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Every Madhuri's Costume Cost around 15 Lakhs and Aishwarya's one 10-12 Lakhs.

Music: Ismail Darbar

Coming from a family of four generation musicians, is Ismail Darbar. An exponent of the violin, he worked for nine years as a session violist for leading music directors. Lady luck's shine increased on Ismail Darbar when he met director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, for whose film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, he composed the music. With the director's keen ear for music, the result, was sheer magic! Filmgoers were astonished by the exemplary quality, melody and originality of the musical score. Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ismail Darbar have bedecked Devdas with nine songs that speak not only the story of the film but also the story of melody and passion at their entwined best.


The Lyricist - Nusrat Badr

He indeed knows how to cajole his pen into giving its best. Having created a mark as a poet, he makes a soulful debut as a film lyricist in Devdas. The story of Devdas has passion, pain and pathos as its synonymous companions. The lyrics had to lovingly capture this. And open the route from the ears to the heart so that the musical words of Devdas may stay there forever. Nusrat Badr's simple lyrics complimented the complex feelings that had to be conveyed with much accuracy.

The Choreograpers


When he makes the world dance on his fingers , nothing seems better.His legendary name has become synonymous with the traditional dance form of Kathak. Born in the illustrious family of Kathak Dancers of the Lucknow gharana, Pandit Birju Maharaj was initially trained by his father, Guru Achhan Maharaj and later by his uncle, Guru Shambhu Maharaj. His dances showcase an admirable blend of the best of the two greats. An institution by himself, he has not only bedazzled audiences the world over, but has also groomed a galaxy of young kathak dancers. As an ode to his unparalleled talent, are many prestigious awards including the Padma Vibhusan, Kalidas Samman and Soviet land Nehru award.Besides being a renowned dancer ,he is also a vocalist, percussionist, music composer, poet and painter. For "Devdas" he has composed & choreographed "Kahe Ched Mohe...", a 'Mujra' based on Indian Classical dance which is one of the highlights of the film.Thus ,dance history awaits yet another addition in its glittering pages.


Her sunshine demeanor, radiance and joie de vivre reflect in her choreography . She has to her credit ,some of the most pulsatingly popular dance numbers of the Indian film industry .She holds the distinct honour of receiving the first Filmfare Award for Choreography for her famous "Ek Do Teen" song with Madhuri Dixit . She has won a plethora of other awards including the Filmfare award for the song "Nimbooda" in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Hum Dil De Chuke sanam". Her magic touch surfaces yet again with her choreography in "Devdas ".This includes the much awaited "Dola re dola" song in which she orchestrates the nimble movements of Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya who blaze the screen together for the first time.


Even as the fervour of her brilliantly choreographed garba dance number "Dhol baje..." in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Hum dil De Chuke Sanam" was at its peak ,she won the National Award for it. Vaibhavi Merchant, the grand-daughter of Shri. B. Hiralal, a renowned film choreographer, is trained in Indian and Western Classical dance.This, compiled with her fresh style leaves enough opportunity for appreciation to follow. In "Devdas" her delicate and sensitive touch is palpable in the three songs choreographed by her.


When Pappu met Malu , harmony met symphony yet again .Pappu (Zahur Sheikh) and Malu (Kavita Gandhi), started very young as dancers and assisted leading choreographers before taking the plunge as independent choereographers. They formed a group "Pop Chic", which has to its credit several prestigious stage shows in India and abroad. With Devdas, they make a spendid debut in film choreography.

Music Reveiws

Planet Bollywood:

Devdas is the highest paid for soundtrack ever. Its rights were bought at an unheard of 12 crores by Universal. Well, is it really worth all that cash? Well that’s for Universal to decide.

However, all I know is, Devdas is the best soundtrack to come out this year, and maybe the best OF the year. Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ismail Darbar join hands once again to give us another awesome soundtrack. Though Devdas may not hold the mass appeal that HDDCS had, it’s still a great album nevertheless. Devdas is a period film, and taking that into consideration, Darbar had to really work hard on creating an ambiance for the songs. He’s very successful at that, with the help of newcomer lyricist Nusrat Badr. Badr has pulled off something that’s very hard for ANY lyricist to do. He’s remained simple, yet poetic, and also come up with songs that will fit like a glove to the situations. It’s true that I haven’t yet seen the film, but listening to the songs you feel like you are there, and you know what’s going on the film. Not many lyricists are able to combine all those aspects and come up with brilliant results. Mr. Badr, take a bow!

Shreya Ghosal marks her debut with “Silsila Yeh Chaahat Ka.” The song is about a girl waiting for her lover, sounds familar na? But thanks to Darbar the songs turns out to be one of the best on the album. The tabla and the chorus wonderfully compliment Ghosal’s flawless rendition; notice the way she easily carries off the part where she has to stretch the “piya” refrain. Shreya Ghosal’s voice is very similar to Chitra's (a fellow staff member pointed that out), and she’s done some amazing work for a newcomer in this album.

Maar Daala” sung by Kavita K. Subramanium and K.K. is a mujra. When I first heard this song on the television promos being aired, I quite didn’t like it. Even on the CD, it took a few listens before I began to like it. Now, it’s one of the best tracks on the soundtrack in my opinion. The singing by Kavita is flawless. The slight harmonium touch by Darbar really adds to the flavor of the song. K.K. is held to the background, and only appears near the end of the song.

If you liked “Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyan” from HDDCS, I can pretty much guarantee you’ll like “Bairi Piya”. The song falls in the same genre as the previously mentioned song from HDDCS, a chhed chhad song, but done with a lot of grace and maturity. Yes, that’s quite hard to put together. Shreya Ghosal and Udit Narayan render this number. The singing, like all of the songs in the album is just mind-blowing. The unique part of the song is the “ish” that Darbar has put in at certain points in the song, very unique!

Next up we have a pure classical number “Kaahe Chhed Mohe” written by Pandit Birju Maharaj, who also sings the song along with Kavita K. Subramanium and Madhuri Dixit. The song will probably hold appeal only to hardcore classical music lovers. The highlight of the song is definitely Madhuri Dixit. Madhuri doesn’t sing here, she’s there just to recite some verses. It’s amazing how elegant she sounds when she’s rendering her lines. I don’t think this one will find many listeners on the CD, but on the screen this song will sizzle for Madhuri’s dancing I bet.

Next up is “Hamesha Tumko Chaha” sung by Kavita and Udit Narayan. This song is my favorite of the album, simply for the “preetam” refrains. That’ s one of the highlights of the song, along with Udit’s and Kavita’s rendition. The way the emotions are expressed through this song is just beautiful. Lyrics by Nusrat Badr are again, simple yet wonderful.

Chhalak Chhalak” is a song that will probably be picturised on Shah Rukh Khan and Jackie Shroff at a “kotha”. Udit Narayan and Vinod Rathod lend their voices here. I don’t think everyone will like this song, but I like it for it’s playfulness and simplicity. A song fitting this situation could’ve turned out horrible, but Darbar and Bhansali’s execution is pretty nice. Nice to hear Vinod Rathod in a good song after such a long time...

The album is dominated by females, alas we have a male solo in the form of "Woh Chaand Jaisi Ladki" sung by Udit Narayan. The song will probably be picturised on a drunk Devdas who is remembering Paro. The composition is very simple, and wonderfully sung by Udit Narayan, he's emoted really well in his singing. The lyrics also deserve a special mention.

Morey Piya” is sung by Shreya Ghosal and Jaspinder Narula. Those who think that Jaspinder Narula can only sing Bhangra/Punjabi songs need to get their ears checked. This song is semi-classical and again may not find many takers, however, I personally liked it. I hate to keep repeating my self, but the singing is just great here. Jaspinder really surprised me, she easily carries this number even though she’s never sung songs such as this before.

Next we have “Devdas - The Theme.” This is the same music piece that was heard in the first promo. This is not something that you’d wanna play over and over. Nonetheless, it’s up there with other themes from other Hindi films such as Moksha, Asoka, etc.

Finally we have “Dola Re Dola” sung by Kavita K. Subramanium, Shreya Ghosal, and K.K. This song will go down really well with the masses. It reminds me a lot of “Nimbooda” from HDDCS. However, the song still holds its own. The singing is very good again, Shreya tries very hard to keep up with Kavita, and succeeds most of the time. The opening tabla beats are just remarkable. This song will definitely be a highlight on screen. Namely because Madhuri and Aishwarya are supposed to be dancing together during this song, is that reason good enough for you to await this song during the film?

Devdas could have been a tough assignment for any music director. However Ismail Darbar has really put a lot of effort into his work, and it shows. Credit must also be given to the singers, who just bring out the best of themselves. Rarely have we an album where ALL the songs are perfectly sung, Devdas is such an album. Bhansali deserves a pat on the back for taking the risk of bringing in two newcomers (Badr and Ghosal) on such a huge project. All in all, Devdas is without a doubt, a MUST buy.


India FM:

Over the last one year or more, if there is one movie that has been
in news since the day it was launched then it has been Sanjay Leela
Bhansali's Devdas. First topic of discussion was the movie's theme.
Then came Bharat Shah's arrest. Close on the heels of this, fire
occurred on the sets of the movie. But despite all odds, Sanjay Leela
Bhansali finally completed his magnum opus Devdas that everyone is
waiting with bated breath. Much is expected from SLB after Khamoshi
and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Enough has already been written about how
this Devdas would be compared to the two classics on the same subject
made earlier. But one thing that holds true is that at least in
today's time, none other can Shahrukh Khan could have enacted the
role of Devdas with perfection. Bhansali who always had a desire to
work with Madhuri Dixit finally succeeds in roping her for Devdas.
Aishwarya Rai will be having her first release after a long time
since Albela. Jackie Shroff enacts the role of Devdas' friend in the

All the compositions by Ismail Darbar are classical based. Lyrics by
Nusrat Badr are very rich in content whcih are quite appreciable.
Bhansali's favorite Kavita Subramaniam is Madhuri's voice in the
movie whereas new find Shreya Ghoshal is Aishwarya's voice. It is a
good indication to have roped in a newcomer for five tracks in the
movie and Shreya doesn't disappoint. She has a flawless voice, which
is quite easy on ears. Listen to her in the dance competition
song 'Dola Re Dola' between Madhuri and Ash and you just can't stop
raving about her voice. Don't know who wins the dance competition
finally but at least in the song Shreya does give tough competition
to Kavita, which is no mean achievement. The best track of the album
that also features KK.

'Silsila Ye Chahat Ka' is a solo by Shreya which is about the girl
waiting for her man to come to her. But it's surprising to see it
featuring as the first track of the album as there are even better
tracks like Dola Re Dola, Maar Daala, Bairi Piya and Morey Piya. Maar
Daala is an excellent song that takes one back to the good old days
of Pakeezah and Umrao Jaan. Now this is one of those mujras that we
were waiting for so many years. And Ismail Darbar and Nusrat Badr
give that to us. Sound of tabla and ghungroo make it a perfect number
to listen to and Kavita Subramaniam justifies her decision to sing
selected numbers only.

'Bairi Piya' is a dute by Udit Narayan and Shreya and is something
on the lines of 'Ankhon Ki Gustakhiyan' in terms of romanticism. A
sweet number that should cause a few hearts pounding. 'Kaahe Chhed
Mohe', which is sung, composed and written by Pt. Birju Maharaj, is
100% classical. It seems to be dance class in progress where Madhuri
Dixit is the student to whom Kavita Subramaniam lends her voice.
Madhuri Dixit too makes a debut behind the mike with rendering a few
lines as interludes and plays her part quite well.

'Chalak Chalak' is the number picturized on Shahrukh and Jackie where
they sing about what happens after a few drinks!! Interesting!! The
number sniffs of another 'Dholi Taro Dhol Baje' in the making...not
content wise, but rhythm wise!! Music wise 'Hamesha Tumko Chaha'
(Kavita Subramaniam and Udit Narayan) reminds of 'Oh Ramji Bada Dukh
Dina..Tere Lakhan Ne' from Subhash Ghai's Ram Lakhan. Interestingly
that number too was picturized on Madhuri only. A slow number which
is good but just for hearing. Won't find too many people really
humming this one!!

Solo 'Woh Chand Jaisi Ladki' by Udit Narayan is a kind of number that
we have seen Sonu Nigam singing for so many months now. Well, the
song is indeed soothing and the lyrics too are worth mentioning. A
good song. 'Morey Piya' that has lyrics by Sameer and sung by
Jaspinder Narula and Shreya is another classical based number, which
is situational.

'Devdas - The Theme' composed by Monty and rendered by Rashmi Sharma,
Supriya and Raghav is in one word - HAUNTING which has superb
orchestra arrangements. It is the very same theme music that we all
heard in the first promo of Devdas.

Devdas can be considered to be one of the toughest assignments that
a composer can get. In fact quite a few composers may even shy away
from handling such a prestigious project. When writing the review
itself required so much of understanding and study then it can be
very well understood that how much of research and hard work may have
gone in for composing these tracks. But Ismail Darbar who is just two
films old (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Tera Jadoo Chal Gaya) does a
commendable job here.

When music of Lagaan was released then even it was accused of being
too earthy and rural since it belonged to the different era. But the
popularity of the music and the movie is there for everyone to be
seen. It is surely to be seen in case of Devdas too. Though the music
is good, it is quite classical in approach which may appeal only to
purists in the beginning, but will definitely catch up with the
masses too once the appropriate publicity is done. Anyway the initial
craze for the music will give a much needed boost to the album sales
(which is already quite apparent!!)


E Bolly. com:

Review by Tushar Joshi

The most anticipated soundtrack is out!! Yes, the music of Devdas is finally out on the streets. Has Ismail Durbar re-created the magic of 'Hum dil de chuke sanam', does the music sound contemporary enough for today's listeners, will it burn the charts and increase the hype surrounding the magnanimously big-budgeted movie. The answer my friend lies ahead...

Be it his first film, 'Khamoshi' or his second hit 'Hum dil de chuke sanam', one thing that is certain about any Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie is that the music of the film is going to be definitely above average and in keeping with the movies tone. With 'Devdads' this belief is strengthened all the more, and those who enjoyed his previous work would definitely want to listen and see how he has fared this time

Each track of Devdas, be it slow or fast, classical or non-classical, is in keeping with the mood and look of the movie. The era and the periodic grandeur have been created beautifully by the use of instrumental pieces woven with soothing melodies. The lyrics also add on to the passion and tragedy that is associated with the story of Devdas. The music of 'Khamoshi' succeeded in showing the anguish that the girl faced, while 'Hum dil de chuke sanam' was a winner all the way in expressing the emotions of all the three central characters in a very effective way. Bhansali has taken care to carry forward the story of Devdas through the songs, and not keep them as mere 'item songs'. However, on the first listening there are a few tracks that are immediately pleasing, while some for the average listener may seem a bit too heavy. Nonetheless, the music has been created with great efforts and it shows.

The album opener is 'Silsila Yeh Chahat Ka' which is sung by newcomer Shreya Ghosal, who was discovered by Bhansali on the popular Sa Re Ga Ma show on Zee TV. She has a very fresh sound, which is as melodious as Alka Yagnik and as classical as Kavita Subramaniam. She does full justice to the song, which is a soft mellow and a slow number that slowly grows on you as you listen to repeatedly. The chorus is also beautifully used to blend in the main song, which is the trademark of Ismail Durbar. A track definitely meant for some gorgeous picturisation.

Madhuri dancing to Maar Dada'Maar Dala' is picturised on Madhuri and is shown in the promos for a few seconds. Kavita Subramaniam and K.K lend their voices for this track. There is ample scope for Madhuri to show her dancing skills in the track as it is infused with classical beats and thumkas. The song is not very upbeat but slow and takes time to grow on you. K.K does some crooning towards the end and reminds you of 'Tadap tadap' from 'Hum dil ..'. The song is in the leagues of those Pakeezah numbers, perhaps inspired from the timeless classic 'Inhi logon ne' picturised on Meena Kumari. A good song that will look better on screen for sure, thanks to Madhuri.

Lyrics like 'Bairi piya bada bedardi..' would have seemed impossible in today's age of remix,' pappu pager' and 'aati kya khandala..'. However, the lyricists Nusrat Badr and Sameer have given some really beautiful words for the songs that take us back to those golden days of the late 70's. The song 'Bairi Piya' is sung by Udit Narayan and Shreya Ghosal and is a romantic number, which starts off on a chorus and the sound of a violin, is basically a playful and teasing number between the lovers. Shreya Ghosal sounds brilliant, and totally overshadows Udit Narayan in this number. The melody seems like the old school types but is still haunting and pleasurable to the ears.

'Kahe Ched Mohe' is a classical dance number composed and sung by Pt Birju Maharaj, Kavita Subramanian and hold your breath, Madhuri Dixit herself! It seems to be the much talked about number where there is some jugalbandi between Paro and Chandramukhi. Those who are all ears for hardcore classical music will be thrilled to hear this song. Madhuri speaks out some words that seem to be a part of the dance number, and she sounds as sweet as she looks on screen. Kavita has the main singing to do, and she handles this difficult song with admirable courage and enthusiasm. No one but her could have done justice to this number. This song, which is a treat to listen, is definitely going to be a bigger treat to see!

Shah Rukh Khan as Devdas'Chalak Chalak' is a song about boozing and drinking, which is the basic theme of Devdas, no kidding! Udit Narayan, Vinod Rathod and Shreya Ghosal join in the party to create a musical ruckus in this joyously intoxicating number. Onscreen one can actually visualize Shahrukh with the 'madira' dancing and having a blast. The song has a very A.R Rehmanish feel to it, on the lines of 'Ghanana ghanana ' from Lagaan with words like 'dhammak dhaamak, chaanan chaanan, and chalak chalak'. It is a song about sounds, booze and more booze, maybe one needs to get intoxicated to enjoy it all the more. Try it if you can!

'Hamesha Tumko Chaha' talks of undying, unconditional, devotional love. Kavita and Udit Narayan sing this song with the required emotions. The song epitomizes love and the feelings attached with it with great success. The singers have also done the job well. The required sympathy is generated and there is the pain in the voices to match the lyrics.

Udit Narayan goes solo with 'Woh Chand Jaise Ladki', which is semi-ghazal type song, very slow with gentle and feeble beats. The song however fits the typical Devdas character, someone who is intoxicated and singing a song about a girl . One wonders if the audience will be patient, enough to see this song, as it exceeds the length of 4 and a 1/2 minutes, which is quite a length for a slow song. The song is for the classes, and the masses will not take to it instantly. Those who like ghazals, or slow ballads, and semi-classical numbers will appreciate this song.

Aishwarya RaiJaspinder Narula screeches and Shreya Ghosal sings or should I say speaks on 'Morey Piya'. Narula sounds at her nascent best, while Shreya Ghosal provides the much needed respite in the song. It doesn't have a very catchy melody or tune, but seems to be very situational in the movie. It's like a mixture of a romantic song and a song with lot of tragedy and sadness. Again, the song is aimed at the classes, and much hangs on the way it is used in the movie.

'Devdas - The Theme' begins with birds chirping and some soft music, but soon moves on to some heavy bass beats and a serious tragic tone. Rashmi Sharma & Supriya Raghav Chatterjee took the credit for singing and humming on the track. The track, which is composed by Monty, can be used as a trailer of what the film is going to be like, something serious, tragic yet full of love, passion and joy. There is the sound of whips, a child like yelling voice, and distress all over the theme. It succeeds in sending out the right signals to the people about the theme of the movie.

'Dola Re Dola' immediately reminds you of 'Dholi taro dhol baje', with its starting beat to the use of dholaks and dance instruments throughout. K.K, Kavita Subramaniam, and Shreya Ghosal give their voices on this track. The tempo is upbeat and there is melody, however not in the league of 'Dholi taro'. This track is much more classical based, and mellow in sound and pace. The voices of Shreya and Kavita compliment each other, and its good and heartening to see a new voice upsurge on the scene, hadn't we had enough of Alka Yagnik ? This song sums up the album on a high and upbeat mood.

Here are a few points about the soundtrack that are required for the album to be a hit:

On the whole, Devdas is a great step towards creative fulfillment. Both Ismail Durbar and Sanjay Leela Bhansali have taken great pains in giving the film the right sound, in the lines of Mughal-e-azam, Pakeezah, and it works effortlessly. With two years of input just on the music, all the hard work pays off as Devdas churns out songs that are not clichéd, regular mixed and remixed numbers, but offbeat, experimental melodies with classical base. With the release of the movie, the album will have a different sound, and that is another plus point. Initial sales for Devdas are going to hit sky high, what needs to be seen is how the audience responds to this sound. If you are expecting something on the lines of 'Hum dil de chuke sanam' then you will be disappointing. Don't be prejudiced and you will enjoy the sound of Devdas, its melody at its best!!!



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