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After his success with Delhi-6, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra gets Farhan Akhtar to play the legendary athlete Milkha Singh in the upcoming biopic. AR Rahman has been Mehra’s oft collaborator, but this time. Mehra gets the slightly-out-of touch Shankar Ehsaan Loy to compose music, while the lyrics have been penned by adman Prasoon Joshi. The album kickstarts with the “Gurbani” where Daler Mehndi showcases his range, but it’s the excellent use of the violins the cello that brings the calming effect. A little under two minutes, this piece is a soulful addition to the range of “filmi” gurbani music out there. Next up “Zinda” sung by Siddartha Mahadevan has some amazing guitar work will make anyone sit up in attention. Rousing though it may be, “Zinda” sounds like a mash-up between the title tracks of Rock On and Lakshya and Rang De Basanti’s “Khalbali hai Khalbali.” It still makes for a decent song, which can’t be said about its lyrics that go something like “Koyla kaala hai chattanon ne paala hai/ andar kala bahar kaala par sachcha hai saala.” Javed Bashir, after Bombay Talkies makes his return on “Mera Yaar”, a guitar-friendly likeable track that’s all about discovering the merit of love over God, when both are one and same. A very Coke Studio Pakistan vibe permeates it, making it very easy on the ear and it is easily the best song of the album. Predictably, then there has to be a Punjabi number in the movie, and it is “Maston Ka Jhund”. Sung by Divya Kumar with the harem of back-up vocalists who are clearly having loads of fun, It’s a song that makes a tongue-in-cheek jibe on the people who served the British. It’s a good “all boy song” and scores on all counts with the right amount of madness sprinkled in. With that title track of the movie gets in. It starts like “chakkar ghumyo” did in Aamir and the composition is more or less linear. The repetitive tune in the background conjures “slow motion” visuals. Brilliantly performed by Arif Lohar, it’s definitely a song to listen to while running. The rock version of “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” performed by Siddhartha Mahadevan is rather theatrical and grand. If the first one goes the slow-mo way, version two goes completely full throttle. “Slow Motion Angreza”, yes that’s actually the name of the track, sees the charming Loy Mendonsa do a bit of magic and add an anglicised vibe to a track that’s clearly talking about the “foreign versus desi” rivalry with “loving” as a context. Its music arrangement is top class and Sukhwinder Singh adds the right amount of desi (read Punjabi) touch to inject the hitherto “uptight” song with a little drunken stupor that only he can manage. Fitting in with the typical Hindustani classical template song is “O Rangrezz”. Bashir and Shreya Ghosal seem at ease with their singing and the music arrangement is fluid. The track might get lost amidst the other “high on adrenalin” offerings in the album though. Overall, a brilliant album with the right amount of adrenalin and love. Shankar Ehsaan Loy, welcome back!
By Rohwit on June 21 2013 8.04am