Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) – Music review

With Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra teams up with the ‘usually good but slightly out of touch these days’ Shankar Ehsaan loy. Lyrics are by Prasoon Joshi.

Predictably, the album has a brilliant ‘Gurbani’. While Daler Mehndi does a good job, it is the excellent violins throughout and the cello in the beginning that will calm you. A little under 2 minutes, this piece is a soulful addition to the range of the ‘filmi’ gurbaani.

‘Zinda’ starts with compelling guitars that are sure to catch your attention. Siddhartha mahadevan marks a return after Bunty aur babli. The song has a serious rock-on-meets-Lakshya hangover. Less than two minutes in the song (1:44 mins to be precise), you feel that A.R. Rahman will start ‘honay honay de nasha’ (Khalbali from Rang de basanti). Still it makes up for a decent song Sans the lyrics which at one point are ‘Koyla kaala hai chattanon ne paala hai, andar kala bahar kaala PAR sachcha hai saala’. We haven’t been able to understand the ‘Par’ in the line.

‘Mera yaar’ starts with a good guitar riff that is quite nomadic in nature and is instantly likeable. The song marks the reappearance of javed bashir after his Bombay talkies song recently. The song is right up javed’s alley that finds the merit of love over God when both are one and same. The song has a very ‘cokestudio pakistan’ sound and is very good on ears.

‘Maston ka jhund’ starts with all the right elements of a Punjabi fun song. Divya kumar along with a fantastic group of backup vocal singers is clearly having fun. A song with a tongue in cheek jibe on the people who were serving the British. It’s a good ‘all boy song’ and scores on all counts with the right amount of madness sprinkled in. The male backup singers of this song are top drawer!

‘Bhaag Milkha’ The song starts with a very ‘chakkar ghumyo’(Film – Aamir) mode. Still, the song is composed on more or less linear repetitive tune which paints ‘slow motion’ visuals in our mind. Brilliantly sung by Arif lohar. Surely a running song! There is a ‘rock’ version of this song as well. It is sung by Siddhartha mahadevan. This version Is more theatrical and grand as compared to the Arif lohar’s version. If the other version paints a slow motion picture in our mind, this one goes full throttle. It is catchy but Lohar’s version sounds closer to the ground on which one has to run!

Slow motion Angreza – No! this is not ‘Senorita’ from Zindagi na milegi dobara. Still, the song has the charming Loy Mendonsa adding the ‘British’ touch to a song that is clearly thriving on rivalry. Music arrangement is top class and Sukhwinder adds the Punjabi touch to transform the hitherto ‘uptight’ song into a drunken stupor that only Punjabi music can cause!

O Rangrez – Rhythmic claps welcome and lead us to this Hindustani classical template song. Javed Bashir and Shreya Ghosal are at ease and the music arrangement is fluid. There is almost nothing wrong with the song. Just that, in the context of the album as a whole, it appears slightly out of place.

Overall a brilliant album with the right amount of adrenalin and love! S.E.L. welcome back!

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