When Economic Times, the country's premier newspaper devotes an editorial column for a song, a fact that has never happened in the past, it is indicative of the fact with a thump that Vishal Bhardwaj has arrived, with KAMINEY. It is also assertion about the fact that there is no comparison to the wizardry of Gulzar in penning lyrics conveying the vivacity and thump of the spirit of the country, more so of the emerging India.
It is also one of the first songs where a music director has crooned for another music director and what results have been achieved, the singer music director being Vishal Dadlani, of the OM SHANTI OM fame, who was magnanimous enough to sing under the baton of Vishal Bhardwaj to give the nation a new anthem song, which has become a signature statement of the youth of the present times. Hemant Kumar was probably another music director that sung under other music director's baton after becoming a music director himself.
With KAMINEY Gulzar has once again shown that he indeed holds the pulse of the audience and is in sync with the times. Gulzar's leitmotif in the modern times has been conceptualizing the songs with roads as the background, and he started this trend with conviction in MACHIS. As a matter of fact Gulzar could be one of the rare song writers who has written score of songs symbolizing the aspirations and attributions of the youth of the present times, starting with MERE APNE. So it continues in KAMINEY's ‘Dhan Te Nan’ as well, where the virtues of living on the street has been brought out in rather subtle manner as the unstated reality of the country. It is what might have been the catalytic factor in popularization of this song, and must have been the catalytic factor for the Economic Times to make Dhan Te Nan the focus of its attention through its editorial page.
Only Vishal Bhardwaj could do it, what he has attempted to do with the voice of Suresh Wadekar and brought about the fact in a forceful manner that Suresh Wadekar is the voice that can sing naughty songs with aplomb as well. If the only lament that one can have with the lyrics is the fact that it is not shot with profuse Marathi cusp words, though it has a Marathi background. May be, it could have to do with the fact that Gulzar wanted to bring about the joy de vive by incorporating local words of Hindi Language as he had done earlier in OMKARA.