We all know he's an accomplished director, but Vishal Bhardwaj has always impressed me with his compositions. Especially when composing for his own films, he's stellar in creating haunting tunes that beautifully accompany the visuals, the atmosphere, the suspense of the film, providing a delicious extra layer to the characters.
Naina from Omkara is definitely one of those songs. The picturization is pitch-perfect, setting up the love story between the two main characters in flashback. The way the song underscores everything, and while every song on the soundtrack is worth listening to (Beedi is another huge favourite of mine), this one is just all that more special to me for whatever reason.
Rone do from Maqbool is sung by Bhardwaj's wife Rekha. It's very much the same kind of haunting, beautiful tune that Naina is. (Also similar is the titular song from Kaminey, which is just gorgeous.)
But now for something a little different...
Socho kya karogi from Love Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega, is not from a Bhardwaj-direction, but dates earlier to his career's beginnings as a composer. It's just a wonderful, funky little tune, and the picturization where Saif Ali Khan and Sonali Bendre imagine what they would do if they had money (a large part of this comedy film centers around three guys trying to get some money). It's not typical Bhardwaj, but it's a show of his variety. He can compose incredible Indian-style rock songs (Beedi, Dhan Te Nan and Oh Mama will attest to this) but then he can also do goofy little tunes like this one.
As much as I anticipate new films from this guy, I equally anticipate his soundtracks..