Many of Sudhir Mishra's films such as 'Iss Raat Ki Subah Nahin', 'Chameli', 'Hazaaron Khwahishein Aisi', 'Khoya Khoya Chand', 'Yeh Saali Zindagi' have boasted of good music. 'Daas Dev', being yet another modern adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's classic Bengali novel Devdas, is expected to have love and romance at the core of it. Multiple composers, including Sandesh Shandilya who had delivered a memorable album for Mishra's 'Chameli', come together for this album consisting of seven tracks.
The tune, orchestral arrangements, singing and the lyrics, all contribute beautifully towards giving a sense of urgency and lending high-octane drama to "Sehmi Hai Dhadkan". The song has a strong sense of melancholy complimented well by the aggression in it. Vipin Patwa composes a highly engaging tune that soars with Atif Aslam's pathos-filled voice. The arrangements, consisting of violins, drums and other percussion instruments, contribute greatly towards the overall dramatic impact of the song.
For some reason, the interlude portion or the opening notes of "Rangdaari" reminded me of a TVC jingle. Arko does well as a vocalist ad a singer, though the track does remind one of a few of his compositions that have come out in the recent past. Navraj Hans leaves a strong mark while rendering a few lines in Punjabi. Thankfully, Arko gets the help of a co-lyricist (Munir Niazi) who does not let him make grammatical mistakes, which he usually does while writing lyrics himself.
Sandesh Shandilya creates a wonderful concoction of a psychedelic vibe with an electro-pop sound in "Challa Chaap Chunariya", sung with gusto by Rekha Bhaedwaj. It is not just the sound but also the wonderfully infectious tune that takes the song to great heights. Deepak Ramola writes some interesting lines like "aadhi paani thori main, tere ishq mein ho gayi poori main, tu chillam ka dhuaan dhuaan, uspe bhang dhatoori main" that bring out the lively, banter-like feel in the song.
Shandilya follows up "Challa Chaap Chunariya" with another fantastic track in the form of "Raat Din Yunhi". He sets to tune a classic poem/verse by the late poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz. He pays a fitting tribute to the legendary poet by weaving a beguiling tune around his verses. The lounge-ish arrangements give a hypnotic feel to the song. Papon, who has sung several compositions based on the work of legendary poets, is excellent with her rendition here and so is newcomer Shraddha Mishra.
"Azaad Kar", composed by Anupama Raag, is exactly the kind of song that suits Swanand Kirkire's voice. The writer-lyricist-singer-composer-actor, who has sung songs like "Bavra Mann" ('Hazaaron Khwahishein Aisi'), "Darmiyan" ('Inkaar') and "Tu Kisi Rail Si" ('Masaan') in the past, does complete justice to the song as a singer and brings out the pathos in it to the fore effectively. Gaurav Solanki writes some easily decipherable and powerful lines that resonate in your mind while listening to the song.
After Sandesh Shandilya paid a tribute to Faiz Ahmed Faiz with "Raat Din Yunhi", it is Vipin Patwa who doffs his hat to Bulle Shah by composing a song around his verse "Tain To Uttey". Vipin composes a raga based tune and layers it with contemporary arrangements. Javed Bashir's vocals are the highlight of the song as the singer, with his power-packed singing, takes the song to greater heights. Just like Vipin's other track "Sehmi Hai Dhadkan", this one has a very intense feel to it but the compositional structure of the two songs are completely different from each other.
Shamir Tandon, who has been doing some interesting work, in his second innings as a composer, is the man behind "Marne Ka Shauk", a song that talks about the protagonist's indifferent attitude towards life. The lyrics (Sameer Anjaan) are quite ordinary. The composition is good enough and is powered by two vocalists (Papon and Krishna Beura) who pour their heart into it. The line "saala mujhe hi toh marne ka shauq tha", which recurs repeatedly, is annoying.
'Daas Dev' further exemplifies the fact that Sudhir Mishra has a good taste in music. Despite having multiple composers on board, he manages to extract a largely pathos-filled soundtrack from them.