My Name Is Khan- Sampurn Media
Album Name : My Name Is KhanArtist : Rashid Khan, Adnan Sami, Shankar Mahadevan, Shreya Ghoshal, Suraj Jaggan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Richa Sharma And Shafqat Amanat Ali Music Director : Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Lyricist : Niranjan Iyengar Label : Sony Music Genre : Bollywood Our rating: 3.5
Apart from the Karan-SRK-Kajol factor, what makes My Name Is Khan so special was the sudden flight of the filmmaker’s motive towards pragmatic panoramas. Well, the film will have a splendid splash of colourful ambience, enlivening the feeling that is usually prevalent in Karan Johar’s films. With the musical part, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have come up with certain commendable tunes, while some songs seem to be a repetition of their previous compositions.
A ravishing blend of mellifluous music and resplendent voices gets us hooked to ‘Sajdaa’ from the first hearing. It starts on bright note with Richa Sharma’s high intonated rendition with substantive stringed chords on accompaniment. We tend to the literal change in rhythmic paradigms for next five minutes. Both Rahat and Richa score out well with their voices sustained on right momentums while Shankar’s vocalism for the chorus is fine. The touching lyrics by Niranjan Iyengar further add to the song’s appeal.
‘Noor e khuda’ is an appealing tune indeed. The right combination of Adnan Sami and Shreya Ghosal highlights the lyrical prominence. The same instrumentals that you heard over the first song have been completely utilised for ‘Tere Naina’ and the rhythmic style seems to be slightly similar as well. Shafqat could have modulated his voice while shifting towards higher octaves. This could have actually plied more buoyancy for the lyrical aspects.
‘Allah Hi Reham’ is a mediocre song as it offers a feel of déjà vu as it carries the same old traits of already-heard qawwali ragas. Rashid Khan keeps his voice on a lower octave and the chorus parts are quite loud, scattering away one’s attention. Why does this trio keep replicating the same instruments like tabla with a hackneyed style is anybody’s guess. Such melodies can be delivered merely with single chorded strings and chimes alone. Perhaps the right visuals could turn the spotlight on this song as there aren’t any catchy quotients on acoustic vistas.
‘Khan Theme’ (Strings performed by The Bombay Film Orchestra) is brilliantly done. For the next 165 seconds, you have the perfect picture of the film’s theme on man’s quest rolling into your senses. A wonderful coordination of strings, violin and orchestral percussions adds right the feel to the song. The music is more off a rarified quality as it speaks a lot on emotional quotients.
It doesn’t require music wizardry to recollect the clichéd rhythms played on metal guitars and live drums. Obviously, the beats of ‘Rang De’ are the same as ‘Sindabad the Sailor’ while Shankar Mahadevan starts on the same note of a Wake Up Sid song. The verses have some catchy lines while Shankar Mahadevan’s rendition of Carnatic notes over the interlude faintly resembles ‘Mitwa’ (Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna). Naturally, it sounds to be a partial medley of the musicians’ previous compositions.
On the whole, My Name Is Khan has a mix of reveling and fair to middling tunes. If the trio had opted for more instrumentations and avoided some repetitions, it would have been really colossal. This album is worth buying as it offers you additional bonanzas of SRK-KJo’s previous hits, along with the trailer of this film.