“Shivaay” music album cover.

Film: Shivaay

Label: T-Series

Music: Mithoon and Jasleen Royal

Lyrics: Sandeep Srivastava, Sayeed Quadri and Aditya Sharma

Mithoon, the maverick composer, has been given this ‘solo’ film, so we wonder what afterthought made the makers opt for a song (in two versions) from composer-singer Jasleen Royal. This lady has already given an abysmal account of herself in the recent “Baar Baar Dekho” in both capacities, and she does precious little to redeem her image as a quality-conscious creative artiste here.

Singing mainly from her mouth instead of deeper like any playback singer who believes in expression and depth in singing, and in a sing-song nursery rhyme manner of mediocre crooners, Royal makes “Raatein” a dark experience in terms of what music buffs desire.

From the Mithoon soundtracks, the layered “Bolo Har Har Har” is a convoluted but overall pleasant mélange of four diverse singers — Sukhwinder Singh, Mohit Chauhan, Badshah and Megha Sriram Dalton. But, if the idea was to create an unforgettable fusion of creativity as a solid theme track, well, like Royal’s song, it does not exactly stay in one’s memory after it is over and it is time for the next track. But Sandeep Srivastava’s lyrics need a pat.

Kailash Kher’s “Tere Naal Ishqa” is the latest in an unending run of hybrid Punjabi words in a Hindi song, and, shockingly, it is written by Sayeed Quadri, who was one of the brightest meteors (as in shining dazzlingly for a short while) in the early millennium — remember “Saaya,” “Jism,” “Rog,” “Murder,” “Gangster” and more?  Kher sleepwalks through the song — his norm with any substandard composition.

The only song that genuinely registers is “Darkhaast” (that should have been spelt “Darkhqaast,” but let it be! People today are as much Urdu-illiterate as they are Urdu-‘pseudo-lovers’!). This one is sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and Arijit Singh. The singers do well, Quadri writes at a passable level, and Mithoon’s composition actually sounds appealing here — when on. Oddly enough, even this song eludes memory after three listening experiences.

It’s high time Ajay Devgn got a musically aware person to look after his uniformly disappointing musical track record as a producer, but for Pritam’s average “All The Best.” Through “Dil Kya Kare,” “Hindustan Ki Kasam,” “Raju Chacha” and “U Me Aur Hum,” it has been one dull journey.

Rating: 1.5/5

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