The war between Son Of Sardaar and Jab Tak Hai Jaan has intensified manifolds in the last few weeks. With their release date being the same, the competition has become ruthless and harsh. The publicity stunts of both the films are on a high. With the music of the films released, Koimoi brings to you a comparative of the music of the two films which are all ready to create a crackling box office dhamaka during Diwali.
When you are in Bollywood, you eventually live the Hindi cinema way! Infused with pompy songs and dance sequences, and dashing it with melodious music, it is essentially the music of the film which defines the first impression of a film on its audiences. Beat wise, both films are starkly different from each other. While, JTHJ has works of veterans like Gulzaar sahab penning down the lyrics and A.R Rahman creating music ; Son Of Sardaar is more fresh, ethnically folk based and flashy. Music of the film is by Himesh Reshammiya and Sajid Wajid.
The King of Romantic Films, Yash Chopra is all set to deliver his last directorial souvenir to Bollywood with JTHJ. His films are known for its fantabulous, soothing, passionate, romantic songs; a magic he has delivered time and again with films from Silsila to Dil Toh Pagal Hai and Veer Zaara and is hoping to maintain it in JTHJ as well. Rabbi’s Challa is immensely meaningful but it takes time to catch on. Also it is not one song which you would expect from A.R Rahman, more so in a Yash Raj Chopra film. It was like a breath of fresh air and pleasantly surprising. Gulzaar’s lyrics are mesmerizing to say the least. Keeping in sync with Yash Raj style of music is Saans which has been completed with extreme finesse and perfection by singers Mohit Chauhan and Shreya Ghosal. Saans is a very deep song and these wonderful voices create magic out of it. ‘Heer’, however, is the one song which is bound to stand out this season. Gulzar has penned down the verses very meticulously and the melody which Rahman infuses in the words has a mystical haunting passion to it. The title track by Jawed Ali is simply the USP, which establishes the film as a class apart. After all, a Yash Chopra film is a Yash Chopra film. The music has all elements to be better than simply great, but when kept in comparison with previous films of YRF banner, which have been almost epic, this somewhere does seem to fall short given the heavy mammoth expectations. Now only time can mirror the verdict of fans and audiences on it!
As far as Son Of Sardaar is considered, the music is in no way ordinary. It is a dash of full on Punjabi tadka served with bhangra beats on a platter of wicked music. The music is very catchy and will definitely impress people during this festive season. The film is very commercial and so is its music which might not be here to stay, but will give the audiences a good time while the party mode is on. The title track is very fiery and despite its slow nostalgia filled parts, it is a good hear. Honey Singh and Mika’s – Rani tu Main Raja– is nothing short of being a brilliant dance track. The Punjabi hip hop will blow people over on the floors. Mika’s singing has just added a brilliant flavor to the song. Bichdann by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is good and melancholic. It feels fusion like but the lyrics and the music both put together makes it an outstandingand straight-from-the-heart piece. The other song by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is an absolute disaster that doesn’t even deserve to be mentioned. Son of Sardar is an overall good album with definite potential of doing better. It’s Punjabi-ness and its dance beat kind of songs will help the album rise heights among all the festivities in the month to come.
Understanding sensibly, JTHJ will make a greater hit music wise and will stay longer in public memory for reasons, say Trade analysts. The songs are much deeper lyrically and melodiously. A.R Rahman’s music is any day much bigger and better compared to Himesh’s. The songs tell the tale of a love saga which is evident from the theatrical promos of the film. And going by the track record of Yash Chopra’s previous film which were similar plot wise, the music of JTHJ will surely perform better, but in long term. Son of Sardar, however, will be a rage all through the party season. One can hear those groovy Punjabi tracks playing in Diwali parties and at discotheques and night clubs. Punjabi-ness and Bhangra will definitely be the flavor of the month.
The so called animosity between Shah Rukh Khan and Ajay Devgn as a result of JTHJ being a close competitor of Son Of Sardaar, has manifested itself in fighting it out musically too. The albums are pitted against each other very closely. And though they are a universe apart from each other in terms of music, it would be quite curious and interesting to watch which album becomes a greater hit with people. Whether the audiences would appreciate the passion and romance in the music of JTHJ or will Son of Sardar party the bhangra style all the way to victory?