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Jashn-e-Ishqa is an adrenaline rush – a macho song of celebration. The composer uses bass drums and electric guitars to give the track a rock flavour. It also helps immensely that both Javed Ali and Shadab Faridi deliver the number with unbridled energy.

The next track, Tune maari entriyaani is a blast too. Following the South Indian street dance template, the song has an infectious rhythm and some inspired singing by Bappi Lahiri, KK, Neeti Mohan and Vishal Dadlani. That, along with the catchy beats and whacky lyrics, will have you hitting the rewind button almost instantly.

Jiya is a grand, passionate romantic ballad – the must-hear track of the album. Arijit Singh is exquisite in his rendition. Sen mixes Middle Eastern sounds, throws in a bit of Sufi and creates a sensuous soulful number. Undoubtedly, the highlight number of this album.

Asalaam-e-Ishqum (Bappi Lahiri, Neha Bhasin), however, doesn’t make the cut. The attempt to create a retro-style dance number fails and the track ends up as a damp squib.

Shahid Mallya knocks it out of the park with his rendition of Saaiyaan, a soothing melody with strong lyrics by Irshad Kamil. This mellow composition seems similar to the Sufi styled songs from the Bhatt camp but Mallya is reason enough to give this one a shot. Mann kunto maula (Altamash Faridi, Shadab Faridi) has two versions – rock and classical – both strictly functional. And the title track sung by Sen is passable.
After three rocking numbers, the album slips into the mundane. But those three songs are worth your time!

Verdict: Reasonably good.

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