Music Review: DIL DHADAKNE DO (2015)
While I’ve always wanted to do Music Reviews on the site, it’s been something that I’ve never gotten around to. Until now. It may be a commentary on just how good the music of this movie is, or just my own evolving time management that allows me to make time for this. Either way, my first attempt at reviewing an official soundtrack of a film, complete with all all the rythmically hip hopping, toe tapping stuff that all Bollywood films are made of, should either be a roaring success or a hilarious travesty. So here’s my Music Review of the Official Soundtrack of ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’, releasing June 5th, 2015.
Dil Dhadakne Do
Singers: Priyanka Chopa & Farhan Akhtar
The title song of the movie sets the tone for what the movie promises to be: fun and energetic. With a commercial feel and a contemporary beat, this track really sets the mood for what can be expected from the rest of this album. While obviously a promotional song, as can be seen by the video, the lyrics are fun and general, but definitely do seem to be situational based on the story of the film. With a toe tapping beat and decent vocals, the title track succeeds in creating excitement and anticipation for the film.
While Priyanka Chopra’s voice is more generic, her voice lends well to all three actresses on screen in the video. However, Farhan Akthars trademark raspy voice doesn’t work too well when the actor on screen lipsyncing isn’t Farhan Akthar. It’s a small complaint that is only valid when viewing the full video of the song.
Singers: Yashita Sharma, Manish Kumar Tipu, Shankar Mahadevan, Farhan Akhtar & Sukwinder Singh
This is the typical Punjabi track that must be in ever family orientated Bollywood movie, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Despite its formulaic inclusion, the traditionally cultural dhol (drum) beats and background score of this track seems like it will function more like the film’s official theme tune, given that the title can be found in the chorus of this song as well. The song has trademark Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy characteristics, as it’s much more traditional than the title track, while still keeping the tempo up and getting shoulders shaking and hips moving with it’s staggered rhythm and pacing.
Singers: Sukriti Kakker & Siddharth Mahadevan
For the love song of the movie, Pehli Baar is pretty unique. It’s got a very rock bent to it, with the heavy bass, electric guitar throughout and steady percussion in the background, the song speaks to a more contemporary and youthful audience. The imagery invoked isn’t that of exotic locales with a lone tree, but rather an urban streetscape setting. The singers also have a very youthful vibe to the voices than the soulful melodies most Bollywood love songs feature.
Girls Like To Swing
Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan
Sunidhi Chauhan channels a 1920’s lounge singer as this track kicks ass with some retro nostalgia. The orchestral band gives this track a genuine feel of being an legit lounge song complete with sync sound acoustics and vocals. Chauhan brilliantly does the sultry voice of a lounge singer, and blends the english chorus and hindi lyrics with ease. A faster beat throughout and background singers give this track a genuine period feel.
Phir Bhi Yeh Zindagi
Singers: Farhan Akhter, Vishal Dadliani, Divya Kumar & Alyssa Mendosa
While this can be considered to be the obligatory sad song of the album, the fast paced. Best describable as a rock ghazal, the trademark Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy elements are at work here against as the tragically optimistic lyrics are juxtaposed with a hard rock sound, that starts off melancholy but drives itself into a faster paced melody driven track. Safe to say that this is one track that won’t feature a song and dance video in the movie, but may just be more of a montage sequence.
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Be sure to let me know what you thought about the Official Soundtrack of ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’, releasing on June 5th, 2015.