Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
♪ Lyrics by: Javed Akhtar
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 3rd May 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 5th June 2015
To hear the full songs of this album on Saavn CLICK HERE
To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE
Dil Dhadakne Do is an upcoming Bollywood comedy drama film directed by Zoya Akhtar, and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar. When Zoya is the director, you can rest assured that there would be an ensemble cast associated with the film, and that the film is going to showcase a slice-of-life, something with which you can relate to. This film stars Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Anushka Sharma, Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah and Rahul Bose. Zoya continues her trend of naming her movies after songs from her previous movie. This time she takes inspiration from the song “Dil Dhadakne Do” from her previous film, “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”. The film revolves around a dysfunctional Punjabi family, and how they set out on a cruise trip, and their adventures along the way. Ranveer and Priyanka play siblings, while Anushka plays Ranveer’s love interest, and Anil & Shefali play Priyanka & Ranveer’s parents. Farhan plays a friend of Priyanka’s and Rahul plays the role of her husband. So with so many characters, we can expect a grand and sophisticated outing. Zoya resorts to her regulars, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, to helm the music of the film, and of course, expectations are high like always from them! Even higher because it’s with Zoya Akhtar, given that the combo of them and Zoya have given memorable albums in the past. So, does the trio continue with their commendable work even in this album? Read on to find out what exactly they have to offer!!
1. Dil Dhadakne Do
Singers ~ Priyanka Chopra & Farhan Akhtar
The opening track on the album awes us right from the instant we put our eyes on the names of the singers. The film has an advantage in that, two of its lead actors can sing. And Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy do not miss this opportunity, making both Priyanka and Farhan come together behind the mic to try and make the best of this opportunity. The track starts with the compulsory spunk and pizzazz that is needed in these kind of tracks to allure the audience towards them. Being a title track, it would definitely not have been easy for the trio of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy to come up with something catchy right away. The hookline which they ultimately have retained in the song too, doesn’t get you addicted right away, but will grow like slow poison. Sounds like clapping, shouting and other weird vocals increase the experimentation factor of the song, yet keep it entertaining. The overall composition is not short of a lively, energetic song that will eventually have you up and about. Arrangements are great in their place, and succeed in keeping your attention towards the song. Brass instruments, drums, all gather your attention and make sure you enjoy yourself throughout the song. Javed Akhtar’s lyrics are good, too, talking about the unusuality of life, and how we should keep living life in spite of anything. If there is anything that makes this song appear not up to the mark, it has got to be the vocals. Though it was a nice idea to have lead actors croon the song, it didn’t quite work out as good as they might’ve wanted it to. Though Priyanka sounds good with her husky, appealing voice and her short interventions that increase the addictiveness of the song, Farhan is a huge letdown. The husky and grainy texture of his voice, which Pritam had succeeded in getting rid of in ‘Shaadi Ke Side/Effects’, returns even huskier than before, proving as a huge hurdle, which may affect the song’s reach big-time. Also, he doesn’t sound as good as he did in other songs of his! I wonder what happened! What I have to say, is that the promotional idea of having the actors sing, backfired on the makers themselves!! Vocals could’ve been way better!
2. Pehli Baar
Singers ~ Sukriti Kakkar & Siddharth Mahadevan
A lively and rejuvenating rock rhythm makes you forget about whatever slight disappointment the opening track gave you, and gives you the urge to move on to welcome the next track in an unprejudiced manner. The synth rhythm with which the track starts, joined by catchy rock guitars that are surely going to remind you of ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara), create the perfect ambience that is required in such a song, namely, a romantic rock ballad. When I say romantic, I don’t necessarily mean calm and soft, however. Because this song is anything but that! Energetic, spunky and dynamic beats and arrangements help the track become what it is, and the youthfulness that Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have infused into the track is just unbelievable. It would look magnificent onscreen as well. The composition, though resembling the aforementioned song at many places throughout the song, still has the vibe and infectious quality which enhances the song and eventually diminishes out the slight déjà vu feeling. Especially in the antara, things get really interesting, slowing down and steering away from typicality and convention. Wonderful beats and arrangements that accompany the composition right from the beginning to the end, do provide that addictive nature that one looks for in any song. Mostly placed on rock arrangements like drums and electric guitars, which give the song the youthful and flamboyant touch, you feel an instant surge of energy as soon as you hear the song, thanks to the enthusiastic treatment the song has gone through. Javed saab’s writing wouldn’t make you feel at all, that someone his age has written it, simply because of the fact that the lyrics are just as child-like, youthful, full-of-gusto and refreshing as the composition and arrangements. You won’t find yourself coming across any stale lines in the song, thanks to the new-age, simple and relateable lyrics which the man has penned down. For the last, I have saved the praise that the two singers, Siddharth and Sukriti deserve. Siddharth, now a regular in each and every one of the trio’s albums, delivers the tune in a enlivening manner, accompanied brilliantly by the third Kakar sibling, Sukriti, getting a relaunch after some forgettable songs, which she might not have even imagined, with the most well-known composer trio of the industry. Both of them complement each other perfectly, and the perfect amount of cheeriness can be heard in the track, as a result of their outstanding combo. An engaging affair, from start to end!! Full marks for the brilliant pairing of Siddharth & Sukriti!! #5StarHotelSong!!
3. Gallan Goodiyaan
Singers ~ Yashita Sharma, Manish Kumar Tipu (Manish J. Tipu), Farhan Akhtar, Shankar Mahadevan & Sukhwinder Singh
No Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy album feels complete without some weird, unusual and out-of-this-world experimentation, which takes you by surprise at first, but gradually grows on you so quickly, that it feels as if it is a part of your own self! The next song makes you go through the exact same feeling yet again, with the trio experimenting in various ways, resultantly churning out an enjoyable, trippy and chartbusting material type of track. This time, they start off the song with those weirdly addictive techno beats that come across as desi, and the regular band-baaja shown in films about Punjabi families. But in no time, the familiarity wears away, only to reveal an underlying freshness and trippiness that’ll make you go crazy after it. Novelty takes a new form for itself with this track, and the trio, who always ends up surprising in such tracks, do nothing less here! As Sukhwinder, one of the trio’s regulars, aptly starts with something that usually precedes rock Qawwalis with the rustic voice of his and the Qawwali-flavoured tune, everything comes right into place — beats, arrangements and the infectiousness of the song. It seems that Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have a whole treasure trove of such songs, out of which they can pick any song, anytime, and can rest assured that it will strike chords with the audience. The composition follows a really wound-up path, switching direction abruptly, yet appealing nevertheless! Though many parts contradict the parts that follow, you end up getting accustomed to the abruptness of the track in no time. The uniqueness is what eventually makes the track stand out. And the arrangements are just as different and distinctive. The usual Punjabi wedding beats like dhols, nagadas and tablas are of course, evident, but in addition to that, the trio wonderfully includes awesome techno beats that you can’t help but groove along to! And the diversity which the track showcases in its voices, is unbelievably marvelous! Each of the singers does his/her own part with such perfection, that it leaves no flaws to talk about, in that department! Sukhwinder bringing the folk flavour, Yashita bringing the urban touch, Shankar enacting an old man, Farhan surprisingly impressing in this track, and Manish wonderfully increasing the quirk, all do well! And these are just the people who are credited! More singers are on the track, who are sadly uncredited by T-Series! They too, increase the likability of the song. Javed’s lyrics make for a wonderful family outing song, a shed-all-worries-and-dance type of track. Wonderful in all aspects!! Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s experimentations very rarely go wrong!! So what’re you waiting for? Hear this immediately and wait for its magic to infect you! #5StarHotelSong!!
4. Girls Like To Swing
Singer ~ Sunidhi Chauhan
So, this album also comes with a surprise and that is, a retro-styled cabaret jazz track! With relatively newcomers like Mikey McCleary (‘Margarita With A Straw’, ‘Bombay Velvet’), Krsna (‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’) and the more well-known Amit Trivedi (‘Bombay Velvet’) trying out their hand at jazz music, now it’s time to witness some jazz coming from some of the most experienced composers of the industry, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy! And how beautifully they manage to bring in the perfect “SWING” to this track, guaranteeing that we will have a gala time while hearing it and dancing to it. The usual jazz percussion leads us into the track, before it gets into the quirky trumpets, trombones, tubas and whatnot. Right from the first listen, you may not find yourself getting hooked to it, but as the track progresses and as you keep hearing it repeatedly, it will surely grow. Why? There are many reasons. First of all, a trio like Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy cannot go wrong in the arrangements, at least not at this stage of their career! That makes things pretty enticing and you find yourself waiting for whatever surprise the next line of the song has in store for you, as far as arrangements are concerned. Secondly, the composition is another wild, crazy but catchy one, which doesn’t try to grab your attention forcefully like some Honey Singh songs, but instead, gives you your own sweet time for it to grow on you. And believe me, when this track infects you, it will do so very badly!! The hookline has been so aptly composed as per the title and situation of the song, and it might be the only part of the song that instantly stands out. Sunidhi, who keeps proving herself versatile with each song, is perfect here, too. Her companions give her good company, and I think even Priyanka Chopra sings (I mean “talks”) a line in the song. If she has, she hasn’t been credited, and neither have the wonderful backing vocalists that bring half the magic into the song. Without them, the song wouldn’t have been even half as catchy. One thing I would like to point out is that, in the antara, the song takes a rather unexpected turn, with a tempo change, going from all-out peppy, to a different kind of ‘peppy’, with a slower tempo. That part is to die for!! Javed saab writes perfect situational lyrics, that don’t really have much to praise, nor condemn, in them. Go for it!! Peppy, addictive, quirky and above all… SWINGY! #5StarHotelSong!!
5. Phir Bhi Yeh Zindagi
Singers ~ Farhan Akhtar, Vishal Dadlani, Divya Kumar, Alyssa Mendonsa & Sapna Pathak
After that energetic boost which makes up more than half of the album, finally calm and soothing music lovers get a reason to rejoice. Four tracks full of gusto and energy must have exhuasted the composers as well as singers big time. And so, the trio comes to what I think they’re best at — creating thoughtful, passionate and mind-blowingly soothing tracks. A Zoya Akhtar album without a song about life, it’s like no milk in ice cream, simply not done. So here come the trio with a grandest-of-the-grand finale to the album. Five singers behind the mic, each given wonderful and dreamy portions to sing, each singing their parts confidently and majestically, what else could you have asked for!? All of the singers, we have heard previously (except newcomer Sapna Pathak — who does a wonderful job as well!) and each have been given memorable parts. After hearing the song, when you would find yourself humming any line, you will also find yourself immediately associating that line with the singer who performs it in the song — such is the impact of the vocals. Farhan’s husky voice suits this song very well, indeed! And Divya, singing for the trio for the second time in Bollywood, does wonders with his free-flowing part. The female vocalists with their dusky voice bring in a haunting feeling, and Vishal stands tall among all of these! He is spectacular yet again. Of course, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s tune has in it that pensive quality, which everyone must be looking for in this album, right from the first song. But the way the singers have carried it all out, is fascinating. The composition is slow poison, and grows on you with time and again, very marvelously. The arrangements and recording done on the track is fabulous, mostly on synthetic beats, yet very appealing. Javed Akhtar has written very philosophical lyrics, very meaningful and written right from the heart. It sounds great to hear such wonderful lyrics after such a long time. 🙂 A grand finale to this album, which is totally worth the wait!!! Like a prize waiting for you at the end of a Boss Level in any video game. 😀 #5StarHotelSong!!
Dil Dhadakne Do is not one of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s instantly addictive and listen-on-loop type of albums which they always give, but it has that quality that makes you develop an affinity towards it as time passes. All tracks have been crafter with pure genius efforts, and it results in another mind blowing album from the trio. Plus, with all those peppy numbers, it makes for an awesome summertime album to keep you busy! So forget everything and Sun le gaane goodiyaan!!!
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: Phir Bhi Yeh Zindagi > Gallan Goodiyaan > Pehli Baar > Girls Like To Swing > Dil Dhadakne Do
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