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Music Review: Dear Zindagi

Album – Dear Zindagi

Producer – Gauri Khan, Karan Johar and Gauri Shinde

Banner – Red Chillies, Dharma Productions and Hope Productions

Lyrics – Kausar Munir

Music –  Amit Trivedi

Music Label – Sony Music

dear-zindagiRed Chillies recently released the soundtrack of their upcoming film Dear Zindagi, a Gauri Shinde directorial starring Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan in the lead roles. Dear Zindagi promises to be a fresh take on life amid the chaotic lives we lead.

The album is a soothing balm for those who have suffered heartbreak at some point in their lives. The album has eight songs, all of which resonate with a broken heart and people who are looking for a way out of a bad relationship.

The film has songs crooned by Arijit Singh, Amit Trivedi, Vishal Dadlani, Jasleen Royal, Sunidhi Chauhan and Alia Bhatt, and the music has been composed by Amit Trivedi.

Set in a metro city, the title track Love You Zindagi has been sung by Jasleen Royal of Preet and Raatein fame. Her childlike, innocent voice is music to the ears and she is aptly supported by Amit Trivedi’s vocals that match her level of enthusiasm. It is a very refreshing track. There is a club mix also, sung by Alia Bhatt. 

Arijit Singh goes behind the mic for Tu hi hai featured on Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt. Bhatt and SRK are in conversation, where Bhatt seems to be getting a grip on her life. Arijit’s soulful yet spunky vocals make you sit up and take notice of the duo.

Another romantic track by Arijit Singh is Taarefon se, where the mesmerising use of the saxophone zaps listeners. The song is dedicated to everyone who has a special someone in their lives.

After ‘The Break-up’ song from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, we have one more song dedicated to ‘break-ups’ in Dear Zindagi. This song is crooned by Vishal Dadlani and is the only fast-paced number in this album. This one has an ’80-90s’’ disco music theme and makes you want to hit the dance floor.

What is it like to be disillusioned and melancholy in life? Go to hell dil reflects the angst and frustration Alia Bhatt is experiencing in this song. It is pictured on the actress and her various love interests, and is sung by Sunidhi Chauhan along with Amit Trivedi. The song has head-banging rock beats and one can totally sense the deep hurt Alia is nursing throughout the song.

Remember the classic song Ae zindagi gale laga le from the film Sadma? This film has a recalibrated version of the song. In an era where old classical songs are remixed and reduced to mere caricatures of their original versions, this one, sung by Arijit Singh, comes as a welcome surprise. The number also has a second version sung by none other than Alia herself.

 

Verdict: ****

Aparnna Hajirnis
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