Star Rating: 3/5 (Three Stars)

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It would have been inappropriate to have Farhan Akhtar on loop singing his own songs yet again, at least not for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Something tells me, his voice would be extremely out of place in this film. The music album of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is anything but extraordinary. With the film being a more plot driven one than musically aided one, the songs are mild and not overtly overwhelming. However, going by the track record of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, music has been pivotal in his films. With Rahman delivering his best work for both his previous films, his association with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy will depend on how the audiences receive the film’s tracks. The trio was known for their enlivening work and in their last few ventures their work quality has seen a stark lack of their freshening soulful music. With Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, they again fail to up their level and settle for below their standard.

Farhan Akhtar in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Movie Stills
Farhan Akhtar in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Movie Stills

Gurbani – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Music Review

With Daler Mehendi’s energetic voice kick starting the album, the beginning note touches the right hilt at the very on start. Weaving a pious realm, Gurbani is wonderful.

Zinda – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Music Review

Siddharth Mahadevan in his tempting voice allures you powerfully with Zinda. Prasoon Joshi’s mesmeric lyrics along with the trio musician’s ace work at blending rock and pop, is done marvelously. The guitar work is flawless and the anthem-like feel of the song doesn’t lag anywhere. Bravura track!

Mera Yaar – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Music Review

Javed Bashir, who has been a hit at Coke Studio makes his way into Bollywood music. Uncannily arranging every instrument from the cello to guitars, this one is a mystically well coordinated song. The sufi ambience, folksy melody and the singer’s voice having the most ravishing quality makes this one enchanting.

Maston Ka Jhund – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Music Review

Divya Kumar is a first rate singer for sure. The song’s energy predominates but being a situational track this one is made for a limited shelf life.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Music Review

Well, the title track did not go down very well with me. A diluted impact which has no potential or caliber to linger on, this one fails at being the album’s most quintessential element. Having no strength that should be synonymous with a title song, it loses to Zinda in terms of prowess. The rock version is mildly better as Siddharth Mahadevan gets behind the mike again, but the blaze of Zinda dampens in this.

Slow Motion Angreza– Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Music Review

This song doesn’t make any sense at all. Hopefully the film will elucidate the context of it and sync it well, but the first impression is poor.

O Rangrez – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Music Review

O Rangrez is a gorgeous piece. With its musicals being bewilderingly magnetic, Shreya Ghosal’s voice and the impeccable idea of mixing in different instruments so exquisitely, I am touched by the rustic flavor of this song.

The Last Word– Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Music Review

Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy who had taken a respite from the mainstream music scene, are back with an understated subtle album. Music is crucial but takes a backseat in the biopic that focuses mostly on the life of an iconic athlete, Milkha Singh. The album is definitely not one of their best, but for a few of its fetching tracks, the album earns a 3/5 for me. Perhaps the music will enhance its meaning with the film’s story and picturization, but with none of these tracks offering shelving capabilities, it settles at being slightly above average.

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