When one reads the name Sajid-Wajid on the credits, expectations aren’t much from the album considering the fact that they have mostly given average tracks with some exceptions of course. With Veer being a grand project and Gulzar being roped in as the lyricist, lets see if Sajid-Wajid can actually turn round the tables and come up with a laudable fare.
The first to come is ‘Taali’, which appears very exciting when you read the name Sukhwinder Singh & Sonu Niigaam together on the credits. And the excitement isn’t washed off; as the track goes on to boost you with its high energy level. It has a lot of varied instruments being used and definitely you would mistake this song to be of Rahman’s if not aware of the composer, doing it. Sukhwinder Singh kicks off this energetic track in his typical fashion, but Sonu Niigaam is the real life of the song. Listen to the line ‘Jaane kaisa tona kar gayi, jiya ka katora dard se bhar gayi’ and you will get to know why is Sonu the best in the business. This track might require you a couple of hearings to grow on you, but you can’t resist enjoying this great impact track!
A soft melodious tune marks off ‘Surili Ankhiyon Wale’, which is a heart warming romantic track. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is rightfully provided to be at the helm of the track. His satiny vocals are just too perfect for this soft and melodious track. He successfully portrays the feeling of the protagonist desperately looking for his ladylove. Suzzane D’ Mello sings a short english portion of the song, which doesn’t take away anything from the song, and continues to be a soulful romantic track. Undoubtedly, the best track from the album.
[I]The romantic mood stays on with ‘Salaam Aaya’, a duet by Roopkumar Rathod & Shreya Ghoshal. Backed by some really beautiful lyrics, this romantic track is sure to get onto you right from the first hearing. The line that stands out is ‘ Tere Bina saans bhi chalti hai, tere bina dil bhi dhadakta hai, yaad nahi tha yaad aaya’ Totally Indian to the core, the track has Roopkumar Rathod and Shreya Ghoshal complimenting each other in the best way possible. In Between its stanzas, a small piece reminding of ‘Surili Ankhiyon Waale’ is put in, adding to the beauty of the song. If that was not enough, what further adds to the beauty is the climax of the song with Shreya’s sweet voice constantly rendering ‘Salaam Aaya’. A really lovely track!
Sonu Niigaam marks his return, this time for a solo with ‘Meherbaniyan’. You really cant judge what sort of a song is it, considering the instruments being played in such a way, in the beginning of the track. But once Sonu takes off, you are assured that this one is a jovial dance track. In fact, it won’t be a surprise if you are reminded of some Shammi Kapoor starrer songs. The song definitely is a enjoyable one!
Reading the title ‘thumri’ in ‘Kanha (Thumri’) I could make out that it is a folk song and that I wont be liking this one for sure. But the moment it began, it proved me wrong. The opening tune is extremely awesome and sounds more engaging when rendered by the Sabri brothers (Sharib & Toshi). Though, its Rekha Bharadwaj who is in the lead, the brothers don’t fail to make their presence felt. Rekha, of course, is awesome yet again. With some shades of ‘Salaam Aaya’ during the later duration of the song, the song assures it has left you with an impact by the time it ends.
‘Taali’ is back, this time as a solo version rendered by Sukhwinder Singh. One could probably make out as to why Sukhwinder is called in for a solo version of this energetic track, as his vocals suit for energy filled tracks. And Sukhwinder doesn’t fail. He impresses in this solo version, but the duet version still remains the preferred version, probably because of the Sonu effect.
After ‘Taali’, it is ‘Surili Ankhiyon Wale’ making its way back, this time in a duet version, with Sunidhi Chauhan complimenting Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Sunidhi features just in the last stanza, and does it quite well.
Lastly, we have ‘Spirit of Veer’, which is an instrumental piece. Considering the film that Veer is about, you actually expect a grand scale theme dedicated to a warrior. But the theme turns out to be a fast paced jovial theme, based on the lines of ‘Meherbaniyan’. The track probably is a british based dance theme.
On the whole, Veer is without a doubt Sajid-Wajid’s best album till date. The way they have used the instruments, you probably get a A.R. Rahman feeling. On hearing Veer, one wonders why Sajid-Wajid had been giving us some of their poor to average work in the past. Whatsoever, Veer impresses and impresses quite well!