When it comes to films coming from the house of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, one thing is definite - it has to be 'different'. Be it Aks, Rang De Basanti, Delhi 6 or Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, the commercial response to these soundtracks may have varied but no one could challenge them for not being original. With Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy pairing up with Gulzar all over again for Mirzya, which marks the debut of Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher, one picks up the soundtrack of Mirzya with great expectations.
The album gets a ferocious start to it with the title song 'Mirzya' that has Daler Mehndi, Sain Zahoor, Akhtar Chinnal and Nooran Sisters coming together. The song has very good thump to it and that only continues to make an added impression as you hear the song on a repeat mode. Full of life, energy and soaked in Indian folk, 'Mirzya' is definitely unconventional but is impressive for sure.
Sain Zahoor lends a very good start to 'Teen Gawah Hain Ishq Ke' witha forceful rendition and soon enough Siddharth Mahadevan takes over with his smooth flowing vocals. While the lyrics here are quite impressive as well, one can sense a quintessential Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy sound in this song that could well have qualified for being a Karan Johar outing. A beautiful melody that has a soul to it.
A bunch of new singers come together for 'Chakora' that has a trance beginning to it with a folk base to it. Since the film is shot extensively in Rajasthan, one is exposed to the sound of that region. Moreover, the singers bring on authenticity to the affairs as well, what with Mame Khan, Shuchismita Das and Akhtar Chinnal singing this one in tandem and ensuring that the visuals on screen would be enticing as well.
It is classical beginning for 'Aave Re Hitchki' which has Mame Khan coming behind the mike all over again, this time with Shankar Mahadevan for company. This one has the kind of sound that reminds one of many a song from the 70s where R.D. Burman and Gulzar had collaborated. With a peaceful sound to it and no interruptions whatsoever from any external element, this one has a sense of purity to it.
The wait for a song that has good potential to be popular too is over with 'Hota Hai'. With the sound of 'Tun Tuna' attached to it right through, this is a fusion track that is bound to make a very good impression on the big screen. Nooran Sisters kick-start the song and get good company of Sain Zahoor, Akhtar Chinnal and Daler Mehndi. This one is a very good mix of class and mass, and gives an edge to Mirzya.
Nooran Sisters continue to make their presence felt in Mirzya and come up with 'Ek Nadi Thi'. While they render an 'alaap' right at the beginning, K. Mohan starts his rendition and sings in tandem with the sisters. Considering the fact that the song lasts a good 200 seconds, one does sense that it has a situational appeal to it. However, one can't expect this one to be the kind that plays on someone's playlist on loop.
Mame Khan and Shankar Mahadevan return on the scene with a classical 'Doli Re Doli' that lasts a good five and a half minutes. With a 60s feel to it, this one has an extended 'alaap' to it and is the kind that would have definitely given its makers a good deal of creative satisfaction. In fact this one is quite different from the kind of music that is churned out in the current times and would appeal to those looking for something absolutely new with a pure 'hindustaani' base to it.
The song which arrives next is titled 'Kaaga' and has yet another newcomer, Kaushiki Chakraborty, arriving on the scene. In fact its beginning has a Broadway feel to it, though exactly a minute later the proceedings turn into hard-core Indian classical by means of Kaushiki's rendition. Yet another situational number, one just hopes this one doesn't bring the pace of the film's narrative down. The album concludes with 'Mirzya Theme - Broken Arrows' and one wonders whether it is meant for the sad ending that the film may eventually have. It has a sense of pathos all over it during its 150 second span.
As expected, the music of Mirzya is different sure. While for purists it would be something to revel about, the masses would take some time to get used to its sound.
'Mirzya', 'Teen Gawah Hain Ishq Ke', 'Hota Hai'