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The music of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag comes with the baggage of being helmed by a director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra,whose last two films produced two of the best Hindi movie soundtracks in recent times,Rang De Basanti and Delhi 6.

Written by Sankhayan Ghosh | Published: June 14, 2013 12:04:01 am

Composer: Shankar Ehsaan Loy

Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi

Rating: *****

The music of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag comes with the baggage of being helmed by a director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra,whose last two films produced two of the best Hindi movie soundtracks in recent times,Rang De Basanti and Delhi 6. While Mehra gets the able support of his long standing lyricist Prasoon Joshi,he collaborates with Shankar Ehsaan Loy,the talented composer trio that seem to have lost direction in the last few years. The album starts off with the serene Gurbani,sung (by Daler Mehndi) with the purity of the early morning prayers. However,nothing prepares you for the introductory electric guitar riffs of Zinda,a heavy rock song surged to a dazzling force of nature with Joshi’s lyrics breathing the fire within its champion protagonist: Koyla kaala hain chattano ne paala hain. A delectable groove of guitars blends in a delicate fusion with the Sufi in Mere Yaar and Javed Bashir’s vocals are rough beauty. Couple of the songs such as Maston Ka Jhund and Slow Motion Angreza fail to go beyond their situational settings,because of their ordinary melody lines. While the former’s Punjabi is too crude,the latter despite a great arrangement fails to leave any mark. Title song Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is more words-heavy with its folksy tune (sung by Arif Lohar) revolving around the lyrics rather than the other way round. Bashir remarkably moulds his voice for the soulful and sublime O Rangrez,which has the simplicity and beauty of a village song.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a patchy album with a couple of excellent songs.

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