Music Review: Ishqiya

ishqiya music reviewThe man is back! With his lady, all-time favorite lyricist companion and a simply brilliant crew. Yes I’m talking about the great Vishal Bhardwaj, his lady Rekha Bhardwaj and writer Gulzar. Three names I wanna see on a soundtrack I’m buying. Three names to loosen my wallet. Ishqiya is Vishal’s latest flick starring Arshad Warsi, Vidya Balan and Naseeruddin Shah in lead roles. The bold promos of Ishqiya have been out for some time now, the movie is coming by the end of January 2010. I won’t discuss the movie any further. Let’s talk about the soundtrack. The last time around Vishal came up with some really good stuff with Kaminey. He is known to give classic touches to soundtracks, he’s not the conventional Anu Mallik-Pritam styled Bollywood music composer. With expectations high on him this time around, does he deliver? Well if you don’t wanna read a long review and are just looking for an objective type answer, I’ll say Ishqiya is one of Vishal Bhardwaj’s best soundtracks. Go for quality than quantity here. Ishqiya’s music is a masterpiece. The likes of AR Rahman might find it hard to survive in the industry now.

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Dil To Bachcha Hai

The first track of the soundtrack. I take a deep breath and press the play button. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan blows me away right there with the first line. Gulzar has done his job so well! The song’s got that classic touch to it, nothing extraordinary and the simplicity takes over.

Kisko pata tha pehloo mein rakha,
Dil aisa paaji bhi hoga,
Hum toh hamesha samajhte the koi,
Hum jaisa haji hi hoga.

Haye zor kare, kitna shor kare,
bewaja avien ghaur kare,
dil sa koi kaminaa nahin,
Koi toh roke, koi toh toke..

Iss umr mein ab khaoge dhoke
Darr lagta hai ishq karne mein ji,
Dil toh bachcha hai jii!

Rahat’s voice, Gulzar’s lyrics and Vishal’s music are the perfect blend to this brilliant track. Here’s the first heart winning track of 2010! You can close your eyes and get lost in another world while listening to this song. Gulzar’s weaved yet another magical fairy tale with just some simple words.


The next track features Mika and Sukhwinder Singh. Now that’s a mind blowing combination, two unique voices. Ibn-a-Batuta is a fun track. Right from the word go Mika and Sukhwinder take you on a ride that reminds you of Omkara. Another five pointer straight away!

Ab Mujhe Koi

If Vishal Bhardwaj has any asset he should be proud of it’s his lady in love Rekha Bhardwaj. Her voice touches your soul. Yes it’s that deep. Ab Mujhe Koi is a simply melodious track that’s got to be the best soft romantic track I’ve ever heard. The instruments in the background flirt with Rekha’s amazing voice and the end result is music for your ears, music you’ll wanna hear again and again. At this point of time I had no idea if I was really listening to a Bollywood soundtrack.

Jin dinon aap the,
aakh mein dhoop thii,
Jin dinon aap rehte the,
aakh mein dhoop rehti thii,
Ab toh chaalein hi chaal hain,
Yeh bhi jaane hi waale hain.
Woh joh tha dard ka karaar kahaan…
Ab mujhe koi intezaar kahaan

I love it when all the three elements go along so well, the music, the lyrics and the voice. People like AR Rahman could take some inspiration on where they’re failing. Don’t take my word for it, go listen to the Ishqiya soundtrack now.

Badi Dheere Jali

Rekha Bhardwaj again features in Badi Dheere Jali which is a classical masterpiece. I’m not much of a music guy if you’d ask me but some of the instruments used in this track have simply taken over my brain. This seven minute track could bring someone out from a coma, it could put an angry young man to rest, it could change your mood, this one brilliant piece of creativity. I am now anxious to listen to this track as well as all others in 5.1 sound. If you’re into slow, meaningful and melodious soundtracks then this is a must-buy. Vishal Bhardwaj has concentrated on quality rather than quantity here. With just four tracks in a soundtrack and the rest of them remixes, it’s a gamble only people like Vishal Bhardwaj can take. He wins!

My Rating: 5/5

342 Replies to “Music Review: Ishqiya”

  1. Vishal Bhardwaj is one great film maker, his movies have real drama, very rustic-authentic music having the flavors of India, great plots, he gets the best out of the actors, everything is simply so original. He is not like those film makers who get ‘inspired’ from west very often. We have got so much regional stories-why not make good movies based on that, Vishal Bhardwaj exactly does that. Hats off to him.
    I only watch really good movies in theater, Ishqia going to be one of them. I would check out the songs and am sure would like them! 🙂

  2. @Harshit – I’m not paid to bash Rahman, let’s understand that fact. Rahman is today’s Anu Malik going by the quality of music he’s coming out with. Nothing personal with the guy.

  3. Completely agree about AR Rahman. Great composer no doubt, but of late his music is very assemblyline-like. 90s ARR thats when he shined.

  4. @Harry

    I know u r not paid to bash him. But I just want to say bash him where he needs to be. Don’t drag him in here. He was not needed here. Not twice at least.

    Anu Malik… aaa.. bit too much. But yes, he is overrated. Like he’s gonna get all best music awards now. Beating Dev.D, and somewhere even without that, in case of star screen and the likes.

  5. Common mate, Rahman still rocks, although i agree, he’s not at his best the past few releases. But for me, Delhi 6 was just amazing.

    Coming back to Ishqiya, superb soundtrack, great vocals. Hats off to the team

  6. In an interview fr KAMINEY , vishal stated he began as a music director , & at heart , is still one .

    This album boldens , Italicizes & Underlines it !!

    Wat an awe-inspiring use of the Accordian in “Dil toh bachcha” , instantly reminds one of those childhood days , when the sunday ‘chitrahaar’ played ” Jeena yahan Marna Yahan ” … a very similar feel , a very similar masterpiece in making !

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