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Ek Thi Daayan

Yaaram (Sunidhi Chauhan, Clinton Cerejo) is a gorgeous melody that charms from the word ‘go’. The track starts slow, with soft guitar strums and Chauhan’s gentle, soulful voice, only to gather momentum and change tempo midway, with the Dil hook. The guitar work is exemplary and the singers are outstanding. But it’s Gulzar’s poetry that’s the mainstay of this extremely hummable number. Part languid, part frenzied, Yaaram is a delicious ballad that deserves a place in your playlist.

Clinton Cerejo’s solo Kaali kaali is a haunting romantic number that’s more like a Rahman composition. It helps considerably that Gulzar’s poetry is breathtaking – soaked in romance and love. The interplay of piano, guitar and violin is magical. Cerejo, in his solo number, succeeds in leaving a strong mark with his delivery of this evocative song.

Totey udd gaye is a flamboyant mix of Punjabi desi and rock with Vishal Bhardwaj’s favourite singers – Suresh Wadkar, Rekha Bhardwaj and Sukhwinder Singh lending their vocals. The lighthearted lyrics bring a smile to your face. It’s a good one-time listen but doesn’t quite have the charm of a Sapne mein milti hain (Satya).

Lautungi main is the dark and melancholic theme song. Bhardwaj creates a poignant melody, layers it with an assortment of atmospheric sounds and instruments like the violin and creates an eerie, dramatic song. Rekha Bhardwaj’s brilliant rendition is the icing on the cake.

Sapna re sapna is a lullaby sung by Padmanabh Gaikwad, the winner of a music reality show for kids. The child is endearing in his rendition of this simple song. The soundtrack of Ek Thi Daayan may not be in the league of Bhardwaj’s earlier albums (Satya, Omkara, Kaminey) but it doesn’t disappoint either.

Verdict: Short & sweet.

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