Music Review: NH10 (Hindi)

Composer(s): Ayush Shrestha, Bann Chakraborty, Samira Koppikar, Sanjeev Darshan, Savera Mehta
Listen to the songs online here: Saavn

Sanjeev Darshan's Chhil Gaye Naina's crazy guitar work aside, it's Kanika Kapoor who vows with a fantastic rendition of the rock song, showing she's capable of more than a Baby Doll. Le Chal Mujhe, composed by Bann Chakraborty, comes in... wait for it... five different versions, but nevertheless the song is fantastic, incorporating a jazzy rhythm (the excursion to Hindustani in the second interlude is a nice touch!) that gets pitch-perfect vocal backing in Mohit Chauhan, Shilpa Rao and Arijit Singh. Khoney De and its instrumental, the forth and fifth versions of the same song, is characterized by a more pronounced jazz touch with all that saxophone in the background and is equally splendid.

Samira Koppikar's Maati Ka Palang is interesting orchestration-wise, assembling a brilliant melange of guitars, drums, sitar and tabla, while the minimalist piano-based Kya Karein, set to tune by Ayush Shrestha and Savera Mehta, rides on Rachel Varghese's top-notch rendition. Main Jo, the second offering from the musical duo, is endearing and the beautiful sax-strings arrangements make it undoubtedly the best of the soundtrack. Nayantara Bhatkal, for her part, chips in with some fabulous singing too. NH10 turns out to be yet another thoroughly enjoyable multi-composer album after Hawaizaada.