Expectations are humongous from the mega Eid bonanza, BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN's audio album. It marks the comeback of the once numero uno composer of Bollywood, Pritam (after almost over a year) and pressure is on him to deliver the best of the best for Bhaijaan, Salman's home production, SKF Films.
The song that has gone viral ever since its release, 'Selfie Le Le Re', sung with zeal and fervour by Vishal Dadlani, Nakash Aziz, Pritam , Aditya Pushkarna and Url, has a nice addictive and cute rhythm. Its more than a just a devotional number which it appears at the start. It's almost a title song. The rap highlights the character of the male lead who is shown to be a Bajrang Bali (Lord Hanuman) bhakt (devotee).
WOW! Just one word to describe this Pritam-Atif reunion romantic number, 'Tu Chahiye'. The two are simply at their best . Lovely free flowing rhythm, Atif's mesmerising vocals, superb background arrangements and Amitabh Bhattcharya's simple lyrics. Chartbuster for sure.
Coming to 'Bhar Do Jholi', the iconic devotional 'qawwali ' by the legendary Sabri brothers (in the 70s with lyrics by Purnam Allahabadi ), sung in praise of the Prophet, and has been rendered by many great 'qawwals'. Pritam takes the safe route and adapts the same famous and popular tune (with a bit tweaked lyrics by Kauser Munir), improvising well, keeping the sanctity of the song intact. Adnan Sami sings with devout fervour.
Fultoo masti and dhamaal aptly describes the desi stylized party celebration number, 'Aaj Ki Party', and Mika is just the right choice. The song may not exactly boast of a new tune, but it certainly comes as a breath of fresh air as party songs nowadays are loaded with senseless Yo Yo type rap and hip hop based mostly on alcohol.
The 'Chicken Song' is a cute 'bachchon wala' track and starts of like Dadamuni's 'Rail gaadi' rap (ASHIRWAD), but later on takes inspiration from Kishore da type of highly popular but nonsensical music.
One must commend the lyricist for a very cute, hilarious number where the protagonist is complaining of hunger pangs. Mohit Chauhan is class apart (with Pritam giving support) and his yodelling simply fantastic.
'Zindagi' is a lovely semi philosophical situational song where the protagonist is questioning the whereabouts of his own being and purpose in life. The chorus and philharmonic orchestra in the background is superb and so are the thought provoking lyrics.
To conclude, the makers have gone in for a relatively short soundtrack (for such a huge star cast and lavishly mounted film), with just about five main songs. All the compositions fit in with the theme and are pleasing to the ears and three songs, 'Selfie Le Le Re', 'Tu Chahiye' and 'Aaj Ki Party', are potential chartbusters. The songs would surely attain more popularity (especially 'Bhar Do Jholi') after the release of BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN this Eid, a day or so earlier, to be precise. Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below