The music of My Name Is Khan is very different from the soundtracks of Karan Johar’s earlier films. There are no cool English phrases or lavishly mounted designer songs. Instead, what you get is an album filled with situational songs and tracks with a strong Sufi influence. Can’t blame you for giving Johar’s regular lyricist Javed Akhtar the credit. Only, he isn’t. This time, Niranjan Iyengar took on the mantle and is fairly impressive.
The album begins with Sajda (Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shankar Mahadevan, Richa Sharma), a fabulous qawalli – one of the best compositions by SEL in recent times. The singers breathe life into this song to make the listening experience such a pleasure. This one will be heard for years to come.
Though Noor-e-Khuda would work best in the context of the film, it still makes for wonderful listening. Starting with gentle guitar riffs, this song, a heartfelt plea to Khuda, is a lovely fusion of Western and Sufi elements. There is superb harmony between all the three singers – Shankar Mahadevan, Adnan Sami and Shreya Ghoshal. And Niranjan’s lyrics couldn’t have been more meaningful and moving. The chorus is especially soul-stirring. The song possibly best captures the essence of Johar’s film.
Tere Naina (Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan) has been definitely written keeping in mind leading lady Kajol’s expressive eyes. This love song is very Indian in its composition and Shafqat (last heard in Mitwa from KANK and Yeh Honsla from Dor) renders it superbly.
Sadly the next track, Allah hi reham, by Rashid Khan falls short. In spite of Rashid’s unusually interesting vocals, the composition fails to impress. Rang de (Shankar Mahadevan and Suraj Jaggan) is a soft rock track unlike the other songs in the album and is pegged on peace and joy. Both singers, especially Mahadevan, give it their best.
Verdict: Good effort by SEL. Would probably work best in the context of the film.