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7 Khoon Maaf

Darling (Usha Uthup, Rekha Bharadwaj), inspired by the Russian song Kalinka, is one of the most flamboyant songs in recent times. It’s hard to not get swayed by the exuberance of this delightful number. The singers, especially Uthup, add to the festive spirit with their infectious rendition of what looks like a sure-fit hit! Doosri darling is a slower, more dramatic version of the original but equally appealing.

Bekaraan (Vishal Bhardwaj) is a dream. Bharadwaj’s soft vocals and Gulzar’s nazm transport you to a romantic heaven. Legendary violin maestros Ganesh-Kumaresh add a dazzling classical piece in one of the interludes, which only heightens the joy of listening to this breathtaking number. Gulzar’s lyrics grab you by surprise in O’Mama (KK, Clinton Cerejo). Who else would pen words like ‘ek meow si ladki’! KK moves into Vishal Dadlani’s territory here and is explosive in his rendition of this high-pitched rock number. In complete contrast is the acoustic version, a subtle and soft ballad.

Niladri Kumar’s exquisite sitar piece is one of the highlights of Awaara. Master Saleem’s poignant vocals compliment Bhardwaj’s Sufi-style composition perfectly. An intoxicating fusion of Indian classical and Middle Eastern sounds, Awaara is super addictive. A must-listen!

Bhardwaj has always got the hugely talented and under-utilised Suresh Wadkar to sing in all his films. Here, Wadkar makes his appearance in Tere liye, a soothing love song, and he does full justice. Yet another prominent feature in this track is the presence of Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt with his Mohan Veena.

Dil dil hain explodes almost angrily with Suraj Jaggan’s powerful vocals, but doesn’t quite have the spunk to engage. And Yeshu (Rekha Bhardwaj) is a heart-rending prayer depicting the plight of the protagonist in the film.

If you’re an admirer of the Bhardwaj/Gulzar combo, the soundtrack of 7 Khoon Maaf will surely not disappoint you.

Verdict: Must Buy!

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