Jab Tak Hai Jaan: Music Review (A R Rahman, Gulzar)

Challa ki labhda phire.

When I heard that one, I was struck by a small shock. I was hoping that the movie shouldn’t suddenly become what became of Gulzar n Rahman’s last big thing with a big producer, the Taal guy, Subhash Ghai. n the movie was Yuvvraaj.

The good part is that it’s not that bad. The bad part, it’s not a Rockstar.

Well, so you all have heard the song, and must know by now how SRK taking on Rabbi’s voice looks strange, despite the good song and an otherwise ok video. And yes, the interlude of this song reminded me of Yuvvraaj too, when I heard it first. Bad omens?

Anyway, the second song Saans had Mohit Chauhan and Shreya, and turned out to be good. A little touch of Tum Ho maybe, but the slow, romantic song is nice, and Gulzar’s lyrics are touching, though they don’t so much sound like a free flowing Gulzar. Still, worth listening to.

Ishq Shava. Well, I have some hopes from this song. Ask me why. Because on the first listen, the song sounds like a disaster, and after listening to it for a few times, it’s getting better. So this may be one of those Rahman songs that get stuck, though after their time when they’re considered a failure. Btw, the arrangements are nice, and Gulzar is a little in his ‘touch’ in some lines, for sure. Could be better, but whatever it is, give it some time.

Harshdeep Kaur’s Heer comes next, and that’s a lovely one again. Nice one, with a lot of Punjabi in there. The biggest thing about the song is its naturality, as neither music, nor lyrics sound at all forced. And Harshdeep is equally natural. So that’s one for you, especially if you love Punjabi.

Jiya Jiya re. Doesn’t sound like one from a Yash Chopra’s movie, but this one is nice nonetheless. Gulzar’s lyrics get a little different, slight rock feel here, and the result is not bad. Tells me Neeti Mohan is an underrated singer actually. Good again.

And here is the best of the movie. The title song.

Yes, I am liking the songs of the movie, but this is the one that I expect from Yash-Rahman-Gulzar. Javed Ali sings this one with Shakthisree Gopalan, a known name in Chennai for her rock, but heard little otherwise. And what do I say for the song, it goes right from some rocky feel to downright dholak. This is that This-is-it-Perfect-Blockbuster one. Okay, maybe I am saying too much. Do listen.

Saans reprise, sung by Shreya, is a small one, that would most probably come at the end of the movie. Short and slow, the song somehow touched me more than the original version. Good one.

The instrumental, Ishq Dance, sounded un-great, simple. And then there was Shahrukh’s recitation of a little-too-hyped poem of Aditya Chopra. Nice recitation though.

Overall, the trio of the greatest lyricist and musician of India with one great director comes out okay, but this is not what was expected of them. Hope things get a little better. But somehow I feel disappointed one year after Rockstar.

(All Links point to Lyrics with Translations. You can check All translated Lyrics HERE)

Dharti (2011): Music Review (Jaidev Kumar)

I’m not very much into Punjabi music, but Mika’s Gaddi Modange made me watch out for Jimmy Sheirgill’s big Punjabi movie Dharti’s music. And results were not bad. Here is a review.

The album starts with Mika singing a rocking ‘asi jithe javange, gaddi modange, phir sare de saare ye signal todange‘. The song almost has the quality that RDB songs have attached to them. My guess is that the song is going to fight the top Bollywood chartbusters this year.

The thing I wanted to know was whether the second song of the album was anything close to the first, but Rabbi Shergill with Jimmy Sheirgill didn’t disappoint me. Bandiya tu is a lovely track with that well known soothing and touching effect in Rabbi’s voice, with some lovely lyrics, which thankfully I was able to understand the most of. Do try this one.

The next, Title song by Jaggi Singh, might not be the rocker of album, but if you go a bit into the lyrics, you’ll probably love the song, and all the more so if you belong to the land of Punjab. The small song has a few links to the proud history of Punjab.

Diljit Dosanjh sings Warrant which is again a good one, though doesn’t hit as instantly as gaddi modange or bandiya. More of a typical Punjabi track with almost all possible instruments (:P), warrant still doesn’t disappoint.

Gippy Garewal gets to sing Sarkaraan in this one. Saade hi paise te, sarkaraan chaldiyan ve is a song of the soil in terms of music as the song has some good use of folk instruments.

The last two tracks, sura so pehchaniye and deh shiva bar mohe ehai are more of chants than anything else, one almost mixing into the other. What confused me a bit here, though, is the name of Arvinder Singh who I knew for Sabse bhali sharab hai and paani sharab mein.

Overall, as expected, Jaidev’s album is better than I had expected. 😀 And while Gaddi modange is rocking me already, it’s the Jimmy-Rabbi combination i.e. Bandiya tu that beats everything for me. If the movie is as good as the album, I’m in for it. All the best Jimmy.