Sunday, January 20, 2008

Jodha Akbar's Music is Pure Magic

Movie - Jodha Akbar
Director - Ashutoush Gowariakar
Music Director - A.R. Rahman
Lyrics - Javed Akhtar
Audio Release- January 2008 (Finally :-) )
There is music in Bollywood and then there is music by A.R. Rahman in bollywood. In spite of being a complete bollywood buff the second kind of music is the one which I eagerly anticipate and going by A R Rahman's films in bollywood it's seldom more than an annual event. So how do I feel about JA's audio a couple of days after it's release ? Simply overwhelmed and the wait definitely has been worth it. So without adding further to the uncountable delays this audio already has been through, lets walk through with what the album has in store for us.
Track -1 , Azeem-O-Shaan Shahenshah - Bonnie Chakraborty, Mohamed Aslam
This was the first track to be aired with the promos of JA. To put it in simple words this is one of the those huge tracks with which ARR cannot go wrong. The feel of this track is huge from the word go. The strong beats and the various instruments played in the track adds to the feel and the whole momentum of this song. My guess is that if picturized correctly this may well become one of the most popular songs after the release of the song. Bonnie and Mohamed Aslam have also done a good job in the song.
Rating 7.5/10
Track -2 , Jashn-E-Bahaaraa - Javed Ali
This is definitely the pick of the album after a couple of listening. This is one of those sweet melodious song with which starts growing from the first hear itself. Javed Ali's voice perfectly matches the song though it has a striking resemblance to Sonu Nigam's voice. The use of instruments esp. the guitar has been done beautifully. Watch out for this song at the top of the charts (If it's already not there).
Rating 9/10
Track - 3 , Khwaja Mere Khwaja - A. R. Rahman
"Maa Tujhe Salaam","Dil se re...", "Lukka Chuppi", "Khalbali", " Jaage Hain..'," Tere Bina"," Pray For me Brother", "One Love"..We definitely need to add "Khwaja Mere Khwaja" to this list. A.R. Rahman adding voice to his music is nothing short of magic and he dosen't disappoint this time either. The song from the word go is awesome and translates us to a whole new world. This may not turn out to be one of the most popular songs of the album , but for me no other singer could have done justice to this song the way A.R. Rahman has done.

Rating 9/10
Track - 4 , Inn Lamhon Ke Daaman Mein- Madhushree, Sonu Nigam
Another soft number to the album in which grows on you after a couple of listening. Sonu Nigam has lend his great vocals to the song. The lyrics are great and this is one those "black horses" kind of song which would be on your lips after a couple of weeks of music's release. Watch out for this.
Rating 8/10
Track - 5 , Mann Mohanaa- Bela Shende
This as per me is the weakest link of the whole album . This looks like a purely situational song which we would probably be able to appreciate after the movie's release. This songs sounds similar to the likes of "pal pal hain bhaari" and "O Paalan Haare" which obvioulsy were masterpieces but took time to be appreciated. Bela has a soothing voice which definitely blends with the mood of the song.

Rating 7/10
Add a couple of instrumentals to the above list, for the songs "Khwaja Mere Khawaja" and "Jashn e bahara" and you have a great album for your collection. This one is definitely recommended.
Album Rating - 8/10