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Produced by : Raman Maroo , Vishal Bharadwaj

Direction : Abhishek Chaubey

Story : Darab Farooqui

Screenplay :

Gulzar, Vishal Bharadwaj, Abhishek Chaubey

Cinematography: Setu

Editing : A. Sreekar Prasad

Distribution : Shemaroo Entertainment

Dedh Ishqiya directed by Abhishek Chaubey, is a sequel to the 2010 film Ishqiya. The first installment of the film had fabulous music by Vishal Bhardwaj, with lyrics by Gulzar. After Ishqiya, the audience wanted dedh-times the number of songs. Let’s see if the tracks meet up to the expectations.


Song Singer Rating
Dil Ka Mijaaz Ishqiya Rahet Fateh Ali Khan ★★★★½
Hamari Atariya Rekha Bharadwaj ★★★★½
Zabaan Jale Hai Rahet Fateh Ali Khan ★★★★☆
Jagaave Saari Raina Rekha Bharadwaj, Pandit Birju Maharaj ★★★½☆
Kya Hoga Master Saleem, Shahid Mausam Maliya and Jazim Sharma ★★★★☆
Horn Ok please Sukhwinder Singh, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Anushka Manchanda ★★★½☆

1. Dil Ka Mijaaz Ishqiya

Singer : Rahet Fateh Ali Khan

Lyrics : Gulzar

This track , sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan seems to be floating on a sea of tranquility. Every note of serenity is seen through the entire rendition. The lyrics are also captivating that it takes you back to Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji. The seamless poetry coupled with the soulful voice , creates a ripple effect. You don’t need to be a youngster to fall in love.

2. Hamari Atariya

Singer : Rekha Bharadwaj

Lyrics : Gulzar

Rekha Bhardwaj lives the song and she is the danseuse, who rules the track. It was made for Ishqiya, but could not be used then and hence a new story was made to incorporate the song. The combination of rock-guitar with rural folklore is stunning. Gulzar’s wizardry comes into place with no doubt and he spins his lauded imagery very well.

3. Zabaan Jale Hai

Singer : Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Lyrics : Gulzar

Certainly the best in the album in terms of lyrics, the track is written with a North-Indian dialect by Gulzar. The song leaves a haunting effect and is filled with gentle guitar notes. The other high point of the song is Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s apt accompaniment.

4. Jagaave Saari Raina

Singer : Rekha Bharadwaj, Pandit Birju Maharaj

Lyrics : Gulzar

The music gradually blooms with rich orchestration, Rekha’s elegant vocals and Pt Birju Maharaj’s alaaps, creating the perfect raag-daari effect. This stays as a proof, on how to amalgamate literary verse and folk poetry.

5. Kya Hoga

Singer : Master Saleem, Shahid Mausam Maliya and Jazim Sharma

Lyrics : Gulzar

The trio deliver a qawaali number, that is bit out of the normal and promises to be a little different. Gulzar’s powerful words give the song a pie-in-the sky life.

6. Horn Ok please

Singer : Sukhwinder Singh, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Anushka Manchanda

Lyrics : Gulzar

Lot of masti and hatke mood, poured into the song which creates a lasting finish. Sukhwinder Singh performs his magic once with Yo Yo Honey Singh, (Singing) with a difference. The title of the song borrows the famous tagline behind highway lorries in India. The lyrics are amusing and Gulzar’s wit reaches optimal levels when he refers to Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar and his own song Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi Shikwa To Nahin.

Pick of the album: Pretty much all the songs for the wonderful poetry and dynamic music

Overall Rating : ★★★★★★★★½☆


By bringing in local flavour and not opting for popular tastes and funky sounds, Vishal Bhardwaj has done a great job of creating a potential hit album. He has done justice to the theme of the movie and made music that suits it perfectly. The lyrics by Gulzar are the icing on this cake. The album is loaded with classical elements – that is quite unusual for a composer in the present day. If you are a lover of niche music, you should definitely listen to this one!