I was reading the music review of Jhoom Barabar Jhoom and came to know that the album boasts of a Rahat Fateh Ali khan song, one of my favourite singers. The review was full of praise for the songs of the album which has the music of the magic trio – Shanker, Ehsan, Loy and lyrics of none other than Gulzar.
Me being an ardent fan of “Rahat Ali Khan” type of songs, didnt take a while to download the same to hear it myself. Mahalaxmi Iyer has given him company in the duet which has a mixed feel of classical yet the typical Yashraj music.
The song started with the matka beats, the beat was catchy, lyrics mesmerising and the pace perfect initially and I was really looking forward to it. But when Rahat starts singing, you actually feel its quite abrupt. As if the song you are listening to has to have a little more before he starts singing. As if its too soon for him to start the song and once mahalaxmi joins in, the beats catch up and gain pace.
In the review, this song was compared to the magical feel of Mitwa from Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, yet another of Rahat’s song. But Mitwa stands class apart as compared to this number.
This song seems fast, not that Mitwa wasnt, but in this song it seems as though the lyrics are trying to catch up to keep company the beats and hence been sung at a fast pace.
Its now playing for the 5th time, just to check if it might grow on me after a few repeats. One more thing that I have noticed about it is that in between the paragraphs the music seems a lift from any pakistani pop album with a great emphasis on guitar.
Dhage tod lao chandi se noor ke
ghunghat hi bana lo roshni se noor ke
sharma gayi jo aagosh mein lo
sanson se uljhi rahe meri sansein
Bol na halke halke
hoth se halke halke
bol na halke halke
Aa neend ka sauda karein
ek khwaab de ek khwab le
ek khwaab to ankhon mein hai
ek chaand ke takiye tale
kitne dinon se yeh asmaan bhi
soya nahi hai isko sula de
bol na halke halke…
Lyrics no doubt are beautiful. But Rahat Ali Khan seems completely wasted ! 🙁