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 Movie Album : Ishqiya

Music Director:  Vishal Bharadwaj

Cast: Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, Salman Shahid

Director: Abhishek Chaubey

The movie is a thriller produced by Vishal Bharadwaj & Raman Maroo. Vishal Bharadwaj’s music lives upto its expectation as he gives us yet another album with some great soundtracks to look out for. While the music soulful yet trippy, Gulzar’s lyrics spread their magic as they are simple and makes you want to say ‘Waah’ at the end. It is an album that deserves a chance from the music aficionados.

Song Name Singers/Performers Rating
Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji Rahat Fateh Ali Khan ★★★★½
Ibn-E-Batuta Sukhwinder Singh,Mika Singh ★★★★☆
Ab Mujhe Koi Rekha Bharadwaj ★★★★☆
Badi Dheere Jali Rekha Bharadwaj ★★★★☆
Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji(Remix) Rahat Fateh Ali Khan ★★★★½
Ibn-E-Batuta(Nucleya Mix) Sukhwinder Singh,Mika Singh ★★★☆☆
Ibn-E-Batuta(remix) Sukhwinder Singh,Mika Singh ★★★½☆

 1.  Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji

Singers: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Lyrics: Gulzar

Three masters of this trade (Vishal,Rahat & Gulzar) together creates this masterpiece. The song is soulful in its music; Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice makes this song more desirable and the lyrics of this song will make your ears wait for the next word to follow. The song is about the people with grizzled hair who still are young at heart. One of the best works by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan till date and a song that will leave its essence in our hearts for a very long time.

2. Ibn-E-Batuta

Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Mika Singh

Lyrics: Gulzar

This song gives the album the trippy touch it needed to make it feasible for every faction of listener. Ibn-E-Batuta is the name of an Arabic traveler. The lyrics of the song are meaningless yet they are on everyone’s lips. Call it the magic of Gulzar or the spell casted upon us by Vishal Bhardwaj, the song attains its purpose by the trippy music which makes you want to sing this song and dance to it. The notorious Mika’s and the famous Sukhwinder Singh’s Punjabi touch to this hindi song goes really well. 

3. Ab Mujhe Koi

Singers: Rekha Bharadwaj

Lyrics: Gulzar

The versatility of Vishal Bharadwaj can be easily judged in this album as this 3rd track is completely different from the first two. This ghazal sung by his wife Rekha Bharadwaj is soulful with a sufi touch as it entices the listener to the simplicity of her voice. The lyrics of the song are again the high point of the song and they tell us about a lover’s helplessness without the other half. This song is only for those who appreciate Indian classical music otherwise it can bore you.

4. Badi Dheere Jali

Singers: Rekha Bharadwaj

Lyrics: Gulzar

For the avid classical music listeners, this composition is a must hear. The song is based on the Indian classical Raaga ‘Lalit’. Rekha Bharadwaj’s command over the notes and the simplicity of her voice makes this song a soulful melody but again only for the classical music admirers. 

5. Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (Remix)

Singer: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Lyrics: Gulzar

One of the best remixes that anyone can come across.  Unlike other remixes where the listener often says that the prupose of mixing the song has gone in vain, this composition changes the orthodox mindset. The soulful voice of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan  along with some perfect Dj-ing and a paragraph with English lyrics included in the middle makes it a foot tapping track that allures a listener to use this track as a dance song.

6. Ibn-E-Batuta (Nucleya Mix)

Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Mika Singh

Lyrics: Gulzar

One of the disappointment in this album but after giving 6 other great tracks this ‘khoon is maaf’ on Vishal Bharadwaj. A good song remixed absurdly yet the essence of Ibn-E-Batuta makes you want to give it a shot. 

7. Ibn-E-Batuta (Remix)

Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Mika Singh

Lyrics: Gulzar

Better than the other remix of the same song, but by giving same song 3 times in short album makes this song on fall on the boring side if heard as an album. Alone this song is the one that can get any party started.

Album ★★★★★★★★☆☆

The album surely delivers and Vishal Bharadwaj lives upto the expectation. It is a versatile album that has everything for its listeners. Vishal Bharadwaj , Rekha Bharadwaj, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Mika,Sukhwinder & Gulzar together entices the listeners to grab onto the CD of Ishqiya. The mentioned names are enough to make an album a success and after listening to this album, the names provide us what we want. A melodious, soulful and a desirable album that should be given a chance to prove itself and should not be missed.

This album is a guest post by Utsav Chaudhary.