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Soulful And Endearing

While the first venture of Salman Khan Films, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, hit all the right chords in terms of musical compositions from Pritam, the production house brought on board several music directors for its second venture, Hero. As expected, the 24-second teaser of the title track, featuring the voice of Salman Khan, raised expectations among listeners. Still, one of the biggest challenges of this soundtrack will be comparisons with the stupendous compositions of Laxmikant Pyarelal in the original 1983 film, starring Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Sheshadri.

Back to the remake… the album kicksoff with the track Main hoon hero tera sung by Salman Khan, who brings out the right emotions with his low-key and soulful singing. Music director Amaal Mallik has kept things simple as the highlight of this track is in the vocals.

The track also comes in another version, sung by Armaan Malik. This version is surreal and engaging, and the raw and youthful vocals of Armaan suit that of the protagonist and bring out the emotions. The composition is again basic with the focus being on singing.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan takes command for Jassi Katyal’s composition Yaadaan teriyaan. The track reminds one of Rahat’s earlier song Main jahaan bhi rahoon (Namastey London). Composed in semi-rock mode, the song is accentuated with bass, drums and electric guitar. Rahat’s strong voice is compatible with the composition. The shifting gears of low and high tempo brings an interesting variation to the track. This song also has another version, with singers Shipra Goyal and Dev Negi. With no variations in composition, this version is dominated by the romantic vocals of Goyal.

Meet Bros is back with yet another party track Dance ke legend. The regular club tunes and electronic treatment offer nothing new in this dance number. This situational track is sung by Meet Bros, Bhoomi Trivedi and Sunaina Singh.

The album gets it musical variation with Sachin-Jigar’s Khoya khoya, a romantic duet sung by Mohit Chauhan and Priya Panchal with the support of Arpita Chakraborty and Tanishaa. While the music director duo was to compose the entire album initially, they ended up offering only two tracks due to time constraints. The romantic number has a captivating Hindustani and Western musical treatment.

Another offering from Sachin-Jigar is Jab we met, which is quite different from the earlier track and features a mix of reggae and Punjabi flavours and tunes. The entertaining number highlights the upbeat and carefree elements of the film with adequate support from quirky lyrics. The song is sung by Benny Dayal, Shalmali Kholgade, Divya Kumar and Jigar Saraiya.

O Khuda puts Amaal Malik back on the album, and this time the young director not only composes the song but also marks his debut as a singer. The melodious yet husky vocals of Malik complement the voice of Palak Muchchal. The romantic number has a rhythmic flow with the mellow orchestration featuring violins, drums, piano and guitar.

Verdict: The album is a winner.

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