Music Review: Dedh Ishqiya (2014)


Directed by Abhishek Chaubey
Produced by
  • Raman Maroo
  • Vishal Bhardwaj
Written by Gulzar
Screenplay by
  • Vishal Bhardwaj
  • Abhishek Chaubey
  • Gulzar
Story by Darab Farooqui
  • Madhuri Dixit
  • Arshad Warsi
  • Naseeruddin Shah
  • Huma Qureshi
Music by Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyrics by Gulzar
Release date
  • 10 January 2014

After a while we get a soundtrack that sounds completely new but remains loyal to old school bollywood. Full of melody, great music arrangements by Vishal Bhardwaj. He extracts the best vocals from his crew. They croon with grace. This just goes to show how underrated Vishal is. His music stands out amongst heavyweight rhythm kickers like Dhoom 3 and the like. While i think it will take some time to catch on, this is one for the history books.

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. “Dil Ka Mizaaj Ishqiya “ Rahat Fateh Ali Khan 6:22
2. “Hamari Atariya” Rekha Bhardwaj 4:08
3. “Zabaan Jale Hai” Rahat Fateh Ali Khan 5:23
4. “Jagaave Saari Raina” Rekha Bhardwaj, Birju Maharaj 5:38
5. “Kya Hoga” Jazim Sharma, Master Saleem, Shahid Mallya, Jamal Akbar 7:53
6. “Horn Ok Please” Sukwinder Singh & Yo Yo Honey Singh 4:3
Total length: 29:24

Dil Ka Mizaaj Ishqiya has already hit the airwaves and is completely a redefining song in the career of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, he has another winner on his hands. A smooth feel-good track with great lyrics by Gulzar.

Zabaan Jale Hai is a melodious track that will hit your heart hard. A beautiful track that had me listening all night. Superb! The intermittent classy music reveals great depth. The guitar is engaging, bringing longing into the heart!

Jagaave Saari Raat is a thumri based on Raaga Maru Bihag with all the classical flourishes one would want for an energetic dance piece. I cant wait to see Madhuri perform this track! Rekha Bhardwaj is quite good and carries the song well. The Tarana midway had me nearly jumping. The sitar is prominent and Vishal does it well! The tabla enriches the energy in the song!

Hamari Atariya Pe is another Thumri picturised on Madhuri and Huma. Video is already out and looking good. This track was first made popular by the wonderful Begum Akhtar and is based on Raaga Sindh Bhairav.

Talk about saving the best for last, this energetic qawalli is totally enthralling.  Kya Hoga reminds me of the film Qawalli’s that Mohammed Rafi and Manna Dey used to croon. Master Saleem does a great job indeed! The energy in this track is smashing. Feels so great to hear a song like this after such a long while. Its meoldy is derfived from the ability to get the music arrangements and the singer in sync, and this is done superbly. I’m really taken!

I am glad that Vishal didnt take the ‘popular’ route and compose rhythm based songs. This soundtrack actually tops the first movie’s soundtrack.




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