Immediately after wowing the world with the score of Slumdog Millionaire, ARR is back with Delhi- 6. Delhi-6 is Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’ third venture and is the movie after Rang De Basanti and stars Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor. The combo of Prasoon Joshi-ARR-Rakeysh worked magic last time in RDB and expectations are currently very high on this project.
The album opens with the current craze of the season, Masakali. An intensely energetic song and one made to fit for the young people, it is quite on the lines of Taxi Taxi from Sakkarakatti, which had become a rage down South. Masakali fits into this genre and has impressive Bongos right throughout lending a thump-thump beat throughout, which is complemented by Mohit Chouhan (Boy where does ARR get his singers from). Masakali marks a playful and an energetic way to start off and brings with it a whiff of freshness.
Bhor Bhaye marks a complete 360 degree reversal from the previous score and you are left wondering at ARR’s ability to shift genres and moods so emphatically. Bhor Bhaye is a Hindustani-classical piece rendered deftly by Shreya Ghoshal and reinforced harmoniously by Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. This song leaves one with the impression that ARR could make his living by just composing these songs.
Noor is a 5 sec song (err ok not a song, lets say a 5 sec track) which has the baritone of the big B in. I was not exactly sure what that particular track’s purpose
Aarti as the name suggests is a typical Aarti/Pooja song, the usual strains of the tanpura and faint whispers of violins, bells and chimes setting the tone for the song. Rendered by a list of singer, the song while pleasent is not something new and is fairly ordinary
Genda Phool almost continues in the legacy of Ringa Ringa from Slumdog Millionaire, save for the fact that ARR introduces a whole new techno beat to go along with the theme of Genda Phool. Featuring Rekha Bharadwaj, Shradda Pandit and Sujata Majumdar, the song is made unique by mix of both the folk and new-age rock
Dil Gira Dafatan is the typical song-that-grows on you that ARR churns out. I was not impressed by the song when I heard it first but after listening to it over the last 4 days, I have quite gone to love the song and in fact would say, it is the best song in the album. Featuring exquisite strings and extraordinary lyrics from Prasoon Joshi, this song is beautifully sung by Ash King. I would rate his voice as the find of this album and he impressively manages to strike the notes with ease. Chinmayi’s backing, though minimal, is the highlight and leaves you asking for more time for her. The sleeper hit of the album for me.
Hey Kaala Bandar was the first Love-at-First-Listen for me. It might be largely due to the fact that it features my favourite singer Karthik. This is a song that is pretty much like a medley of songs. Some of the tunes have this I-have-heard-this-in-other-songs feel about it. The start reminds me on Ramta Jogi, followed by Behka and Dil ka Rishta. However, this song is still impressive because of the impressive layering of music and the fact that the song flows despite traversing various genres in it. It has an almost whimsical feel about it as it keeps on flitting from one track to another. Naresh, Srinivas and Bony Chakravarthy also lend their voices to this song and places where the chorus resonates are easily the best moments in the song
Rehna Tu is the obligatory ARR voiced song in the album. While not as Jazzy as Tu Bole from Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Naa, the song is accompanied by sublime piano work and subtle string work. Though at times during the song, you feel that it could have been sung by someone else, ARR does a good job over the course of the song and you want to go back for repeats of the song
Delhi-6, the title track is the easily the most energetic song in the album and is a pleasent explosion of instruments and voices. Featuring Tanvi Shah (who is fast becoming a ARR staple singer with her amazing variety of voices) and the usual suspects of Blaaze and Benny Dayal, apart from Viveinne Poocha and Claire, this song literally has some deft string work and brilliant bass. With extremely catchy lyrics singing paens to Delhi, it too falls under the category of Love-at-first-listen. Some of the string work is remniscent of the tune in Hey Bichoo from Ghajini
No ARR film score is complete without Javed Ali featuring in somewhere and he completes the album with Arziyaan. Accompanied by Kailash Kher, this song incorporated Sufi elements which ARR excels in and while it is lengthy, the pace of the song is brilliant and some of the lyrics amazingly impressive. The only (extremely minor) complaint is that ARR should have also sung this. He has been brilliant in the past in similar songs like Haaji Ali (Fiza), Noor (Meenakshi) etc
At the end of the album, there is this feeling that you have had a journey. There are parts which seem lifted from his previous work, some amazingly fresh compositions, some energetic and some slow all withing the same song. Not all songs would be appreciated in a single listening and you need to give time to grow on you. There is an unpredictableness associated with the album and the songs keep flitting in a fickle manner in the direction that you least expect. This makes it one of the most enthralling albums to have come out and is all the more richer because of it.