Basti Hai Mastano Ki Dilli Dilli
Galli Hai Deewano Ki Dilli 6
And in that crackling fashion, the soundtrack begins. It is one of Rahman’s most awesome soundtracks by far and is up there along with Roja, Bombay, Taal, Kadalan and Rangeela. Although Rakesh Mehra’s translation of the songs onto screen was exceptionally brilliant [more on that in a bit], Delhi 6 as a movie divided the audience opinion. I for one, loved it, and there were some who just couldn’t look beyond Abhishek’s annoying fake Amriki accent and the whole Kala Bandar story and of course Big B’s Godly cameo. And when I fail to convince them, all I need to do is to show them this.
But people, don’t let me lose my focus. This post is about the melody, the beauty and the masterpiece that is -the soundtrack of Delhi 6. It is in a word -Brilliant. It is not a hoch poch of different genres, but Rahman offers a mixed bag of awesome goodness from Techno to Qawwali to Classical to Folk. So, let’s just sit back, and relish its brilliance and get swooned by its tunes.
The CD spins out Masakali as track 1, and Mohit Chauhan’s serene voice slides out. It starts as a very lazy song, in a very good way. And it just sets the mood right. And who’d have though that a song would be written on a Kabootar. I know I know, Maine Pyar Kiya did it before. But MPK didn’t name the Kabootar. And to watch Bittu dance to it, is the cherry on the top. Masakalli definitely features as one of the year’s best track fo sho!
Track 2: Arziyan
Javed Ali and Kailash Kher. Rahman is not just a music director, he is an awesome vocal Casting director. And by that I mean, he gives the perfect song choice for the perfect candidate. e.g. Ae Udi Udi -Adnan Sami, Chhaiya Chhaiya-Sukhwinder, Robaroo-Naresh Iyyer or Khoon Chala -Mohit Chauhan. And Rahman has done the same with Javed Ali on Arziyan. I can’t imagine any of our contemporary playback singers singing this to make it sound like this. It is just an awesome Qawwali. And then add to that mind-numbing lyrics by Prasoon Joshi. Take this for instance:
Darare Darare Hai Maathe pe Maula
Murammat Muqaddar Ki Kardo Maula
Attempt at Translation:
Oh Lord! There are cracks on my forehead [Seen as a sign of Fate and Destiny]
Please repair my Destiny Oh Lord!
And then, to top it all, Binod Pradhan’s ace cinematography capturing every beautiful inch of Jama Masjid. And I am deported to Delhi.
Track 3: Dilli 6
Woohooo!!! It can’t get any hep and happening than this. The intro track is very Benny Benassi . And Blaaze’s infectious rap accompanied by Benny and Viviane is just spot on. This track shows the flashy side of the city, the modern, the rich and young Delhi. In a word -very CP.
Track 4: Rehna Tu
[Ab kaa bataye bhaiya] When Rahman sings, we shut up and listen. This is a modern day ballad set to a jazzt tune and has a haunting Shehnai solo in the end. Just heart warming and chilling at the same time.
P.S. My dear friend Vatsal finds the part when Rahman sings out loud: Dareeeyaaa!! Oooo Dareeyaaa!! to be absolutely delightful. According to him it reminds him of the joy of someone who finds a Dariya to (ahem!) wash.
The picturisation is of Bachhan Jr and Chintu Ji in their car driving through late night Delhi. Picturesque much!
Track 5:Hey Kaala Bandar
I think the weakest track of the album. But it is still fun to play in the background. The picturisation of the track carries a montage of footage from the whole Monkey Man incident reported on various TV channels. Its fun to see someone (at least) to take the piss out of rubbish breaking news structures.
And then, AB Jr do a District 13 style free-running on the rooftops, while Bittu does the monkey dance 😛
Track 6:Dil Gira Dafatan
The acoustic arrangement of the strings with the minimal usage of percussions and still create a enveloping ambience of this song is, for loss of any other word which qualifies to describe it, BRILLIANT. The vocals by Ash King are spot on, and not to forget the insanely beautiful lyrics –
Teri Khamosh Zulfon Ki Gehrainya
Hai Jahaa Dil Mera Uljha Hua hai Wohin Kho Gaya
Tu Magar Hai Bekhabar…
Attempt at Translation:
In the depth of your silent hair
Is where my entangled heart is, and it is lost
But you are unaware…
The rhythm is unusual, and so is the melody. And yet, it easily blends and melts into your ears.
Finally, the imagination of Rakesh Mehra and Binod Pradhan to capture the essence of Delhi amalgamated with Times Square is breathtaking. It’s choke full with colours and so much to just lose yourself. I say this is alone a good enough reason to watch the movie. [Psst.. at the end of the post, there are some more screencaps of this song :P]
Track 7: Genda Phool
Folk Music and Rahman: Check
New sound arrangement: Check
Rekha Bharadwaj: Check
Waheeda Rehman dancing: Check
The only thing bad about this song is that it is too short 🙁
Need some more of the Saiyya Hai Vyapaari, Chale Hai Pardes 🙂
Track 8: Bhor Bhaye
Shreya Ghosal shows why she’s the best female singer of the nation. And she sings off a Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan’s Raag Gujri Todi -Bhor Bhaye. I am not a classical music connossieur, but this one’s a well tough song, and Shreya makes it sound effortless. Not a big fan of the picturisation though, especially when Anu Malik appears 😛 Don’t worry, not gonna include that screencap.
Track 9: Tumre Bhavan Mein
This serves as a family devotional track in the movie. Picturised beautifully in a candle-lit environment and diya-batis, this track is not as great as Rahman’s other devotional track -O Paalanhaare from Lagaan. But then, who the eff am I to judge a Bhajan. It’s a prayer, and no matter what, prayers are beautiful.
And whilst all this is happening, Roshan and Bittu do some candle-lit coochy-cooing.
This is just a rant by Mr.Bachchan lasting only 27 seconds and he talks about “Is Mein” and “Us Mein”. We’ll skip this one. And in stead include a pic from Rehna Tu. This one’s a picture of Chintu-ji in his youth with Roshan’s Dad.
So there you go. The most crackling and explosive soundtrack of the year 2009 -Delhi 6. Now I might be wrong, but I don’t remember any other soundtrack this year which gave us so much variety and uniqueness, and yet so much unified sound in a single album. So, salute to the Soundtrack of the year -Delhi 6, and three cheers to the Man, the Myth, the Legend -A.R.Rahman. Hip Hip Hurray! Hip Hip Hurray! Hip Hip Hurray!
And I leave you, as usual, with some crackling, mind-blowing screencaps from Delhi 6. Enjoy!
We will first off begin with an exclusive Bittu aka Sonam Kapoor section 🙂
This section is called – Aaay Haay Bittu!!
Garaare Garaare!! 🙂
And now for the rest:
Aay Haay Masakali
Tu Mera King Kong!
Dil Pukare… Aa Re Aa Re Aa Re
Jai Sri Raam!!
All Izz Well!!!!
Jai Veer Hanuman .. or Monkey Man?
Om Namah Shivay to the Right…
…Raavan to the left…