Music Review: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

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blade and soul en français Director: Rakesyh Omprakash Mehra
why not try here Actors: Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Yograj Singh, Art Malik, Divya Dutta, Prakash Raj, Rebecca Breeds
read review Music: Shankar Ehsaan Loy
rencontres l'isle-jourdain Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi

‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ has two reasons for being a flick to watch out for. First, it is a biopic on ‘The Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh. Secondly, director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra teams-up with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (SEL) for the first time, after two previous fabulous outings with AR Rahman. And SEL live up to our expectations. The OST is fabulous, though not 100%. A word of warning: the album gets better only after listening to it after a few times. Some songs have a tinge of the popularity while others leave you stunned with its beauty. There are eight tracks in total.

We start on a holy note with Gurbaani sung by Daler Mehndi. The song goes beyond being a religious song and becomes a spiritual one. Daler puts his soul into the song. It fits the film based on a man – The Flying Sikh – who stands for all things good in Indian sports. Shankar Mahadevan’s son Siddharth is as talented as his father. But he is a wrong choice for Zinda, which has electronic beats to back it. It is interesting to hear the distorted guitar effect in it. But Siddharth’s effort gets drowned. At best, it is a good inspirational song. Prasoon’s lyrics are amazing here.

Mere Yaar is the star song of Bhaag. Sung with complete abandonment by Javed Bashir, he adds his stamp to this Sufi song on what his love means to him. A bit folksy yet modern, there is an excellent use of bass guitar and violin. The lyrics radiate profound meaning of love being worth worshipping. Sample this: Mein Mandar Kyun Jaava, Mera Yaar Khuda Hai, Mein Masjid Kyun Jaava, Mera Yaar Khuda Hai or Woh Noor Ka Jharna Hai, Main Pyaas Purani, Maine Aankh Se Gatak Liya Uske Husn Ka Paani. The word Alfu Allah in the song means ‘Nature always comes first’. Perfect, naa!

bhaag milkha bhaagA foot-tapping buddy song is how one can define Maston Ki Jhund sung by Divya Kumar. This is fauji song to the hilt and is sung with great enthusiasm. Note the fantastic use of percussion here – it’s contemporary yet the soul is very much period. The western influence is quite nice in Slow Motion Angreza. It’s a Bollywood number set in a barnyard – a great example of country music in Hindi film music complete with fiddle, banjo and the works. It rises to even greater heights thanks to Sukhwinder Singh who adds his Punjabi energy. Notice his pronunciation of the word Angreza – it is Angrezzaa here.

Not many would appreciate the title song by the talented Arif Lohar. With just iktara and piano as support, Lohar makes the song feel like a minstrel’s musical tale of Milkha. The rock version of this song becomes better thanks to Siddharth Mahadevan. Along with a good use of guitar and drums, Siddharth makes the okay song inspirational.

Last but not the least; O Rangrez is the second best track of the album after Mere Yaar. Bashir is back here but with Shreya Ghoshal. A slow song, it is still a winner, thanks to some soulful lyrics. The song is for those who have truly understood what love means. Each singer gets to sing from the heart and yet not encroach on the other.

SEL have managed to prove the director’s trust right. Yes, a song or two might not be mind-blowing, but the album still gets top marks for giving a new twist to period film (yes, it is a period film). Films like these bring out SEL’s experimental best. They get great support from Prasoon Joshi. His simple lyrics are loaded with significance. Buying the album would be a good choice and definitely worth the bucks.

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