When it's a Shah Rukh Khan movie, the music of the film is highly awaited. Considering his last few films boasted of some great tunes be it Dear Zindagi, the sole Jabra Fan in FAN or the chartbuster soundtrack of Dilwale so expectations were sky high from the soundtrack of Raees. The music of the film is composed by Kalyanji-Anandji, Ram Sampath and Pritam's JAM8. The songs are crooned by Pawni Pandey, Arijit Singh, Harshdeep Kaur, Sukhwinder Singh, Bhoomi Trivedi, Karsan Sagathia, Mika Singh, Ram Sampath , Tarannum Malik, KK and Roshan Rathod. Lyrics are by Indeevar, Javed Akhtar, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Mayur Puri, Ram Sampath , Hiral Brahmbhatt and Manoj Yadav. So without wasting time, let's take a look at the soundtrack of the gangster drama.
# Laila Main Laila
Composed by the legendary Kalyanji Anandji and lyrics by Indeevar, the recreated version picturised on Sunny Leone but in a twist of turns, the audio is better than the video. The first time I watched the song, I had my inhibitions but after hearing the audio, the song actually grows on you. But that's what makes this song legendary. Having said that, I still prefer the original version. They don't make them like that anymore.
This song is composed by Pritam's JAM8 is one of the best romantic songs of recent times. Sung by Arijit Singh and Harshdeep Kaur, the song is as good as its video. This one is the best of the lot. Arijit Singh once again shines. Pritam, Arijit Singh and Shah Rukh Khan, after the success of Janam Janam and Gerua are back again to complete the trilogy with Zaalima.
# Udi Udi Jaaye
This Garba track is one of the best tracks on the occasion. Come Navratri, it's gonna be the favourite among all. It's after ages we've heard Sukhwinder sing a slow track and excel at it. Bhoomi Trivedi and Karsan Sagathia too bring their flavour to the celebratory track.
This is the theme of Raees and was instrumental in making the teaser and trailers what makes them one of the best. The video of this song focuses on the rise and rise of Raees. While the background score is a class apart, lyrics and doesn't add much. Also the song somehow reminds me of 'Satakli' from Happy New Year. Mika Singh is at his usual self, lyrics by Javed Akhtar will remind you of songs from 80s and 90s.
# Enu Naam Che Raees
If you are a fan of Shah Rukh Khan, this is surely gonna give you goosebumps. This title tracks plays to the gallery and uses the whistle worthy dialogues of the film, like Baniye Ka Dimaag, Miyan Bhai Ki Daring. The lyrics of the song are written by Ram Sampath and Hiral Brahmbhatt and there is not much thought went behind the song.
# Saanso Ke
After ages, KK is crooning for Shah Rukh Khan and it has to be special. This one's a situational track and most probably comes at an important juncture in the film. The song again is a throwback to those sad songs of 80s and 90s. It also looks like a tribute to brilliant Tu Jo Mila from Bajrangi Bhaijaan. The only drawback is the song ends before you get a hang of it.
# Ghammar Ghammar
This song in Gujarati language is a complete diverse from the theme of the album. It's fast paced and the music is similar to Cutiepie from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and I am not a fan of that song. So that explains. Also it will remind you of a Gujarati folk song. Also read: Raees quick movie review: Shah Rukh Khan's Miyan bhai avatar will take you back to the 70s style gangster drama
Overall, the album is a mixed bag and boasts of some good tunes and mostly situational tracks. But then again, the film is directed by Rahul Dholakia and stars Shah Rukh Khan so it's like the best of both the worlds.
Check out the songs below:
Zaalima, Udi Udi Jaaye, Dhingana (Only because of the theme tune)
3 out of 5
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