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! 🙂

AN ALBUM OF SHAKESPEAREAN CLASS!! (HAIDER – Music Review)

Music Album Details:-
♪ Music by:- Vishal Bharadwaj
♪ Lyrics by:- Gulzar & Faiz Ahmed Faiz
♪ Music Label:- UTV/Junglee Music/Times Music
♪ Music Released On:- 12th September 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 2nd October 2014

Haider Album Cover

Haider Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Haider is an upcoming Bollywood drama film, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. The film is produced by Vishal Bhardwaj and Siddharth Roy Kapur and it stars Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Tabu, Irrfan Khan and Kay Kay Menon in prominent roles. After making modern-day adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays ‘Macbeth’ (Maqbool) and ‘Othello’ (Omkara), Vishal is all set to complete his Shakespeare trilogy with this film, ‘Haider’ which is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ and it is set in Kashmir. The music has been composed by Vishal himself, who mostly composes only for his self-directed movies nowadays, with some exceptions here and there. This year he already gave us one stellar album in the form of ‘Dedh Ishqiya’, and so expectations from this album were naturally massive. Some or the other influences from Kashmiri folk music also are expected, as Vishal usually showcases the folk music of the part of the world in which his film is set. So, without wasting anymore precious time, let’s see what I think about this latest album, ‘Haider’!


1. Aao Na:- Singer ~ Vishal Dadlani, Lyrics by ~ Gulzar

The first song of the album, which is already on the tips of everyone’s tongue nowadays wherever you go, is a perfect opener to the album. After ‘Dhan Te Nan’ (Kaminey), both the Vishals come together once again to create a rocking track. The heavy rock template, which I normally hate like anything in normal Bollywood music, has been used so wonderfully here by Vishal Bharadwaj, that you would instantly fall in love with it! The energy level has been kept on the highest possible degree, thanks to the electric guitars which are played in a very attractive way and tune and also the drums supporting them. The clinking sounds like that of a spoon on a glass are noticeable throughout the song. A kind of microphone feedback effect has been very smartly added by Bharadwaj, to give the effect as if it’s a live rock concert! The tune which he has composed is also very attractive, actually addictive! This addictiveness of the song is the best part of it, because it can turn even Rock music haters (as me) into Rock maniacs, at least for the four odd minutes for which it plays! So I’ve spoken about the first Vishal, now time to talk about the man who has lent his powerful voice to the song, i.e, Vishal Dadlani. This man’s energy is always a topic of speculation. One wonders how he can produce such a powerful voice and manage to attract listeners to it each time! His voice takes this composition to a degree of energy which might not even be on the scale! 😛 Whether he’s singing softly, or loudly, the same amount of energy can be noticed! Kudos to him! The hookline comes to life thanks only to him, and if it were anybody other than him, the required energy definitely would never have reached the listeners. Gulzar has written dark, but great lyrics! ‘Hamlet’ has some references to gravediggers, so keeping that in mind, if one hears this song, paying close attention to the lyrics, it would sound very very spooky and creepy, but Gulzar has very well incorporated this aspect into the lyrics. Great in all aspects, and Vishal-Vishal combo again deliver a must-listen energetic track! #5StarHotelSong! 

 

2. Bismil:- Singer ~ Sukhwinder Singh, Lyrics by ~ Gulzar

Catchy Rabaab plucks grab your attention right at the starting of the song. Instantly, we get to know that we will get a glimpse of Kashmiri folk music in this song. Sukhwinder Singh, a regular on every Vishal Bharadwaj album, gets to croon this story-through-song type of track. His voice texture is perfect for this folksy track. He delivers it with the right amount of expressions and energy. He has done variations in each and every line, thanks to his unique voice texture, and that keeps the listeners at attention, and makes sure they don’t get bored at even a single moment in the song. The lyrics have been written to narrate a story, so you’re missing out if you haven’t paid attention to the lyrics in this song. The character is telling the audience everything which he has discovered, but in code language. The whole story has been beautifully crafted into a poetic manner by Gulzar, and he has done it so brilliantly! If you listen very carefully, you’ll be able to understand the story too. Decorative Urdu words have been used, making it sound very royal. The composition by Vishal is just too awesome to explain in words. It takes abrupt turns many times, and each time a new ambience is created. The song starts with a happy feeling, and ends in a mysterious, angry, vengeful mood. The Kashmiri folk music has also been beautifully used in the song, with rabaabs leading in most of the song, and awesome percussion as well, which gives a slight Russian feel as well, if I’m not mistaken. Towards the end, a grand orchestration has been done, complete with violins played in a fast manner. When the song ends, you might feel like you have missed a lot of what was happening, because that’s true! So many things happen at once in the song, that it is very tough to notice all of them. However, the only cure for this would be to listen to it again! And again! And again! Stories get an entirely new definition from now on! A track invoking interest in each second! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Khul Kabhi:- Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Lyrics by ~ Gulzar

If there was any established composer whom I was looking forward to employ Arijit Singh, it had to be Vishal Bharadwaj. His unique style of music and Arijit’s voice yet had to create magic together. And my wish has come true in this album. Vishal has composed one of his typical, retro style melodies like that of ‘Zabaan Jale Hai’ from ‘Dedh Ishqiya’ and has wonderfully garnered the beautiful composition with Arijit’s voice. Arijit has not at all left any stone unturned in order to make the song sound beautiful. Previously, he has sung so many romantic songs, which people have loved, but they were all the same type. ‘Tum Hi Ho’, ‘Suno Na Sangemarmar’, ‘Muskurane’, all had that Bhatt feel to them, and it is very refreshing to hear him in a new kind of melody, which is typical only to VB, and which we barely get to hear regularly unlike those other romantic songs. Anyways, he has sung it so flawlessly, as though this song were made for him. Gulzar’s lyrics are romantic and go with the slow pace of the song. Beautiful arrangements have been done by Vishal too, with the violins making it sound grand here too. Of course, guitar can also be witnessed throughout the song. The sound of a shehnai at the start gets you ready for more pleasant surprises which the song has in store for you. The tune, as I said, is very unconventional and will need some time to grow on you, but when it fully grows on you, it will sound awesome and very addictive. The tune of the antara deserves a special mention for such an unusual but catchy tune! An intelligently composed and intelligently written song, with the great vocals of Arijit! What more could you ask for? #5StarHotelSong!! 

 

4. Gulon Mein Rang Bhare:- Singer ~ Arijit Singh, New Lyrics by ~ Gulzar, Original Lyrics by ~ Faiz Ahmed Faiz

This song is a ghazal , written by Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Gulzar has written some new lyrics, with which Arijit starts the song. Vishal has given a pure guitar background to this ghazal, so that it would cater to the modern listeners, while at the same time, retaining the richness in the composition, and keeping it calm and soothing. Arijit has sung it with utter innocence, and has done justice to the ghazal. After Mehdi Hasan, Jagjit Singh, Mohit Chauhan and K.K., it is time for Arijit Singh to croon this beautiful one. Though it isn’t the first time he has sung such a song (‘Phir Le Aaya Dil’ from ‘Barfi!’) it can still be said that it is yet another side of him. Vishal has given a small drum buildup to the hookline, which makes it sound even more beautiful. The arrangements have been kept soft, and they give a calm effect to the song. The tune is the same as the original, which I heard after hearing this version. Of course, the ambience created by this version can never match up to the level of the original, but if you are hearing it for the first time, it still sounds mind-blowing, so you know that nothing is wrong with this version either. I had wished for one song with Arijit and Vishal Bharadwaj together, and I got two in the same album! Both of them have been sung extremely well by the talented guy! The tinge of innocence in Arijit’s voice is the only thing it will need for you to fall in love with this song!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Ek Aur Bismil:- Singer ~ Sukhwinder Singh, Lyrics by ~ Gulzar

After the highly catchy and interesting ‘Bismil’, I was very excited when I saw the name of this track, because I was expecting something hatke from the original, as we saw in ‘Darling’ and ‘Doosri Darling’ from ‘7 Khoon Maaf’. And was I let down? Not at all! The catchiness gets more in this version! Vishal has given it an Arabic touch and it also sounds like Caribbean music in some places. Horns have been used almost everywhere, and they give that Caribbean flavour to the song. The percussion, on the other hand, gives a very Arabian feeling. There are strings used as well, which are interspersed throughout the song at places. I was definitely expecting something very upbeat, but who knew it would be so groovy and so catchy?! The whole mood of the song is energetic, vibrant and groovy, which you would never have expected after hearing the original, which had some shady moods as well. Sukhwinder has done variations even on the variations he took in the original! 😀 Again, his voice suits the Arabic-ness of the composition. There is a new antara by Gulzar in this one, and it has a different tune too! That one was for the theaters, this ones for the clubs! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Jhelum:- Singer ~ Vishal Bharadwaj, Lyrics by ~ Gulzar

The sound of water rushing welcomes you to this track, and then a heavenly santoor portion makes you feel at home listening to the track. It is another typical Vishal Bharadwaj melody, which reminded me of ‘Badal Uthiya’ from ‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ki Mandola’, and just like that song, it has won me over! Jhelum is a river in Kashmir, and Gulzar has written the lyrics very beautifully. The orchestration in this song has been done wonderfully. The violins play a very important part in carrying forward the song, and the before I mentioned santoor constantly haunts with its part. The guitar solo in one of the interludes is beautiful. Vishal sings in an earthy tone, and the haunting melody he has composed is perfect for his voice. The climax of the song is at the peak of grandeur, with violins backed by ferocious percussion, and Vishal singing in a very dynamic manner, giving the feel of a Western live orchestra. The haunting melody seems to end too quickly, even though it is pretty decent in duration. It kind of reminded me of two of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film’s songs, one being ‘Tadap Tadap Ke’ from ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ and the other is ‘Ang Laga De’ from ‘Ram-Leela’. The ghostly ambience created by this song is similar to that created by these two songs. Instantly lovable haunting melody which will leave you covered with goosebumps! Hats-off to Vishal for creating this! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

7. So Jao:- Singers ~ Alaap Majgavkar, Sourabh Joshi, Mayukh Sarkar, Muzamil Bhawani, Bashir Bhawani, Bashir Lone, Lyrics by ~ Gulzar

The first song of the album gets a makeover in this song. While ‘Bismil’ got more of a Western twist, this one here was already a Western-style composition, so it gets a folk twist. Yes, ‘Aao Na’ in a folk twist!! The singers are all Kashmiri folk singers, who I don’t know a thing about. The song starts with the sound of digging — this track is most probably going to be the only version in the movie, so it must be picturized on gravediggers — anyways, the sound effect has been done so realistically, it actually feels as if the people are digging in your ears. 😂 Then the lead voice starts and you might laugh at first, but later you get to know, that they are singing awesome! It’s their style of ‘rocking’ it, as we say! This version definitely has more of the haunting effect, all with the spooky lyrics and the melody too. Oud has been used here, and it sounds great. The track is short and lasts for a short time, but it definitely creeps you out! Whatever it was supposed to do it does that! Definitely try this one! You are not to miss it! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

8. Do Jahaan:- Singers ~ Suresh Wadkar & Shraddha Kapoor, Lyrics by ~ Gulzar

This one starts with some guitar strums, and then some rattling noises, followed by Suresh Wadkar’s nasal, but very melodious voice. He welcomes you to this composition so warmly, that you can’t help but to love it instantly. Shraddha sings for the second time after ‘Galliyan (Unplugged)’ in ‘Ek Villain’, and here she has some Kashmiri folk lines to croon. She does so, with much calmness and serenity in her voice, which sounds the same as it did in ‘Galliyan’, so I guess that is how she sings, and her voice when she talks just sounds miles apart from her singing voice. The composition is a lullaby-like melody, fully cloaked in tranquility. The lyrics by Gulzar are good, too. The guitars have been played throughout the song by Vishal, and so have the tablas and the shakers. The guitar interlude is wonderful. If there is any fault in the song, it just has to be that after a point, it can be that the tune has nothing new to offer, but is still enjoyable nevertheless. Otherwise, a cute and soothing, enjoyable, feel-good melody! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

9. Aaj Ke Naam:- Singer ~ Rekha Bharadwaj, Lyrics by ~ Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Another piece of writing by Faiz Ahmed Faiz, is featured in this album. There is always a song sung by Rekha Bharadwaj in a Vishal Bharadwaj album, and this time, she has got a beautiful nazm to sing. The background has been kept soft, with piano there at the start, then tablas dominating for a major part, and then again, piano coming into dominance. Vishal has composed the song wonderfully, and the musical arrangements really help to give some mental peace. Rekha’s unique voice suits the composition very well, and she takes the nazm to a whole new level. You would feel as if you are sitting at a tabla baithak in Lucknow, the tabla has been played so beautifully. The song is part of a long poem ‘Intesaab’ written by Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Vishal has adapted it quite beautifully here. 🙂 It is about the different roles a women plays in a single lifetime. This song is probably one of the most peaceful songs I’ve heard in recent times! If you want mental peace, then this song is for you! It is a must-listen!! The album ends with a #5StarHotelSong!!!


Haider is that type of album that will leave you speechless after you are done listening to it. All the songs have some particular intriguing element to them, and none of them disappoint, not even a single second of any of the songs leaves you bored. Vishal Bharadwaj has given nine gems of songs, let’s call it the Navratna! What’s more, the album is full of variety! The songs are a mix of groovy, calm, sad, romantic, intense and beautiful songs, all of them standing out amongst other nonsense, garbage songs of current times. Whether you are old, young or just born, you are sure to LOVE this album! Vishal Bharadwaj has outdone himself, and he has created a splendorous, stellar soundtrack! Definitely an album which might stay behind in the race on the music charts, but will win the races on people’s iPod playlists! A must-listen album, which is highly recommended for ALL!

 

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

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

 

Which is your favorite song from Haider? Please vote for it below!

 

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