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Talaash is a hugely anticipated suspense drama that marks superstar Aamir Khan’s return to the silver screen after three years. The film also features two of our biggest leading ladies – Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor. Legendary poet Javed Akhtar has penned the lyrics and Ram Sampath (Satyamev JayateDelhi Belly) has composed the music. With so many stalwarts attached to the project, it’s only fair that expectations have sky-rocketed!

Sampath bowls you over with the opening number, Muskaanein jhooti hain (Suman Sridhar). It’s a soft, seductive, bluesy jazz number that’s charming. Sridhar has a silky, velvet voice that transports you to a land of mystery! You rarely get to enjoy such compositions in Hindi films these days. A must-listen!

Jee le zaraa (Vishal Dadlani) is a haunting melody soaked in sadness. Akhtar’s philosophical words and Dadlani’s coarse vocals make this brooding, intense number one of the best tracks in the album. Mike McCleary’s remix track was not required.

Ravindra Upadhyay joins Sona Mohapatra in Jiye lage na, a semi-classical number infused with frenzied electronic beats. Sampath’s composition is unconventional and will take time to grow on you, but is worth the wait. Sona is splendid and though Upadhyay sounds uncannily similar to Sukhwinder Singh, he does a neat job too.

Hona hai kya (Ram Sampath) doesn’t quite work as a stand-alone number but will perhaps appeal within the context of the film. Sampath creates a dark, electronic track and also throws in a few typical RDB elements into the mix. Sampath is especially good with his rendition.

In Laakh duniya kahe, Sampath composes a stirring soft-rock ballad using minimal instruments like the drums and guitar, and an effective chorus. While Akhtar’s lyrics are particularly moving, it’s Sampath’s poignant rendition that takes you by surprise. The soundtrack of Talaash is in sync with the subject of the film and there is a strong air of melancholy in nearly all the tracks of this album.

Verdict: Good

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