Banner: Yash Raj Films
Producer: Aditya Chopra
Music Label: YRF Music
Lyrics: Irshad Kamil
Music Directors: Vishal & Shekhar
Yash Raj Films recently released the soundtrack of their film, Sultan, starring Salman Khan. To capture the essence of the film through its music, the makers have brought on board noted music composer duo Vishal-Shekhar and famous songwriter Irshad Kamil. This will be the second offering from Vishal-Shekhar this year after FAN.
While the film is mainly set in Haryana, the sound of the album transcends genres, offering a good mix of nine tracks. The album starts with a Haryanvi-style dance number Baby ko bass pasand hai, sung by Vishal Dadlani, Shalmali Kholgade, Isheeta and Badshah. The fusion of Haryanvi sounds with Western techno-style music is an instant hit, further enhanced by the catchy hook line and powerful rendition by the singers. The rap portion by Badshah might initially sound out of place but it eventually grows on listeners.
Following this dance number is a soothing melody, Jag ghoomeya, sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. The composers have kept the arrangement simple so that it flows seamlessly with the singing. While Arijit Singh’s version has been excluded from the OST, the song does come in an unplugged version by Neha Bhasin and is impactful and melodious due to its traditional and passion-filled rendition.
440 Volt, a so–called dance number, has been designed mainly on the ‘90s-style template featuring hard-hitting sounds and a foot-tapping rhythm. Mika Singh has tried a unique style of rendition for this number, instead of his full-throttle singing. We also hear a variation in his pitch that goes from full throttle to sober throughout the antara and mukhada. The lyrics are quite cheesy but it will be interesting to see how it syncs with the plot of the film.
The title song is possibly one of the best tracks of the album. From orchestration, to singing to lyrics, the song is spot-on and exudes the flavour of the film. Kamil has perfectly penned the character of Sultan, aptly rendered by Sukhwinder Singh and Shadab Faridi. The perfect rendition of musical notes complements thedesi yet Western-style orchestration, which is filled with pulsating guitar (by Warren Mendonsa) and persistent drum beats (by Gino Banks). The track will definitely draw a huge response in cinemas.
The track also has a follow-up version, Rise of Sultan, which is sung by Shekhar Ravjiani. As the name suggests, the composition has a gradual rise, starting on a mellow tune, before it rises to a crescendo towards the end. The fully orchestrated number is filled with percussion, strings and a brass section and is well complemented by the vocals.
Sachi muchi by Mohit Chauhan and Harshdeep Kaur conjures up a jovial mood. This breezy, feel-good track with a country-style musical arrangement is easy on the ears and is a good mood-booster. Kamil has penned banter-style lyrics which are pleasantly rendered by the two singers.
Papon gets behind the mic for Bulleya. The track gets Sufi treatment but gradually ends up becoming an upbeat qawwali-style number. The highlight of the song is Papon’s vocals, which blend seamlessly with the composition. This quiet yet groovy number is yet another winner for the album.
The album ends on a high note with the Haryanvi-style track Tuk tuk sung by the Nooran sisters and Vishal Dadlani. Although the song has a primarily Haryanvi base, it is quintessentially Vishal–Shekhar in its composition, fusing with rock and techno tunes. While the Nooran sisters reflect the Haryanvi sounds, Dadlani mirrors the rock and techno music in this number.
Verdict: One of Vishal-Shekhar’s best with a good mix of dance and soft numbers.