Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Beautiful and nostalgic... that's how 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' music is

#This is my first music review and purely based on my opinion. I am not a critic, but have a really strong ear for music and this review is my heart-felt opinion.

Valentine's Day is around the corner and for any Indian Bollywood buff, the day (or rather the month) is incomplete without mentioning Yash Raj songs. But their latest offering 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' is not your usual YRF music. Still, it is worth listening and has some interesting moments and beautiful melodies by the evergreen Annu Malik. Here's a review

Annu Malik comes from a strong musical background and amidst the Nadeem-Shrawans and the Anand-Milinds in the 1990’s, he still gave us some beautifully hummable tunes that are still played on a repeat mode on FM channels. And YRF’s Dum Laga ke Haisha is just the perfect comeback vehicle one expects from such a fine music director. Incidentally, the album doesn’t sound a wee bit like the typical Yashraj songs (no soft romantic music), yet is pretty enjoyable in its own way.

Here are my some cents (well, not fifty to be precise) on Dum Laga Ke Haisha :
  • Moh Moh ke dhaage – An amazing composition with Papon on the mike. Has a sufi kind of feel to it, strong flute opening the song with Papon’s soulful voice. The words do complete justice to the melody. Sample this : ye moh moh ke dhaage, teri ungliyon se ja uljhe…  Strongly classical instruments like flute and the long forgotten shehnayi feature so beautifully in this composition. Annu Malik still creates magic with this melodious song. The second version by Monali Thakur too sounds beautiful, but somehow, it’s Papon who takes the cake here. However, her humming is more beautiful and serene. #WelcomebackAnnuMalik.
  • Dum Laga Ke Haisha - The title track is a simple yet fun composition. Starts with a guitar, with Kailash Kher’s high pitched voice opening the song. The energies of Kailash Kher’s voice gets a befitting partnership with Nooran sisters (of Patakha Guddi fame) and gives loads of energy to the song. With the film’s centre being a ‘wife-lifting’ competition, this song seems to be providing a good and hi-energy ‘push’. #WorthEnjoyingTrack
  • Tu – Remember ‘Sun Sun Sun Barsaat Ki Dhun’ from ‘Sir’… that was the classic combo of Annu Malik and Kumar Sanu in the 90’s. Tu is very 90’s in its lyrics, music, feel, music arrangement and even the whistling. Although Sanu doesn’t sound the same as he did then, yet Annu Malik’s composition is bang on the era. Watching the trailer, one realises that Kumar Sanu's voice forms an integral part of this Ayushmaan Khurrana-Bhumi Pednekar starrer. And the song does complete justice to Sanu's 90's dripped voice. #ListenItForNostalgia
  • Sundar Susheel - My personal favourite. A very very enjoyable track that can be a good pick for the wedding season, specially in the Hindi Belt. The unconventional voices of Rahul Ram (Of Indian Ocean fame) and eminent folk singer Malini Awasthi come together for this super fun composition. A song about a girl and a boy's expectations from their partner, the lyrics are indeed the king of the song. Listen to this : (boy) Shimla Kullu Manali jo sang sang jaaye, (girl) Sham ko ghar aate aate sabji laaye, (boy) Aisa hi different dhoondhege ... The aspirations and desires are different, and so are Ram and Awasthi's vocals. But together, they create a magic that makes the song worth enjoying.  It is Malini's 'Tana nana nana' which is heard in the trailer too. Malini Awasthi is a reknowned name for folk in the Hindi Belt and her voice does complete justice to the rustic flavour of the song, while Rahul Ram comes as a surprise and certainly gets some interesting moments. #VeryEnjoyableIndeed
  • Dard Karara : The 90's combination Kumar Sanu and Sadhna Sargam is back. And this is so.... Annu Malik kind of a song. Takes you literally back in time, when a thousand similar dressed dancers in the background formed the core of every romantic song. This one too has a very strong chorus. #StrictlyForNostalgiaOf90s
  • Prem's theme : Has a very strong resemblance to 'Aahatein' by Agnee which was the theme song for MTV Splitsvilla. But still, it is a beautiful piece, which shows Papon's prowess in a full blown manner. I can see lot of boys humming this on guitar for their beloved. #TrulyMagicalandBeautiful

    Hope you all liked this review. It's just what I felt. You can hear the songs here . This review is not sponsored by or YRF in anyway and is just what I felt. 

    Do leave in your comments and thoughts below as I would love to read them. 

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