. And he has composed an album that very well suits the theme of the film. As it has been doing good in the theaters, I guess the songs will get popularized after people watch it in the theaters. The most commercial song of the album, ‘Carbon Copy’, is already a hit, whereas others would get popular after the film is seen by people. Scoring a three out of four, Vishal proved his mettle yet again, delivering a wonderful album, with some of the top voices of Bollywood, Ash King, Rekha Bhardwaj, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Arijit Singh and K.K. But again, not all songs will appeal to everyone, and so I would say that the appeal of the album, depends on each individual’s Drishyam!!

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Carbon Copy > Dum Ghutta Hai > Kya Pataa > Kab Kahan Se

 

Which is your favourite song from Drishyam? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next “dish”: Bangistan, Chef: Ram Sampath

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One thought on “IT ALL DEPENDS ON YOUR ‘DRISHYAM’!! (DRISHYAM – Music Review)

  1. Awesome Review by u after a long time
    Gr8 Going
    Waiting for your next review
    If u observed the Listening Order is same as the Track Order of the album 😀

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