It is always a rejuvenating, gratifying and satiating experience listening to any musical offering from the house of Vishal Bhardwaj. The multi-talented and highly versatile director-composer-singer has especially excelled in the company of lyricist par excellence, living legend Gulzar Sahab; be it MAACHIS, KAMINEY, OMKARA, ISHQIYA etc. And one does look forward to their next musical offering, HAIDER, with humongous expectations, and hope for an encore of their previous brilliance. So let's check out with bated breath the HAIDER album!
Simply electrifying! One is simply bereft of words while expressing the feelings after listening to 'Aao Na
'. Hard rock (bordering on acid) at its best. In fact it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that this is one of the best (if not the best) original hard rock based number that one has heard so far in the history of Bollywood music. Hats off to both Vishals, composer Bhardwaj and Dadlani who sings his heart out here (almost rock legend Jim Morrison like), and of course Gulzar Sahab. Sample the lyrics- Na shaam, Na savera, Andhera hi andhera, Roohon ka basera, So Jao
The second version 'So Jao
' is more spine chilling as the rhythm is slackened on purpose, the meaning behind Gulzar Sahab's dark lyrics convey the theme of the film, based on Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet. Sung by a host of singers- Bashir Lone, Bashir Bhawani, Muzammil Bhawani and Aalaap Majgavkar- this version is as superb as the first.CHECK OUT: HAIDER songs lyrics
' (Ghayal- Hindi; zakhmi-Urdu & wounded- English) is an enchanting Kashmiri folk based composition (complete with musical orchestrations like Santoor, Oud etc) rendered almost as a narrative by the eclectic Sukhwinder. The tune, especially in the 'mukhda
', is very foot tapping. One has heard songs like 'Washmalle
' (HINA) 'Bumbro
' (MISSION KASHMIR) , in the past which, have been more dance oriented but this one is like an exhilarating dance drama or 'nautanki
Another version of 'Bismil
' is aptly titled 'Ek Aur Bismil
' which makes for a good second hear with different instrumentations, more western and Arabic at its core.
He soon learns some disturbing news about his father's arrest.
Shahid scorches the screen like never before. His character, like the others, is well fleshed out. Just that amount of aggression and no more; Just that amount of madness and no more; just that amount of reverence and no more. He walks the tightrope to give that perfect balanced act required of Haider.
After KAMINEY, this has to be his best act to date. Take a bow, Shahid.
Tabu is in terrific form. As the distressed wife who takes succor from her brother-in-law and is always emotionally blackmailing her son, she is top notch. Kay Kay Menon, after long, gets a role worthy of his talent and he relishes every bit tearing it to pieces with his fiery performance. CHECK OUT: HAIDER movie dialogues
Shraddha Kapoor too shines. What a powerfully-restrained performance. A perfect ally to Haider. Determined in love, shy and also ready for the kill! After TEEN PATTI, her debut flick, this has to be a 'stunner' for the very talented lady.
But this is a Shahid Kapur film all the way. What I liked best about his character was that he was not 'over-the-top-violent'. To portray that must have been a herculean task.
Because, Haider had every reason to go Bang, Bang!