In the soundtrack of the movie 99 Songs, released in March, music director A.R. Rahman showed flashes of the brilliance one associated him with. He’s now come out with Dil Bechara, a forthcoming film that stars the late Sushant Singh Rajput.
The music is a see-saw ride of sorts, as some creative and hummable numbers are balanced off by forgettable fare. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics try to keep the young audience in mind, using social media-friendly lingo and even mixing English and Hindi words on some songs. The result is not always great.
“Dil bechara, friend-zone ka maara”, sings Rahman on the title track, which vaguely reminds you of the Dil Chahta Hai title song and ‘Aye Udi Udi’ from Saathiya but lacks the polish. A peppier version with a funky bass line is found on ‘Friend-zone’, which is a good party number, though parties seem nowhere in the offing now. In both cases, the vocals lack expression.
With the other singers, the ace composer is seen experimenting with harmonies and back-ups. With its strong melody, marvellous arrangements and the combination of Mohit Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal, Taare Ginn had strong potential. However, the contrasting back-up vocals clash with the main voice, and the effort sounds jarring. Both singers have their distinct textures, and one wished they hadn’t tampered with each other.
Clashing male and female vocals are also heard on the Arijit Singh-Shashaa Tirupati song Khulke Jeene Ja, which has a basic freshness and the feel-good lines “Khushiyan to rakhi hain pocket mein, Kaagaz ke nanhe se packet mein”.
There’s a moving ballad in Main Tumhara, featuring the reliable Jonita Gandhi and Hriday Gattani.
The lines “Rishta raha bas ret ka, ai samandar main tumhara kinara raha” strike a chord.
Barring the instrumental The Horizon Of Saudade, the rest of the soundtrack grates. On the bar-room jazz-styled Mera Naam Kizzie, Aditya Narayan and Poorvi Koutish seem to be randomly chasing some unknown destination. One wonders what the lines “Mera naam Kizzie Kizzie Kizzie, thodi si mushkil, thodi easy” mean.
Then, Maskhari (Sunidhi Chauhan-Hriday Gattani) talks of some ‘peedahari balm maskhari’. How painful!
Finally, we have this Arabic dance meets English rap number Afreeda (Sana Moussa-Raja Kumari) that’s very predictable and out-of-place. Three songs less and this soundtrack would make your “dil” feel less “bechara”.
Film: Dil Bechara
Music: A.R. Rahman
Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Label: Sony Music
Rating: 6/ 10