The critically acclaimed period film, KYA DILLI KYA LAHORE, directed by Vijay Raaz is an emotional story about a unique bond that develops between two soldiers stationed at the Indo-Pak border, just a few months after Independence. The film assumes all the more importance as it brings on board celebrated poet and filmmaker, Gulzar, as the lyricist and the very experienced and talented Sandesh Shandilya as the composer. And naturally one does expect some memorable music from the team of Sandesh-Gulzar, so let's check out their offering.
Straight away one is treated to an absolute beauty with the highly emotional and soulful 'Kisse Lambe
'. Even though it's Sukhi's (Sukhwinder Singh's) show all the way but Rahat Fateh Ali Khan pitches in with his brilliant rendition and the composer too joins in the superb chorus. Gulzar Sahab is just amazing, and his superb control on story and script comes forth through some heart touching words.
The soft rock touch with lovely guitaring and drums and Papon's amazing vocals along with the superb racy chorus are the highlights of 'Lakeerein
'. Gulzar's lyrics (where the border line is akin to the game of kabaddi which sees a line drawn between the two sides) once again act as narrative to the plot and gives the noble message of peace, brotherhood and non-violence in a very interesting manner. CHECK OUT: KYA DILLI KYA LAHORE songs lyrics
Shafqat Amanat Ali's heart rending and breathtaking performance puts the song 'Jo Dikhte Ho
' on encore. The song should have been better titled 'Jhoothe Ho
' as Gulzar Sahab has cleverly woven the number around these two words. The song brings a tear to the eye as Gulzar Sahab superbly echoes the sadness, grief and helplessness of the lead protagonists who despite being friends have to fight against each other for their country.
However, there is poetic justice in the end, but by then the interest in the movie has dwindled and it is only for academic interest that you are watching it.
Vijay Raaz makes his directorial debut with this movie and while his intent of getting behind the steering wheel of an off-beat film needs to be applauded, his content and execution needs questioning.
Even if it had to be a story about the partition and its aftermath, things could have been spiced up with more characters, instead of seeing just four performers in all for the duration of over 90 minutes.
This concept of his would have worked well in a play.