New sounds of Delhi, belly belly good

Bollywood’s music is almost always very safe and hence its very typical. It is partly because the films, the stories, and the characters are more often than not ‘Typical’. I am not saying that safe music is bad music Vishal-Shekhar and Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy have proved that many times over. However, for things to evolve someone has to be bold and cross the line from ‘new’ to ‘experimental’ which doesn’t happen as often as it should. From my previous logic it means that such films are not made regularly, but when they are, we get gems like Dev D (2009), and Udaan (2010) which proved to everyone that films like that, with music which is so off-beat can still become popular. They also established Amit Trivedi as the new force in the India Music Industry.

Delhi Belly also looks like a film that has dared to be different and it’s not a surprise coming from the stable of Aamir Khan Productions who have always had the guts and the creativity to experiment. The music too is far from being called filmy, composed by Ram Sampath who surfaced again with the soft-sweet music of Luv Ka The End. Ram is actually a big name in the advertising world having worked with brands like Nike, Thums Up, Coke and Pepsi, but that will change as he will be a big name in Bollywood too after Delhi Belly.

The album is truly experimental and each song is different from the other. The album kicks-off with the new rage of Gen-X called DK Bose. It is a great track with wacky, double meaning lyrics and has a rockish feel to it. Ram Sampath goes behind the mic for this and sounds fab. Fast and peppy, it has become an instant hit.

Next up is the newest video track, Nakkadwale Disco which is being shared on social networking sites. The song in itself is average but after watching the video it becomes very enjoyable. Sung by Keerthi Sagathia in a manner of new age ghazal, this too keeps up with the goofy and wild mood of the film.

Then comes Saigal Blues which is sort of a tribute to K.L. Saigal saab. It’s been sung by Chetan Shashital in Saigal style but has a very modern touch to it in the music. It blends blues along with the oldie style of slow painful (emotional) tracks. You need serious cheek to pull-off something like this.

Sona Mahapatra who came into the limelight with her debut song ‘Aaja Ve’, sings Bedardi Raja in her signature rustic voice.  There is nothing drastically good or bad in this song nor in its remix which just has more beats to make it more dancelike.

Jaa Chudail and I Hate you are two of my favourite songs apart from DK Bose. Sung by Suraj Jagan, Jaa Chudail is a great rock track and will be loved by all rock fans. The lyrics of the song are also very powerful and can become a dedication for all the bad girlfriends in the world. I Hate you on the other hand is the only song in the album which cannot be categorized into any genre. It uses various genres and bounces off from one to the other without any discomfort. Starting slow, it becomes a faster English track then goes Rock and ends up as a Qawalli. Oh and there is also a bit of Bollywood of the 70’s in it. It’s been sung by Keerthi Sagathia, Sona Mohapatra & Shazneen Arethna.

The only slow song in the album is Tere Siva, which has Ram Sampath and Tarannum Mallik on the mic. It is a nice love song with a slight tinge of rock thrown in. The last song Switty Tera Pyaar and its remix are surely going to become a Punjabi chart buster as all the essential elements are present, especially in the remix. Its fast, with loads of Dhol and Bass and is loud as a Punjabi dance number should be.

Overall Delhi Belly is a superb album and a masterpiece for Ram Sampath. The others to be complemented are the lyricists Amitabh Bhattacharya, Munna Dhiman, Akshat Verma and Chetan Shashital. They have penned down some great lyrics for this wacky film. For me this is the most experimental music in Bollywood since Dev D.

Rating: 4/5

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Mastano Ki Dilli

Just when India or rather the world was praising Alla Rakha Rahman on his mesmerizing compositions for Slumdog he came up with another gem right in the beginning of 2009 to follow up 2008, which was one of the best years in bollywood for him. Four big releases, four super hits – Jodha Akbar, Jaane Tu …, Yuvraaj and Ghajini. So i was really curious to know what we’ll get to hear from this genius in Delhi 6. And so I heard, i heard and i heard 🙂

The album comprises of amazing variations of sounds and instruments. Aarti by various singers is like… well, an Aarti. Its soft and melodious.  Arziyan sung beautifully by Javed Ali(Jashn e bahara) and Kailash Kher is one of my favourite tracks It is right out of the Haji Ali and Khwaja stable and rightly so considering the backdrop of old Delhi. It just takes you in the very first time you listen to it and before you know it u are humming it everywhere. Bhor Bhaye is a hardcore classical number where Shreya Ghoshal is teamed up with the great Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and the result is as expected. Phenomenal to say the least. Its not a track that will get a lot of commercial success but shows the versatility of Shreya who just got off  Ghajini after doing the’ Latoo’ act.

My other favourite track on this album is ‘Delhi 6’ the title song. Its funky, spunky and a superb anthem for this city. It will totally become a rage with the  youngsters.  It has the feel of Hip Hop/Rap and Techno which blend beautifully with each other.

Masakalli needs no introduction. It became a hit the very first time it was played on the radio and the first time  people saw Sonam Kapoor dancing with a pigeon on her head. What i would like to add is that this song has been sung by Mohit Chauhan and it is totally not his style. Hats off to him for doing such a wonderful job on such a difficult track. Going further ‘Kala Bandar’ is again a very Hip Hoppish track. Naresh Iyer and Karthik and Bony all have done a superb job. It totally makes you wanna move.

Genda phool is by far the most experimental track on this album. It starts of with a short chorus followed up by the husky voice of Rekha Bhardwaj (Namak ) and as soon as you think ” Ah well its a typical Rekha Track” you are surprised and how by a sudden mix of western music which makes it into a cool fusion. And if all the fans of Rahman’s voice are getting disappointed then they need not be as ‘Rehna Tu’ brings Rahman upto the microphone. Its a romantic, soft number which has a western flavour to it. Like always Rahman does a great job at it.

Delhi 6 is a must listen for fans and others alike. Its one of the great man’s finest works.

Best Songs : Delhi 6, Arziyan, Masakalli, Genda Phool, Rehna Tu

Rating – 4/5