Music: Pritam Chakraborty
Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Singers: Asrar, Akhtar Channal Zahri, Arijit Singh, Shahid Mallya and Nakash Aziz.
After breaking most of the records with Salman Khan's Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Kabir Khan is back with his second project of the year, Phantom. The movie stars Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif, and is about global terrorism. The music is handled by Pritam, who has seldom let us down. Let's see if he manages to keep his track record safe with Phantom as well...
Just for your record, Afghani Jalebi comes in four versions! And it totally rocks in each one of them! The first version, named Ya Baba, and the second, named Filmy version, are almost similar with a little change in the beats and pace. They are sung with enough gusto by Coke Studio imports, Asrar and Akhtar Channal Zahri respectively. The lyrics may sound a little pedestrian, but Pritam has packaged the songs really well with Middle Eastern tunes. The best version is the Dumbek version, as it uses folk instruments instead of electronic arrangement! The fourth version, sung by Nakash Aziz, called Fitna Farebi, is a good listen as well but adds nothing new.
The beginning of Saware has a feel of an international pop song, as Arijit Singh gets behind the mike to croon in his trademark style. It's a romantic song, though the trailers till now has shown no hint of any romance. But we are not complaining at all, as this happens to be one of the best composed love songs I have heard this year. Pritam is at his elements here, as he plays with his sounds, without engulfing Arijit's voice!
After Afghani Jalebi, Pritam uses the Arabic arrangements for one more time in Nachda. Though Nachda is darker than the upbeat Afghani Jalebi, the song is no less captivating due to its impressive score and Shahid Mallya's wonderful rendition. Definitely a must-hear!
Pritam is on a roll, after an impressive score in Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Though the album has no songs that caters to the front-benchers, it definitely has an Afghani Jalebi to rock the discotheques, a Saware for the romantics and a Nachda for the broody kinds! A must-have for your playlist!
Afghani Jalebi (especially Dumbek version), Saware and Nachda!
4.0 out of 5
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