23 May 2012

Hindi Film Music: Three Himesh Reshammiya Compositions

We all know just how much crap the one and only Himesh Reshammiya has got for embarking on an overtly ambitious acting career. We can only agree, he is pretty bad in that department. Last heard, he is yet to give up on the acting bug. Alas?

Looking at the bright side of things, we still do think that Reshammiya is the coolest when he tags as music director for Hindi films. There again he wouldn’t stop singing in a ‘nasal twang’, as it has been called, again and again and again... 

Where did the whole Himesh bouquet and brickbat trade start? It was, once upon a time in 2005, when Himesh went ‘Oooooooooooooooooooooh’ for the title song Aashiq Banaya Apne. Notice the muffled percussion here, the short tabla sprinkle and near-creaky violins. The novelty of the Himesh voice was something unique back then; it was a composition that one couldn’t ignore. There was originality in it, the pacing and comparatively high-pitched Shreya Ghoshal was a good cameo. Let us look at three Himesh compositions that this blog writer has enjoyed. 

Lut Jaaon Lut Jaaaon 
 Karzzzz (2008)
Lyrics: Sameer / Singers: Himesh & Harshdeep Kaur

This is easily the most pleasing to the ears rendition by Himesh; Harshdeep gives a great dreamy contrast to the robust male vocals. The percussion and the flute riff give the song an unusual lounge canvas on which the Himesh vocals punch in at the right places. This is that one rare song where we thought no other male vocalist would have fit in. Even the wayward lyrics can’t kill it.  

 Aawan Akhiyan Jawan Akhiyan  
Ahista Ahista (2006)
Lyrics: Irshad Kamil / Singers: Himesh, Jayesh Gandhi, Mashim & Aftab

An early Irshad Kamil work that has its filmy qawwali clich├ęs and some sparkling lines, it is the multi-singer execution that nails this one right. The Himesh stretches ring true in this format, and the co-singers fit right in to make this a repeat listen.

Teri Yaad Saath Hai  
Namaste London (2007)
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar / Singers: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Krishna Beura

Thankfully, the vocals are Himesh free or are they? Anyway there was talk of creative discussions and arguments between the music director and lyricist. Whatever rumoured friction there was worked wonders for the whole soundtrack and this particular track plays beautifully to vintage visuals of the Taj Mahal and other Indian heritage sites. A homecoming song that is also an ode to loneliness and alienation.   

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