Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Jaidev Kumar, Jeet Gannguli, Bilal Saeed & Bloodline
♪ Lyrics by: Kausar Munir, Manoj Muntashir, Kumaar & Bilal Saeed
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 24th April 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 29th May 2015
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To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE
Ishqedarriyaan is an upcoming Bollywood romantic drama, starring Mahaakshay Chakraborty (Mithun Chakraborty’s son), Evelyn Sharma and Mohit Dutta. The film has been directed by V.K. Prakash and produced by Rajesh Banga. It is a story about love, sacrifice, family values and relationships. The title of the movie means the relationship of love. The plot is about Luvleen, a teacher who wants to collect donations for her grandfather’s school, and her relationships with Aagam, a millionaire and Arjun, an aspiring singer. The plot is a typical love triangle. So what interests me more, is of course, the music! The album is a multi-composer album, in which two songs are composed by Jeet Gannguli, two by Punjabi music composer Jaidev Kumar, and one by Pakistani singer/composer Bilal Saeed (debuting in Bollywood as a composer with this album). So, since the two names other than Jeet aren’t familiar to me, all I can do is expect from Jeet, and hope hope hope that the other two do well! Let’s see how they did!
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Jaidev Kumar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar
So the makers let Jaidev Kumar, a popular and successful Punjabi composer, start off the album! This man has scored for the award-winning Punjabi movie ‘Chaar Sahibzaade’ and now he finally gets his break in Bollywood with two songs in this movie. Yes, he did that horrendous remake of ‘Subha Hone Na De’ called “O Meri Mata” (Bajatey Raho) which half of you might not even know of, but that was a remake of a Pritam song. This is his first original song in Bollywood. And no, he’s not as young as you might be thinking. 😛 Anyways, back to the song! It starts with piano notes that make you think “Wow, so peaceful!” As Arijit steps in, it instantly creates a fully melancholic and calming, but haunting atmosphere. However, it isn’t very deep and heart-touching, but on the contrary, seems very fake and artificial. Yes, I know you must be silently cursing me while reading this, but I found this song way too typical, and on top of that, too fake. The composition didn’t grasp me all that much. However, Arijit’s rendition was fabulous. The arrangements are great too, with the piano, strings and beats perfectly in sync with the composition. In the antaras, everything gets pretty quiet and soft, and the hookline brings the sing back to its original instensity. Kumaar’s lyrics are good, though heard-before. The only thing disappointing here (for me) is the composition, which might impress you, but for me… that is not the case! Mild debut by Jaidev!
Singer ~ Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir
Jeet comes back into the scene after hardly a month since his last songs in ‘Mr. X’, one of which was highly touching. Here he comes without his regular singer, Arijit. This time Jeet opts for one of his colleagues on various projects (if I name them, you’ll get bored and also feel like you’re reading “The List Of All The Cities That There Are In The Whole Wide World”) and I’m pretty sure you can guess who. Yup, it’s our Maharaja of Autotuning — Mr. Ankit Tiwari. Jeet gets the title song here, and what does he do? He creates a composition, that grabs our attention here, then leaves it, then grabs it again somewhere after some time and so on. So you get that the composition isn’t all that continuously attractive. Moving on to the vocals. How does the autotune master sound under someone else’s direction, you ask? I say, he sounds good enough. Since he has made it known to the world clearly what he sounds like, and he wants to sound like, of course every single person who directs him, is going to make him sing in his trademark voice (which nobody likes, I believe!) So poor Jeet suffers once more because of wrong choice of singer. Kausar writes efficient lyrics for Jeet, but at places it seems that they’ve written anything just to provide fillers, which go “Ishqaaaaa… Ishqaaa” and irritate you. And Jeet does try to cover this up. Maybe he realized that it is of no use to try and change the composition, which will anyways get spoiled by Ankit’s autotune voice as the makers must’ve told him to use nobody else. So he quite expertly puts in mind blowing arrangements, like the acoustic guitars, piano, and moreover, the rock guitars and drums. The arrangements do give listeners something good at least to hear. So, barring arrangements and lyrics to some extent, this song has not much to offer!
3. Das Dae
Singer ~ Mohit Chauhan, Music by ~ Jaidev Kumar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar
Here comes Jaidev Kumar again. After giving that average song which started off the album, he returns with something that really changed my opinion about him. Going by that song, I thought he always gave such typical Bhatt-ish things. However, he proves me wrong with this song. With the ever-reliable Mohit Chauhan behind the mic, this song is a beautiful romantic melody, which attracts you right from the first listen. The composition is something that is sure to have you falling in love with it instantly, and is enough to soothe you down whenever you need to be calmed down. Both mukhda and antaras have been composed very, very efficiently, and whatever the makers wanted, they have achieved. Mohit’s splendid voice works its magic for this song as well (where doesn’t it?) and provides listeners with a wonderful experience hearing the song. Wonderful guitars accompany Mohit throughout the song, and the guitars in turn are supported by so many effective beats and sounds. Written by Kumaar entirely in Punjabi, this song is really meaningful and sure to have you listening to it on loop. Jaidev proved his worth finally with his second song, perfectly rendered by Mohit and wonderfully written by Kumaar in pure Punjabi! #5StarHotelSong!!
4. Mohabbat Yeh / Mohabbat Yeh (Reprise)
Singers ~ Bilal Saeed / Asees Kaur, Music by ~ Bilal Saeed / Bilal Saeed & Bloodline, Lyrics by ~ Bilal Saeed
So the last composer comes into the album, and it marks the much-awaited entry of Bilal Saeed into Bollywood. And he definitely grabs this opportunity, and makes the best out of it, giving us a song which we can tolerate and actually listen happily, and not with a face like those frustration emoticons people send when they’re frustrated. Of course, it’s another romantic song. Yes, a bit typical, but it instantly struck a chord with me. Bilal has composed it with great proficiency, and it does have shades of that Pakistani pop, but not as much as I expected. For one, I never expected him to churn out such an appealing track! I was sure he would come up with a typical pop-like song, with that angry rock and all. But what I got really got me happy, because I wasn’t expecting it at all. He doesn’t sing that spot-on perfectly, but at least he doesn’t sound too out of tune. Arrangements have been done beautifully, mostly those catchy beats in the hookline and the strings in the hookline, which make you swing to the tune, and at the same time pay close attention to them in admiration. In other parts, the guitars will entertain you, no doubt. Lyrics also don’t fall behind at all. Bilal has written surprisingly good. The reprise, apparently composed by both Bilal and some Bloodline (even though the tune is not different at all from the original version) has to be heard only for the rearrangement that has been done. A wonderful Spanish/Latino rhythm takes the lead in this one with awesome guitars hooking you. However, the singer is too over-dramatic. Asees pronounces half the words wrong, and seems as if she’s just trying to show off, while failing miserably! The original version is my pick, whereas the arrangements of the reprise are pretty captivating! The first version is a #5StarHotelSong!!
5. Georgia Sae Jalandhar
Singer ~ Master Salim, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir
Jeet returns to wrap up the album with a song, which you won’t believe he has composed, until you hear it. Master Salim gets to sing a song after a long, long time. But he shouldn’t be too happy about that. Because it isn’t a really good song that he gets to sing. It’s one of Jeet’s most horrible compositions, because whenever he tries to do dance songs, this always happens. Like in ‘Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi’. Anyways, the composition barely hooks you except the line “firangi hai na Desi hai…” Also, Manoj has written lyrics which I can’t imagine him writing. He has made new discoveries in physics. Somehow the girl is an electric shock, and the boy calls himself a live wire. Oh god!!! Arrangements are very annoying. Some techno beats sound good, but with the tune and lyrics sounding boring, what’s the use? Even Master Salim can’t save this disgraceful song. Jeet Gannguli should not have even agreed to make such a song!! Or he could have made it for himself and kept it with himself.
Ishqedarriyaan is an average album. What else can you say for an album in which a titan like Jeet Gannguli fails in both his songs? The two Bollywood debutants do better than him! Bilal impresses with his song, while Jaidev impresses with one of his. I cannot say much for this because it’s pretty awkward when two newcomers do better than someone who has consistently been giving good songs, and suddenly disappoints. Therefore I’ll call this the Bitter-sweet relationship of music in this album!
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: Das Dae > Mohabbat Yeh > Judaa > Ishqedarriyaan > Mohabbat Yeh (Reprise) > Georgia Sae Jalandhar
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