THE MUSICAL DIVINITY THAT WORKS ONLY PARTIALLY! (SHIVAAY – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Mithoon & Jasleen Royal
♪ Lyrics by: Sandeep Shrivastava, Sayeed Quadri & Aditya Sharma
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 7th October 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 28th October 2016

Shivaay Album Cover

Shivaay Album Cover

 

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Shivaay is an upcoming Bollywood action thriller film starring Ajay Devgn, Erika Kaar and Sayyeshaa Saigal in lead roles. The film is directed and produced by Ajay Devgn himself. The film seems grand at every scale, and hopefully, Ajay’s direction proves to be fruitful and the movie becomes a success. The trailer makes everything looks so magnanimous, that I am really getting excited for the movie. For the time being though, all we can do to get close to the movie, is spend time with its music. The music of ‘Shivaay’ has been composed by Mithoon, a music composer who rarely gets to experiment these days because of the incessant demand of the public for more and more ‘Tum Hi Ho’s, and Jasleen Royal, who debuted just last month in ‘Baar Baar Dekho’. She is more of a guest composer as she has composed one song in the album, with one version, and Mithoon has composed the remaining three songs. Hopefully, the two have worked well to make Ajay Devgn’s directorial a good musical as well. Let’s find out! 😀


1. Bolo Har Har Har
Singers ~ Mithoon, Mohit Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh, Badshah, Megha Sriram Dalton & Anugrah, Backing Vocals by ~ Parthiv Gohil, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Sandeep Shrivastava

The album starts off on an epic, grand note, with a devotional song in a very innovative style. The song starts off with a couplet by Mohit Chauhan, who sings it with immense perfection and concentration. And then there’s Mithoon’s electrifying rock guitar riff, along with Sukhwinder Singh’s classical bols. The composition of Mohit’s part has been done in a very typically Mithoon style by Mithoon, and the rest of the song is actually rap. The only thing that has a tune, is the hookline (Sukhwinder’s part). Megha Sriram Dalton very effectively leads the way with a mystical Aghor Mantra throughout the song, and her parts are what I keep waiting for in the song. The lead singer is obviously Badshah, and with his raps, he praises Lord Shiva a lot. Mithoon’s electrifying arrangements are very attractive, and help to attract the new generation towards the song. The rock guitars really crank up things in the song, while club beats and a very striking EDM makes the song worthwhile. Percussion by Bobby Shrivastava gets full marks. The vocals by all singers are awesome, and the confidence with which Badshah performs the rap, is applause-worthy. There are many parts of the rap that stand out among the rest. One such line I loved was “Wohi shunya hai, wahi ikaay, jiske bhitar basa Shivaay”, and yet another was the climax line, “Ja ja Kailash, ja kar vinaash”. The way these lines are repeated in the song, is just awesome. Megha Dalton sings her mantras very convincingly, while Mohit Chauhan’s parts are haunting and Sukhwinder’s parts are the energy of the song — whenever you feel it going a bit weak, his parts come and lift it back up. Backing vocals by Anugrah and Parthiv Gohil are good as well. Towards the end, all the singers’ parts come together, and with the help of a strong backing rock template, Mithoon brings a very good end to the song. The lyrics are by the film’s scriptwriter Sandeep Shrivastava himself, and he’s also written the raps, which are merely performed by Badshah, fortunately, and fortunately, performed very well! His lyrics are very good, describing Lord Shiva gloriously. A strong opening to the album, and a song that will give the movie a strong opening too! 😀 Also, happy to see that Mithoon tried out something different!!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Darkhaast
Singers ~ Sunidhi Chauhan, Arijit Singh & Mithoon, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Sayeed Quadri

After the electrifying rock song, Mithoon mellows things down with a song that starts with a very comforting piano tune, and Sunidhi’s sweet voice. The song is a romantic one, and sees Mithoon back in the ‘vintage Mithoon’ mode, which is totally different from the Mithoon who gives endless ‘Tum Hi Ho’s. The composition is very pleasant, uplifting and calm, and gives you a sense of calm as well. The starting paragraph by Sunidhi is the mukhda, and it is a kind of unplugged start to the song, after which Arijit comes with the hookline, a very beautiful tune that Mithoon seems to have saved for a special movie, like this, for a superstar like Ajay. The line “Tu meri baahon mein duniya bhula de” hits you so hard (with love) that you just fall in love immediately. Arijit renders the hookline with a very happy tone, and makes you smile after hearing it. However, he has used his very bored, casual voice tone here sometimes, and sometimes, suddenly becomes interested in delivering a good rendition. 😀 I don’t know what that’s about, all I know is that the final result is amazing. He sounds awesome in the high notes, and a little less in the low notes, but it works anyway. Sunidhi is perfect as usual. Her notes are mostly on the high scale in this song, and she sings them gracefully. Her vocals here remind me of her vocals in ‘Yaaram’ (Ek Thi Daayan) where she went oh-so-gracefully from low notes to high notes and back! The first antara, sung by Arijit, has a very typical and heard-before tune to it, but Arijit delivers it so passionately, that it sounds awesome. Sunidhi, on the other hand, aces the wonderful, mellow composition of the second antara. After both antaras, there is a wonderful addition by Mithoon where he sings “Tu meri baahon mein duniya bhula de” in a very different, rhythmic way. At the end of the song, Sunidhi wraps things up with a very soft and gentle rendition of the hookline, just like she opened up the song. She does it so nicely, that she would impress anybody’s grandmother, as she places everything right where she takes it out from. 😀 😛 (Don’t worry if you didn’t understand that, it was ridiculous anyway) The arrangements are scintillating. Mithoon decorates the song with very lively percussion (programmed by Bobby Shrivastava) and that gives the song a quite pleasant, upbeat touch. Of course, Mithoon’s piano keeps impressing you throughout the song, and guitars (Kalyan Baruah) are very breezy. The singers complement the arrangements so well, that everything falls into place perfectly. Sayeed Quadri’s lyrics are mind blowing. Once again, he impressed with simple words, and Mithoon has taken them and woven a beautiful melody out of them. Romance at its simple best! Arijit and Sunidhi ace this one, and Mithoon should start giving more such songs!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Raatein / Raatein (Reprise)
Singers ~ Jasleen Kaur Royal / Jasleen Kaur Royal, Music by ~ Jasleen Kaur Royal, Lyrics by ~ Aditya Sharma

Jasleen steps into the album as a guest composer for this song, which appears in two versions in the album. The first version is a sweet, breezy composition that I would have liked, had it not been so, so, so similar to Jasleen’s ‘Kho Gaye Hum Kahan’ (Baar Baar Dekho). The composition style, the dulcet, calm and breezy melody, we’ve all heard before in the song from ‘Baar Baar Dekho’. It seems like Jasleen has modified some notes somewhere and presented this song after modification. The vocals too, are very similar to the way she sang in that song. Arrangements might be the only difference in both songs, but very slight. The guitars are here too, but it is joined by pleasant percussions that will sound awesome in the theaters. Strings do their job very well. At the end of the first antara, Jasleen has added a wonderful strings orchestra, with crisp strokes, which is worth hearing the song for! And at the end of the second, she adds a strings piece which is in one piece and not broken into strokes. The flute that she has placed in places throughout the song, is wonderful, while the banjo towards the end really makes the mood lighter. However, at the end there’s an “Oooooo-ooooo-oooo” which is a copy paste of the “Oooooo-ooooo-oooo” from ‘Nachde Ne Saare’ (Baar Baar Dekho). The “Hey-ya-hey-ya” effect that she has put in places around the song, is pleasing though. Aditya Sharma, who had written ‘Nachde Ne Saare’ too, writes this one quite nicely, but it gets boring after a while. The reprise is just as opulent in terms of arrangements. The reprise starts with a tune that Jasleen had used in the antara in the original version. This version is more of an unplugged version, with a slow pace and a haunting sound about it. Jasleen sings in a whispery voice for this one, and it turns out to produce a very haunting effect. In the first half, the song is unplugged, until a grand, striking percussion takes away the silence to gradually pull you into a more sinister land. The oboe very nicely conveys the sinister nature of the song. In the second half, Jasleen starts singing in a high pitch and louder, to make that sinister touch more evident. The ‘Hey-ya” tune is tweaked to make it sound more sinister, too! 😀 Basically, this song is just the original tweaked, to make it sound sinister. The arrangements are more opulent, with strong percussion and graceful strings bringing out the haunting quality of the song. The lyrics here have also been tweaked, and work for the theme of this version. Overall, both versions have great arrangements, but the first one is too similar to Jasleen’s previous song, while the second one is not soemthing I would take out time to listen to again and again — it will sound great in the theaters! A bit of a disappointment from the promising Jasleen Royal! 😦

 

4. Tere Naal Ishqa
Singer ~ Kailash Kher, Music by ~ Mithoon, Lyrics by ~ Sayeed Quadri

The last song on the album started off with a tune that resembles the opening tune of ‘Ji Huzoori’ (Ki & Ka) a bit, and I was so excited for a moment, because Mithoon with another ‘Ji Huzoori’ would be as fun as the world with another India. 😀 But to my disappointment, what followed was a composition that seemed to have worn out right away. The mukhda was so melancholic, that you get set back right away after it starts, and it just gets more boring after that. The hookline is decent, with the typical Mithoon trademark over it. The whole song reminded me of ‘Zaroorat’ (Ek Villain) instead of ‘Ji Huzoori’. 😦 And that isn’t good! The antara is quite slow-paced and hard to catch. The cross line which joins the antara to the hook, is also so outdated. The song has a very laid back tune in general. Kailash Kher’s vocals don’t help, as it just makes the song sound more outdated. He ends up boring the listener as the song progresses. The arrangements by Mithoon were a sort of a saviour for the mediocre composition, with rock livening things up a bit. The typical electric dafli-like beats just follow the tried-and-tested formula, which I’ve started hating after Vishal-Shekhar have overdone it in such songs. The length of the song is also a letdown. Such a melancholic composition, and six minutes, is a too long time! I really don’t like it when Mithoon takes such outdated tunes and stretches them for six minutes. On the other hand, I didn’t even notice how six minutes passed during ‘Darkhaast’. Sayeed Quadri’s lyrics are good here too, but could’ve done with better composition by Mithoon. A lacklustre melody that has worn away with time.


Shivaay partly lives up to expectations. The album offers a very electrifying song that will be the cracker for this Diwali, and a very sweet romantic song, but other than that, the other songs seem to suffer. Jasleen seems to be stuck in her comfort zone, and must get out of it, considering that this is only her third song and it smells so much of her first. Ankit Tiwari was different. He took so long to get out of ‘Sunn Raha Hai’ that all his songs started overlapping and then we got used to it, and got a pleasant surprise whenever he let go of it. But I don’t wish that to happen in Jasleen’s music, as she seems very promising a composer. Mithoon’s last song is just avoidable, as it reeks of the 2005-2007 era so much. At the end of the day, the musical divinity only partially works.

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Darkhaast > Bolo Har Har Har > Raatein (Reprise) > Raatein > Tere Naal Ishqa

 

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

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