♪ Music by:- A.R. Rahman
♪ Lyrics by:- Amitabh Bhattacharya
♪ Music Label:- Eros Music
♪ Music Released On:- 3rd June 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 4th July 2014
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Lekar Hum Deewana Dil is an upcoming Bollywood romantic comedy, directed by newcomer Arif Ali, who is the brother of award winning director Imtiaz Ali (‘Jab We Met’, ‘Rockstar’) and produced by Dinesh Vijan, Saif Ali Khan and Sunil Lulla. The film stars newcomer and Ranbir-Kareena’s cousin, Armaan Jain as the male lead, and south actress Deeksha Seth, as the female lead, making her Bollywood acting debut with this film. When the director is a brother of Imtiaz Ali, it was quite predictable that the music director would be A.R. Rahman. After ‘Highway’, ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ and ‘Million Dollar Arm’, it’s Rahman’s fourth album in a single year, which is a very rare case! We are getting an overdose of Rahman, but hey, who’s complaining!? 😉😁 It is also the first collaboration between Rahman and Amitabh Bhattacharya! That’s why I was very excited to hear this album! The expectations from the two were sky-high! Read on to find out my views on this album!
1. Khalifa:- Singers ~ A.R. Rahman, Suzanne D’Mello, Shweta Pandit, Konakol by ~ Mahesh Vinayakram, Backing Vocals ~ Hriday Gattani
The album starts with this particular club song, which is already making its way to the top of the charts. Rahman has used techno sounds very effectively, and also sung it just as gracefully (yes, he can bring grace into club songs with his unique voice!) However, his Hindi pronunciation is a big problem here! Nevertheless, he carries the whole song on his shoulders with the help of Suzanne D’Mello and Shweta Pandit. Both of them have sung the rap portions of the song, and it is also Shweta Pandit’s first time rapping! Though the rap is weird, it will grow on you over multiple listens, and you’ll find yourself singing it anywhere anytime! The konnakol, an art of singing percussion syllables in Carnatic music vocally, has been done by Mahesh Vinayakram, and he sounds great too. The tune does fall flat at places, but the musical arrangements which the Maestro has done are amazing and overshadow the tune! Mostly Rahman has used techno sounds which still mesmerize, and a particular guitar riff will win you over completely! The lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya are also nice and youthful and depict the carefree and casual nature of the youths. Thanks to him, India has got a new awesome word, ‘Khalifa’! Though the song is about youths, children and the middle-aged will also love this song anyhow. Weak tune, but outstanding arrangements!
2. Maaloom:- Singers ~ Hriday Gattani, Jonita Gandhi, Backing Vocals ~ Nakash Aziz
This song is completely different from the previous. Starting with a calm guitar riff, you would immediately guess it is going to be a beautiful song. Rahman has introduced another great singer to the industry, that is Hriday Gattani, who is actually the son of Rahman’s manager Deepak Gattani so he knows Rahman since childhood! His voice has the factor which makes it instantly connect with the youths. The tune is so good that it will instantly grow on you! The drums and guitar have been used in such a beautiful way, that I wish there was an instrumental version of this track! The lines from ‘mera toh zamaane se lena dena hi nahi…’ to the last ‘meri manzil ka raasta’ have such a cute tune! Nakash Aziz has done great backing vocals and he sounds a lot like Sanam Puri! The lyrics by Amitabh are very good and not like most of the songs in a typical romantic comedy. You must have noticed by now that I’ve not talked about the female singer at all! Well, I was saving her praise for the last! She has only some lines in the antara, but she steals the entire show in those few lines! Her voice reminded me of Asha Bhosle for some reason, maybe because the tune is a bit like what Rahman used to give us years ago. The moment she enters, the whole atmosphere changes and becomes a notch more lively and upbeat. She sings too good! Pity that Vishal-Shekhar had to use her in the ‘Chennai Express’ title track, they could have used her voice in a romantic song! An awesome song, with an awesome tune, and out of the world performances by the singers! Especially Jonita! #5StarHotelSong!
3. Ala Hada:- Singers ~ Shiraz Uppal
It starts with an intense piece played by strings, which have been orchestrated perfectly! After that it changes course and becomes a bit more fast, and if you thought that the starting music was perfect, just wait till you hear the rest of the song! It is utterly awe-imspiring! Rahman once again gets ‘Raanjhanaa’ boy Shiraz Uppal to sing a song. While the former was an upbeat desi dance romantic track, this one is a sad song, which has been composed in country style, with the prominent use of guitars. Shiraz has completely nailed it with the vocals, not leaving a single word dull and making each and every word seem magical! The tune is also expertly composed, even though I don’t know why I’m saying that for a person whom everyone already calls an expert! 🙂 The lines ‘tere baghair, jeena lagta hai khaali’ and ‘dil hai magar seena lagta hai khaali’ literally gave me goosebumps! The use of matka in the song has been done very efficiently! Hats off to Rahman for thinking of that! Again, I’ve saved the best for the last! Yes, you guessed it! The lyrics of Amitabh Bhattacharya are truly amazing! He has introduced yet another new and interesting word for the Indian audience to use — ‘Alaahda’ which means separate or separated in Urdu. I loved this song so much! You are also sure to love it! Another awesome and touching sad song, this time with an upbeat tempo. #5StarHotelSong!!
4. Mawali Qawwali:- Singers ~ Raghav Mathur, Tanvi Shah
A totally wacky and crazy song, you would never expect such a song from the Maestro of Madras Rahman, but lo and behold! here it is! Rahman has composed an incredibly energetic and dhinchak song for a romantic comedy! It has traces of ‘Hawaa Hawaa’ from ‘Rockstar’ and ‘Beera’ from ‘Raavan’, and it is probably the first time Rahman composed such a crazy and zany song after ‘Hawaa Hawaa’. The lyricist also has put in immeasurable amounts of weird lyrics which do not at all make sense when heard together. If you think I’m criticizing the song, you are thoroughly mistaken! No, I’m not criticizing the song at all! It is one of the best dance songs of the year! The guitar riff will force you to get up and dance no matter what condition of mind you are in. Spanish folk and African folk music have been fused together so splendidly, that there is no place where they don’t complement each other well! Tanvi Shah has sung her parts very greatly! I didn’t even know she could sing in Spanish! Raghav Mathur has sung his part well too. The energy in his voice is unmatchable! The percussion used is just awesome! Here, after praising the song so much, I must confess that the first time I heard it, I hated it! Afterwards, I started loving it more and more with each listen! And now, I have to hear it at least once a day! You should definitely go for it! If you don’t, well, its your loss! #5StarHotelSong!
5. Beqasoor:- Singers ~ Shweta Pandit, Nakash Aziz
This song is a typical Rahman melody, and I guess you are familiar with Rahman melodies by now! They have that magic in them which you would never find in any other songs except those by Rahman. This song falls into the same category. After ‘Heera’ from ‘Highway’, Rahman and Shweta are back and have created magic yet again! She has sung flawlessly! The composition is a typical melody as I said earlier, but it will win you over with its soothing nature. The antara has a very mature tune, and I loved it instantly! The arrangements are very simple, mostly piano in the background. The interlude of the sitar-like instrument is awesome too! Now, Nakash Aziz. Wow! What can I say about his part! When he enters, his lines overlapping Shweta’s, you will immediately fall in love with his part. He sounds great in this kind of a song too! Till now we have seen him only in Pritam’s dhinchak tracks in which he sung fabulously, but after hearing this song, anyone will tell that this is undoubtedly his comfort zone! Now I would like to see him feature in a romantic song by Pritam! The lyrics are again as beautiful as the song! The song will, however, take some time to grow on you, like all other Rahman melodies! So please give it time! Yet another soulful, calm and soothing melody from the Maestro and one of his best too! #5StarHotelSong!
6. Tu Shining:- Singer ~ Hriday Gattani
Hriday gets his second song in this album (third if you count his backing vocals in ‘Khalifa’) and delivers it with ease too! It’s another youth-oriented track, with no particular sense whatsoever in the lyrics, and the tune also a bit weak. Though it is worth a listen, it is definitely not as strong as the other songs in the album. This song can be excused though, because Rahman wouldn’t make such a short and seemingly meaningless track unless the script calls for it! The saving grace of it is Hriday’s energetic rendition, and the arrangements, with guitars and drums. Give it a listen, but don’t expect the song to shine just because of its name!
Lekar Hum Deewana Dil is an album people were looking forward to, and they had many expectations from it as well. Rahman has lived up to those expectations and has delivered an album which will be liked by all, and with variety in it as well. Barring the underperforming ‘Tu Shining’, each of the songs have their own special vibe, which will be transferred to you as you are hearing each of them. For those who were doubting that Rahman would ever successfully return to the romantic comedy genre, they have just been shut up by Rahman himself when they heard this album. Such a great album, I was honestly not expecting for this movie! He has proved that he can compose for any kind of film which comes his way! Amitabh has also used this opportunity of working with Rahman to showcase the best in him, and he has tried his best to give soulful lyrics to the soulful songs, and nonsensical and wacky lyrics to the nonsensical and wacky songs! So mujhe aur kuchh nahi maaloom, bas itna hi maaloom ki this album is surely a superhit!
Final Rating for to this Album:- सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध < नी
Note:- The letter which is underlined is the final rating.
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