Music Critic: Goher Iqbal Punn
Director: Gautam Menon
Music: A R Rahman
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Ekk Deewana Tha, Gautam Menon’s directed venture, is well in news due to the matter that the film is being remade in Hindi after making bigger marks in Tamil and Telugu. Originally the film was made in Tamil as Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa and then in Telugu as Yeh Maaya Chesave. The flick was directed in both languages by Gauatm Menon and the Hindi version too has been directed by him. The film has also been scoring big on music front and the reason behind is none other the music maestro A R Rahman, the Oscar winner musician of international fame. The music is not being given any deserving hype in the media or over the music channels.
The lyrics have been penned by the legendary lyricist Javed Akhtar. The soundtrack features 12 songs in total. Let’s check out the album.
Kya Hai Mohabbat [A.R.Rahman]
The soundtrack opens with a song sung by A R Rahman himself. The track is about Mohabbat (love) where the question is put as to what is love? The philosophy is told about the love. Raham sings the track with his usual class and in between he hightens his vocals and the high pitched delivery seems superb. The lyrics are truly philosophical and a true poet (having love with literature) like Javed Akhtar was able to scribble it down and he did the job supremely and creatively. The background chorus gels well with the song’s flow. The slow music arrangement entices the souls. The composition is fabulous.
Dost Hai (Girl I Loved You) [Naresh Iyer, Jaspreet Jasz and Arya]
Next emerges a true Western feel song laced with the rapping, which attracts the ears. It is a true piece for the youngsters and the lovers. The vocals of Naresh Iyer, Jaspreet Jasz and Arya are the true fit for the number. The instruments arrangements appeal to the ears. Lyrics are well-written. Rahman’s musical score is electrifying. The song has impacts on the hearts.
Aromale (My Beloved) [Alphonse]
Rahman lets the listeners fetches utter joys from the good piece of music with Aromale (My Beloved). The song is laced with the blend of Indian and Western classical. The crooning of the vocalist is super – mind boggling and you would love to get mesmerized with the classically thrown with super ease vocals. The high pitched rendition he delivers in between allure the spirits. The chorus too impresses a lot. The strings of the guitar along with other instruments’ playing stick out the most. Javed Akhtar writes brilliant worthwhile lyrics and A R Rahman shows his true class with the music.
Hosanna [Leon D’Souza and Suzanne]
The number starts well with the vocals and the flute and light drumming in the background. The background chorus delivered by Suzanne is simply magical and you find yourself getting dragged towards it. It is a love song and it will certainly be making bigger waves in the days to come. This is the song, which you would love to listen repeatedly. Where the lyrics, vocals and the music are class in themselves, Suzanne’s mention needs to be highlighted she makes her part truly mellifluous. Wonderful work by Akhtar sahib on lyrics and creatively scored music by the maestro, the track will make you press the repeat button.
Phoolon Jaisi [Clinton Cerejo and Kalyani Menon]
The album unzips the next track that is a romantic number. It is a true poetic song that shows the romantic nature of the legendary poet Javed Akhtar who is in utmost spirits. He must have written this track being in a true romantic mood. The guy praises the beauty of his beloved in this number. The singers do the job with finesse. A R Rahman arranges the tunes very skillfully.
Sharminda Hoon [Madhushree and A.R.Rahman]
The next number is sung by both Madhushree and A.R.Rahman and both inject the true pleasures in their renditions. The lyrics are well-penned and the instruments in the background are arranged in slow rhythm that appeals to the souls. The composition is soothing.
Sunlo Zara [Rashid Ali, Shreya Ghoshal and Timmy]
Up next is Sunlo Zara sung by the trio of Rashid Ali, Shreya Ghoshal and Timmy. The vocals are alluring but lack somewhere and it seems so because we make the comparisons with the previous versions. But Shreya Ghoshal among others attracts the most. She is boisterous. Lyrics are good and music is appealing too.
Zohra-Jabeen [Javed Ali]
The song has minimum scope for the instruments in the background and that is the beauty of this track that talks about the leading guy’s longing for his beloved to return to his life. Javed Ali makes this track to his name by singing it magically. Javed Akhtar writes mesmerizing lyrics and Rahman does the composition with his usual class.
Broken Promises [Shreya Ghoshal]
Shreya is undoubtedly the brilliant singer in today’s Hindi music scenario. She depicts her class by singing this fabulously and creatively done classical piece which is not easy to sing. Lyrics are superb and the music is a magic.
Moments in Kerala [Prabhakar]
A musical piece comes up next that lures the souls.
Jessie’s Land [Megha]
Megha does the fine job with Jessie’s Land. The mellifluous spongy rendition attracts the ears.
Jessie’s Driving Me Crazy [Sanjeev Thomas and Timmy]
The final track of the album is a Hinglish number that is alluring but is not that as apt as one wants from Rahman. Nonetheless it is listenable.
Ekk Deewana Tha is a classically arranged album scored by the music maestro A R Rahman. This soundtrack has mammoth potential to be sold like hot cakes from the music stands. The songs and the music of this film album will truly be fetching many awards in the days to come. The soundtrack shows off A R Rahman’s true style.