Director : Habib Faisal
Music : Amit Trivedi
Lyrics : Kausar Munir and Habib Faisal
Starring : Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra
When it comes to introducing new acting talents to B-town, Yash Raj Films (YRF) has always been a frontrunner, and this trend continues with their latest venture, the upcoming ISHAQZAADE. Whether it was Anushka Sharma (RAB NE BANA DI JODI), Ranveer Singh (BAND BAAJA BAARAT) or Parineeti Chopra (LADIES V/S RICKY BAHL), the production house has delivered a potential entertainer all these years.
ISHAQZAADE, a violent love-story, directed by critically acclaimed Habib Faisal (of DO DOONI CHAAR fame), and set against the backdrop of rustic India, brings the lucky charm of another star-kid Arjun Kapoor (son of Producer Boney Kapoor) to the marquee. Amit Trivedi, one of the most reliable and iconoclastic musical talent heads the music department, and promises pack of upbeat-cum-entertaining tracks for this album. After delivering out a reasonably audible album (EK MAIN AUR EKK TU) earlier year, Trivedi is all set for another frolicking fun-ride. Will he make it this time? Let's find out...
Smoothening and melodious, the ferocious-looking love saga gets a sober makeover of musical happenings in the introductory track titled "Ishaqzaade". This title track shows the soft-verve of the love-chemistry, and blooms with flows of tenderly pitched soft-rock ballad aesthetics. Javed Ali's serene rendition suits the mood to hilt as he moistens his vocal chord to modulate out every mushy romantic groovy emotion. Amit Trivedi's composition has a typical jazz emblematic romantic feel (somewhat similar to A.R Rahman's "Do Kadam Aur Sahi" - MEENAXI) where horns, trumpets and soft-drums sounds are interspersed well into the rocking percussions, loud table-loops and lovable guitar strings. Kausar Munir's story-telling stylized lyrics are narrative and invigorates the "anxiety-quotient" to a large extent. To inculcate Bollywood's mushiness, the soundtrack proceeds with demure Shreya Ghoshal's slender voice in the latter stages of the track. Trivedi's author-backed composition paints a "rosy" picture of this volatile love-saga and succeeds in creating a positive word for the title SHAQZAADE. Like the recently heard "Raabta" (AGENT VINOD), this number can be presumed to be an evocative background score or ending title feature, and marks a prosperous beginning to the album.
Feasting high on rustic U.P "nautanki" madcap entertaining pep-fizz, Amit Trivedi follows Vishal Bharadwaj's style of composing in boisterously rendered, and garishly choreographed "Chokra Jawan". It charters a similar territory that made "Beedi" or "Namak" (OMKARA) a chartbusting hit, but the tempo is relatively sluggish and lyrics lack the desired spicy tinge to make any fervent impact. Habib Faisal's wording works more like a wicked conversation between boy and girl, while the backdrop is very "filmi" (gun-shots, bawdy chorals, heavy drumming) and delivers a peculiar 70's situational action flick appeal. Sunidhi Chauhan's chirpy rendition in varying pitches is notable while Vishal Dadlani's coarsely delivered vocals add to the mood. Going with bankable listener's choices, item-songs (especially "nautanki" stylized numbers) usually make a mark, and this one too will surely be adding to the glam-quotient of the flick.
Mushy romantic grooves go ballistic in female "rockstar" full throttle mode in meticulously composed "Pareshan". Shalmali Kholgade, the silken "n" sensuous voice, is the biggest surprise of the album (and off-course one of this year too) and makes this an euphoric occasion as her vocals erupts like a volcano and then settles well with the retarding pace of the arrangements. Like Neha Bhasin and Shweta Pandit, Shalmali's voice quality is brilliant and her potency at serenading every higher and lower note is on par with the composition, making this a bright romantic feature of this volatile love story. Trivedi's toil is a fine blend of ethnic-cum-western instrumental moves, mixing well the sounds of harmonium, sarangi and table, with the ferocious hard-rock arrangements. Kausar Munir's lyrics bring a breeze of innocence immersed in flows of sensuality ("Be-baat khud pe marne lagi hoon, Marne lagi hoon, Bebaak aahein bharne lagi hoon, Bharne lagi hoon, Chaahat ke chheentey hain, Khaarey bhi meethe hain...") that concocts well with synchronized vocal throws of this potential soloist. High on innovation, Amit Trivedi has a potential winner in "Pareshan", which in a nutshell is a well-conceived on-screen depiction and will surely be radiating out the prospects of this song. "Pareshan (remix)" adds commercial substance to the party; it's a conventional "club-house" hi-voltage impulsive track that is going to fire up floors. Shalmali's gleaming voice gets an electronica synth-beat thrive, and together it delivers a heavy dosage of "booty-shaking" madness. All in all a well-etched "remix" number that is going to be next big thing on DJ's charts. Rocking!!!