Mesmerising separation song set in picturesque Srinagar

Pakistani great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s ‘Tere Bin Nahi Lagda’ has seen different versions in India. Upcoming film Notebook has a song ‘Nai Lagda’, which is, thankfully, not a remake but only has a similar title. The film is produced by Salman Khan and stars Zaheer Iqbal and Pranutan Bahl.

Lyricist Akshay Tripathi creates his own lyrics, but the essence remains the same: without you, I don’t feel good.

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‘Nai Lagda’ scores on its music and the singing. The fine mix of western and classical instruments have a mesmerising effect.

Composer Vishal Mishra also doubles up as the singer. He has the requisite depth in his voice for such a song and he is brilliant in the antara lyrics. Asees Kaur is credited as the co-singer, but we don’t hear her voice in this music video. We will have to wait for the full audio track.

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A pleasant soft romantic number requires merely emotions. Zaheer looks the part as the disconsolate lover, while Bahl has a wonderful screen presence.

Nothing can beat Khan’s ‘Tere Bin Nahi Lagda’, but Vishal Mishra’s Nai Lagda has a strong appeal of its own.  

Notebook will be released on 29 March.