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Mirzya music review: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Gulzar deliver a rich, innovative, complex album
Mirzya's soundtrack is probably the most accomplished Bollywood music album of the year, which not just gives us new sounds, but has incredible lyrical richness.
Gulzar. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. When Mirzya was announced, it was a given that the aforementioned bunch of people would deliver an ambitious soundtrack, if not anything else. And ambitious is what you get with Mirzya's complex, multi-layered, oft-overwhelming but extremely beautiful music.
In fact, keeping in mind the best albums of the year so far (both melodious and memorable ones like Kapoor & Sons and Sultan, as well as the ones pushing the envelope like Udta Punjab and Fitoor), Mirzya's soundtrack is probably the most accomplished Bollywood music album of the year, which not just gives us new sounds, but also has incredible lyrical richness.
The songs of Mirzya are those which you need to keep listening to over and over again to fully appreciate them for the gems that they are. Here's our Mirzya music review.
Mirzya title track
Singers: Daler Mehndi, Sain Zahoor, Akhtar Chinnal, Nooran Sisters
Like the entire album, this song will take some time to get used to and that's not a bad thing. That's a great thing. The best songs in the world are so intricately composed and arranged, that on every listen, you'll discover something new.
Mirzya's title track is one such song. All the singers hold fort while Gulzar's splending lyrics (Gol gol ghoome zameen / Aave na jaave kahin / Tere phere leve zameen O Mirzya, literally meaning: the earth keeps turning, it came from nowhere and will go nowhere, it revolves around you O Mirzya) and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's composition and arrangement make this song, one for the ages.
Singers: Siddharth Mahadevan, Sain Zahoor
Teen gawah Ishq ke / Ek rab hain, ek tu, aur main; literally meaning: Three witnesses to our love, God, you and me....thus goes the hookline of this breezy song crooned by Siddharth Mahadevan with Sain Zahoor on backing vocals. Heavy on strings, it is light on the ears while alluding to the epic scale of the Mirza Sahiban lore.
Singers: Mame Khan, Shuchismita Das, Akhtar Chinnal
You know those fast-paced EDM songs in Bollywood films where man and woman sing of love. This is Gulzar and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's take on that format and they go crazy with it.
Lyrically, the song is seeped in Indian folklore, particularly of the mythical bird Chakora who is said to reside atop the rays of the moon i.e Chandra. Chakora and Chandra's association is the foundation of many North Indian folk love stories. The song is a celebration of love, as the lines go, Aasmaan par ude chakora / chand pakadne jaave; literally meaning: Chakora flies in the sky, to catch the moon.
Aave Re Hitchki
Singers: Shankar Mahadevan, Mame Khan
What a painfully beautiful song! Aave Re Hitchki (literally meaning, hiccup is coming) is light, string-heavy song that flows like a folksy-gypsy tune one would listen to, sitting on the Rajasthani sands under a moonlit sky. Shankar Mahadevan, the singer, along with Ehsaan and Loy, does great justice to the lyrics which are about sleepless lovers remembering each other. Hiccups, according to Indian superstition, is associated with remembering a close one badly. A goddamn triumph of beautiful songwriting and poetry!
Singers: Nooran Sisters, Sain Zahoor, Akhtar Chinnal, Daler Mehndi
Hota Hai is a fast-paced, bold song, that will grab you by the collar and not let you go till it ends. The song is about the torment of intense love and the tribulations such a passionate relationship can bring. This and Chakora will easily go on to become club hits in the next few months.
Singers: Nooran Sisters, K Mohan
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy bring back their frequent collaborator K Mohan (Chaandaniya from 2 States, Oye Janiya from Katti Batti) for Ek Nadi. Listening to the lyrics of Ek Nadi (Ek nadi thi dono kinaare / tham ke bethi thi / todti to sailaab aa jata / karvat le to saari zameen beh jati, literally meaning A river was still between too banks, if disturbed, it would flood the earth), one can't help but wonder how many different ways Gulzar can write about love!
A slow song like Aave Re Hitchki, Ek Nadi is, again, another great track from the album.
Doli Re Doli
Singers: Shankar Mahadevan, Mame Khan
Doli Re Doli starts off with Mame Khan singing a capella for a little more than a minute in the high-pitched way only he can can. Then it suddenly becomes a soft, jazz track and Shankar Mahadevan steps in. What is eseentially a folksy composition has been treated with piano, trumpet, melodica, percussion - the whole nine yards. The song which is about the girl all grown up, leaving her father's house, for her lover, is a simply a bliss to listen to.
Singer: Kaushiki Chakraborty
Kaaga rests solely on Kaushiki's highly trained vocal prowess. Held together by synth and strings, this short song is about the woman asking kaaga, the crow, to send her news of her lover.
Mirzya theme - Broken Arrows
The Mirzya theme, a sad, passionate composition is made all the more heart-wrenching by the use of the sindhi sarangi. Along with the piano, flute and the additional programming, this instrumental exists in a class of its own.
Mirzya, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, starring Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher, releases on October 7 this year.
( The writer tweets as @devarsighosh )