A Secular Soundtrack!! (Bajrangi Bhaijaan – Music Review)

Kabir Khan is back with Salman Khan again after Ek Tha Tiger and Pritam is back with Kabir Khan again after New York. So, the trio is into the scene for the very first time. As it has Salman Khan so you expect the sundtrack to be out and out commercial. Although it is, most of the songs are able to maintain the class too.

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Music: Pritam;  Music Label: T-Series

1. Selfie Le Le Re – Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Nakash Aziz, Pritam; Rap: Badshah;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri – The techno sound with which it begins, is a delight to hear. The tune is obviously catchy though very ordinary, something which we hear in 90s desi tracks. Arrangements are also surprisingly poor which is a very unexpected element in Pritam’s music. The saving grace is Vishal Dadlani. The effortless singing he has done, made the track sound special. His vocals gave this 90s sounding track a modern flavor. Mayur Puri’s lyrics are just a game of rhymes without yielding much sense. A decent desi track not of the Pritam-standard.

2. Tu Chahiye – Singer: Atif Aslam;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya – It begins with a Pritam-ish Guitar riff, that you instantly fall in love with. The tune has that recognizable sweetness which you must have heard in many of the romantic tracks of Pritam. What amazes the most in this song is the Sarangi played in the interlude along with the heavy beats already going in the background. The antara makes you remember the similarity it has with the song Kyon from Barfi! The sudden old world charm in this extremely techno fused modern romantic track is a good surprising element. Lovable!

3. Bhar Do Jholi Meri / Bhar Do Jholi Meri (Reprise) – Singer: Adnan Sami, Imran Aziz Mian;  Music: Traditional (Recreated by Pritam);  Lyrics:Traditional (Recreated by Kausar Munir) – You don’t often expect a qawwali in a Salman Khan film so its presence is a surprise itself. Another astonishing fact is the bringing of Adnan Sami on board. Surprisingly, being a pop singer, he managed the song superbly. All the typical Qawwali instruments are used with a very cliche arrangements, ignoring all the experiments that could have been done. The composer has used the traditional qawwali famously rendered by Sabri Brothers. The antara has been changed to some extent but the rest has been kept safe. The Adnan Sami version sounds more filmy, hence more appealing, but for a true qawwali fan, the latter would be more appealing. A decent recreation.

4. Aaj Ki Party – Singer: Mika Singh;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed – Here comes the typical Salman Khan film song with a very ordinary tune, below average lyrics and monotonous beats in the name of arrangements. Since it’s Pritam, it is atleast enjoyable if not creatively good. That dum-dum-dukud-dukud is enough creative stuff for a song like this. Mika is an obvious choice for these kind of tracks though it has now started sounding boring to hear his voice in every desi party track. A pure commercial stuff.

5. Chicken Kuk-Doo-Koo – Singers: Mohit Chauhan, Palak Muchhal;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri – It’s a situational song brilliantly written by Mayur Puri, showing a Hanuman devotee trying to make a Muslim girl happy by serving her Chicken. His writing instantly drives your attention towards the song when you hear lines like thodi biryani bukhaari, thodi fir nalli nihaari, le aao aaj dharam bhrasht ho jaaye. It’s a children song sweetly giving the message of secularism. Pritam has infused funny sounds of Chicken and given the Goanese flavor to the rhythm. Mohit Chauhan has handled the song with much ease, giving apt emphasis on the words that require. Something different yet catchy!

6. Zindagi Kuch Toh Bata / Zindagi Kuch Toh Bata (Reprise) – Singers: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Rekha Bhardwaj / Jubin Nautiyal;  Lyrics: Neelesh Mishra – Did that sound similar? Yes, the second line of mukhda is very much similar to the notes of another Pritam track Good Night from Ferrari Ki Sawaari. Even if that’s repeated, it is such an endearing tune that you yet again fall in love with it. Both the versions are equally good though the original has Rekha along with Rahat which makes it more harmonious. Rekha’s portion is composed with utter subtlety which forces you to give attention to it. Jubin has too done a good job with his Reprise version. Neelesh Mishra’s lyrics about life are equally beautiful. It’s all about that endearing Mukhda. #WelcomeSong

7. Tu Jo Mila / Tu Jo Mila (Dekhna Na Mudke) / Tu Jo Mila (Reprise) – Singer: K.K. / Javed Ali / Papon;  Lyrics: Kausar Munir – Another melodious treat in this album comes in three different versions with three great singers, the one by K.K. being the best as the kind of song it is, seems to have been made just for K.K.’s vocals. The tune makes you remember Pritam’s days of Tum Mile where his melodies were as simple and catchy as it could be. The use of Sitar is an element to notice in this song. Javed Ali too mesmerizes us and Papon does no different in his version which is more melancholic. Still, K.K. wins as the song comes under his comfort zone. A delightful trademark Pritam stuff!

Inspite of being a Salman Khan film album, Pritam manages to retain his class.

The Final Verdict:  OKAY



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