The music of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag comes with the baggage of being helmed by 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. There is no doubting the filmmakers intuitive sense of music,but this album tests whether he is able to channelise it without A R Rahmans presence. While Mehra gets the able support of lyricist Prasoon Joshi,he collaborates with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy,the really talented composer trio that seem to have lost direction in the last few films. the album starts off with the serene Gurbani,(sung by Daler Mehndi) with the purity and robustness of the early morning prayers. However,nothing prepares you for the introductory electric guitar riffs of Zinda,a heavy rock song that is surged to a dazzling force of nature with Joshis lyrics breathing 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 lyrics in Mere yaar and Javed Bashirs vocals are rough beauty. 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 formers Punjabi is too crude to be musically enjoyable,the latter despite a great arrangement the constant mandolin strums and a retro vibe fails to leave any mark. The title song Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is more word-heavy with its folksy tune (sung by Arif Lohar) revolving around the lyrics. Bashir remarkably moulds his voice for the soulful and sublime O rangrez,which has the simplicity and beauty of a village song,accompanied with the elegant cameos of the tabla,harmonium and the sarangi. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a patchy album. With a couple of excellent songs,it fails to go beyond the promise that the rest may work better with the film.