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Music Review : Dedh Ishqiya

 Dedh Ishqiya
Director :  Abhishek Chaubey
Music :  Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyrics :  Gulzar
Starring :  Naseeruddin Shah, Madhuri Dixit, Arshad Warsi and Huma Qureshi

December 28, 2013 01:41:28 PM IST
By Rafat, Glamsham Editorial
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Certainly one of the most interesting and awaited ventures of the new year, DEDH ISHQIYA, sequel to the highly successful, ISHQIYA, boasts of an ensemble star cast. Apart from the lovable duo, super actors, Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi, the film marks the comeback of the super starni of the eighties, class actress Madhuri Dixit and another accomplished name Huma Qureshi.

Music of ISHQIYA by the one and only Vishal Bhardwaj (producer) was top class and its songs were chartbusters as well as classy. ''Ibn-e-Batuta'' and ''Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji'' remain popular to this day. So one does look forward to another intellectually gratifying, refreshing as well as soul pleasing music by unarguably the best music director of the HIndi cinema, after A.R.Rahman.

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The song that blows one off the feet with its very first notes, ''Dil Ka Mizaaj Ishqiya'', the love ballad of the year is simply par excellent in all departments. Be it its superb flowing addictive rhythm, excellent lyrics, the amazing crescendo, lovely musical arrangements or Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's soul soothing, heart touching rendition; the song is a winner all the way! Another feather in the crown for Rahat. Although the haunting signature tune in the form of whistle is simply fantastic but is reminiscent of the theme of THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY!

Rekha Bhardwaj excels (as always) in ''Hamri Atariya Pe'' which is a classical traditional folk based 'mujra' with retro touches to it along with some western influences. The tune is a tad too slow though Rekha overcomes it with her emotive rendition. The song appeals in parts but its chaste Hindi / Brajbhasha will be difficult to comprehend for today's generation.

Rahat enamours with his par excellent rendition in ''Zaban Jale Hai'' which is Vishal-Gulzar's ode to the silent lover who is unable to voice his emotions and express his love for the beloved. The helplessness and desperation is conveyed effectively through some awesome singing, superb lyrics and haunting slow drawl melody.

''Jagaave Saari Raina'' has class written all over it, and can easily rank right up amongst the best semi-classical raga based 'kathak' (dance form) number. It's a scintillating display of Hindustani traditional musical instruments like 'sitar', 'tabla', harmonium. The 'alaaps' are simply classy and renowned dance master, Pandit Birju Maharaj, comes in with his own style of 'ta ta thaiyas'. Rekha Bhardwaj (the best singer for these type of songs) does full justice to a difficult to render number. One can already look forward to the amazing dancer Madhuri performing on screen.

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Master Saleem, Shahid Mallya and Jazim Sharma's jugalbandi is simply mindblasting as the three combine together and deliver a performance that is class apart in the sufi qawwali tasawwuf song, ''Kya Hoga''. The traditional qawwali that is heard at the dargahs attains a new dimension through this superlative Vishal-Gulzar composition. One is simply bereft of words which can do justice to the number.

It's a weird, almost unbelievable combo, Yo Yo Honey Singh- Sukhwinder Singh and Vishal-Gulzar who come up with, ''Horn Ok Please''! Vishal-Gulzar show that talent knows no bounds and can cross boundaries, language especially where music is concerned.

The album of DEDH ISHQIYA is in one word masterpiece! However the only problem that the songs will face is that they are too classy and hence the universal appeal that is so very important (and was present in ISHQIYA album) is somewhat missing. ''Dil Ka Mizaaj'', ''Jagaave Saari Raina'' and ''Kya Hoga'' are our favourites. The music will surely play a part in the film opening to decent houses (specially at the multiplexes) when the film releases all over on 10th January.

 Rating : 
3.5/ 5 stars

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