SAAT SURON SE SAJA ALBUM!! (DEAR MAYA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Anupam Roy & Sandman (Sandeep Patil)
♪ Lyrics by: Irshad Kamil & Rashi Mal
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 19th May 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 2nd June 2017

Dear Maya Album Cover

 

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Dear Maya is an upcoming Bollywood drama film that marks the comeback of Manisha Koirala, and also stars Shreya Chaudhary and Madiha Imam, alongside her in the film. The film has been directed by debutante Sunaina Bhatnagar, who has been Imtiaz Ali’s Assistant Director in ‘Jab We Met’ and ‘Love Aaj Kal’, and is now foraying into direction herself. The film has been produced by Shobhna Yadav and Sandeep Leyzell. The film is about two 14-year old girls who live in Shimla, Anna and Ira, who find out about an old lady named Maya Devi (played by Koirala), who hasn’t come out of her house for 20 years. The reason she hasn’t stepped out of her bungalow for 20 years is because, when she was of a marriageable age, nobody agreed to marry her. The two teenagers, mischievous as they are, decide to prank her by writing fake love letters pretending they are one of her suitors from Delhi, saying he wants to marry her. Full of hope and excitement, Maya leaves for Delhi to meet the suitor. Six years later, the 21-year old Anna and Ira set off to Delhi to find Maya and apologize. So the plot seems very intriguing, and it will surely be very enjoyable to watch. One might expect the music of the film to be composed by A.R. Rahman or Pritam due to Imtiaz Ali’s constant collaborations with the two, but Sunaina chooses Anupam Roy for the music of this film. The Bengali film composer, who debuted in Bollywood almost exactly two years ago, has already gotten some great songs to his credit — the full album of ‘Piku’, two songs in ‘Pink’, and one song in ‘Running Shaadi’. But what makes this fourth album of his extra special, is that it is his first album for a non-Shoojit Sircar film. And that’s saying quite a lot. It means others have started recognizing his immense talent. And that also means we as listeners get to hear more of him! Yay! Joining him with a guest composition is Sandeep Patil, who goes by the name of “SandMan”. Expecting lots from this album, mainly due to the type of film it is, I am diving into it ready for some brilliance!


1. Saat Rangon Se / Saat Rangon Se (Acoustic Version)

Singers ~ Rekha Bhardwaj / Anupam Roy, Music by ~ Anupam Roy, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

“Dhoop ko churaaungi, chhupanugi wahaan, ho,
Ik naya savera hai, chhupa hua jahaan,
Dheere dheere savere ko jeeti jaaungi,
Bheege bheege ujaalon ko peeti jaaungi,
Maine khud ko aaj keh diya hai haan!”

A wonderful, pleasant piano portion kicks off the first song on the soundtrack — a lilting melody all about loving yourself and living life to the fullest. The composition by Anupam Roy is a very uplifting, soulful one, composed on the seven-count rhythm that I love oh-so-much! The mukhda is aptly gripping, and though the song starts quite slowly, it is that seven-count rhythm that pulls you in eventually, a rhythm which is always used when you want everyone to love your song! (Like ‘Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin’ from ‘Agneepath’ and ‘Bhagwaan Hai Kahan Re Tu’ from ‘PK’.) The antaras follow suit and are as soulful as they can get, and they just leave you feeling happier than ever. The “Hmm-hmm-hmm” by Rekha at the end of every stanza is just so charmingly delightful! The Acoustic Version has the same composition and lyrics, and differs only in terms of arrangements and vocals. The arrangements in the first version are just ethereal. The piano notes suck you into the song and you succumb very happily, but the tablas are as soulful as the word can get. The chimes that play occasionally in the song bring a very breezy touch to it. Whereas, in Acoustic version, aptly named, Anupam employs simple piano and guitars, and removes the tablas, too, making the song sound soulful in a very different manner. Definitely, the piano is the highlight of that version. Again, shakers provide a nice calmness to the song. A wonderful strings interlude sweeps you off your feet! The vocals in both versions are impeccable. Rekha, as always, carries the song to a new level altogether, and her high notes are spot-on. As always, her little nuances work only in favour of the song. Anupam too, manages to keep intact the tranquility of the song, and with his metallic voice, sucks you completely into the song. That high-pitched line in the antaras both singers sung in their individual styles, but both of them sang it so melodiously! Last but definitely, definitely, not the least, Irshad Kamil’s lyrics, which are very meaningful and loveable. They’re all about loving yourself, and accepting life the way it is. A perfect, semi-classical start to this album!

Rating: 5/5 for The Original, 5/5 for the Acoustic Version

 

2. Sune Saaye

Singer ~ Harshdeep Kaur, Music by ~ Anupam Roy, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

“Bas darwaaza khol ke rakhna, khol ke rakhna,
Khud ko itna mol ke rakhna, mol ke rakhna,
Aaye na mujhko, sab rishton ko, naap ke rakhna, tol ke rakhna,
Main hoon badi naadaan, poore hoke armaan,
Koi leke muskaan jaane, kahaan se kabhi bhi aa jaye,
Soone Saaye, tune paaye,
Soone Saaye, jo hai paaye!”

The next song sucks you into itself right from the first note, which happens to be an amazing sitar strum, followed by a just as amazing guitar riff. And just as these two come into play, you get a feeling that this song is going to make you really happy. And that’s exactly what it does. The song is essentially an inspirational, motivational one, about being positive. Once again, Anupam Roy gets into play an outstanding semiclassical composition that immediately works its magic on the listeners. The mukhda with its low notes definitely impressed me, but even more impressive is the antara, with an amazing tune that has the capability to make you feel nostalgic, just as it did to me. And the high notes in the antara are just WOW!! Both antaras make sure you don’t leave the song midway. The 5 minute long duration of the song has been utilised well, minute for minute by Anupam. That reflects in the arrangements as well. Anupam has very wonderfully employed a fusion arrangement that does nothing but remind the listeners of the ‘Piku’ album. A wonderful soft rock base of rock guitars and drums, played in a very tranquil manner, coupled with acoustic guitars, comprises the Western part of the arrangements. The Indian classical portions of the arrangements comprise nothing but a sitar. And that Sitar is hands-down, the star, the highlight of the song. Everytime it plays, it tugs at your heartstrings and makes you crave for more. And more. Until finally, your heart is satisfied when Anupam throws in an OUTSTANDING sitar interlude after the first antara. I don’t even know how much I should appreciate that part, but it will definitely be one of my favourite usages of sitar in Bollywood music forever! And what makes it sound even better, is that the rock background doesn’t stop even when the sitar is being played! Impressive stuff. The vocals are astounding, Harshdeep owning the song just like she always does! Her rendition here reminds one of ‘Heer’ (Jab Tak Hai Jaan) due to the charisma in her voice, the seamless undulations from low to high octaves. Towards the end too, the sitar plays a wonderful piece, coupled with Harshdeep’s beautiful aalaap Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are amazing here too! They are about waiting patiently for that life-changing moment that comes to everybody, in its own time. The “pyaara mehmaan” referred to in the first line, made me smile very openly, and when a song’s lyrics make you smile that way, you know they are effective!! A song that exudes charisma and nostalgia!

Rating: 5/5

 

3. Kehne Ko

Singer ~ Jonita Gandhi, Music by ~ Anupam Roy, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

“Rakhna chhupake baat woh, ek din jo boli raat ko,
Aankhon mein aankhein daalke, haathon mein leke haath ko,
Tum bin aasaan nahin hai, lagta hai jaan nahin hai,
Dil Hai, Sama nahin hai,
Jhootha hai jo yahi, kehne ko dil nahin,
Dukhta hai dil kahin, kehne ko dil nahin,
How do I say goodbye?”

Melancholic piano chords welcome you into the next song, followed by an even more melancholic composition. Anupam Roy gives a sad song in the form of this song, and for the most part, it is quite maudlin, and not as engaging as the previous two songs. The Mukhda itself provides a faltery start to the song, and the line “How do I say goodbye?” sounds so very overtly sentimental. The first antara too, doesn’t strive to uplift the nature of the song, but things get interesting only in the second interlude, when Anupam introduces a wonderful soft rock instrumentation, and the composition of the second Antara too, is very engaging. One line in the antara, really touched my soul though, and that is the high-pitched one that ends the antara, “Dil hai, samaa nahin hai!” Jonita renders that line with such a wonderful, nuanced touch. That brings us to her vocals. She is definitely the star of the song, and brings some interest into the maudlin song. Arrangements are completely Western, with the pianos dominating for a major first part of the song, and then, as mentioned above, the soft rock template, complete with drums and guitars, kicks in. The strings in the first interlude, too, do not manage to garner the listeners’ interest. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are good enough, but again, quite melodramatic. A rare melodramatic song from Anupam, but I’m sure it is just his first, so no worries!! 

Rating: 3.5/5

 

4. Buri Buri

Singer ~ Rashi Mal, Music by ~ Sandman (Sandeep Patil), Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil, English Rap Lyrics by ~ Rashi Mal

(What should I even quote here?)

Sandman enters the album for the final song of the album, an upbeat English pop styled song, sung by newcomer Rashi Mal. This song is probably the song revolving around the two 14-year old girls in the movie. The composition is quite good, but falls flat in places, especially the hook that goes “Karein Buri Buri Buri Buri Buri Buri Buri Buri Baatein“. And that “baatein” is whispered in such a way, that you can barely hear it unless you strain your ears. And also, after they say “buri buri buri…“, there’s a weird gasping noise, and you’re like “What the heck?”. The “I’m a sunshine girllllll” is something that would sound at home in a Barbie advertisement. The arrangements are cool, the beats are groovy, and various techno sounds have been put to good use. Rashi Mal’s vocals are mediocre, but anyday better than Anushka Shahaney who sang the English songs in ‘Half Girlfriend’. At least her accent is genuine. She pens down the English lyrics herself, and coupled with Kamil’s Hindi lyrics, they make a good situational song about the careless characters. Above average, but not something that would cater to Bollywood audiences.

Rating: 2.5/5


Dear Maya is an album that delivers as expected. Anupam Roy scores with three out of his four songs, the fourth one lagging a tad behind. His specialty is fusion, and here too, in the best song of the album, “Sune Saaye”, he showcases a brilliant fusion. The other songs follow templates, and out of that one works brilliantly (Saat Rangon Se). Sandman, on the other hand, provides a mediocre, situational song that won’t really go much ahead. Overall, this is an album that works partly, but whatever works, works big-time!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 5 + 5 + 5 + 3.5 + 2.5 = 21

Album Percentage: 84%

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: Sune Saaye > Saat Rangon Se = Saat Rangon Se (Acoustic Version) > Kehne Ko > Buri Buri

{Note: Though ‘Sune Saaye’ and both versions of “Saat Rangon Se” scored the same, I loved ‘Sune Saaye’ much more!}

 

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

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One thought on “SAAT SURON SE SAJA ALBUM!! (DEAR MAYA – Music Review)

  1. Dear Rujul,
    Yet again an amazing review from ur side. Though i expected a better rating for Buri Buri, still i cannot deny the way u hustified ur lowest rated song of the album. Nevertheless, the album belongs to Anupam Roy n he has nailed it yet again. Gr8 job by you in writing a review which justifies the awesomeness of his songs. Way To Go. 😀👍

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