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He is back! Yash Chopra, after a hiatus of eight years, is here to entertain audience again with his latest film Jab Tak Hai Jaan. By now trade pundits are already betting on how the movie as well as the music would fare. No wonder, there are ton loads of expectations here since the King of Romance is involved. It is taken for granted that if it’s a Yash Chopra film, music would be a treat to ears and just the kind which is unforgettable. Stakes have always been high where he is involved and for the last 20 years since Shah Rukh Khan is featuring in his films, right from Darr, Dil Toh Paagal Hai to Veer Zaara, stakes have only gone higher up. In 2012, it is Shah Rukh along with the music maestro A R Rahman and the King of poetry Gulzar coming together to recreate the magic.

Katrina Kaif and Shah Rukh Khan in a still from Jab Tak Hai Jaan Movie
Katrina Kaif and Shah Rukh Khan in a still from Jab Tak Hai Jaan Movie

Jab Tak Hai Jaan Music Review: Challa

The album begins with Rabbi Shergill’s mesmerizing Challa. It’s a Punjabi number with a guitar base to it and manages to attract the listener instantly. The song has been played across all TV channels and is definitely helping in promoting the movie. Rabbi’s voice with absorbing lyrics is what draws you towards the song, though one can’t be too sure of his vocals suiting Shah Rukh.

Jab Tak Hai Jaan Music Review: Saans

Next is Saans which fulfils the dreamy soft romantic track requirement as per Yash Chopra School of Music. Owner of smooth voices, Mohit Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal, do the honours in this song which has deep lyrics which would appeal only after you have given it a keen listening. Though it’s a romantic track, a little faster pace would have been helpful since it tends to get monotonous after a while. Later there is also a ‘reprise version’ which is Shreya’s solo.

Jab Tak Hai Jaan Music Review: Ishq Shava

Ishq Shava is a foot tapping romantic duet rendered by Raghav Mathur and Shilpa Rao. It is a soothing experimentation by the maestro and the music here does not belong to any one genre as it fluctuates from being techno to Arabian, hence turning out to be an amalgamation of sorts. One would take time to get used to the track. However, it definitely proves Shilpa Rao’s versatility. After flooring the listener with Gustaakh Dil [English Vinglish], this one is another feather in her cap.

Jab Tak Hai Jaan Music Review: Heer

Harshdeep Kaur croons Heer, which is the next to arrive. Musically, this track can be tagged as the best in the album. Gulzar drives you in his simple yet brilliant poetic world where his lyrics touch one’s heart. He takes you back to his Maachis days with Tabu. However it is on Yash Chopra to make people believe that Katrina Kaif or Anushka Sharma can portray the depth of the song on screen. The lethal team (A R Rahman & Gulzar) definitely scores in this one.

Jab Tak Hai Jaan Music Review: Jiya Re

Jiya Re changes the tempo in the album. A refreshing voice delivers the track with lot of enthusiasm and variations. Neeti Mohan’s style emulates that of Sunidhi Chauhan and if one close eyes for a minute, you can actually visualise the latter crooning this one. By the sound of it, Jiya Re appears to be a track made for Anushka as it does suit her bubbly and youthful image. Though a good attempt, it doesn’t quite carry Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye moments from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.

Jab Tak Hai Jaan Music Review: Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Javed Ali and Shakthisree Gopalan render the title track Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Frankly, the track doesn’t seem like the one composed by the maestro. It begins with some slow rendition and then picks up in the middle. Overall, it is a little uneven in its approach.

Jab Tak Hai Jaan Music Review: Ishq Dance

There is also an instrumental titled Ishq Dance. It would definitely remind one of Dance of Envy from Dil To Pagal Hai. However if that was loud and came with a lot of attitude due to the film’s requirement this one is a little generic and could find its way into the dance reality shows. After listening to this, one definitely looks forward to its picturisation in the film. Hopefully the dance moves here would match the Caribbean and tap dance fusion.

Jab Tak Hai Jaan Music Review: Jab Tak Hai Jaan Poem

Last but not the least arrives an intense rendition of the Jab Tak Hai Jaan poem by Shah Rukh Khan. This had accompanied the film’s trailer and honestly, at that time it did seem odd as comparisons with Amitabh Bachchan’s rendition of Kabhi Kabhi were inevitable. As expected, everything in Shah Rukh’s rendition falls short when compared to that. However, repeat hearing may just about manage to make the voice along with the restrained and understated composition to grow on the listener.

Jab Tak Hai Jaan Music Review: The Last Word

Music of Jab Tak Hai Jaan leaves the listener with diverse emotions as it appeals on some levels while also leaves some voids. Since it’s an A R Rahman album, experimentation does rule. Still, since Yash Chopra has always created something special, it turns out to be a disappointment for his fans. Moreover there is no Lata Mangeshkar who is a constant in Yash Chopra films.

Whoever loves Rahman knows that his music is like top class champagne, which tastes better with each sip. Now one just hopes that the flavour does indeed manage to find it’s admirers in weeks to come.

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  1. I have to agree with you Prashant. The Magic of A R Rehman , Yashraj & SRK is missing from the album. A huge Disappointment. Was expecting Something great.

  2. guys believe me when we watch these songs in theatres then we go breathless and heartfelt cause these songs composed by maestro AR Rahman are all situational that go along with the story– Just incredible!!! ( unlike the so called ETT which was more like a music album than a film with no story at all)– Just listen to the title track Jab Tak Hai jaan with heart then one would realize it’s undoubtedly the best title track in the recent times… the title track has two versions clubbed in the song— the one starts in javed ali’s voice and then the other with “tumse do lafzo mein” in female voice— both are mesmerizing n takes u to an another world and it’s gonna be a visual treat to watch this in theatres… i just can’t wait too long and wish if tomorrow is Nov 13 but sadly it’s Oct 13 :(

  3. I listent all songs of this album, all r so boring except jab tak hai jaan, this song feels good and if movie would b like song then definetly it is going to b difficult 4 jthj to chase son of sardar and i m so disapointed to A R Rahman, he didn’t perform according to his name and fame

  4. Guys Grow up…just for the sake of SRK and Title Track directly enters in ur hrt…Heer makes u fall in love again, Ishq Shava and the music brings you to dance floor…its a complete package…and on top of all that, y dont u guys accept that u cant be better judge than yash raj for his last movie…
    the music is out of this world, brings tears to ureyes and make u fall in love again…
    awesome music, and movie is gonna re-create history..after DDLJ!!!
    Luv u SRK, Yash Raj, AR rahman, Gulzar, Kat, Anoushka and JTHJ <3

  5. And Saans leaves you speechless…not monotonous its lovely, and its reprise version bring tears to ur eyes…lovely songs :)

  6. I am here after sometime, And after listening to the Album. HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED… I am huge Yash Chopra, A.R Rahman, and Shahrukh Fan, not to forget Gulzar too…
    Very disappointed.

  7. Big Let down. Neither is the music has mass appeal nor is it a quality music album by any standard. I guess last time A.R Rehman composed such a disappointing music album was in Yuvraaj (2008)

  8. How can you gave 3.5/5. .?????
    Its too much bakwas and borng song. . .
    Whole album goas out from mind without entrng from ear. .

  9. all time greatest hit …shahrukh…yash chopra …. gulzar…A rrehman…..

    this time deadly combination..no one can beat…no one…

  10. awesome music…saans ,the song of the decade….challa is fantastic …ishq sava the best of all…and heer leaves u speechless …best music album of the year….thank u sir raham…

  11. Srk is back with superb romantic movie…challa song is awesome …saans is superb….and the title track is moving in each and every mind….dam eager to watch this movie…

  12. don’t compare this album with rockstar.
    Lyrics and music were composed according to the script.
    Guy’s please wake up………..

  13. i love the song and the movie if u are see the comment means please my one wish is to meet kartina kaif and i want her more photos with her photos plus i want her autography and salman khan also i love him so much and ilke u also i have u photo.

    mashaalah A challa A
    laapata A saans B
    banjaara B ishq shhava B
    saiyaara A heer B
    tiger song A jthj instrument B

    check out the reality,,,,grow up

  15. only one disappointment i miss a.r.rahman’s magic voice in this album, u know arr’s songs will always cover the heart slowly, it has covered my heart, more than all songs are amazing bringing back 90’s feeling… After the film release you all will comment like this “arr is a genius and all songs are amazing”

  16. Yes it a big disappointment. Songs have to be very catchy which is not a case with JTHJ. On the name of class or experiment we cant ignore that this didn’t work at all

  17. Hi every 1,,,,jab tak hai jaan will b osummmmmm movi as like before yash raj productions,,,,also participation of king khan

  18. I had read that there was duet with Sonu and Chitra and one with Sonu and Shreya – are they here? and this Shreya who is supposed to be the new lata and who usually has sung great in recent songs – in Saans I find the emotions are lacking when compared to that lata-Sonu duet Do Pal of Veer Zaara – and how can they take so many altu faltu singers in a movie that is directed by Yash Chopra – a big production- ok so leave aside the fact about the singers but truly don’t you think AR Rehman has done far better in many other soundtracks? Don’t you feel we have heard far better songs in previous movies directed by Yash Chopra? Give me your fair analysis. Sure we have to move forward and lataji cannot be there forever but from interviews she was all ready to sing – surely when it is a Yashji directed film and that too his last couldn’t they have had even just one duet with lataji perhaps with Sonu or Udit? Heck even Sukhwinder Singh who has sung that famous Haule Haule is missing here.Heck even Asha Bhosle who has sung hits like Zara Sa Jhoomloon Mein and the Le Gayee number was also left out.
    Forget for a moment lata and Asha – but is this the best compositions and singing delivered by Rehman? This soundtrack will not have the longevity that are associated with so many previous Yashji directed films.

  19. all music are good but not of expecting so little bittle disapointed but hopefully it,s easy to shase the ajay sons of sarder

  20. its may b good with situations of story but comparatively of SOS…..definitely defeated,i have kindness for YRF who are daring against SINGHAM

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  22. The Magic of ARR is not missing.It is improving day by day and crossing all the boarders. Now a days taste of music is going wild and you will not get him to run behind it. People who understand things slowly will take time to understand his music.

  23. oftenly bollwood viewers always understaimate a.r.raman jis music his music is always like a slow poison which does not affects instantly but when it does their is no escape so pls listen enjoy it then pass any comments his music is not for one week its for ages sir we lvu

  24. if u want to listen than u can & if u dont want than give up!!! Nothing is serious over here,,,A.R.Rahman alwz did his best before this n this time also he will decide to something n let us to see wat’s that,,,so till that calm down coz sometime the audio can not work only bt u get better understanding with Audio Visual effect,,,so let us to watch the movie n than we decide every thing!!

  25. A R rahaman song are excatly slow posion when its pick no body can stop jthj song superb and make blockbuster always.

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