Yash Raj Film's SULTAN is certainly one of the most awaited film of the year 2016, and the Abbas Ali Zafar (MERE BROTHER KI DULHAN and GUNDAY fame) directed venture garners gargantuan expectations; reasons are multi-fold. First of all it's a YRF production, and YRF-Abbas together have a long history of providing chartbusting melodious movies. Then it stars box-office favourite, the Sultan of Bollywood, Salman Khan and YRF favourite, Vishal-Shekhar, who come back from sort of hibernation to compose along with ace lyricist, Irshad Kamil.
First up, 'Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai
', the extremely racy, rhythmic number, starts of as a typical rural Haryanvi folk wedding song but changes track soon enough into a fun and frolic dance number with lovely mix of desi folk and western. Vishal Dadlani leads the way and Shalmali Kholgade and Ishita lend full support with an enthusiastic rendition. Badshah's typical Haryanvi laden rap adds humour and fun.
It's soulful Rahat who touches hearts and purifies the soul with an (as always!) emotive and class rendition in the sufi based 'Jag Ghoomeya
'. The lovely romantic number boasts of some absolutely lovely Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi lyrics.
Neha Bhasin too does a good job in the female version of 'Jag Ghoomeya
Mika and Irshad's lyrics are the 'jaan
' of the cute, peppy love ditty, '440 Volt
', that talks about Sultan falling in love, the after effects and the lengths that he goes to woo his love!
Just the right man for the title track, its Sukhwinder Singh (along with Shadab Sabri who joins the thrilling chorus), who as always rises to the occasion and renders 'Sultan
'. A superb high tempo number that sets adrenalin pumping and pulses thumping and certainly ups the tempo for SULTAN, as it did when it was unleashed with the trailer. The motivational number provides a peak into the never say die character of the main lead and urges one to go on and fight and become a sultan (king) in real life.
'Rise of Sultan
' sung by Shekhar Ravjiani and chorus is an extension of the same title track and it is sung in a chorus like manner with some different musical (more rockish) arrangements and is mostly instrumental.
Lovely harmonica (mouth organ) commences 'Sachi Muchi
' which thrives on a nice rhythm and superb chorals and lovely singing by Mohit Chauhan and Harshdeep Kaur. The crescendo and chorals are excellent. The song would certainly translate well on screen.
Papon's soul touching vocals add to the pain and hurt of the soulful sufi based separation number 'Bulleya
'. The situational number has touches of shrine (dargah) 'qawwali
' with a meaningful background chorus that elaborates the lead's intense love for his beloved.
Nooran sisters lead the show with excellent rendition in the semi-philosophical situational number, 'Tuk Tuk
', which explores self and talks about life, obstacles and the problems that one faces. The Haryanvi folk based number has some meaningful lyrics and superb Hindustani arrangements with 'ektara
' et al. Vishal Dadlani pitches in with a Badshah type rap.
In a nutshell, the audio of SULTAN is power packed and explosive, in desi lingo, zabardast and one thoroughly enjoys all the compositions, which despite having some Haryanvi flavour, certainly carries universal appeal. Hats of V-S and Irshad! Our picks- 'Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai
', 'Jag Ghoomeya
', title track 'Sultan
' and 'Tuk Tuk
'. The audio would certainly aid the Eid bonanza open to jam packed houses.Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below