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Aarakshan

Contrary to popular perception, Prakash Jha’s films despite their hard-hitting themes have always had room for a few soft melodies. In fact, songs from his films Mrityudand (Keh do ek baar, Tum bin mann) and Raajneeti (More piya, Bheegi si) still continue to get airtime on radio stations. So, one does expect a couple of memorable tunes from Jha’s forthcoming multi-starrer, Aarakshan. And with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Prasoon Joshi behind the music, expectations only rise.

The album opens with the light-hearted Achha lagta hain (Mohit Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal). Joshi’s lyrics are wonderfully casual and the highlight of this playful, romantic duet. SEL’s composition may not be path-breaking but is sweet and easy on the ears.
The celebratory Mauka (Mahalakshmi Iyer, Raman Mahadevan, Tarun Sagar, Gaurav Gupta, Rehan) seems more like a situational track that will need to ride on the visual to make it enjoyable.

Pandit Channulal Mishra, a legend and one of the finest exponents of Hindustani classical music, is in excellent form in Kaun si dor. And giving the septuagenarian company in this magical number is Shreya Ghosal, who is equally splendid. With Kaun si dor, SEL displays their versatility and create a beautiful semi-classical song. Another variation of the same track is the solo, Saans albeli by Mishra.
Roshanee (Shankar Mahadevan) may have been conceptualised as a number to evoke strong revolutionary feelings but the track totally misses the mark and ends up ordinary.

Verdict: 50-50

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