Cast: Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal
Director: Meghna Gulzar
Music director(s): Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
1. Ae Watan - Arijit Singh
This mesmerizing number has patriotism stamped all over it. Dedicated to Alia Bhatt's character Sehmat, this number has a heartmelting tune and moving lyrics by the legendary Gulzar. SEL punctuate the entire song with some bright percussion and brilliant string arrangement. Arijit Singh croons with elan and makes the number an emotional listen. The track traces the journey of Sehmat from a daughter to a wife and then to a spy. First pick of the album!
2. Dilbaro - Harshdeep Kaur, Vibha Saraf, Shankar Mahadevan
A mild celebratory song is up next. This number has every element of a wedding song, though it's not energetic and danceable. With its simplistic tune, this song captures every listener who loves light folk music. Harshdeep Kaur is the perfect singer for this number, while Vibha Saraf's occasional quipping elevates the mood of the song. However, it is Shankar Mahadevan's bit towards the end that stands as the highlight. A special mention to the efficient usage of Rabab and Sarangi.
3. Raazi - Arijit Singh
Arijit Singh gets to render yet another enthralling number. This song also has a patriotic feel, albeit its light folksy touches. SEL make this number more endearing by indulging the tune in some excellent mandolin sections and a thumping rhythm. Overall, the number has a 90s feel that makes us want more of it. However, it's a lengthy number. Hence, the listeners have much to enjoy and appreciate here. Addictive! Hit the repeat button!
4. Ae Watan (Female) - Sunidhi Chauhan
This version also has the same mood of the male version. Sunidhi Chauhan gets to display her best here and she renders Gulzar's patriotic lyrics flawlessly. She is accompanied by an astounding kids' chorus. SEL reach the purple patch with this song. Another winner!
This soundtrack once again showcases Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's versatility. The songs are instant winners and are expected to rule the charts in the coming days.
Rating: ****3/4 (4.75 / 5)
Ae Watan (both versions), Raazi