Music Review: Bajrangi Bhaijaan (Hindi)

Composer(s): Pritam Chakraborty
Listen to the songs online here: Saavn

The functional fast-paced dance number Selfie Le Le Re rides on Vishal Dadlani's exuberant vocals, but Atif Aslam-sung Tu Chahiye, despite its underlying melodic quotient, doesn't jell in well with the techno-flavoured arrangement. The qawwali'esque Bhar Do Jholi Meri (its Reprise version included) and the Dil Mein Baji Guitar-like high-on-energy Aaj Ki Party are so-so, while Pritam's Tu Mere Agal Bagal Hai gets a makeover in the folksy food-themed Chicken Song (loved the inclusion of nadaswaram), and to give credit where it's due, Mohit Chauhan turns in a winsome vocal performance. The techno-heavy Zindagi and its mellow Reprise version are soothing and mellifluous (with Rekha Bhardwaj's rendition reminding one of Kabira), as KK rules Tu Jo Mila, with Javed Ali and Papon trying as much to match up to the singer's lofty standards in their respective variants. Pritam plays safe, delivering a massy album for bhai's Bajrangi Bhaijaan.

(Review updated to reflect the complete tracklist.)