Marvellous! Melodious! Memorable! Three words that describe the music of A.R.Rahman and Imtiaz Ali's last outing ROCKSTAR. So one naturally expects nothing short of extraordinary from their upcoming road flick, HIGHWAY. Let's put on the seatbelts and prepare for the scintillating musical journey courtesy the music wizard, the Beethoven of the East, Allah Rakha Rahman! and reliable and talented lyricist, Irshad Kamil.
It's a soul purifying, heart-warming and highly enlightening 'sufiana
' composition that greet us with 'Patakha Guddi
' (female) sung to almost divine perfection by Sultana and Jyoti Nooran. The song is in the same corridor as the iconic 'jugni
' songs; philosophical and spiritual. Rahman's sublime musical arrangement that has a superb blend of western and Hindustani acts as the icing on the cake.
Rahman's version of 'Patakha Guddi
' does pale in comparison to the first and accomplished singers like Arif Lohar or Tochi Raina (as in ROCKSTAR) both with robust vocals would have been a better choice, although he has done a good job. The second last stanza where Rahman gives that hard rock touch with the amazing fading crescendo (Ali Ali Ali
) is mindblasting.
Love ballad, the A.R. Rahman style! 'Maahi Ve
' is pure bliss! Super minimalistic orchestrations, haunting and dew fresh melody and elegantly penned simple lyrics are the highlights of the track. Rahman sings well with emotions though one misses a more qualified Sonu Nigam or Javed Ali here. CHECK OUT: HIGHWAY - Songs Lyrics
Simplistic and minimalistic arrangements and unplugged clear cut vocals of Jonita Gandhi are the key here to the semi-philosophical and situational number aptly titled 'Kahaan Hoon Main
'. The song sees the female lead questioning her whereabouts after being kidnapped and fighting with her inner emotional turmoil.
It's a totally different side of Rahman that one encounters in 'Wanna Mashup
', sung by Kash, Krissy and Suvi Suresh an all English rap and hip hop that one associates with the pub and disco frequenting youth(s) of today, may be picturised on the city girl, Alia Bhatt. So one encounters the DJ scratches, broken vocals and heightened tempo along with apt lyrics that will find a fitting place in the scheme of the narrative.
After 'Sasural Genda Phool
' it's North Indian folk at its best in the soothing lullaby 'Sooha Saha
' and for a first timer Alia Bhatt's singing is praiseworthy and Zeb provides good back up support .
The very special instrumental 'Implosive Silence
' banks totally on Jonita Gandhi's flawless back up croonings and soft, sedate musical arrangements. And since Rahman has also composed the background music of HIGHWAY one is sure that this musical delight will surely find a fitting place in the film's narrative.
Sunidhi Chauhan's masterly rendition of 'Tu Kuja
' a lovely devotional situational piece seeped in 'bhakti ras
' is one of the highlights of the album. The song is in the same corridor as 'O Palanhaare
' LAGAAN and 'Pal Pal Hai Bhari
' (SWADES), although this one is more classy. The lyrics that have an abundance of chaste Hindi and Persian (Tu kuja, Mann kuja
, meaning-Where you are, Where I am) might not be comprehensible to the youth and Gen X. CHECK OUT: HIGHWAY Movie Preview
Its once again a perfect Hindustani musical feast with the philosophical 'Heera
', dohas on diamond by Sant Kabir set to tune in a totally raga base with superb background arrangements like flute, 'sitar
' and 'tabla
' and excellent singing by Shweta Pandit. Once again chaste Hindi 'dohas
' are not comprehensible and will find only exclusive patronage, though we love it!
The audio of Rahman-Imtiaz's HIGHWAY is a delight to savour, and fulfills all expectations. All the songs are superb but our favourites are 'Patakha Guddi
', 'Maahi Ve
' and 'Tu Kuja
'. The commercial viability of the album is questionable as all the songs are very classy and may not be able to strike a chord with the mass as there is no chartbuster like 'Sadda Haq
' (ROCKSTAR) or even Rahman's 'Tum Tak
' (RAANJHANAA). But Rahman's magic will surely work and the album will ensure a good opening for the film when it releases all over on 21st February 2014.