Ajay Devgn films have traditionally boasted of some good and entertaining music. Regardless of the genre being romantic, action, comedy or drama, his films have seldom disappointed when it comes to the music. Hence, one expects something interesting from Shivaay as well, more so since Mithoon is leading the charge as a composer (with guest composer Jasleen Royal). Each of the four songs (with multiple lyricists at the helm of affairs) from the film has already been released and hence expectations have been clearly set around how it fits into the film's narrative.
It is a haunting beginning for the soundtrack as Mithoon kick-starts the proceedings for Shivaay. A unique fusion song that has rap and Indian classical getting amalgamated seamlessly in a Western musical set up, 'Bolo Har Har Har' has a mix of Hindi and Sanskrit lyrics by Sandeep Shrivastava that give a definite edge to it. The pace of the song is in line with the action theme of the film and with multiple singers making an appearance as well, what with Mohit Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh, Badshah, Megha Sriram Dalton, Anugrah and Parthiv Gohil coming together, you know that this has been created as a highlight outing.
It is after a hiatus that Sunidhi Chauhan's voice is heard, and that makes 'Darkhaast' further special. Soon enough, she is joined by Arijit Singh and once the duo goes about rendering the song, you know that this one is a quintessential Ajay Devgn romantic outing. In fact one ends up remembering many a song like these that had featured Ajay 10-15 years back and hence a certain sense of nostalgia kicks in. While Mithoon keeps the tune simple and easy on ears, a special mention must go to lyricist Sayeed Quadri who comes up with a good poetic spin of words.
Guest composer and singer Jasleen Royal along with lyricist Aditya Sharma make their presence felt with the song 'Raatein' that comes in next. An emotional song between a father and his daughter, this one has a soft-n-subtle approach right through. While the serene feel is felt in the original, situation turns haunting in the 'reprise' version towards the soundtrack's end. With the film set amidst beautiful scenery, the mood created by music, lyrics and rendition is just apt. Though one doesn't see the song covering a major distance beyond the film's run, it should bring in certain 'thehrav' in the action packed theme of Shivaay.
Yet another situational song concludes the soundtrack once Kailash Kher begins his rendition for Mithoon and Sayeed Quadri's 'Tere Naal Ishqa'. Yet again, one can sense definite Ajay Devgn influence in this song as there is a 90s feel to the manner in which the song is composed, written and sung. An emotional song with sad undertones to it, the song moves ahead at an easy pace while making one listen carefully to what the lyrics (with good dose of Punjabi) have to offer here.
The music of Shivaay is largely situational, though 'Darkhaast' is the one that will definitely play on much beyond the film's run in theatres. Rest would take care that they go well with the film's narrative and aid in the storytelling.
‘Darkhaast’, ‘Tere Naal Ishqa’, ‘Bolo Har Har Har’