Ekk Deewana Tha – User Music Review

The following article is by a user and is not IndiaGlitz’s take towards anyone or anything. Written by Ramesh G

‘Ekk Deewana Tha’ is a remake of the Tamil movie ‘Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya’ (VTV). You are in for a surprise, especially if you have checked out the Tamil songs. Whether you will like them or not is up to you to decide.

Kya Hai Mohabbat – A.R.Rahman  Listen Here

The first song in the album has Jazz written all over it. Reminds me of “I am in Love” from ‘Jhootha Hi Sahi’ and “Tu Bole” from ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’. Considering that those two numbers didn’t become very popular themselves, I do not seeing this track becoming a big hit. Javed Akhtar’s lyrics attempt to describe love in all its ambiguity. ARR’s voice and the background chorus make the track unique at some points. It will definitely grow on you the more you listen to it.

Dost Hai – Naresh Iyer, Jaspreet Jasz  Listen Here

A song which is supposed to be very similar to the Tamil version, “Dost Hai” will surprise you quite a bit. The first line from the original song has been removed completely and some of the very impressive violin pieces are gone. The tempo of the track has been brought down to make it something like a “cry for love” but has a lot of rapping in-between the stanzas to make is a semi hip-hop song. Naresh Iyer’s high notes are quite exquisite indeed but it just doesn’t feel the same. Jaspreet Jasz lines seem a bit too techno and trendy for a song that is supposed to describe longing. Comparing the same with Tamil version, I felt that “Kannukkul Kannai” was better on many levels. But that doesn’t make “Dost Hai” a bad number.

Aaromale – Alphonse Joseph  Listen Here

To be honest, the first thing I noticed about the song was how odd the lyrics sound when compared to the Tamil (Malayalam, actually) version.  They kind of spoil the entire track in a weird way. Although most of us would have never understood Malayalam in the first place, but the Hindi, simply put, just doesn’t strike a chord with you. That said, ARR’s composition is still mind-blowing, Alphonse Joseph’s vocals still great, yet it’s disappointing. There’s no Karthik to render the rest of the lines distinctly. Maybe it’s one of those numbers in which the south-Indian flavor was of utter importance. It’s not there. Javed Saab, we expected more from you.

Note: In order to truly realize what an amazing piece of work “Aaromale” is, please check it out in Tamil.

Hosanna – Leon D’Suza, Suzanne and Blaaze  Listen Here

Hosanna was a humungous hit in the South. The one in ‘Ekk Deewana Tha’, I can safely say doesn’t fall too short of the original version. In fact, Javed Akhtar lyrics for the song are perhaps his best work in the album. They seem to match the tunes better here and are very clear. The only complaint I have about the song, like many of you, is why Leon D’Suza was chosen instead of Vijay Prakash. The latter can deliver Hindi lines much better and has a lot more authority over his voice. Not to criticize Leon, but his voice does sound a bit childish and more like a boy. Despite that, credit must be given to the way he clearly sings the rap lines. Suzanne’s voice is featured here, but it is looks as if there was no re-recording and just mixing. Oh well, we won’t have to look into that. She sounds fabulous.

Phoolon Jaisi – Clinton Cerejo, Kalyani Menon  Listen Here

If you had any doubt regarding Clinton Cerejo’s credibility, this song would put an end to it. “Omana Penne” (Tamil) was nothing less than brilliant and when I saw Clinton’s name next to the track, I feared things would go wrong, but no. This guy is amazing and his gorgeous and deep voice just makes “Phoolon Jaisi” very very good. Kalyani Menon, thankfully, sang in Malayalam and not Hindi. Again, there will be questions about the lyrics and again it’s just about the way you listen to the song. For me, it was quite fabulous and will become a certain hit.

Sharminda Hoon – A.R.Rahman, Madhushree  Listen Here

It is not easy to match the performance of Shreya Ghoshal from a popular hit in Tamil cinema, but “Sharminda Hoon” doesn’t disappoint. The song started off in a kind of timid fashion with Madhushree’s solo and a weird chorus but it was all soon forgotten. Madhushree’s honey sweet voice has been used by Rahman on several occasions but you can almost feel the “Sharminda” (translated as both Sorry and Shame) in her voice here.  That and ARR’s melancholy throughout the track are very reassuring and finally makes those of you who were in love with the Tamil version, feel safe.

Sunlo Zara – Rashid Ali, Shreya Ghoshal, Timmy  Listen Here

Javed Akhtar gets back into the groove with his lyrics that are cut-right sharp to match Rahman’s tunes. It makes you wonder if the way people pen lyrics are very different. Rashid Ali who replaces Devan Ekambaram with the male vocal has a deep voice and maybe could have sounded a bit clearer. Shreya Ghoshal was refreshing, but not really better than Chinmayi. Things would have been better if they were the way before. Rahman has removed the Naadhashwara part after the first stanza, the one that was very cool. Rashid Ali’s lacks the timbre and assertiveness of Devan Ekambaram. Although there would be people who agree with Rahman on a few choices, I am not really convinced I enjoyed this song.

Zohra Jabeen – Javed Ali  Listen Here

No Karthik, no good. This is perhaps the biggest disappointment in the soundtrack. Javed Ali can sing great songs but this is not his field of expertise. I don’t think he suits this composition of ARR. Karthik who was so good when he rendered the original version and also tracks like “Behene De” from ‘Raavan’ and “Behka” from ‘Ghajini’, would have been a better choice. The music is still good, but if only ARR stops experimenting too much with his singers. This song will possibly go unnoticed; the fact that it doesn’t have the ice cool voice of Karthik just makes it a bit worse.

Instrumentals – from VTV BGM track  Listen Here

The pick of the album has to be the track “Broken Promises” by Shreya Ghoshal. It is the female version of Aaromale taken from the BGS track of Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya, just like the rest of the instrumentals. An absolute classical delight, it definitely deserves a mention. The rest of them are just the same old stuff which you can watch in the movie than listening separately.

Writing the music for ‘Ekk Deewana Tha’, it is inevitable not to draw comparisons to VTV. The songs are not bad in any way and would seem exceptionally good for first time listeners. However, if you had listened to them before, especially in Tamil, you would realize that they are not so great. Some of the high points of ‘VTV’ are gone due to Javed Akhtar’s lyrics and ARR experimentations and I must say that new heights have not really been reached.

Rating – 3.5/5 – for ARR’s great composition that is plagued by weird choices, which yet yields, good tracks. Would have gotten 4/5 if it were not for the weird lyrics, can’t leave that out, can we.

Verdict – Check out VTV (again, for few). Then Decide.

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