JASLEEN’S HICHKI SUCCESSFULLY OVERCOME! (HICHKI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Jasleen Royal
♪ Lyrics by: Jaideep Sahni, Raj Shekhar, Neeraj Rajawat, Aditya Sharma & David Klyton
♪ Music Label: YRF Music
♪ Music Released On: 20th February 2018
♪ Movie Released On: 23rd March 2018

Hichki Album Cover

 

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Hichki is a Bollywood film starring Rani Mukerji, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Shiv Subramanian, Supriya Pilgaonkar, and directed by Siddharth P. Malhotra, produced by Maneesh Sharma. The film is about Naina Mathur, a teacher who has Tourette Syndrome, a neurological condition that results in uncontrolled motor tics. Well, Rani Mukerji can pull off almost any character she is given, so there’s no doubt that her performance will be great. The music of the film is by Jasleen Royal, which is great because a) this is her first solo album, b) it could be the turning point of her career if she makes good use of this opportunity, and why won’t she?? This is another one of those cases where YRF has roped in a relatively new composer for a film that doesn’t need massy music, but the music ends up being really memorable. So let’s hope Jasleen gets over her own ‘hichki’ of recycling her songs, and present something innovative and new!!


Jasleen Royal’s first solo album is mainly full of songs sung by one singer, and all the songs have a kind of spirit in them that is perfectly suitable for a small and sweet Yash Raj movie trying to create social awareness. What starts he album off, is Harshdeep Kaur’s Oye Hichki, a song that can be regarded as the title song, and whose hook actually sounds like the motor tics Rani Mukerji’s character has to deal with in the film. The song is a charmingly upbeat number, and Jasleen’s clever use of strong percussions helps give it an Indian touch, not to mention the Punjabi wedding-ish antara, something close to what Jasleen has composed before, but not quite the same, because of the grounded sound. Jaideep Sahni’s lyrics are good, but not the usual quirky stuff that is characteristic of him. In the Soul Of Hichki, Jasleen indeed takes a more soulful turn, but surprisingly enough, this change is brought about by the replacement of the upbeat percussions by electronic sounds. The antara is amazing here, more soulful, and the sarangi brings a wonderful touch. Harshdeep carries the vocals beautifully in both versions, both of which seem way too short; we wish they were longer.
The only non-solo song on the album arrives next, a groovy Tamil-Hindi rap song, Madamji Go Easy, with the funky vocals of Benny Dayal, and supported by a Tamil rapper David Klyton. The backing chorus of rappers do well, too — the “Vasco Da Gama...” portion is very entertaining. The Tamil rap sounds so refreshing! On a whole, the song is a great theme song to be picturized upon a bunch of teenage miscreants. Jasleen’s arrangements too, are entertaining; she uses all the right techno sounds to make this song enough commercial, although never losing the distinct classy nature of the song. Raj Shekhar writes with a quirky style we never got to see him use in his previous ventures.
A string of motivational/inspirational numbers follow, as is always the case in such movies! But we aren’t complaining; Royal delivers her career’s best songs in this portion of the album.
First up, Khol De Par by Arijit Singh is a charming song, that starts with an old-school composition, the likes of which never fail to impress. Jasleen herself does the “Doom Tak Doom” in the beginning, and you get hooked to the song right away. The hookline soars, with a nice rhythmic thump that helps your head nod throughout the song. The antara is wonderful too, especially the part starting from “Sabko Manaane Ki…” It just steals your heart. Arijit as usual, is charming with the vocals, but Jasleen’s acoustic arrangements are wonderful too, making the song as charming as it turns out to be. Raj Shekhar’s lyrics are fantastic, especially in the antara.
Shilpa Rao’s Phir Kya Hai Gham reminds me of a Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy song; I can’t remember which, though! Here too, Jasleen nails it with the rhythmic backing vocals and the cross line “Haule Haule Sab Hoga..”, each stanza ending with a high-spirited “Phir Kya Hai Gham!?”, followed by a nice humming. The song might be the weakest of the album, but you cannot deny the fact that it still is insanely catchy! The motivational intent of it works really well!
My personal favourite of the album, Teri Dastaan, is a melancholic number, probably the one that plays when the protagonist doesn’t know what to do next. Jasleen herself sings this one, and her distinct voice works wonders in this song. Her composition is so mature, and the piano in the background sets the ambience for this pensive melody. Here too, an interlude with a sarangi is a must-hear. The lyrics by Neeraj Rajawat are the highlight here, and probably the best lyrics of the album too.
The song features in a shorter instrumental version too, called Naina’s Theme, and boy, will the theatre-goers get goosebumps whenever this theme plays. Again, Jasleen sets the pensive mood immaculately, with the piano, and also with her humming, that sounds amazing. It ends the album on a memorable note!


Jasleen Royal overcomes the “Hichki” in her (till now) repetitive compositions by presenting a platter of varied songs from diverse genres, and she succeeds and how!!

 

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

Album Percentage: 82.14%

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: Teri Dastaan > Soul Of Hichki = Khol De Par > Oye Hichki = Madamji Go Easy = Naina’s Theme > Phir Kya Hai Gham

 

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