Shivaay is an action drama, with some breath-taking visuals and spectacular action sequences, going by that mind-blowing first trailer. I know I have put a lot of adjectives in the first sentence, but that’s how much I was impressed with the trailer. But Ajay Devgn, the lead actor as well as the director of the movie, has not invested everything in making the movie look so good on the screen but also musically as well. He has roped in Mithoon, known for his wonderful compositions in Anwar, The Train, Kalyug, Zeher and other films, and guest composer Jasleen Royal to belt compositions for the the film. We have already been blown away by the title track of the film.
Bolo Har Har Har
A powerful action film needs an equally powerful song to get the listeners into the right groove. And Bolo Har Har Har is exactly what the doctor ordered for Shivaay‘s album. A really addictive, terrific composition (Take a bow, Mithoon) that judiciously use the plethora of singers like Badshah, Sukhwinder Singh, Mohit Chauhan, Megha Sriram Dalton and Anugrah, with Mohit Chauhan and Baadshah taking the cake. Mithoon has moved away from his comfort zone in composing this powerful song, that is sure to give you goosebumps when Megha Sriram ends the song with the chant ‘Namah Shivaay’!
This romantic song has been in the news thanks to Ajay Devgn making his kissing debut with the Polish actress Erika Kaar. I also loved the visuals of the song. As a composition, Mithoon enters into familiar terrain, as he is known to belt some really melodious romantic numbers. But Darkhaast is a different beast compared to his previous romantic interludes like Maula Mere Maula and Bin Tere, as the song has some heavy techno arrangements And there is Arijit Singh of course! Has the man ever gone wrong with such songs that completely in his comfort zone? Sunidhi Chauhan is also terrific – though I have a little issue with her singing this one. Nothing on her, but since Erika Kaar is not playing an indian girl, shouldn’t the singer be singing in whatever language she is speaking in the film?
The highlight of Raatein of is the singing of Jasleen Royal. She has this child-like innocent quality in her voice that makes Raatein, picturised on Ajay Devgn and the child actress, that suits the song to the T. She however, is better in the reprise version which is darker and has more tragic undertones. Interestingly, both the songs are composed by her, and she has done a really good job with the arrangements.
Tere Naal Ishqa
Tere Naal Ishqa is a situational song about love and longing sung in the inimitable voice of Kailash Kher, who again dominated the composition with his singing skills. It’s good the see that Mithoon is going beyond his trademark beats to suit the singer’s sensibilities. But beyond Kailash Kher’s singing, the song doesn’t offer anything new in the genre of tragic romantic songs.
It’s good to see Mithoon belting out compositions that are so different from his usual fare, especially the title track. Darkhaast will be favoured by the romantics at heart, while Jasleen Royal’s singing makes Raatein a good listen. Overall, a more than decent album that, despite having only five songs (out of which one is a reprise of another song), is enough to appease a music lover.