Dedh Ishiqiya :Music Review “A rich blend of the contemporary & traditional”

Dedh Ishiqiya :Music Review “A rich blend of  the contemporary & traditional”


Music: Vishal Bhardwaj

Lyrics: Gulzar

Dedh Ishqiya, directed by Abhishek Chaubey, is a sequel to the 2010 film Ishqiya. The first instalment of the film had fabulous music by Vishal Bhardwaj with lyrics by Gulzar our expectations are sky-high and the soundtrack doesn’t fail to impress!

Dil ka mijaaz ishqiya, the title track, gives you the warm sentimental feeling. Sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan touches effortlessly on every note of peacefulness and never diverges or wavers. The lyrics are also captivating and take you back to Dil toh baccha hai ji. The unbroken poetry coupled with the soulful voice have a ripple effect and take you back in time. Romance is in the air and you’ll want to fall in love all over again once you listen to this.

Hamari atariya is made lively by not just the singer, composer and lyricist, but also the danseuse. Rekha Bhardwaj’s song was made for Ishqiya, but could not be used. So the makers insisted that the director use the new story in such a way that it amalgamated this song. The nifty Hamari atariya pe is as much a Madhuri Dixit Nene number as it is Rekha Bhardwaj’s. The way the star dances kathak makes the fusion of rock guitar with traditional music come stunningly alive. The composition is laden with traditional elements and the rock guitar heightens your feelings even more. Along with all this comes Gulzar’s wizardry of words as he plays gorgeously with the lyrics.

Zabaan jale hai is the best in the album in terms of lyrics by Gulzar. The song has a haunting effect that enthrals you. This lovely composition is brought to life by the wonderful words that have been excellently mixed with gentle guitar notes. The other high point of the song is Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s pertinent garnish.

Jagaave saari raina is an out an out Rekha Bhardwaj and Pt Birju Maharaj song. The music progressively blooms with rich orchestration and Pt Birju Maharaj’s alaaps, creating perfection . Along with that are Gulzar’s words.

Kya hoga, a qawwali song sung by Master Saleem, Shahid Mausam Maliya and Jazim Sharma is a bit out of the norm. There have been various qawwalis in B-Town, but this one is different. Gulzar’s powerful words bring the song alive.

Horn Ok please, is one track that’s very different from the others on the album. It is fun. Crooned by Yo Yo Honey Singh and Sukhwinder Singh, it was added last to the album. There is a slight difference from previous Honey Singh songs; this one was not composed by the rapper himself, but by Vishal Bhardwaj which gives it a hatke mood. The lyrics are amusing and Gulzar’s wit grasps optimum levels.

By bringing in indigenous flavour and not choosing for popular tastes and funky sounds Vishal Bhardwaj has done a great job of creating a possible hit album. He has done justice to the theme of the movie and made music that ensembles it perfectly. The lyrics by Gulzar are the icing on this cake. The album is loaded with classical elements that are quite rare for a composer in present day Bollywood. The Bollywood Tempest gives the soundtrack a deserving 9/10!


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