Director Kabir Khan and composer Pritam recently created history with all-time blockbuster BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, and they are expected to repeat the magic with yet another thriller PHANTOM. Starring Saif Ali Khan whose last hit COCKTAIL was provided by none other than Pritam (not to forget the evergreen LOVE AAJ KAL), expectations are sky high from the audio.
The superb North West frontier province rhythm has already captured the imagination of music buffs and 'Afghan Jalebi
' is indeed a mouth-watering, chartbusting experience. Pritam has taken the song to another level with the listeners being transported to the exotic and dangerous war torn Afghanistan (mark the excellent rubab, bendir and daf). Pakistani sufi singer Syed Asrar Shah's unique strong, raw and rustic vocals are just apt for the composition which grows with each hearing until one gets addicted to it.
There are four versions, while the first is 'Ya Baba
' sung by Syed Asrar Shah, the second one is the Film version rendered well by Akhtar Chanal Zahiri. There is another version known as the Dumbek (roughly meaning middle eastern beats & daumbek is a Middle Eastern drum) version which too is rendered by Akhtar Chanal Zahiri. The fourth one, 'Ya Baba
' (Fitna Farebi), by Naksh Aziz is a bit too tame due to his soft sweet vocals, which do not suit the composition, although Naksh does a good job.
Arijit casts his magical spell with the sombre, brooding and soul searching melodic 'Saware
'. Minimal orchestrations are the highlight of this sad, separation number. Lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya are class.
' is another delightful Middle eastern (with loads of Punjabi sufi influence) melodic experience. The sad, 'sufi
' philosophical and spiritual track boasts of superb lyrics (by Kausar Munir) which though a mix of Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi are simple and heart touching. Shahid Mallya sings with emotions
Summing up, the audio of PHANTOM may be brief with just about three original songs along with four versions of 'Afghan Jalebi
', but all the tracks are simply class and have excellent repeat value. Our picks, the whole album! Soul gratifying musical experience which should help the topical (one can even say noble!) cause of PHANTOM, ensuring a decent to good opening when the film releases all over on 28th August.Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below