JO bhi main, kehna chahoon, barbaad kare alfaz mere – Irshad Kamil’s simple yet insightful lyrics sets the mood for this outstanding soft-rock number by A R Rahman. The whole track has a ‘live’ feel, almost making it seem like Mohit Chauhan has done a whole lot of ad-libbing here. Not to mention the fetching chorus of ya-ya-ya. Opening and closing with what seem like North Eastern choir chants is Phir se ud chala, a philosophical yet free-spirited song where Kamil’s lyrics have the strength to conjure vivid images of meandering roads and deep valleys. The number starts soft till Rahman decides to up the tempo midway with an electronic bed. Sparkling!
Aur ho (Mohit Chauhan, Alma Ferovic) is a dark, brooding number of lost love and longing. Though the number brings back memories of Rahman’s earlier compositions, it’s still soulful and effective. Chauhan is brilliant in his potrayal of pain and hurt. On the contrary, Sheher mein (Karthik, Mohit Chauhan) is a light-hearted and very likeable parody on the quintessential ‘90s filmi number. Karthik (sounds a lot like Udit Narayan) and Mohit breeze through this one.
Katiya karun (meaning I’ll spin cotton all night) is inspired by an old Punjabi folk song. Rahman teams Harshdeep’s outstanding vocals and an infectious chorus with some traditional instruments to create one of the most endearing Punjabi film songs in recent times. The tinga-ling-tinga-ling chorus will be spinning in your head for days to come. Hawaa hawaa is a spirited Spanish folksy song that features a host of talented artists on the instruments besides Mohit Chauhan’s vocals. The playful, boisterous chorus includes Viviane, Tanvi, Suvi and Shalini who pitch in a near perfect act.
When it comes to composing songs for the divine, nobody does it better that Rahman. His Sufi qawwalis have the power to get you into a hypnotic trance. Kun faaya kun is yet another exceptional Sufi number by Rahman, Javed Ali and Mohit Chauhan that will move you. Tum ho is a soft ballad that’s straight up Chauhan’s sleeve – dreamy and gentle. He is fabulous when he has to render songs of yearning. Kavita Krishnamurthy’s version of Tum ko doesn’t quite appeal as the singer goes nasal in places.
The lead guitarist of the late Michael Jackson’s tour group, Orianthi Panagaris opens Saadda haq with a spectacular guitar riff. What follows is a powerful rock anthem.
Kamil’s lyrics speak of angst and Chauhan is compelling. Grungy and fierce, Rahman’s creation is fascinating.
Nadaan parindey (A R Rahman, Mohit Chauhan) starts off soft, with an almost ‘70s style pop chorus before it morphs into a slightly underwhelming rock number where the composer takes centrestage. Clearly, Sivamani’s enthralling drum play and Keba Jeremiah’s forceful guitar work are the highlights here.