Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Karan Johar share a lot of hits together back down the history. But with My Name is Khan promising to be a different movie from Karan Johar’s league, definitely the music wont be the same too. With a different kind of music and high expectations from the musical trio, lets review the album.
Richa Sharma begins with ‘Sajda’ as in unplugged with a slow pace. But the song is all lively once Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, the latest hit machine takes over the proceedings. ‘Sajda’ is a marriage song with Indian flavour at its root. Shankar Mahadevan keeps joining in with some lines and the alaaps that he is famous for. Richa Sharma too doesn’t fade away and does really well in her part especially during the last stanza in the line ‘Main Rahun Naa Rahun’. With ‘Sajda’ Rahat Fateh Ali Khan can assure himself of another chartbuster to his credits.
‘Noor-E-Khuda’ is marked off with an alaap in a typical fashion that is Shankar Mahadevan known for. It is a soft track that is an sad outing but not a sad one that Bollywood usually witnesses. This one is an experimental probably because it is set as Shahrukh is set out on to a journey. Thus though a sad track, ‘Noor-E-Khuda’ has a sort of heartwarming feel to it too thanks to the guitar strummings. Shankar Mahadevan is at his best here and his voice is just too perfect for such a track. Joining him is Adnan Sami, who was at his best with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy in their last venture together ‘Salaam-E-Ishq’ with the track ‘Dil Kya Kare’. Adnan Sami does a brilliant job here and provides the right power through his vocals and the duo of Shankar-Adnan turns out really well together.
icing on the cake. Her entry into the song with the high range instrument coinciding with her low scale voice is brilliantly turned out. Though the song seems to be a pitch higher for Shreya Ghoshal, but in the end the output is excellent and ‘Noor-E-Khuda’ actually turns out to be the best track from the album! Such is its brilliance that it very well may end as one of the bests of
A breezy music puts on ‘Tere Naina’, which is a love track all the way. Rendered solely by Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan, ‘Tere Naina’ has the sufi flavour attached to it throughout but remains a lovable love track all the while too. The song maintains a truly Indian appeal to it and even takes a qawwali route during its later stages. This one needs a bit of a hearing, but is sure to catch up on you.
‘Allah Hi Rahem’ is Sufism at his best. Ustad Rashid Khan is just the right choice for this track. This one is probably another love track and if you noticed the first two love tracks (Sajda and Tere Naina) share references to the eyes of the protagonist, this one is another addition. This song definitely wont appeal to the mass and would surely go as unnoticed but still does have its audience. A good track nonetheless!
‘Khan Theme’ which is the next track is as you may have guessed an instrumental piece which would probably be used as the background score at different instances in the movie. The theme is very well orchestrated by the Pakistani band Strings and gives a feeling of live recording. The piano sets it off and a number of violins take over and rightfully so as to get you into its awe.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy seem to be revisiting their Rock on days with ‘Rang De’ rendered by the latest hit Suraj Jagan and Shankar Mahadevan himself. The song is a total departure from the other tracks in the album. This soft rock track substantially delivers the message of spreading love; peace and joy all round the world. The Indian feel does hold on to this track as well with Shankar Mahadevan rendering some aalaaps. Motivating it is, and brilliant.
Overall, the kind of music that My Name is Khan boasts off is not at all what you have been listening to in previous Karan Johar’s movies, yet My Name is Khan does have its share and turns out to be an excellent musical affair.
My Music Ratings: 4/5