Apart from the movie title Ishaqzaade, the musician name Amit Trivedi is what grabs instant attention. After some pretty good tunes in Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu recently, he gets an entry into the 'Yash Raj Films' stable, who of late has used the services of the likes of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Vishal-Shekhar, Pritam and Salim-Sulaiman but also the young Sohail Sen got a chance in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan last year and so it’s the turn of the innovation king Amit Trivedi this time. Lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya has been a regular associate (almost) with him from Aamir to Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu but for this Parineeti Chopra and debutant Arjun Kapoor starrer, lyricist Kausar Munir (previous written numbers include: "Falak Tak"- Tashan and ''Anjaana Anjaani Title Track Slower Version'' - Anjaana Anjaani) gets an opportunity to showcase his talent and without a sheer doubt is surely the find of this OST. With five originals and two affluent remix, let's dive in!
The soft, delicate arrangements (trumpet/piper sound) at the very onset (and later also) of the title track "Ishaqzaade" defines the signature style of the composer and certain template that is associated with the YRF banner. Javed Ali with his mesmerising vocals makes connection with the listeners instantly and Shreya Ghoshal’s ultimate low notes (the last one minute) makes sure that the composition stays on with the listeners and is one for repeated hearings. Kausar Munir does well for this romantic number and as a result the soundtrack embarks on a good start.
A fun desi number "Chokra Jawaan" is made special by unconstrained and sparkling singing combo of Sunidhi Chauhan and Vishal Dadlani. For the conversational lyrics, Habib Faisal (Guest Lyricist and Director) deserves a big thumps up as he breaks the monotony and as the director of the movie, he very well knew what the situational picturisation demands. Three minutes and the song changes momentum, the tempo increases, moreover the Jugalbandi from 3.27 to 3.40 is stylish and later sees Vishal in his trademark vociferous tone, honestly, I feel that his powerful voice perfectly suits the lead actor, Arjun Kapoor. Wait for the video!
When was the last time you heard the word 'Pareshan' being used as a synonym for 'Being in Love', hear the next and the best "Pareshan" which has already got appreciation with the video being released almost a week before. Shalmali Kholgade makes the song her own with the innocence pouring from each and every word she sings...My god! What an immense talent! The use of harmonium in both interludes and especially from 3.49 to 4.04 is what Amit Trivedi is all about, the way he uses the harmonium instead of the vocals for the line 'Main Pareshan Main Pareshan' are sheer listening delights. I remember the same treatment being done in “Kar Chalna Shuru Tu” from Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu where his favourite instrument (Trumpet) was arranged beautifully. Coming back to 'Pareshan', lyricist Kausar Munir spreads freshness and here is an extract:
“Chahat Ke Cheente Hai, Khaare Bhi, Meethe Hai, Zara Zara Fitrat Badalne Laga Dil Mera, Zara Zara Kismat Se Ladne Laga Dil Mera”
Surely, a song that will grow with repeated hearings and will be a hit among the fans of Amit Trivedi! Remember “Aahatein Remix” by Abhijit Vaghani (Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu)... hear "Pareshaan Remix" by the same artist and no wonder there are extreme similarities. A remix where the focus completely shifts from vocals to pumping thumping beats. The flute renditions from 1.26 to 1.42 and 3.18 to 3.34 are magical to say the least.
Shreya Ghoshal's versatility is proven once again in "Jhallah Wallah" which lands in the territory of “Kajra Re” (Bunty Babli) right from the first note and the more said is less for a talent like Shreya. Kausar Munir definitely deserves a standing ovation for such clever, innovative and refreshing stuff without being overdone which is mostly the case with item numbers these days. Both the interludes are high on orchestra with harmonium leading the arrangements from the front. Expect some visual extravaganza for this commercial masala number which can prove to be a perfect marketing tool for the promotions if picturised lavishly in the movie. Fantastic!
If that wasn't enough, Abhijit Vaghani returns with "Jhallah Wallah Remix" with added English Raps and some western Hip-Hop beats converting the commercial Indian song into more of a Western style like early days of Neeraj Shridhar. It gives a much needed break from other stereotyped remix which just acts as a filler these days in almost every soundtrack. Must Hear.
The song made viral 10 days ago on the internet finds its place at the end.. "Aafaton Ke Parindey"… an adrenalizing, energizing and electrifying composition. Any other day, Vishal Dadlani or Sukhwinder Singh would have easily appeared beside the credentials but the “Zehereelay” (Rock On) and “Give Me Some Sunshine” (3 Idiots) fame Suraj Jagan is no ordinary singer and he proves with some special High and Low notes, especially the last 30 seconds..plug in your earphones and let the powerful three minutes absorb you completely. Divya Kumar credited as another singer has nothing to do apart from some alaap in the prelude and then in the first half and I was surprised as the male voice in the previous song “Pareshan” was no where credited which should have been.
Amit Trivedi compositions in Ishaqzaade are symbolic to commercial and masala entertainers while providing enough innovation in some tunes like “Pareshan” and “Aafaton Ke Parindey” which are bound to get appreciation with time. “Jhallah Wallah” will be a rage as soon as the video is out and will lure the audiences to the Big Screen. All in all, a good- fun-quality soundtrack which certainly deserves a listen.