So the second album which falls in the criteria of hit/quality albums of early 2014 is ‘Dedh Ishqiya’. This one is a quality album, with not many popular songs, as in most people haven’t heard many of the songs. So here is my review for this beautiful album!

Album Details:-

Music by:- Vishal Bharadwaj | Lyrics by:- Gulzar | Music Label:- Shemaroo Music | Music Released On:- 18th December 2013 | Movie Released On:- 10th January 2014

Dedh Ishqiya Album Cover

Dedh Ishqiya Album Cover

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Hear “Horn OK Please” on YouTube:-

Dedh Ishqiya is a black comedy thriller film which released on 10th January 2014. After the success of Ishqiya, Vishal Bharadwaj decided to make a sequel to it, with Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi retaining their roles of Khalujaan and Babban, and Madhuri Dixit playing a new character, Begum Para. Huma Qureshi and Vijay Raaz also feature in the film in supporting roles. Since the movie was a Vishal Bharadwaj production, I wasn’t surprised to see him as the music director too. Also the music of ‘Ishqiya’ was good. After two great albums last year, ‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’ and ‘Ek Thi Daayan’, I was expecting a great quality album for ‘Dedh Ishqiya’ too! Also, the lyricist is Gulzar, the usual lyricist for Vishal Bharadwaj, so that increased my excitement as well. The music of this film was outstanding, but sadly, many people haven’t heard it! So let’s review the songs of Dedh Ishqiya!

1. Hamari Atariya:- Singer ~ Rekha Bharadwaj

The first song in this album will blow you away! It is a techno/rock mujra and it impresses a lot! The last time such a great “techno mujra” was witnessed in Bollywood was ‘Dil Mera Muft Ka’ from ‘Agent Vinod’. Rekha Bharadwaj, without whom a Vishal Bharadwaj album is incomplete, sings flawlessly as usual. The lyrics by Gulzar are an adaptation of Begum Akhtar’s thumri ‘Humari Atariya Pe Aao’. The tabla sounds great with the support of the electric guitars. The tune of the antaras is better than the mukhda. The taans which Rekhaji takes throughout the song, in the middle of words are great! However, nowadays, this great song sadly seems to have been erased from people’s memory. 😦 A semi-classical rock mujra, which only a team of geniuses can carry out– Vishal Bharadwaj, his wife Rekha Bharadwaj and Gulzar!


2. Dil Ka Mizaaj Ishqiya:- Singer ~ Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

After ‘Dil Toh Bachha Hai Ji’, the trio of Vishal-Gulzar-Rahat is back with this song, which is great, but didn’t make it to the level of ‘Dil Toh Bachha Hai Ji’. The lyrics by Gulzar are great as usual and Rahat’s voice gives ‘rahat’ as usual. As soon as the song starts with the guitar and whistling sound, we get to know it is going to be a trademark Vishal Bharadwaj track. The whistling tune at the beginning gives the feel as if you are in a haveli. The song is perfect and seems like exactly the type of song some Nawaab would sing for his Begum. Do I really have to review Gulzar’s lyrics?! 😀 They are top-class as usual! The two antaras which have different tunes, are both great. I liked the second one more than the first, and the mukhda’s tune is also very nice. This song has a calming touch to it and it is very classy. The first time I heard it, I thought that Vishal should have sung it, but as I heard it over and over, I started to love Rahat’s voice in it! Again, I can’t really see or hear this song around me ever since the movie released! Very shameful that such quality songs are straightly ignored by most of the audience :/ A classy composition as always from Vishal Bharadwaj, with great lyrics by Gulzar and just as great vocals by Rahat.


3. Jagaave Saari Raina:- Singers ~ Rekha Bharadwaj, Bol by Pandit Birju Maharaj

This is a masterpiece composition by Vishal, and Rekha Bharadwaj has carried it out with such ease, that you will once again be reminded how great a singer she is! It is a classical-based composition and starts with a beautiful sargam piece, which I instantly identified as Raag Khamaaj, one of the very few raagas I know 😛 . The sitar and tablas sound awesome in the song! It will give you lots of mental peace. Nowadays, such a pure, classical song is very rarely made and I am glad Vishal Bharadwaj finally made one and that too, succeeded in doing so! The bol by Pandit Birju Maharaj, which makes up the second interlude, is outstanding and flawless! However, the star of this song is obviously Rekha Bharadwaj! She has rendered the song so beautifully and flawlessly, as I said before. Her taans at many places throughout the song help in making the song what it is! A classical dance song, but very soothing and a great composition! Nothing is bad in this song! Or should I say every single thing is excellent? #5StarHotelSong


4. Zabaan Jale Hai:- Singer ~ Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

This is the real Gulzar! He has written such a beautiful poetic song! And Rahat has sung it brilliantly! It is composed in retro style and gives the feeling of a ghazal. The main instrument played throughout the song is Saz, a Turkish instrument, supported by guitars. Vishal Bharadwaj has made a brilliant composition, which is very classy. The antaras have been sung with great ease by Rahat, even though they are a bit complicated to sing, especially the high notes. The tune is also very nice. Better than ‘Dil Ka Mizaaj’, it is a must-listen song for the great work by the trio of Gulzar-Vishal-Rahat! It will, however, take time to grow on you. Be patient with this song as you will start liking it slowly and not instantly! Again, everything is PERFECT! That’s why it is a #5StarHotelSong!


5. Kya Hoga:- Singers ~ Shahid Mallya, Master Saleem, Jaspreet ‘Jazim’ Sharma, Jamal Akbar

This song is a pure Qawwali, with all the necessary ‘ingredients’ for a Qawwali, from the starting aalaaps, to the harmonium tunes after that, along with the tabla and clapping starting soon after. All four singers have sung spectacularly and they have sung such a difficult song with great ease. Shahid Mallya’s voice was the only one I could identify, along with the debutant Jaspreet (Jazim) Sharma, who was a top performer in the latest season of Saregamapa 2012. He is perfect for ghazals and qawwalis and he used to sing the same on the show as well. Vishal Bharadwaj has to be applauded for choosing him for this song! After half of the song is over, the tempo increases and the song takes an abrupt turn, and this turn is regular in qawwalis. You can say it is two songs in one! This is one of the rare Bollywood Qawwalis which I liked, and the last ones I liked were ‘Murshid Khele Hori’ from ‘D-Day’ and ‘Shah Ka Rutba’ from ‘Agneepath’, which were also pure, traditional qawwalis. The great effort taken by the composer and the singers has paid off very well, and this is one of the best traditional Qawwalis from Bollywood in recent times! PERFECT! #5StarHotelSong!


Extra Song:-

Horn OK Please:- Singers ~ Sukhwinder Singh, Yo Yo Honey Singh

Okay, who would even think that Honey Singh would ever get a chance to work with the likes of Vishal Bharadwaj and Gulzar? I never thought of it! Well, here he is, singing a song composed by Vishal and written by Gulzar! And the presence of Yo Yo Honey Singh finally attracted listeners to this album. Vishal Bharadwaj has tried to recreate the magic of ‘Ibn-E-Batuta’, but sadly fails. Sukhwinder and Yo Yo’s parts are divided fairly and both have equal importance in the song. Personally I didn’t find anything much worth praising in this song but the funny lyrics by Gulzar! However, this song was probably the most popular amongst the audience. Not my type, but try it, you might like it!


Overall:- Vishal Bharadwaj has given us something different, just like he always does. Such a classically based album is seen once in a blue moon in this age of techno beats and rock music. Even if you listen to it now, you will instantly like it! It is not at all late to hear this album! It is a masterpiece if it is compared to today’s album and Vishal has used classical music, which most people nowadays just very conveniently ignore, very efficiently! This album has given great relief to all those who were fed up of the contemporary albums which were releasing that time. Therefore, if you get time, you should definitely take out time to hear this must-listen album! Though it wasn’t much popular, true music lovers have understood its greatness, and that is enough to prove how good it is, isn’t it? Must-listen for all classical music lovers, and others too, if you want mental peace, then this is the right album for you!

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

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


Review by Rujul Deolikar

Next “dish”:- Citylights, Chef:- Jeet Gannguli & From Previous Albums of 2014:- Hasee Toh Phasee, Chefs:- Vishal-Shekhar