The music of Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey is anticipated for three important reasons â€“ firstly, for the simple fact that this is Sohail Senâ€™s second standalone album after the musical marvel Whatâ€™s Your Raashee?, secondly because itâ€™s Ashutosh Gowarikerâ€™s 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 Senâ€™s 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 thatâ€™s hummable throughout. The antara is impressively written and makes the song imaginative. While the song is patriotic at best, it doesnâ€™t follow the conventional route a la Chale Chalo from Lagaan or Des Mere from The Legend of Bhagat Singh. This oneâ€™s 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 movieâ€™s 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 oneâ€™s situational â€“ 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 Wadkarâ€™s Ajivasan Music Academy). Sohail Senâ€™s musical genius works terrifically here too, but this is certainly not a song one would listen to on an iPod; rather itâ€™s a song thatâ€™s more a part of a background score.
The revised version of Vande Mataram is slightly different from its adaptation. Sohail Senâ€™s 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 Suryaâ€™s 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 Senâ€™s previous extravaganza Whatâ€™s Your Raashee?, but the melody still stands tall in each of Sohailâ€™s 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 soundtrackâ€™s situational flavor. While some may argue that itâ€™s a historical thriller and not a musical, weâ€™ve seen historical films like Lagaan and Jodhaa Akbar, which have had excellent music all through. Sen hasnâ€™t deviated from the impressive melody and terrific composition value he is known for post Whatâ€™s Your Raashee?, though the listeners of Senâ€™s 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. Itâ€™s just that we music lovers need more from him; and we canâ€™t blame him for giving us the amount of music heâ€™s 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! Heâ€™s stuck to the genre and has done terrifically well in that too. Worth the listen!