What grabs your attention on the inlay card of Veer music album is the name of the lyricist Gulzar! Certainly not a name one would expect to read in the credits of a film directed by Anil ‘Gadar’ Sharma starring Salman ‘Wanted’ Khan. And then to realise that the music directors are Sajid and Wajid, the masters of masala fare, is slightly unsettling. So it’s with a twinge of apprehension that you hit ‘Play’ and tune into the music of Veer.
Surili ankhiyon waali (Rahat Fateh Ali Khan/ Suzanne D’Mello) instantly eases your concerns. This gentle song, with a mix of Hindi and English, has an old-world charm and for that, most of the credit goes to Gulzar’s uncomplicated lyrics & Rahat’s wonderful vocals. The song also appears in an equally engaging duet version with Sunidhi Chauhan joining Khan. One of Sajid-Wajid’s best compositions to date.
Salaam aaya (Roop Kumar Rathod, Shreya Ghoshal & Suzanne D’Mello) is another melodious score that appeals. Rathod, who is choosy about his songs, adds dollops of charm to his rendition here. That, coupled with Shreya’s soothing vocals make this number very pleasing.
From this melody-based number, Sajid-Wajid shift gears and get into classical mode. Kanha is a Thumri by the gifted Rekha Bharadwaj again not a track, one would expect in a Salman Khan action flick. With accompanying vocals by the Sabri brothers, this classical song is infused with enough drama to make it appealing to a wider audience.
Talli (Sukhwinder Singh, Sonu Nigam, Wajid & Neumen Pinto) is an energetic, boisterous track that hooks you after you hear it a few times. But in spite of Sonu Nigam singing with gusto, Meherbaniyan doesn’t quite hit the right notes. This fast-paced track is not the kind of song one would expect in a period film.
Verdict: Decent fare by Sajid-Wajid. They surprise with their versatility.