IMPRESSIVE TEAMWORK!! (DAAS DEV – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sandesh Shandilya, Vipin Patwa, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Anupama Raag & Shamir Tandon
♪ Lyrics by: Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Deepak Ramola, Dr. Sagar, Bulleh Shah, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Munir Niazi, Gaurav Solanki & Sameer Anjaan
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 21st February 2018
♪ Movie Released On: 27th April 2018

Daas Dev Album Cover

 

Listen to the songs: Saavn

Buy the songs: iTunes


Daas Dev is a Bollywood political thriller starring Rahul Bhat, Aditi Rao Hydari and Richa Chadha in lead roles. The film is directed by Sudhir Mishra, and produced by Saptarishi Cinevision. The film has tanked as Such it Mishra’s weakest film, but we concern ourselves with the music, and let me tell you, this album is probably the dark horse album of the year! The music is composed by Sandesh Shandilya, Vipin Patwa, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Anupama Raag and Shamir Tandon. Read on to find out why I call it the dark horse album of the year so far! 🙂


Sandesh Shandilya and Vipin Patwa are the lead composers for the film: both have two songs each while the other three composers present us with one song each. Let’s start with Vipin Patwa’s portion of the album, since he hasn’t been active for so long!
Sehmi Hai Dhadkan is a melancholic but intense romantic song, that really works opposite to how these songs usually work with me. I actually liked the song. The tune is gripping, the instrumentation deep and likeable, and Atif’s vocals strong. The cello and piano work together against the digital beats, and Vipin’s composition is really captivating, especially with the hook, and the line before it, where Atif performs an impeccable aalaap. Dr. Sagar’s lyrics are good, but run of the mill. Vipin’s other song, Tain To Uttey, is a nice reimagination of Bulleh Shah’s verse, set against an electrifying folksy-rock fusion. Javed Bashir performs in a way that equals his rendition of ‘Piya Tu Kaahe Rootha Re’ (Kahaani), and he sounds amazing in those aalaaps, and in the hookline, when the composer brings in amazing rock elements accompanied by nice classical music elements. The interlude with Javed’s SARGAM is unforgettable.
Sandesh Shandilya though, takes the album to a different plane, with clever folk-techno fusion in both his songs. The relatively weaker (in no means a bad song), Raat Youn Dil Mein Teri, is a sensual romantic song sung by Papon and newcomer Shraddha Mishra. Two of Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s poems get amalgamated into this song, where Papon delivers an amazing performance as always, and even newcomer Mishra supports him and does her part beautifully with her distinct voice. The composition stands out as sensuous and experimental, while the techno sounds give it an even more intense lounge-ish sound. It reminds me of ‘Behroopia’ (Bombay Velvet) with its soundscape. The composition of the antara is mind blowing and tough to not love!
Sandesh’s other song, my personal favourite of the album because of its quirkiness and happy-go-lucky sound, is Challa Chaap Chunariya. The composition is essentially that of a folksy dance song, and it gets really catchy in the hookline and the cross line before it, and even more captivating with Rekha Bhardwaj’s stylish vocals. But the real magic here is the fusion by Shandilya. It’s so surprising this is the same Shandilya who made songs like ‘Suraj Hua Maddham’ (Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham) and ‘Aaoge Jab Tum’ (Jab We Met) in the 2000s, but now he has reinvented his style so drastically! The sarangi pairs beautifully with the psychedelic sounds, and the quirky programming makes it even more addictive.
Arko Pravo Mukherjee also breaks out of his spree of composing sugary sweet romantic songs, to create a nice rock ballad. Rangdaari has all the elements of a catchy rock song. Navraj Hans gets a short prelude in Punjabi, that we wish lasted longer, or featured once more in the song, until Arko takes the mic and sings his addictive composition. The arrangements are just like any rock song you’d hear, but nevertheless, very likeable. The hookline has a catchy composition as well; I just wish some more established singer had sung it. The guitars in the interludes are amazing, and so are the romantic lyrics by Arko Pravo Mukherjee.
Debutante composer Anupama Raag presents Azaad Kar, a song composed on that oh-so-heart-warming seven beat rhythm that is so prevalent in Bollywood, mainly for sad songs. The Indian tune is beautiful, as are the arrangements, with one digital plucked instrument playing throughout, coupled with jingle bells and tablas later on. The choice of Swanand Kirkire for singing it is really perfect; kudos to Anupama for remembering him. Gaurav Solanki’s lyrics are good too.
The weakest song of the album comes from Shamir Tandon; he composes a very heavy pathos-filled rock song, Marne Ka Shauk, that does not connect at all, with cringeworthy vocals (surprisingly by Papon and not so surprisingly by Krishna Beura) and very cringeworthy lyrics (as expected from Sameer Anjaan by now). It’s probably what the Devdas in this retelling sings when he starts drinking. 😂


All in all, this album turns out to be a surprisingly great album from multiple composers, but each pitch in to do their best, as per the script of the movie.

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 7.5 + 8 + 8.5 + 9 + 7.5 + 8 + 5.5 = 54

Album Percentage: 77.14%

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: Challa Chaap Chunariya > Raat Youn Dil Mein Teri >
Azaad Kar = Tain To Uttey > Sehmi Hai Dhadkan = Rangdaari > Marne Ka Shauk

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

REFRESHING AWARA-PAN!! (HAI APNA DIL TOH AWARA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Ajay Singha, Subhash Pradhan & Pervez Quadir
♪ Lyrics by: Mohit Pathak, Pinky Poonawala, Bulleh Shah & Kumaar
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 7th June 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 24th June 2016

Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara Album Cover

Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara is an upcoming Bollywood rom-com, starring Sahil Anand (‘Student of The Year’, ‘Babloo Happy Hai’) and Niyati Joshi. The film has been directed by Monjoy Joy Mukerji, and produced by Deepakk R. Gupta, Neha D. Gupta and Monjoy Joy Mukerji. The music of the film has been given by Ajay Singha, Subhash Pradhan & Pervez Quadir. Ajay Singha impresses me with remakes of old Bollywood songs that play on ‘Sony Mix’ channel, and it is his first Bollywood album, so expecting a lot from him as his pop album ‘In Raahon Mein’ was something worth hearing too. Meanwhile, Subhash Pradhan has composed for Bollywood movies like ‘Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baaki Hai’ (2012) and ‘Doctor I Love You’ (2015), which I’ve never heard of before. Therefore, there are not many expectations from him, but more than zero for sure. The third composer, Pervez Quadir, is a famous pop singer/composer, but I’ve never heard any of his works, so again, I can’t have any expectations as such. All I can hope for, is that all three composers do something great to make this small album big with their music! Ajay leads the album with four songs, while Subhash and Pervez each compose one song each. Let’s see how the music of ‘Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara’ turns out!!


1. Chu Liya
Singers ~ Papon & Neha Rajpal, Music by ~ Ajay Singha, Lyrics by ~ Mohit Pathak

Ajay Singha opens the album with a serene love duet with a predominant calm and dulcet sound to it. The composer has managed to create a very sweet love song that would instantly grab the listener’s attention. A very pleasant Assamese rhythm manages to keep you listening for more and more magic, and gives a very pleasant North-Eastern touch to the song. Ajay’s composition is not the usual Bollywood romantic song, but oozes with positivity. It makes you feel so good, and that is why it just wins your heart. Ajay has wonderfully used the Northeast flavour to make the song lovable, and it turns out to be beautiful. Acoustic guitars complement the usual Northeast folksy arrangements like flute and the percussion (dafli). The flute is the star of the song, and leaves a very happy impression on you. The very raw sound effects liek that of water and shakers make you feel so close to nature and if you close your eyes and hear it, you can just imagine a beautiful scenery in front of you.  The singers use their talent to take the song to another level. Papon in a romantic duet is a very rare thing to hear (I think the last romantic duet he sang was ‘Tu’ (Bobby Jasoos) with Shreya Ghoshal) and he sounds perfect in the song, more so because he is from the Northeast. 😀 On the other hand, Neha, a regular in Marathi albums, sounds weaker and more amateurish, but pleases you nevertheless. She sounds like Version 2 of Sadhana Sargam. Mohit Pathak, Ajay’s lyricist for ‘In Raahon Mein’, his pop album, writes pleasant lyrics as well, with Bollywood written all over them, yet sounding good with the composition and arrangements. A very soft and pleasant love song, that is a refreshing break from typical overdramatic love songs. #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Meheram Mere
Singer ~ Mohit Chauhan, Music by ~ Ajay Singha, Lyrics by ~ Mohit Pathak

Ajay continues with the pleasant breeze of music with his second song, this time crooned by Mohit Chauhan, perfect for this kind of song. The composition has shades of Pritam in its every note and line. Ajay has presented another pleasant romantic song, this time with a very soothing Sufi touch to it. The hookline is a very trademark Pritam-esque composition, and one wonders whether Pritam himself has helped with it. The mukhda is totally composed in a style that Pritam has become famous for mastering. Ajay has done a good job composing something that is light to the ears, and at the same time, makes you tap your feet and nod your head to the beats. Ajay’s arrangements are also very typical, yet strike a chord with the listener. Guitars and tablas stand out like the heroes of the song. Mohit’s professionality really helps the song, which otherwise, might never have sounded so beautiful and catchy. His beautiful and smooth voice is what makes the listener get so enchanted by the song, which is nothing new or special. Mohit Pathak has written yet another typical Bollywood song, but yet again, it appeals to the ears solely because of the pleasant composition and arrangements. Yet again, simple and sweet arrangements and a strong, but heard-before composition fails to BORE! 😀 Something that appeals to the ears even though it is so plain and heard-before! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara
Singer ~ Nikhil D’Souza, Music by ~ Subhash Pradhan, Lyrics by ~ Pinky Pooniwala

The title song has been composed by Subhash Pradhan, and comes very unexpectedly after two beautiful romantic songs. This one, too, follows the same pattern as the previous two. It follows a template that has been done before, heard before, loved before, and yet, it impresses you with all its simplicity. Subhash has tried to make a very sweet-sounding, happy-go-lucky song, and succeeded. He makes sure that the listener will have a smile on his or her face after the song is over and also while it is playing. The best thing is that (and I’ve loved this thing in many recent songs) the hookline is so laid-back and humble, and that is what makes the song so special. You don’t even feel like the hookline just played, but it leaves an impact on you just as well. Arrangements are as breezy as the composition, with a strong countryside touch to them, with guitar riffs being the most prominent throughout the song. The harmonica has also been used very well, and so has the flute. Drums at certain places do accentuate the moment better. Nikhil with his husky voice, brings in the perfect feel of someone bored with his routine life and longing for a change, and Pinky Pooniwala beautifully explains that with the lyrics. The “hoo hoo hoo” by Nikhil is really commendable, and is very nicely and seamlessly done. A perfect song for a long drive, oozing of freshness and a pleasant breeze! An unexpected surprise from Subhash! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Tere Ishq Ne Nachaaya
Singer ~ Pervez Quadir, Music by ~ Pervez Quadir, Lyrics by ~ Bulleh Shah

Pervez jumps into the album with the next song, which is the first song on the album that is actually upbeat and not calm. Pervez has taken Bulleh Shah’s poem and made a clubby number out of it. It still has that essence that it should have, but it sounds quite odd at places. Pervez has composed it well, keeping the essence of the poem in mind. It has been given a soft and soothing tune, something like a chant. It isn’t exactly what you would call catchy. The arrangements though, are a good mix of techno sounds, guitars and drums, which keeps you from getting bored. However, if the purpose was to keep you entertained, it doesn’t quite get fulfilled, as the lyrics and composition do not go well with those arrangements. Pervez’s voice too has been programmed weirdly, and it comes across as a mad mix of voices reciting a poem in a hodgepodge manner. Not an impressive fusion!!

 

5. Bhool Saari Baat
Singer ~ Ajay Singha, Music by ~ Ajay Singha, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Ajay re-enters into the album with this song, a quiet and soothing sad song. It has been composed on very minimal arrangements, and doesn’t fail to grab you into its web of enchanting music. The composition has been very carefully done, so as to make you love it to the fullest. Recently, ‘Kapoor & Sons’ had a similar sad song ‘Saathi Rey’, which had a just as pleasant and sweet and positive touch to it. Ajay has surprised me a lot with the composition, which is so simple, yet so complex. The way the composition travels from low notes to high, so very effortlessly, is just praiseworthy. The arrangements are nothing but some acoustic guitars, soft strings and fingersnaps as the rhythm. Shakers have been used well, too. Ajay has rendered the song with a calm presence, and a very controlled voice, though we can hear the autotune at places. And he sounds like Atif Aslam at places, when he goes on the loud high notes. Nevertheless, it is a great attempt from his side. And the highlight of this sweet little song are the very poetic lyrics by Kumaar. It is just so haunting to hear the lyrics along with the dulcet composition. They are very heart-touching, and Kumaar is an expert at such lyrics, as well as silly and insane ones! 😀 A masterpiece, that doesn’t try at all to be a masterpiece. Soft, soothing, and haunting without any haunting notes at all! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Dil Ke Rahi
Singer ~ Raman Mahadevan, Music by ~ Ajay Singha, Lyrics by ~ Pinky Pooniwala

The last song on the album is quite similar to the title song, with a countryside flavor, something that sounds a lot like a travel song. The acoustic guitars make the song feel breezier than it should. The base composition is quite bland and not as appealing as the other songs. Ajay has tried to make a breezy and catchy composition, but nothing works out as planned. The hookline doesn’t grab your attention, nor does any other part of the composition. The arrangements are the saving grace, with a catchy guitar-drums combo that always works for such songs. Rock guitars, a wonderful sitar, and piano notes attract your attention on the way towards the end of the song, but there’s not much else to hear and you end up getting bored soon. Raman’s voice isn’t pitch perfect either, and that makes it worse. The slow pace of the composition doesn’t go well with the upbeat and breezy composition here, and though it tries to sound like an IndiPop song, it ends up sounding pretty stale. Pinky Pooniwala’s lyrics are good, though. Nothing new, but nothing bad, either. A song that is a disappointing end to an unexpectedly great album.


I wouldn’t even have reviewed Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara. I had never heard about the movie or anything about the songs. But when I heard it, I was pretty blown away with the dedication of the makers. Even though the movie might not have a big star cast to boast of, the makers have made sure that the music finds as many takers as possible. The songs are a fresh change from the usual albums to small films as these, and I was really surprised on hearing it. Refreshing!

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Meheram Mere > Bhool Saari Baat > Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara > Chu Liya > Dil Ke Rahi > Dil Ke Rahi

 

Which is your favourite song from Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂