Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Lekar Hum Deewana Dil: Music Review

Deeksha Seth Armaan Jain Lekar Hum Deewana Dil Cover

Starring: Armaan Jain & Deeksha Seth
Music Composer: A.R Rahman

Expectations have always been set very high for A.R Rahman music. Unfortunately, we have not seen much of Rahman's compositions as of recently. A.R last produced Raanjhanaa in 2013, and earlier this year Highway in Bollywood. After the Slumdog Millionaire success, A.R has diverted his attention away from Hindi and Tamil cinema and onto Hollywood. Just last month he composed the music for Million Dollar Arm, where we see Mad Men's John Hamm's journey to India to recruit India's finest cricket players for baseball. Needless to say, all the movies mentioned here, regardless of cinema, have been all spectacular.

It is not unusual for Rahman to compose for a smaller movie like, Lekar Hum Deewana Dil, because these are just the kinds of small ventures Rahman would usually do. In Lekar Hum Deewana Dil, we see newcomer and supposed grandson of Raj Kapoor, Armaan Jain, merge with Bollywood first timer, semi-seasoned Tamil/Telegu actress, Deeksha Seth, in yet another Bollywood film on the joys of young romance. Basically, this is a soundtrack around the likes of Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na. Coincidentally or not, Lekar Hum Deewana Dil's soundtrack, like Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na's has a song as its namesake, this time from Yaadon Ki Baraat.

Deeksha Seth and Armaan Jain "Maloom"
Deeksha Seth and Armaan Jain "Maloom"
Lekar Hum Deewana Dil begins with Khalifa featuring A.R Rahman, Shweta Pandit, and Suzanne D'Mello. A.R Rahman definitely draws some influence from M.I.A's portions from Oh Saya from Slumdog Millionaire. This song, however, takes a unconventional, but interesting techno/electronica vibe fused with a middle eastern beat. Rahman's portions and music compositions are on point here as usual, but if I had to name one the downfall of this song would be the contribution of the two female vocalists which are utterly unnecessary. 4/5

The second track on the album, Maloom, one of least memorable songs in Lekar Hum Deewana Dil. This song again feature A.R Rahman, but with Hriday Gatani and Jonita Gandhi. This song has a careless feel is enhanced with light instrumentals like guitar and whistling. Lyrically beautiful and musically simple, this song takes a different route from Khalifa. This is exactly what you would expect to see from a movie like Lekar Hum Deewana Dil. The song does take a slightly annoying quality when an over eager female voice, probably Jonita Gandhi, intrudes. Though is one of the most refreshing songs on the album. 4/5

Pakistani vocalist, Shiraz Uppal vocalizes Ala Hada. This song has a light airy feel like Maloom, but manages to uplift more. This is quite reminiscent of Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na's muisc, especially with the guitar, but separates itself into a song with more refined taste. We hear smoother instrumentals like violin and chimes throughout this song, to further blend into the soft tones of Uppal . 3.5/5

One could only guess what kind of song Mawali Qawwali is by the name, but even if you did you would be wrong. Yes, Deeksha Seth is the dancer in Mawali Qawwali. This song by Raghav Mathur and Tanvi Shah is one of the most annoying songs I have heard in a long time. If the first couple seconds don't turn you off initially some banjo mixed with annoying voices with grate at your insides and irritate you to no end. Please don't bother with this one. Too much going on. 1/5

Forst Armaan Jain Lekar Hum Deewana Dil
Just the average hike through the forest with the essentials
Beqasoor is Lekar Hum Deewana Dil's only slow romantic duet, skillfully crooned by Nakash Aziz and Sheweta Pandit. There is not really much going in terms of piano instrumentals, all the changes of pace in the two vocalists voice. 3.5/5

When you click on a song titled Tu Shining, you already know its going know its not going to be. This song is heavily populated with English words, sung annoyingly by Hriday Ghattani. This song starts ok, but as it picks up the pace it gets inversely irratating. Not as bad a Malwali Qawwali, but still not good. I only wonder what Rahman was thinking for this one. 3/5

In the end, Lekar Hum Deewana Dil's soundtrack does not live up to A.R Rahman's usual hype. Take the few good songs and leave the horrible songs here. Some songs still have the Rahman magic, but the others definitely do not.

My Picks:  Maloom, Ala Hada, Khalifa, Beqasoor 

Read My Other Reviews: