My Music review: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
The most awaited Bollywood album of the year ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ saw its music release on 10th October 2015. The songs made their debut at YouTube on Saturday and became an instant hit across Social Media.
The album has been composed by my favourite Himesh Reshammiya and in his own way, he has almost given homage to the Bollywood songs of the 1990s and of Rajshri cinema. The album opens with the upbeat ‘Prem Leela’ . With vocals by one of my favourite singers of today, Aman Trikha, ‘Prem Leela’ is the introductory song to Salman Khan’s character in the film. I do believe it is one of the first songs that Himeshji has composed which depict a story through its lyrics, therefore making it a highly situational song. Aman’s strong vocals and effortless change of expression against Himeshji’s festive Music make ‘Prem Leela’ an enjoyable song to listen to.
Next comes the song which has been my favourite (and everybody’s favourite) since the trailer: the title track of ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’. Himeshji has given us a fine composition that is sure to be remembered for decades. Inspired from the Lataji bhajan ‘Payoji Maine Ram Ratan Dhan Payo…’ the title track whilst sounding and opening like a prayer, still has modern touches (the jazzy guitar rift before the second verse) which shows Himeshji is still keeping today’s audience and sound in mind. The song has been beautifully rendered by Palak Muchhal and it is refreshing to see so many new singers being given a chance on such a memorable and important album.
We then move on to the classical ‘Jalte Diye’. This song (like the title track) is just so pure in its sound. The opening vocals are by Harshdeep Kaur (Harshdeep has previously sung Aafreen – Kajraare for Himeshji) followed by Anweshaa Dutta (Ishq Main Ruswaa – Dangerous Ishq). Male vocals are by Vineet Singh with Shabab Sabri supporting the chorus. It is very refreshing to hear such a classical number in today’s modern times of thumping beats and meaningless lyrics. Himeshji has truly gone back to his roots and has given another gem on the album.
While the album may sound very Rajshri overall, Himeshji is most definitely their perfect choice as creating and composing romantic Bollywood Music is his forte. This shows with the next song which is the masti se bhara ‘Jab Tum Chaho’. With Palak Muchhal, Darshan Raval and Mohammad Irfan on the vocals, ‘Jab Tum Chaho’ is reminiscent of 1970’s Bollywood and the lyrics are sure to leave a smile on your face ‘Badi Badi Baatein…Pyar Karte Ho…’
Moving on from the masti, we come to the romantic Dandiya infused track ‘Halo Re’ which has outstanding vocals by Aman Trikha and Navratri beats from Himeshji. You are sure to hear this ‘garbo’ across Gujarat this Diwali! ‘Halo Re’ is already a popular Gujarati expression and Himeshji has gone back to his native roots for this number. This song is another highlight of the album. Aman was given full permission to sing ‘Halo Re’ in his own way and he truly delivers as upon listening, you can hear the enjoyment in his voice.
‘Tod Tadaiyya’ sung by Neeti Mohan and Niraj Shridhar, is up next and is again a masti wala track that reminds one of ‘Didi Tera Deewar Deewana’ from ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’ with the ‘Ouch!’ expression. One can tell Neeti has had a blast singing this song. It will be interesting to see the picturisation of this one. It is also said, that this is the 13 minute song that will feature in the film.
Thankfully, Himeshji has also sung on the album (there would have been an out cry if he hadn’t!) and what a song he has chosen! ‘Bachpan Kahan’ is a beautiful song that sees one questioning the memories of their childhood. Himeshji has sung the song with restraint matching the mood. The light melody and soothing vocals make this one of the favourites from the album!
‘Aaj Unse Milna Hai’, ‘Murli Ki Taanon Si’, ‘Aaj Unse Kehna Hai’ – these 3 songs are not only variations of each other, but are also woven together melodically, which make them the theme song of the album. ‘Aaj Unse Milna Hai’ has vocals by our favourite singer Shaan dada while ‘Aaj Unse Kehna Hai’ has vocals by Aishwarya Majumdar (Music ka Maha Muqabla) before weaving its way back into the title track in the voice of Palak Muchhal. This particular track is fast becoming a favourite amongst listeners as it carries the melodic sound that we all have been craving to hear.
It has been impossible for me to pick an absolute favourite song from the album as I love them all! However, my top 5 go like this:
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
Jab Tum Chaho