‘Ishqedarriyaan’, starring Mahaakshay Chakraborty (‘Jimmy’, ‘Haunted 3D’), Evelyn Sharma (‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’, ‘Nautanki Saala’) and debutante Mohit Dutta, was shot quietly without much press coverage. Hence, the nicely cut trailer came as a pleasant surprise. One of the things that made the trailer worth watching multiple times is that it had snippets of a few songs from the soundtrack which sounded very good. With the trailer leaving one thirsty to hear the full audio tracks, the expectations are pretty good.
Arijit Singh, in the recent past, has sung many songs with a melancholy touch to them. There has been an overdose of rock/pop flavoured songs sung by him. “Judaa” can be put in the same category. But wait! Before you dismiss “Judaa” as a clone of many of the songs rendered by the singer in the past, be assured that it’s not. The track starts off with Arijit singing a few lines accompanied by a faintly heard piano which sets the mood for this haunting, sad number. Top Punjabi film composer Jaidev Kumar who failed to make a mark in Hindi films with his compositions in ‘Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster’, ‘Love Express’ and ‘Bajatey Raho’ comes up a very good melody and gets good support from Kumaar who writes some poignant verses.
Jeet Gangguli and Ankit Tiwari have shared the credit as composers for many Hindi film soundtracks in the past. This time around, Jeet uses Ankit as a singer for “Ishqedarriyaan”, the title track. The initial portions of the song give you the impression that it has been composed by Ankit as it sounds similar to Ankit’s brand of music. But, as the rock elements kick in you realize that it’s a Jeet Gangguli composition after all. Jeet refuses to deviate from his style and does not offer anything novel but composes a very catchy song. It’s high time Kausar Munir stops using oddball metaphors in her lyrics. A phrase like ‘Subah Ki Bholi Bhi Laage, Shaam Ki Bhali Bhi Lage’ may have a nice ring to it but it does not convey any meaning.
Jaidev Kumar scores again with “Das Dae”, his second and last contribution for this project. Kumaar writes some gorgeous lines in Punjabi, most of which are comprehensible to someone who follows Hindi. Picking Mohit Chauhan was a very good decision as the singer has sung many such songs which have a Pahari folk music (folk music of the mountains) touch to them. Jaidev’s breezy tune and Mohit’s silky voice complement each other very well.
Pakistani pop star Bilal Saeed writes, composes and sings “Mohabbat Yeh”, a templatized pop number. The track sounds horribly dated and could have made some impact half a decade back when such songs used to rule the charts. The unimaginative arrangements do no good to the boring tune. The lyrics are full of clichéd lines.
Due to the Punjabi flavour in “Georgia Se Jalandhar”, one could easily mistake it for a Jaidev Kumar number. Surprisingly, Jeet Gangguli has been credited as the composer for this song. Jeet finally shows some range with this techno-bhangra track. The song has a very joyous feel to it. Manoj Muntashir enters into Kumaar’s territory as he writes some fun lines in Hindi, English and Punjabi. The track is fairly catchy but should have been slightly longer to make a better impact.
“Mohabbat Yeh (Reprise Version)” sounds marginally better than the original. The arrangements are slightly different with some decent rhythm patterns. Asees Kaur does more justice to the song than Bilal did in the original.
There are at least three songs in ‘Ishqedarriyaan’, namely “Judaa”, “Das Dae” and the title track, that could work efficiently towards promoting the film. These songs are very melodious and catch one’s attention instantly. Composer Jaidev Kumar makes a good impression here and should be doing more work in Hindi films. The tracks complement the romantic theme of the film and as the promos suggest, they should turn out well on screen.
Anish Mohanty tweets @anishmohanty