Music Review: Haal-e-dil

By Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Hungama News Network

Kumar Mangat surely likes to experiment when it comes to the music of his films. While his Sunday had six composers for six different songs in the film, in Haal-E-Dil, he has opted for multiple composers. This is why for a total of seven songs, he has short listed as many as four composers and four lyricists along with 11 singers who have contributed to make sure that Haal-E-Dil boasts of a variety of sounds.

While Anand Raj Anand takes the cake with three numbers, Pritam, Vishal Bharadwaj and Raghav Sachar have a song apiece as well. Munna Dhiman, Sameer, Shabbir Ahmed and Aditya Dhar are the lyricists who have come together for this venture which acts as the launch pad of Mangat's daughter Amita along with Nakuul Mehta and Adhyayan Suman.

Well, Kumar Mangat has done it with his mega experiment of roping in a various composers and lyricists for his daughter's launch and if director Anil Devgan has done as good job as the musical team here, the newcomers can be rest assured that audience would stand up and notice their debut film.

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When a team comprising of artists like Vishal Bharadwaj, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shreya Ghosal and Munna Dhiman comes together, you know that it is going to be magic. Well, magic it is the moment Rahat's voice kick starts the album with a brilliant rendition of the title song Haal-E-Dil. Vishal Bhardwaj's stranglehold over the medium (fusing Indian folk and Sufi elements) is apparent once again throughout this 7 and a half minute tune which boasts of an all around class and makes you look forward to a grandeur setting.

A pleasant surprise comes in the form of Rekha Bhardwaj version which appears towards the album's end. Even though it is marked as 'Haal-E-Dil - Remix', it is a mix of a different kind since instead of added beats, it turns out to be an almost unplugged version which stays even more rooted to the folk flavor where Vishal allows Rekha to just go with the flow. It is quite apparent that Rekha is completely oblivious of all the arrangements around her and is plain and simple enjoying her rendition. All in all, the title song brings a brilliant beginning and ending to the album!

There would hardly be a soul who would complain if given an opportunity to hear Sonu Nigam in a mould similar to that of his non-film albums - 'Deewana', 'Jaan' and 'Yaad'! Yet another excellent composition with Anand Raj Anand at the helm this time around, 'Jeeta Hoon' has Sonu Nigam at his best as he sings in a style, which would certainly please his fans. With a mix of Indian and Western arrangements, 'Jeeta Hoon' is a kind of number, which is targeted at youth and fits in perfectly well with the flavor of the film. Though Pamela Jain is also heard in the song, overall it stays on to be an out and out Sonu Nigam number.

Third song. Third composer. Third lyricist. That's 'Rang' for you, which sees Raghav Sachar and Aditya Dhar collaborating yet again. There is a certain manner in which Sachar creates his love songs and his trademark rhythm, a la Kabul Express, Sunday and One Two Three, is visible yet again in 'Rang'. A Sonu Nigam solo, which relies more on melody rather than going ballistic on rhythm, 'Rang', is third straight song in succession that manages to impress. Also, since Sachar likes singing his songs too, he get behind the mike for the 'remix version' which again sticks to melody without going overboard on the beats.

After Vishal Bhardwaj, Anand Raaj Anand and Raghav Sachar, it is Pritam's turn to ignite some serious heat.with 'Agg Lage Aaj Kal De Fashion Nu'. Now count this one as a sure shot chartbuster in the making since it is just the kind of dance number that Haal-E-Dil was looking at this stage. A hip-hop number with a mix of English and Hindi lyrics, a cute sounding girl chorus, a spirited duo of Labh Jajua and Hardkaur, a dash of Punjabi folk and some great club rhythm in motion, 'Agg Lage Aaj Kal De Fashion Nu' should turn out to be a bigger hit than Labh's own 'Pyar Karke Pachtaya' [Pyaar Ke Side Effects] if promoted well!

It's the return of Anand Raj Anand in the album with 'Oye Hoye', which takes you into the hills right away, especially with the way Udit Narayan goes about rendering his part. Also, Anand Raj Anand ensures that he keeps the song 100% Indian in it's feel and doesn't let any external factor interrupt the sheer melody. A beautiful song written by Sameer with a prominent North Indian feel to it, 'Oye Hoye' is extremely ear friendly and could have been grabbed by the Yash Chopras of the world.

With a score of 5 out of 5, one sincerely hopes that remaining two tracks of Haal-E-Dil too turn out to be likeable. There has been a dearth of good music in last few weeks and industry has been really looking for a bonafide musical success. Well, 'Rani', third composition of Anand Raaj Anand, does start off quite well and the moment Sonu Nigam steps in, you know it is going to be melody time yet again.

A pure composition which is set in the same romantic mould that Nadeem Shravan and Jatin Lalit excelled in for close to two decades, 'Rani' written by Sameer is a Bollywood romantic number to the core which doesn't carry any blemish whatsoever and makes you like it in the very first hearing. The setting of the song may be clichéd but guess what, it works!

It's the sound of guitar which brings to fore the last song in the album - 'Khwahish'. Raghav Sachar and Aditya Dhar are the men behind this composition which has Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan and Sachar himself coming together to create yet another melodic outing. Set in an Indi-pop mode with urban youth as the target audience, 'Khwahish' is dipped in mush and melody and in the process ensures that Haal-E-Dil turns out to be an eminently enjoyable album from start till the end.

Haal-E-Dil is an excellent album, which has all in it to be an ideal Valentines gift for someone you love. It would have been just apt if this out and out romantic album with variety galore would have released in the month of February to coincide with the mega love event. However, seasons hardly matter in case of Haal-E-Dil, which music lovers would love to grab on to and give a continued hearing.

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