The music of Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey is anticipated for three important reasons Ė firstly, for the simple fact that this is Sohail Senís second standalone album after the musical marvel Whatís Your Raashee?, secondly because itís Ashutosh Gowarikerís upcoming movie (and most of his movies starting from Lagaan have been musically commendable), and finally because the CD cover boasts of an unusual track list. Does the music impress?
The opening track, Yeh Des Hai Mera starts off in a very positive vibe. The excellent production and post-production of the soundtrack makes the song sound terrific. Sohail Senís casual but soothing vocals, crooning to the well-penned lyrics by none other than Javed Akhtar. The song exudes a lot of positivity and the feeling of exhilaration is imminent in the whole of the track. The mukhda of the track is backed by a superb melody thatís hummable throughout. The antara is impressively written and makes the song imaginative. While the song is patriotic at best, it doesnít follow the conventional route a la Chale Chalo from Lagaan or Des Mere from The Legend of Bhagat Singh. This oneís more lighthearted and makes for a very melodious hear.
Romance comes into fore with Nayin Tere, rendered beautifully by Pamela Jain, supported by Ranjit Jose. Here too, Akhtar pens a lighthearted song that can be universally accepted. The song, like the movieís theme, has a distinctly east-Indian Bengali flavor. Yet again, the subtle wet effects in the post-production stages give the song a classy feel. A must hear!
This oneís situational Ė the title track of Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey is highly energetic and full of enthusiasm, but I suppose the energy would translate better on screen than as an individual entity. The track is rendered by the kids chorus (Suresh Wadkarís Ajivasan Music Academy). Sohail Senís musical genius works terrifically here too, but this is certainly not a song one would listen to on an iPod; rather itís a song thatís more a part of a background score.
The revised version of Vande Mataram is slightly different from its adaptation. Sohail Senís screams of 'Vande Mataram' make the listener feel exhilarated. This is yet another patriotic song that one would like to keep as a part of an iPod playlist. It is intense, soulful, and well crooned by the chorus singers. The original lyrics apart from the adapted poem by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhay are intelligently penned. Sohail Sen has done a superb job on the music yet again, although the feeling that the music will do well in the presence of some visual element.
The instrumentals present in the soundtrack are more or less situational and need visual appeal. The sad theme of Nayin Tere and Suryaís Sorrow are the standout ones, followed by a commendable The Teenagers Whistle. The album thus makes for a complete soundtrack album, albeit if compared to the lavish presentation of Senís previous extravaganza Whatís Your Raashee?, but the melody still stands tall in each of Sohailís conversations, thus offering a distinct variety in each piece included in the album, be it Long Live Chittagong, Revolutionary Comrades (Soft), or the fast-paced The Escape.
Overall, the album is very good but the only downside is the soundtrackís situational flavor. While some may argue that itís a historical thriller and not a musical, weíve seen historical films like Lagaan and Jodhaa Akbar, which have had excellent music all through. Sen hasnít deviated from the impressive melody and terrific composition value he is known for post Whatís Your Raashee?, though the listeners of Senís music have been spoilt with the luxury of having a variety of beautiful compositions, compared to the ones here, out of which the original vocal-including compositions are just four. Itís just that we music lovers need more from him; and we canít blame him for giving us the amount of music heís given us, as it depends upon the genre, and the director and the type of sounds he wants to incorporate in his film. Nevertheless, Sohail Sen delivers the goods! Heís stuck to the genre and has done terrifically well in that too. Worth the listen!