Rating: 2.5/5 (Two and half stars)


Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

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Kill Dil composed by Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy is quite a ‘Thanda’ album. Other than a couple of tracks, the composers disappoint. While almost all songs begin with beautiful Shayri’s by Gulzar, the songs further don’t maintain the same flavour.

A still from Kill Dil
A still from Kill Dil

Kill Dil – Kill Dil Music Review

The song starts with a dialogue by Gulzar and it kind of paves way for the song that is more on the lines of seizing the day by its moments. Musically the song revives the early 70s music. A complete Macaroni Western style of music consisting of whistling, flute and yoodling, the opening almost takes you back to Clint Eastwood’s 1966 classic ‘The Good, The Bad And The Ugly‘ soundtrack. Composers Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy take inspiration from Ennio Morricone who was hailed as the God for Italian Western genre that was usually famed in the mafia movies of 70s. Sonu Nigam and Shankar Mahadevan do a great job at vocals. If you are tired of the EDM and the Punjabi Hip-Hop of Honey Singh, this title track is a refreshing number with a retro flavor.

Happy Budday – Kill Dil Music Review

To be frank, this track is plain irritating. A ‘Happy Budday‘ track is the last thing you need to hear in a film that deals with goons, guns and mafia. Sukhwinder Singh is his usual self as he gives the song full power with his vocals but there is zero likability for this number. In terms of musical arrangements too, there is nothing good about this track.

Sajde – Kill Dil Music Review

Sajde is a surprising track. The start might give you a feel that it is a romantic track, but the transition from the romance to rock is completely distinct. Arijit Singh croons the song with his best efforts and the female portions have been sung by Nihira Joshi. The composers seem to have jumbled this track in the lieu of making it a fusion number. The tempo of the song increases invariably at several points but the Punjabi track is easily the best among lot.

Bol Beliya – Kill Dil Music Review

Composers Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy bring out a typical electrifying Punjabi number with the excellent vocals of Sunidhi Chauhan, Siddharth Mahadevan and Shankar Mahadevan. The song has quite a bit of variations but doesn’t quite fit well, with the album. ‘Bol Beliya’ fails to prove a engaging number.

Sweeta – Kill Dil Music Review

Sweeta is a very good reminder of Adnan Sami’s melodious and genuinely ‘sweeta’ voice which was missed for quite some time now. The singer almost repeats his ‘Salaam-E-Ishq‘ euphony. Also, the lyrics being dipped into sugar, this track finds an instant connect and leaves you drooling over the image of Ranveer Singh saying ‘mujhse nahi koi meetha’.

Daiyya Maiyya – Kill Dil Music Review

Daiyya Maiyya is again not an impressive number. For long unheard, the song brings back Udit Narayan along with Shankar Mahadevan and Rasika Chandrashekhar but does not create any magic. The track is upbeat and peppy, yet misses out the required ‘masala’. The rap portions done by Javed Jaaferi are good. But overall, the song didn’t work for me.

Baawra – Kill Dil Music Review

Baawra takes off with a beautiful Shayari recited by Gulzar and further picks up with the vocals of Shankar Mahadevan. With a lower tempo at start, the song gradually picks up. It is high on tempo with an amazing bass guitaring. Not the finest, but certainly one of the better tracks from the album.

Nakhriley – Kill Dil Music Review

Nakhriley almost starts with a music that gave me the feel that I’ve landed up in the middle of the Daawat-E-Ishq title track. This number seems like an old 90s number. The music is highly repetitive. With ‘Qawalli’ type beats, Nakhriley is the song you could easily give a miss. It holds no connect with the album.

The Last Word – Kill Dil Music Review

Kill Dil music album coming from ace composers like Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy disappoints considering their caliber. The album is a mixed bag of surprising numbers that lacks uniformity. My picks from the album would be the title track, ‘Sweeta’ and ‘Sajde’. Also an eight track albums seems overs stretched considering the quality of music offered. Lyrically ace as Gulzar pens the songs, but musically the album disappoints. I am going with a 2.5/5 for this album.

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  1. I would like to disagree with this review. I feel Kill Dil has an amazing album especially with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy doing the compositions. I loved each one of the tracks for their catchiness, peppiness as well as novelty. I adored the way Sonu Nigam has sung the title track in falsetto, how Adnan Sami has brought his much-missed vibe in Sweeta, the change in tempo of Sajde and the rawness of Bol Beliya. But Nakhriley was the best track for me for its Qawwali touch, an old-school feel, the amazing vocals and the unique alteration in tempo in this one too. Full points for Kill Dil is my opinion!!


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