The movie Raazi is a period film (India-Pakistan war of 1971) about an Indian spy who gets married to a Pakistani military officer. It is an adaptation of the novel Calling Sehmat written by Harinder Sikka. It is a thriller directed by Meghna Gulzar and is produced under the banner of Dharma Productions. Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal play the lead roles while Rajit Kapur, Soni Razdhan, Amruta Khanvilkar, Shishir Sharma are a part of the supporting cast.
Music of the film is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, who have given us hits like Mission Kashmir and Lakshya (which had similar themes). The trio has also given the background score for the movie. All the lyrics are penned by Gulzar. There are total 4 songs in the film and all the four are in sync with the film’s theme; be it lyrics or the music. The song Aye Watan has male and female versions. Though only few songs are released by the producers, all the audio songs can be heard in a jukebox made by the music company (link given at the end of the article).
1. Aye Watan (Male Version)
This song is sung by Arijit Singh. Although this is not a typical Arijit Singh kind of a song, he has sung it very well. We need more songs which push this versatile singer out of his typecast songs because he can excel in any given song. It has a very prominent male chorus which reminds us a little about the song Kandhon se milte hain kandhe from the movie Lakshya.
A mix of Kashmiri and Hindi language, this song is the newest bidai song of Bollywood. It talks volumes about the father-daughter relationship. How a girl needs her dad’s support whether it is crossing the border of the house after getting married or the border of the country to serve her motherland. It has a distinct Kashmiri flavor to it and we are instantly transported to the beautiful locales of the valley.
It is sung by Harshdeep Kaur, Vibha Saraf and Shankar Mahadevan.
3. Raazi Title Song
Another Arijit Singh number and what a number! Just listen to him croon the opening lines and we know that he has owned this song! An excellent arrangement as well which I think would be used as a background score at many places (only guessing). Loved the line ‘Lagan ki baazi hai.. chot bhi taazi hai.. laga de daanv par dil agar dil raazi hai’ just wow.
It is the longest running song of the movie at 6 minutes and 31 seconds.
4. Aye Watan (Female Version)
This song starts with the words ‘Lab pe aati hai dua..’ which is the national prayer (by Allama Iqbal) of Pakistan offered in school assemblies. In the movie too (through what is shown in the teaser) it shows that Alia Bhatt is at a school assembly in Pakistan and this song is played in the background.
Sunidhi Chauhan’s voice echoes in our ears with the beats resounding in our hearts. This song too has a prominent chorus this time of children from the Shankar Mahadevan Academy.
Do let us know which one is your favorite and how you liked the songs. We are eagerly waiting for the film to hit the screens.