The Music of Daawat-e-Ishq is true to the Hyderabadi – Lucknowi flavour the movie is set in. The album starts with the qawwali title track rendered by Javed Ali and Sunidhi Chauhan. Both the versatile singers nail this conversational track. Lyricist Kausar Munir does complete justice to the project, capturing the regional flavour with the choicest Urdu words. Clearly, the film gives her the scope to bring in the rich flavour of poetry.
It is refreshing to hear Sonu Nigam in the second track Mannat. Post the start, the track goes into Sajid-Wajid mode with Keerthi Sagathia and Shreya Ghoshal joining in. The composers stick to their forte and try to bring in more elements in their music arrangement. The reprise version of Mannat starts with Shreya’s sugar laced vocals. Both tracks have a different fibre and are pleasing in their own way. The track has an Arabic feel and we like the reprise version more sansthe frill elements and drama in the longer version. The hook line Meri mannat tu, tujhse hai tujhko maanga remains same in both and works for the song.
Wajid gets behind the mic for Rangreli. The Punjabi flavoured track starts with dhol beats and moves on into a brass band beat and has a wedding baarat feel to it. It is a highly passable track and doesn’t really add to the quotient of the album.
Shalmali Kholgade’s Shayarana emerges as the best track in the album. The singer had made her debut with Pareshan in Habib Faisal’s Ishaqzaade and now teams again with the director. Shayarana is a break from the overall regional flavour of the album. With her smooth, mellifluous vocals, Kholgade is the true winner here. She displays her vast vocal range in this track with enough backing from the composer’s western arrangement in this ballad track.
Shabab Sabri in Jaadu tone waaliyan reminds you instantly of Rahat Fateh Ali. Sabri has sung for few nondescript films earlier and it is his full-throated vocals that stand out here. A typical qawwali track, this one has rock guitar and saxophone elements to modernise it. The dhol palate stays throughout the track and the qawwali chorus joins Sabri at regular intervals.
Verdict: Enjoy this Sajid-Wajid album for its regional flavour!