Music Review: Ekk Deewana Tha

Ekk Deewana Tha, the official remake of the Tamil-Telugu bilingual romance drama, Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa-Ye Maaya Chesave, that graced the screens way back in February 2010, finds A. R. Rahman retaining most of the tunes from the original. Hosanna has the same bouncy vibe of its archetype and feels more balmy, which can be probably attributed to the debut singer Leon D'Souza, who has done a splendid job. That said, the lyrics might be occasionally annoying (especially at Dil Hote Jo..., its Tamil equivalent being Yen Idayam...) as it gives the impression that they have been stuffed to fit in to the tune.

Dost Hai (Girl I Loved You) (Naresh Iyer et al.) incorporates just the violin bit and a small portion from Kannukkul Kannai but the rest of the track goes hip-hop and is rather jarring. Kya Hai Mohabbat sung by Rahman himself sees brilliant lyrical play, but tune wise it's just about average. Clinton Cerejo is no match for Benny Dayal in Phoolon Jaisi (Omana Penne in Tamil) and is passable. Sharminda Hoon (Mannipaaya, no guesses there!) is screamingly schmaltzy and Madhushree's vocals doesn't seem to help the song either (might be after listening to the Tamil version). Moreover, the lyrics of these two songs are abysmally pathetic.

Sunlo Zara (Anbil Avan) gives the OST a little boost thanks to some energetic singing from Rashid Ali, Shreya Ghoshal and Timmy. The only twist is that Nadaswaram is replaced by Shehnai in the first interlude part, but it sticks out as a sore thumb. While Jessie's Land (Megha) breaks into a hum that mixes bits of Hosanna and Sharminda Hoon, Jessie's Driving Me Crazy (Sanjeev Thomas and Timmy) is nothing to write about. Moments in Kerala is a wonderful play of instruments and makes for a haunting listen.

Saving the best for the last, Zohra-Jabeen (the title track in Tamil) rendered beautifully by Javed Ali is as good as it gets, while Aromale (My Beloved) comes in two versions - male and female. Sung by Alphonse Joseph (lyrics in Hindi and not Malayalam) and Shreya Ghoshal respectively, the tracks, with their predominant guitar strums, leave you spell bound, noticeably the latter. Ms. Ghoshal scores big time with a recurring Aromale hum that's captivating and the composer's use of violin towards the end adds great effect to the whole song. A. R. Rahman has an easy time adapting the songs to the Bollywood context, but with mixed results.