I want to know how many of you out there have been hit by the Emosanal atyachaar of the Dev D soundtrack? How many of you are singing in a nasal tone.. Tauba tera jalwa, tauba tera pyaar? I have yet to hear a more hilarious and ingenuous song composed for a Hindi film.
If you guys haven’t heard the complete song yet, then come out from under the rock, get it and blast it now. Put together by the yet-to-be-celebrated genius of Amit Trivedi.
That’s so raw
The 18 pieces of rambunctious and rabble-rousing music on the album just shine through with homages, nods, nudges and wink-winks to almost all the popular genres of songwriting.
The album opens with the brass band version of Emosanal atyachar.. raw, sung on the fly vocals by the mysterious Rangeela and Rasila band-masters and even the odd muted trumpet insert. Listen closely to the Tell me why did you ditch me part. I rolled down laughing. The rock version which comes up later on the album, sung by Bony Chakravarthy, is outstanding.
By the way, the scream that comes in after the break in the track is Anurag Kashyap demonstrating the level of
atyachar required for the song. It was so apt that Amit Trivedi retained it in the recording itself.
Trivedi has sung Duniya, Nayan tarse, Saali khushi and Ankh micholi. These songs were to be sung by bonafide, official playback singers. But when Kashyap heard the raw rendition of the demo versions, he left them as it is and those are the versions which you hear on the album! I leave you to discover them on your own.
The silken-voiced Shilpa Rao lends her soulful voice to two songs, Dhol yaara dhol and Ranjhana. Sublime. An extremely talented singer from Delhi, Aditi Singh Sharma, makes her Hindi movie debut on Yehi meri zindagi hai. She has her own band called Crimson which has been active on the rock circuit for a while now. She does great justice to the song here. Clap, clap.
The Punjabi-desi flavour on the album is brought in by the songs Pardesi (nice breakbeat) by Todhi, Payalia by Shruti Pathak, Mahi mennu and Hiknaal by Labh Janjua,which is fairly straight up bhangra.
I’d like to make a special mention of Dil mein jagi by Anusha Mani. It’s a beautiful piano piece which evokes memories of silent cinema. Short and sweet.
All that remains
Now all that remains is the film, which will be releasing soon. We will experience the magic of the music merging with the crazy visions of Anurag Kashyap led by the fantastic Abhay Deol.
Till then, everybody, all together now...1...2..3..4... Ankhon ka hai dhoka, aisa tera pyaar, tera emosanal, atyachaar if I may say so.