My attitude towards the music of Guzaarish was something similar to what I felt for the movie when I saw the promos on TV - I had mentally dismissed it as "This is going to be ONE washout - Sanjay has tried 'Aantlaami' which is so not going to work".
What I hadn't bargained for was that I would fall hook line and sinker for some of the tracks in the film, which like the film in essence, are about 'fine things'too!
It was always known that Sanjay would ghost direct most of the music in his films, which is evident in the continuity of the way his music sounds, irrespective of the changes in music director that he has made over time. Starting with Jatin-Lalit, progressing to Ismail Darbar, and then to Monty Sharma. This time he just chose to dispense with this formality and did it himself!
The winner in the entire album is the song called 'Tera Zikr'. It reminds one of the days of Khayyam's music. Shail Hada (of Saawariya title track fame)outdoes himself. His full throated and deep voice does justice to the poetic beauty of the lyrics by Turaz. The few lines by Rakesh Pandit interspersed, bring out the beauty in the song even more. This song is true poetry - captivates as a powerful romantic number.
How can one not mention the title track of Guzaarish next. K. K. shows us what he's made of. One can get lost in the depths of his voice in this number. It seems as if he's immersed himself completely in this one song to take it to the level he wanted it at. The eclectic start and end of this song and the sounds of the rain, add to its charm.
Udi is the peppy flamenco number that has you tapping your feet to its frenetic beat as soon as it begins. Having seen the song before really enjoying the audio, I cannot dissociate Aishwarya's beauty in full force as she dances in gay abandon to this number. It adds to the energy and attitude of the song. Sunidhi does an admirable job.
Jaane Kiske Khwaab, is another song set to the strums of the guitar and a bit of the piano. The plaintive number brings back K.K. to the mike. Lovely lyrics by Turaz once again and a lovely number on the whole.
One of the more popular numbers, Sau Gram Zindagi does have its moments. It brings brightness into the film as it is meant to do at the right moment. Kunal does a good job but as usual he seems to be trying hard (which defeats the purpose doesn't it) and his accented Hindi/ Urdu does jar especially when singing beautifully put together lyrics.
Saiba is the quintessential Goanese number. Starts off splendidly but peters out somewhat with the rather weak too sweet voice of the lead singer Vibhavari Joshi - she was definitely a little out of context in accent and strength of voice in this otherwise Goanese flavoured song.
In Keh Na Saku, Shail Hada once again, brings through the expression of limitless love, which the song is all about, quite effectively.
The other songs in the album, namely, Chaand Ki Katori (Vibhu Puri sounds inspired by Gulzarin his style of writing lyrics)is good, Daayein Baayein and Dhundli Dhundli are strictly ok.
Well done Sanjay Leela Bhansali is all I can say. After a long time of rationing, seems like its indulgence time for the musical soul!