Saturday, January 10, 2009

Emotional Attyachaar

No, this is not a post where I rant out about my own emotions or crib about emotional attyachaar to me by any of my girlfriends, this is the belated music review I had been planning for quite some time on the encouragement given by AM, but could not bring it to screen for want of a different blog for movies since this blog gets an emotioanl attyachar at the hands of crazy directors and weird actors and mindless producers. That I still do not have a separate blog can be excused by a lack of time and a hunt for a service provider to my own domain name, which you shall anyway see shortly. How short is shortly can be contested, but lets move on to the review presently.

Dev D had two A's that I had admired, Anurag Kashyap and Abhay Deol. The music adds a third A for Amit Trivedi, the music director who gave different but okayish music in 2008's Aamir, who comes up with an album with an assortment of 18 tracks, quite varied in music, lyrics and treatment, and in lyricists and singers as well. The album running just 93 seconds over an hour consists songs in quite some genres, from rock to classical, techno to folk, and dance numbers to soft melodies. The 18 tracks do not seem too long and boring, and none of them is unfit or unsound. The movie might have most of them in the background, adding to a rich background score, rather than interrupting the flow.

The best track that takes you off track is Emosanal Attyachar, that comes with a brass band, prominently the trumpet, the one you'd have heard in any Indian baaraat. The lyrics are quite funny and the video stars Patna ke Presleys, adding a 70's look. The brass resonator is a very fresh and likeable concept. Bony Chakravarthy sings it with an intonation that keeps getting on the head. The only other track he sung is a rock version of the same song, where he pronounces it correctly.

The second place would be shared by the classical melodies Paayaliya and Dil Mein Jaagi. Shruti Pathak, whose first song was the superhit Mar Jaawan (Fashion) with her husky voice, goes very soft and high pitched for the Indian classical Paayaliya who she wrote herself. Amazing song! Anusha Mani also wrote and sung for herself her second track, which, though sounds a tad similar to Piyu Bole (Parineeta), has a western classical touch and superb lyrics.

There is a list of folk songs in Rajasthani and Punjabi, all six written by debutante Shellee. Khuda Jaane (Bachna Ae Haseeno) singer Shilpa Rao, in her second song, renders her beautiful voice to Dhol Yaara Dhol and` Ranjhana along with Kshitij, for the only two duets in the album that are a pleasure to listen to. Toshi sings the third Rajasthani track Pardesiin a brilliant fusion music. The only experienced singer Labh Jajua sings the three Punjabi songs Maahi Mennu Nee Karna Pyaar and its sad version, which is much better, and the foot-tapping Hikknaal that will surely rock dance floors.

Amit Trivedi gave voice to four tracks in addition to music, which have been written by another first-timer Amitabh Bhattacharya. Saali Khushi is the best with a sad undertone, and almost gets you pensive. A very different Nayan Tarse is again a fusion between classical and rock and has amazing lyrics. The techno Aankh Micholi and Duniya are serious and light respectively and Amit Trivedi sounds different in each of them. The toughest words in the album can be heard in Yahi Meri Zindagi, sung in a sweet voice by Aditi Singh Sharma.

There are two tracks with Dev-Chanda themes that has good vocals. The only song I did not quite like was Ek Hulchul Si, quite run-of-the-mill, not bad though.

Dev D is going to be a movie with new talent who thinks differently; it is said Abhay Deol struck up the idea and proposed Anurag Kashyap for the movie. Amit Trivedi experimented with young and new singers and lyricists, and has delivered an amazing album. The movie is already a favourite of mine, the music album has been on a repeat-album setting in my car and on my laptop at office and home since the past week and I seem to have grown upon it. Highly recommended. 9 on 10. Grab a copy and experience yourself.


Anadi Misra said...

Hahaha....Emotional Atyachaar sounds funny! 'treyjidee, treyjidee, etc.' Will sure catch on if all goes well...thanks for acknowledging me.

Good that you started the Music Reviews...Now I won't have to listen to random songs to find good ones :)...Lage raho...

btw, I have started seeing RNBDJ, seem to be heading for disappointment :)

Roli said...

heheeee.... its really very funny song... when I listened for the first time, I was just focuing the lyrics...and its rocking :) tatetetetantee, is also good.... heheee

lovely song... will listen to other songs now... :)

Anonymous said...

if something will force me to go see Dev D, it will be abhay deol. man he acts so well and so naturally. for his last movie "oye lucky...", it was ur review on the film that encouraged me to see the movie. and i was very much satisfied.

Saurabh said...

Aamir's song were quite good and I recommended them to everybody just because of their brave effort to be different. I had been waiting for another Amit Trivedi's album to see if he would remain different in his next attempt.
Thanks to your blog I know now that he has another movie track to his name, and the music here looks different too. Emosanal attayachaar is quite a brave song for a main stream movie. Very funny indeed!!
Time to download the songs!

ashes said...


This song is indeed funny and likeable. But there are serious (and sad) songs too in the album that are really good. Download the album and let me know if you are not humming one of the songs from this album two days later.

:) @ RNBDJ. Waiting for your comment :)

ashes said...


Tai-tain-tai-tain-tain-tain-te :) I could not quite get what you were talking about when I read it first :) But yes, that brass band is the best part of the song. Now that you have got the entire album, how did you like the other songs? Let me know...

ashes said...


For me, it is Abhay Deol, Anurag Kashyap, and now Amit Trivedi that would force me to see Dev D. I am already looking forward to it.

It feels nice to hear that you saw Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! based on my review, and liked it. :)

ashes said...


If you liked Aamir's songs, you will definitely like these. Dev D has a higher variety and better music, which is very different from the normal bollywood music, and the tracks are very different than each other too. When I first saw 18 songs, I feared similar tracks as HAHK, but I was pleasantly surprised to find them all different. Amit Trivedi is brave and talented as Abhay Deol and Anurag Kashyap.

You would surely like the classical fusion numbers and the folk ones. Let me know once you download and listen to them.

Indigo said...

That's a really nice song, though I liked Paayaliya the most. Even Saali Khushi, Dhol Yaara, and Aankh Micholi.

Good that you are diversifying your realm. I agree with you that your blog has become more of a review-blog. Try to de-clutter it.

Saurabh said...

Downloaded and listened. Indeed very different again and good at the same time. Just for that I would give the album 7 out of 10. But for these songs: Nayan Tarse, Saali Khushi, Emotional Attyachaar (Rock version), Yahi Meri Zindagi, Ankh Micholi and Dhol Yaara; I give it a resounding 9.
Since you did not elaborate Emotional Attyachaar rock version, I am adding my 2 cents for it here. I think that is really close to rock, unlike Rock On's so called rock music. It starts very slowly with a very nice pickup to about 1 minute, afterwards showing some true rock colors. Getting mild in between and then suddenly blasting a loud scream ... just awesome rock!
Btw, did you notice the many seeming inspirations in the album. Emotional Attyachaar (Rock verison) ends almost like Sweet Child O Mind. Dil Mei Jaagi is quite Beethovenish. And Duniya very similar in singing style to Chakkar a Ghumyo (is it because the singer is same? or is it just me?).
But I did not like Punjabi'sh songs - Hiknaal and Mahi Meenu, very similar to other Punjabi songs.

ashes said...


Listening to the album over and over again, I too have started liking Paayaliya more than Emosanal Attyachaar.

Am working on the separate blog thing.

ashes said...


Good that you too liked the album to a 9.

I could not elaborate on each track separately because of the sheer number of songs. The rock version of Emotional Attyachar is quite good too, and glad that you described it in detail. The scream is really good. And yes, I too agree that Rock On's songs were not rock. Kaale-peele-neele lyrics and high beats is not rock.

Yes, a few songs sounded similar to others. As I said about Dil Mein Jaagi having a western touch. And you are very right about Duniya like Chakkar Ae Ghumyo; I had not listened to Aamir songs too much therefore was not immediately able to find the correlation. But after Dev D, I revisited Aamir and the link was easy to notice. :)

Amiya Shrivastava said...

Alright, since you recommend it I'll watch it...however, I don't like this song...

DEV D right??

Rolling said...

Bony ?which Bony is this? the original that sang in the Mohiner Ghonraguli "Runway judey podey achhey shudhu..." that song? I thought he had gone to Bangladesh on a folk scholarship, is he back then?Lives in Kolkata?

Rolling said...

ok watched it today bec of ur music review basically - came back to say, you were right: Abhay Deol and Kalki were great. The music interesting, refreshing. Liked Nayan Tarse, Hikkanal and - er Ek Hulchal Si too :)
Did I say after Unquiet Mind yours are film reviews I can relate to?

Rolling said...

There are nice 'moments', when he wakes up after the Satpal Singh driver robs him with that song, liked that transition and the shot, then when Chand is cleaning him and he watches her in the mirror and camera pans her when he says he never did look at Paro nicely ever- loved what Kalki did to her face then, so minimal yet just right etc Slumdog was 5/10, Rock On 6/10, this gets 7 bec it drags in quite a few parts.;)

Come and play...I mean write, Ashes...

Rolling said...

o, am aware Slumdog recvd Oscar nominations and international acclaim. doesn't mean I have to like it too really.I have access to better Indian films to compare its merit with.

Rolling said...

sorry abt the typos, "robs him, he wakes up with that Duniya song" is what I meant. sorry, pl fix that and delete this commnt? thanks in advance

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