The last hit album that Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy brought to the world was Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
in 2011. The biopic by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
on champion athlete
Milkha Singh might be their ticket back onto the charts. The eight
tracks on the Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
soundtrack are penned by the
multi-talented trio and lyricist Prasoon Joshi
. BollyCurry presents our
insights on the album, and a hint of what the movie, slated to release
on the 12th of July, has to offer.
The album opens
with the soulful and enlightening "Gurbani", a short Sikh devotional
track sung by Daler Mehndi. The track brings about a tone of
peacefulness and sets the mood for the rest of the album, as well as the
Shankar's son Siddharth Mahadevan sees
his debut in the music industry with the high energy "Zinda". Prasoon's
lyrics are inspirational and compliment Sid's promising
vocals. Aided by
a rock chorus comprising singers like Suhas Sawant, Rawan Mahadevan and
Mani Mahadevan, the track is forceful and catchy, and has all the
makings of an inspiring and passionate anthem.
Well-known sufi qawwali artist Javid Bashir helms the next track, and his energetic vocals are just the thing to turn the sufi-rock
"Mera Yaar" into a rare phenomenon of lyrical poetry and seamless
guitar melody. This rustic love song is a warm and innovative high point
of the album.
Already the favourite of many
youngsters since it's release, the fun "Maston Ka Jhund" is entirely
situational, and should bring about much foot tapping and dancing in our
seats. Sung by Divya Kumar
, the track retains its earthiness despite
the use of western instruments like the guitar and drums.
title track of the movie, though inspirational lyrically, does not have
the high adrenaline twist of the rock version of the song. Arif Lohar's
vocals are a treat, but the music could be more awe-inspiring.
Siddharth Mahadevan shows once again, on the rock version, that he is
someone to look out for. The track is catchy and fast-paced, making up
for the lackluster original version of "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
", and Sid
shows he has the chops to pull off such a high voltage and energy song.
Motion Angrez" is, at its essence, a country song with roots in the
famous English classic "If I Were To Marry". Transformed into an
interesting composition with help from Prasoon's superb lyrics, this
retro fusion track is possibly the best track on the album. Loy Mendosa
begins the track in English, but the song picks up even more with
's Hindi vocals as he teaches how to woo, 'desi'
last track on the album is a treat for the ears. "O Rangrez" is a love
ballad with Javed Bashir and Shreya Ghoshal
lending their voices. The
semi-classical slow piece uses simple Hindi to convey emotion. The
beauty of the track lies in the harmony - the use of tabla
, harmonium and violin to create an arrangement that gradually builds a wonderfully romantic atmosphere.
album is infused with life and story, and on the whole, we certainly
think Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have come up with a winner! Do check the it out
when you get the chance!
Writer: Aradhna K.
Editor: Fatima W. and Gunia M.
Graphics: Saraa K.