Music: Vishal Bhardwaj
Singers: Arijit Singh, KK, Ash King, Rekha Bhardwaj and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
When you hear that Vishal Bhardwaj is joining hands with Gulzar to create a soundtrack for a film, your ears perk up. After all, their last collaboration was the explosive Haider (I still have all the songs on the loop). In Ajay Devgn's Drishyam, directed by Nishikant Kamat, the two greats come together again. Will they repeat the magic of Haider? Let's check out...
Arijit Singh leads from the front with Kya Pataa, a typical Vishal Bhardwaj number that you have associated with the ace composer-director. Let me warn you first - this is not the kind of song that you would prefer to put on repeated hearings. It's speaks of how a man goes through unforeseen circumstances when something bad and unexpected strikes him. It's kind of the song that you can hear alongside Pink Floyd tapes, with Arijit's voice giving it that drunk-punch feeling. What best works here is Gulzar's lyrics.
With a song that's titled Carbon Copy, you expect some kind of fast, peppy or party number. But the Carbon Copy here is exactly the opposite - it's soft and soothing. On the lines of Sadma's Aye Zindagi Gale Laga Le but more in a VB style, it's another lazy number that will work best on screen. Still, there is a lingering feeling that we have heard these notes in a VB album before. Ash King's vocals are great.
Kab Kahaan Se:
KK takes charge of this heavy-handed rock version of the Kya Pataa song, and it turns out to be much better than the first one. Vishal takes a different route while arranging for the music, and it works brilliantly here! It's the kind of number you expect to hear in an Anurag Kashyap film. KK simply mesmerises us with his energetic singing.
Dum Ghutta Hai:
When Rekha Bhardwaj sings for her husband, the results are always magical. Be it Namak Issak Ka from Omkara or Darling from 7 Khoon Maaf, we have got some great songs from their collaboration. Here, she is joined by another great singer in Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, resulting in the best song of the album. But that deja vu feeling still persists...
Drishyam, in any of its iterations be it Malayalam, Tamil or Telugu, is not known for its great soundtrack, as there is no place for romantic numbers here. The same applies here as well. Since it's more plot-driven, the songs of the film will apply better during those intense scenes. Vishal and Gulzar do provide some haunting numbers, though there is a sense of repetition. People who are looking for a kick-ass soundtrack on the lines of Haider, could be disappointed.
Kab Kahaan Se and Dum Ghutta Hai
2.5 out of 5
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