Dedh Ishqiya was released in January this year. so it is no surprise that people have conveniently forgotten this masterpiece of a soundtrack, composed by Vishal Bharadwaj. We haven’t.
The album opens with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s mesmerizing and soothing voice as he sings Dil Ka Mijaz Ishqiya. Counterpart to ‘Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji’ from Ishqiya, Vishal Bharadwaj and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan manage to create another soulful track. Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji certainly found more liking, but this one is just as good. The melody is warm, the vocals are honey coated, the crescendo is brilliant and the musical arrangement(mostly electronic) is perfect. It leaves you with a feeling of floating on the sea of bliss. Hamari Atariya is rehashed from Begum Akhtar’s original dadra (semi-classical type of composition) in the beautiful Raag Bhairavi (Begum Akhtar’s original is so good, it pinches you at all the right moments. In fact, if you haven’t heard it yet, please do it ASAP). But when you have Rekha Bharadwaj singing something, you know that she will make it her own. The husband-wife combination continues to weave magic. On so many occasions when old classics are redone, they turn out to be messes and you want to tell the composers to revoke them. Hamari Atariya is the exact opposite and we are so glad this got done again. Vishal Bharadwaj has used the fusion of traditional and rock and it sounds amazing. Madhuri Dixit has made sure this is as much her number as it is the singer’s. Her kathak makes the song come alive. Zaban Jale Hai is again sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. It is a slow, soothing and acoustic song. The beautiful instrumental arrangement (primarily guitar),with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s vocals and Gulzaar’s lyrics is sheer magic.
‘Humari halat pe kitta rove hai, aasmaa bhi tu dekh leejo; Ke surkh ho javein uskki ankhein, jaise, jaise yeh din dhale hai’
Jagaave Saari Raina is sung by Rekha Bharadwaj and the aalaps are done by none other than Pandit Birju Maharaj. Classical in nature, the whole composition fits well in the movie. The music gradually starts blossoming with the help of a lot of traditional musical instruments like sitar, tabla and harmonium and Pt Birju Maharaj’s alaaps, creating the perfect raagdaari effect. And there wouldn’t be a better female vocalist to sing this kind of a song. Master Saleem, Shahid Mallya and Jazim Sharma’s come together for Kya Hoga which is a qawwali. Another good track which comprises powerful singing (some great jugalbandhi), good music and Gulzar’s magical words.
‘Dil toh diya hai, jaan bhi de de, aur nazrana kya hoga; Lau ko chhoo ke laut aaya jo, woh parwana kya hoga’
Horn OK Please is sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Yo Yo Honey Singh. Since the music is not given by the latter, it sounds different from most of his songs (he does rap in it). This is an upbeat number in a mostly classical driven album and if we compare this with Ibn Batuta from Ishqiya, this is not even remotely on the same level. But it is a catchy tune that grows on you after a while. It is however the weakest song from a very strong album. This track was composed last and probably done to ensure there remains at least one for the masses, and what better way to do it than call Yo Yo Honey Singh who has some records of hits.
Overall, Dedh Ishqiya has an incredible soundtrack, that not only fits in seamlessly in the movie, but is a great musical experience otherwise as well. Vishal Bharadwaj has ensured he remains in the present musical greats of India. Like mentioned before, the album is classically driven and it is no surprise most people don’t even remember most of its songs. The combination of Gulzar’s lyrics, Vishal Bharadwaj’s amazing melodies and strong singing by some greats in the field, is sure to get you a great result. And it does. Hence, Dedh Ishqiya is number four on our Top 10 Bollywood music albums of the year.