Film: Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Music Director: A.R. Rahman
Singers: Rabbi Shergill, Shreya Ghoshal, Mohit Chauhan, Raghav Mathur, Shilpa Rao, Harshdeep Kaur, Neeti Mohan, Javed Ali, Shaktisree Gopalan, and Shah Rukh Khan
Veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra has stepped into the director's shoes maybe for the last time, which makes Jab Tak Hai Jaan a very special movie. With Shah Rukh Khan, the King of Romance, in the lead, the music raises a lot of expectations. Mozart of Madras A.R. Rahman has composed eight original tracks and one reprise version, while Gulzar has penned the lyrics.
The soundtrack starts off with Challa, a soothing number sung by Rabbi, which mesmerises you to the core. The sound of guitar and drums coupled with Rabbi's distinct vocals is total bliss. The lyrics are easy on the ears. Musically speaking, it is a fine melody with minimal experimentation that strikes the right chord.
It is followed by Saans, a YRF trademark romantic song. The duet sung by Mohit Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal is deep with good use of flute and violin. But in terms of composition, Rahman could have produced a better track. It's definitely not the finest from his ensemble, and fails to impress beyond a point.
It also has a slower reprise version, a solo by Shreya Ghoshal. It's not bad but that's all one can say about it.
Ishq Shava is an interesting track that fuses Arabic and techno sounds with the versatile voices of Raghav Mathur and Shilpa Rao. The oud, mandolin and saz feature predominantly and get the desired effect. This melody is a fine listen indeed, and peppy beats grow on the listener.
Heer crooned by Hrashdeep Kaur recreates the eternal Mirza-Sahiban romance with the heart wrenching lyrics of Gulzaar. The song is surely the high point of the album and takes you to the land of Punjab. Rahman has composed a beautiful piece of music that just bowls you over.
Jiya Re is an upbeat song that lifts up your mood with its racy tune and energetic vocals by Neeti Mohan. The sound is youthful and one appreciates the interlacing of flute and strings that uplifts the tempo.
Next up is the title track, Jab Tak Hai Jaan. It starts as a slow romantic track with the voice of Javed Ali, but changes track once the tabla is introduced. Shaktisree Gopalan enters and after a while something goes amiss. Maybe in a bid to make it sound different, the composer went a bit haywire here.
It's followed by the instrumental piece Ishq Dance, which reminds you of Dance of Envy from Dil To Pagal Hai.
However, in terms of music this one is not at par with its predecessor.
Rounding up the album is Jab Tak Hai Jaan Poem penned by Aditya Chopra with a soulful rendition by none other than SRK. It does manage to make way into your heart.
Overall, the music rides high on romantic flavour and tries to capture different emotions with resounding success. There are some flaws here and there, but they can be ignored while looking at the larger picture.
Rating: Three stars