Daawat-e-Ishq Music Review

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14apr_Daawat-E-Ishq-FirstLookPosterDaawat-e-Ishq not only features the brand new jodi of Aditya Roy Kapoor (Aashiqui 2) and Parineeti Chopra (Ishaqzaade) but sees Sajid-Wajid (Dabangg) composing their first Yash Raj venture. Needless to say, music enthusiasts are curious to see what is in stock for us from this unlikely merger.

Daawat-e-Ishq’s songs have been penned by Kausar Munir while vocalists featured on the soundtrack include Sonu Nigam (‘Abhi Mujhme Kahin’ – Agneepath), Javed Ali (‘Tera Deedar Hai’ – Jannat 2), Sunidhi Chauhan (‘Sheila Ki Jawaani’ – Tees Maar Khan), Shreya Ghoshal (‘Chikni Chameli’ – Agneepath), Shalmali Kholgade (‘Pareshaan’ – Ishaqzaade) and Wajid (‘Jalwa’ – Wanted).

The title track opens the soundtrack and is an energetic qawaali/electronica by Javed Ali and Sunidhi Chauhan. Ali and Chauhan make a brilliant pair and complement the lyrical back and forth well. Munir’s expert grasp of Urdu is only surpassed by his impressive culinary innuendos. All in all, a powerful start to the soundtrack.

Sonu Nigam’s rare presence is unfortunately undermined due to the ill-conceived Mannat. It gets off to a promising melodious start but quickly becomes an aged dramatic number that is immediately off putting. Similarly, the reprise gets off to a beautiful start, expertly penned by Munir and aptly crooned by Ghoshal but as soon as the chorus hits, the cringe-worthy theatrics takeover and the beauty fades, fast. If you were expecting to listen to a new Sonu Nigam number and delve into bittersweet nostalgia of his golden era, prepare to be sorely disappointed.

14jul_Daawat-e-IshqThe disappointment continues with Rangreli, which sounds just as aged and dated as ‘Mannat’, if not more. The baraati-brass gets old quickly and the lyrics are not impressive either. Wajid and Shreya do deliver enthusiastic renditions but ultimately ‘Rangreli’ is mediocre fare.

Shayarana comes as a savior in the form of a rock-ballad-meets-qawaali by Shalmali Kholgade. Comparisons will be inevitable so let it be known that it is a far cry from Amit Trivedi’s ‘Pareshaan’, but a light, all the same, at the end of the dank and dark tunnel that is this soundtrack. Ultimately, it is quite a girly and peppy number and Shalmali encapsulates that beautifully. That being said, it comes off as a bit superficial and ends up being a number that is strictly OK as opposed to genuinely impressive.

Jaadu Tone Waaliyan, unbelievably, combines all that is dismal about ‘Rangreli’ and ‘Mannat’ and creates truly tragic fare. The lack-lustre vocals and the re-plugging of rock and qawaali fails miserably. Moreover, the sense of being outdated is more prominent than ever.

Fortunately, the album ends on a good note with Dawaat-e-Ishq, a disappointingly short instrumental with a myriad of beautiful sounds.

In summary, Daawat-e-Ishq is possibly the most disappointing soundtrack from the house of Yash Raj. The tracks suffer from a serious case of mediocrity and outdated-ness that suggests Sajid-Wajid should contemplate re-evaluating their compositions. Here’s hoping the film fares better.


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