Friday September 9, 2016

Mirzya (Music review), Hindi – Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Daler Mehndi

Posted by Karthik

The title song is a sprawling effort! Too sprawling, given the medley’ish ways it splinters into. But it is also mighty impressive, pulling in many voices led by Daler Mehndi, a phenomenal vocal chorus and a grand, thumping sound. Gulzar’s sparkling imagination headlines Teen gawah, propped by Siddharth Mahadevan’s fresh-sounding voice, set to a wonderfully African’ish sound. The Mirzya Theme (Broken Arrows) builds a haunting sarangi-led instrumental out of Teen gawah’s interlude. Chakora‘s sound is very Shankar Ehsaan Loy – a lively folk lilt that segues into a punchy electronic sound, even as Mame Khan and Akhtar Chanal Zahri join Suchismita Das in a superb vocal interplay.

Aave re hitchki is what happens when you are traveling on a camel cart, one night in Rajasthan, with a guitarist for company! Shankar Mahadevan rocks this swaying melody, set to a stunning mix of sarangi (Mame Khan Troupe) and guitar (Neil Mukherjee), and also an enchanting vaudevillian interlude. Hota hai is the soundtrack’s goosebumps-inducing highlight! Nooran Sisters ace the singing incredibly, while the trio builds a hypnotic sound around what is a beautifully folk’ish tune. Ek nadi thi opens to a lovely A cappella featuring Nooran Sisters and Agnee’s Mohan when the guitars kick-in, to take the flow to a new high, with the lead vocals and the chorus staying amazingly on top.

Doli re doli is a delightful surprise, mixing a sonorous jazz sound to the searing pathos rendered by Shankar Mahadevan. Victor Garcia’s trumpet stands out in the jazz ensemble with its indulgent sound. Kaushiki Chakraborty’s vocal prowess go perfectly in-sync with the expansive, and awe-inspiring symphony in Kaaga. The 6 couplets by Gulzar, arranged by Daler Mehndi, offer a nice, thematic finish to the overall soundtrack. From Katyar Kaljat Ghusli, the trio take another giant leap ahead in Mirzya!

Keywords: Mirzya, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Daler Mehndi, 300, #300

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