Generally, composing a soundtrack for a thriller action drama leaves the composer with limited scope to experiment as opposed to a romantic film, as the composer has to stay true to the pace and theme of the film. Raja Krishna Menon’s upcoming film Airlift poses a similar challenge for the composers, Amaal Mallik and Ankit Tiwari. Mallik, who is steadily expanding his footprint in Bollywood, has composed four tracks, with Tiwari playing the role of guest composer.
The album takes off with Mallik, Arijit Singh and Tulsi Kumar collaborating on a melodious track, Soch na sake. This adapted version of Hardy Sandhu’s Soch relies more on the Hindi lyrics than the Punjabi version as seen in Sandhu’s track. While the previous version features the strong, sturdy vocals of Sandhu, Singh has mellowed the tone of the song. Even though it is a duet, Kumar’s voice is heard for barely a minute in this track. The album also features the solo version of the track, which is sung by Singh. This solo track doesn’t bring in anything new, apart from the fact that it is sung solely by Singh. All said and done, this track definitely secures a place in the list of the top romantic melodies in recent times.
The flavour of the album changes as Ankit Tiwari brings in dance number, Dil cheez tujhe de di. In sync with the backdrop of the film, the basic sound palette is loosely based on Arabic tunes clubbed with Western music. The composition and lyrics, especially the hook, reminds one of the 1992 chartbuster Didi didi by Khaled. At the same time, the track maintains its individuality with Indo-Western influences added to it. Tiwari has collaborated with Singh for the rendition of this track and both of them have lent it the desired Arabic tone.
The album offers yet another situational number in the form of Mera nachan nu, composed by Mallik. The Punjabi track brings together singers Mallik, Divya Kumar and Brijesh Shandilya. The musical arrangement is laid out in typical Punjabi style and orchestrated with dhols and nagadas.
Mallik takes the lead as a singer in his last composition Tu bhool jise, which is a patriotic song. The composition is crisp and starts with a precisely arranged orchestration based on a patriotic theme. The commanding musical arrangement is carried out throughout the song. The vocals go along with the composition, highlighting the crucial point of the film.
Verdict: A situational album that stays true to the film’s theme.