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  1. mumbiene

    mumbiene Well-Known Member

    Jab Tak Hai Jaan Music Review 3.5/5

    Jab Tak Hai Jaan Music Review

    What can be a dream romantic Bollywood project? Just Imagine!! Okay… It has to be the iconic and trendsetter Yash Chopra directing the King of Romance Shah Rukh Khan paired opposite today’s topmost leading lady Katrina Kaif. What if the music is composed by the Oscar-winning maestro Allah Rakha Rahman with lyrics from the most gifted writer Gulzar Saab? Well… The dream has come true!!

    The association of all these legends has given Yash Chopra’s last souvenir to Bollywood ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’, a multi-dimensional feel. Can the stage get any bigger? The obvious answer to that question will be given on November 13, when this epic saga of undying romance will hit the screens, globally. For now it’s time to check out the much anticipated music album. So without much ado, let’s press the play button on the remote.

    Challa: Be it DDLJ, Veer Zaara or RNBDJ, SRK-Yashraj combo has always created magic by exploring the Punjabi flavor and this time it’s no different. ‘Challa’ video is already out and it has created a lot of frenzy all around. Rabbi’s voice is refreshing as it bears uncanny resemblance to his chartbuster ‘Bulla ki Jaana’. Gulzar’s words give a Punjabi folk touch to the song. Its commendable how comfortably Rahman shuffles across different languages and still delivers sheer quality. Chartbuster! (Rating 4/5)

    Saans: ‘Saans’ is a soft romantic composition driven by sensuously poetical lyrics. It’s one of the best tracks in the album. The huskier tone of Shreya Ghoshal’s voice oozes up the erotica feel of the song. Mohit Chauhan is average. (4/5)

    Ishq Shava: It’s time for a zany dance number now. Rahman provides variety with the use of some interesting musical instruments. Gulzar’s lyrics are in synch with the mood of the song. Shilpa Rao’s vocals are catchy. But the real masterstroke and icing on the cake is to get Raghav Mathur (“Can’t Get Enough” fame) sing this song. The USP of the song is some killer vocals by this Canadian singer. (3.5/5)

    Heer: Punjabi feel in the album returns with brilliant Sufi composition ’Heer’ sung by none other than Sufi ki Sultana Harshdeep Kaur. Kaur, fresh from the success of Jugni from Cocktail, takes this huge opportunity with her both hands and she is mesmerizing. The words by Gulzar are equally dreamy. (3.5/5)

    Jiya Re: Neeti Mohan, who is a regular now in Rahman’s live shows, gets a chance to sing this groovy number. The melody is catchy, livelier and foot-tapping. Words from Gulzar glorify the feeling of a free bird. (3/5)

    Jab Tak Hai Jaan: The title track of the movie is a hauntingly poetic melody by Rahman with some bewitchingly romantic lyrics penned by Gulzar. The song starts off slowly but picks up great pace as it goes on. Another Rahman regular Javed Ali strikes gold with his earthy and highly energetic vocals. He is ably assisted by talented Chennai crooner ShakthiSree Gopalan. (3.5/5)

    Saans (Reprise), Ishq Dance and Poem: Saans(Reprise) a much slower and highly situational version of Saans sung again by Shreya. Ishq Dance is an instrumental piece. Jab Tak Hai Jaan poem has been seen and heard in the promo and it has been included in the music album as well in the voice of King Khan.

    Overall Verdict – Rating: 3.5/5

    From the pioneers of Romance, we expected at least one romantic evergreen number which will capture the listener’s heart from the word go and stay in his mind for years like Humko Hum hi se churalo, Tujhe Dekha to ye jaana, Tu Hai meri Kiran, Dil To Pagal Hai or Tere Liye Hum bhi Jiye. That is missing.

    The album, no doubt, is highly refreshing as is evident from the fact that we see irregular names like Rabbi, Raghav, Harshdeep and Neeti in a mainstream Hindi music album. Visuals will be out of the world to say the least. Songs take time to grow on you and the success of the music will be directly proportional to the film’s success at the ticket window which should not be a tough ask given SRK’s foolproof record with Yashraj Banner.

    Get ready for a rocking musical Diwali!!!

  2. mumbiene

    mumbiene Well-Known Member

    MUSIC REVIEW - Jab Tak Hai Jaan

    by Anand Vaishnav , IndiaTimes , posted ON 10 Oct 2012 AT 13:06:14 ,
    Yash Chopra-Gulzar-Shah Rukh Khan-Aditya Chopra-Katrina Kaif-Anushka Sharma and of-course AR Rahman. The names associated with Jab Tak Hai Jaan symbolise cinematic excellence across generations. So saying that there are mammoth expectations from the film and its music, would be an understatement.
    The first of YRF’s three Khan releases, was bit of a musical letdown. Barring Mashallah and of-late Saiyaara to a certain extent, none of other songs in Ek Tha Tiger could make much of a mark. Whatever success the music got was purely due to the movie’s phenomenal box-office run.
    With Jab Tak Hai Jaan the pressure is much higher as Yash Chopra has had a near-perfect record when it comes to music; such that even his lesser successful films have had a classic soundtrack.
    Can Rahman deliver something truly special for Yash Chopra’s last directorial venture?
    By now chances are that you either are a huge fan of Challa, or totally hate it. This Rabbi number is not an easy one to grasp. The authentic Punjabi verses by Gulzar, and the unconventional flow of Rahman’s tune, take quite a while to register. But once you are hooked, it’s impossible to stop humming along with this magical song. Backed by a brilliant guitar piece, this number has an effortless, laidback charm to it that perfectly communicates the zeal of the protagonist. Challa is not your regular Sufi track and like all good things, grows on you slowly and smoothly. This is a special song that demands and deserves your attention to truly appreciate it.
    Known for her high-pitched renditions, Harshdeep Kaur is remarkably restrained in Heer. A Punjabi sufi track about love and separation, it works on the strength of its haunting melody that doesn’t fail to move you. This one stays with you long after the track has ended.
    Ishq Dance is a bass-heavy, instrumental piece that is a staple of all Yash Chopra romances. This is likely to be one of those solo, dance sequences, where YRF heroines get a chance to flaunt their sex appeal and raw passion. This one is meant for the big-screen.
    Ishq Shava is a routine duet, with an Arabic feel to it. There are influences of Guru’s Maiyya Maiyya but the overall sound and mood is quite unlike what one would associate with Chopra Sr. Though there is a lot of passion in the vocals, the tune is not captivating enough and the end result is a tad underwhelming. Despite the elaborate arrangements, this one sounds more Sajid Wajid and less Rahman.
    The title-track opens with a lavish orchestra, to create the epic feel required in such a song. The sufi-qawwali sound is very Rahmansque and the tune is definitely melodious. But having said that, despite the emotionally charged feel of the song, and Javed Ali’s enthusiastic singing, it does not go beyond the routine. Perhaps if the number is shot effectively, then it should make a better impact on screen.
    If Shah Rukh Khan’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan poem wowed you in the trailer, the experience is even more special when heard in pure audio. Apart from Khan’s signature dialogue delivery, the way Rahman’s background music gradually goes from light to intense, enhances the impact of the poem to a new level.
    Ishq Wala Love fame Neeti Mohan adds immense amount of spunk to Jiya Jiya Re with her sensuous voice. It’s a foot-tapping dance-track that’s high on energy, but backed by an inherently simple tune. The rhythm is easy on the ears and nice to groove along with, making it an extremely catchy listen.
    Saans is trademark Yash Raj in every aspect; right from the lyrics to the arrangements to its melody. There is a hint of Rahman in some of the beats and the way Shreya is made to vary her pitch. But that bit aside, this one has the Chopra stamp all over it. And that’s what makes it such a brilliant song. Shreya and Mohit’s voices are in perfect sync, and do complete justice to an extremely hummable and soothing tune. Rahman drops all the techno-wizardry, and keeps it simple and melodious. This is easily the song of the album. Like Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’s Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai, there is also a slower; reprise version by Shreya, which is equally melodious and just right for all the dramatic high-points in the film.
    It would be easy to dismiss Jab Tak Hai Jaan as a conventional effort, minus the ground-breaking innovation Rahman is known for. But Rahman has taken the often harder route of staying true to the filmmaker’s vision and choosing simplicity over showmanship. Unlike some of his recent soundtracks, which were great in isolation and often beyond the merits of the film, this album feels firmly rooted to what a Yash Chopra romance stands for.
    Jab Tak Hai Jaan’s score may not be the game-changer Rahman fans would have expected, but it’s got its heart in the right place. And is a welcome break from all the noise (in the name of experimentation) that one is subjected to on the music-charts.
    This is a Rahman who is enjoying the chance of being hardcore-Bollywood for a change. And that is definitely never a bad idea.
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  3. zheni

    zheni Well-Known Member


    EXPECTATIONS : A Yash Chopra films are Musical Blockbusters. All films have a soulful and larger than life sound tracks. If a Music God A.R Rahman , Legendry writer Gulzar teamed up with this legendry film maker, expectations are nothing less than a Blockbuster sound track Lets see Yashji's latest mangnum opus Jab Tak Hai Jaan album leaved up to its expectations or not.

    Review :
    1) Challa : The video of Challa is already out. The song is a total punjabi one and singer Rabbi Shergil makes his mark in BIG commercial hindi sound track with a Punjabi number. This called a vareity. The song is very catchy and will grew on you from the first time it self. Soul of the song is its feel. Composition is very good. A Chartbuster. Rating - 4/5.

    2) Saans : This is what a Yash Chopra song called. Smooth, melodious and classic number. The song is certainly the best in the album. Vocals of Shreya Ghoshal, Mohit Chauhan makes it a out of the world outcome. Composition is excellent with very light instruments. Lyrics are beautiful. Over all song will be in the list of Tujhe dekha to, Humse humko churalo, Dil to pagal hai etc. A true yash raj classic. Rating - 4.5/5.

    3) Ishq Shava : A total peppy number. A Dance number which will go very well with youth, masses. The song has elements to be a chartbuster when the video is out. It will grew on you slowly. Biggest plus of the song is its singers. Vocals are fresh, different. Lyrics are very good. Compostion is groovy. Rating - 3.5/5.

    4) HEER : Another punjabi sufi song in the album. Harshdweep kaur makes a fantastic impact with this track. Song has heart touching feel. A feel good number. Compostion is excellent. Lyrics are totally in punjabi and are adorable. Another favourite from the album for me. Will go well with classes. Rating - 4/5.

    5) Jiya Re : This one is a fast beat, bindass kind of number. Which elevates Anushka character in the film. Singer neeti mohan gives a refreshing vocal to this sound track. Her last number Jugni from cocktail is a chartbuster. This one too will make big impact to her carrer. Lyrics has a meanings and at a time funny. Rating - 3.5/5.

    6) Jab Tak Hai Jaan : This is the title track of the film. Starts slowly but picks up with a bang. Javed Ali is the star of the song. A song which will liked by all instantly. Lyrics are good. Compostion is very good. The song will work very well with masses. Rating - 4/5.

    Saans ( reprise ), Ishq dance. Jab Tak Hai Jaan Peom are other adds to the album. In which peom is excellent with SRK's voice and Aditya Chopra writing.

    Verdict : Jab Tak Hai Jaan album has variety, melody, desi beats, feel good numbers. But when the question about, is it the best of A.R Rahman and Yash chopra ? NO. Yet the album is one of the best sound tracks of the year and in recent times. Songs will be a rage when the promos are out. None of the song is less than Good. Rahman songs are Slow poison. Listen to them like 4-5 times you will love them. Over all A CHARTBUSTER album.
    Total Album Rating - 4/5
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  4. Sofie

    Sofie Well-Known Member

    I feel the album deserves at least 4 star ratings.:)
  5. rollercoast

    rollercoast Zindagi

    Album is now available on iTunes! :bounce:
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  7. sistlashyamu

    sistlashyamu Active Member

    craze for JTHJ:-
    We believe when two genius join hands, there has to be a miracle. The same is expected out of Shahrukh Khan's Jab Tak Hai Jaan!!Jab Tak Hai Jaan is the year's most-awaited movie.According to a leading daily, the numerologists believe that Jab Tak Hai Jaan might turn the biggest blockbuster of all time!!Numerologist said that this movie will create a Diwali dhamaka and set the Box Office ablaze, surpassing the lifetime collections of all previous blockbuster movies!!
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  8. sistlashyamu

    sistlashyamu Active Member

    5 things which wll definitely happen
    1)JTHJ will create d 500cr.club!
    2)all time blockbuster!!breaking all d previous records!
    3)biggest grosser of INDIAN FILMS!max. no.of screens!!
    5)biggest opening!!(atleast around 35 crores!!)
  9. Karan#1

    Karan#1 Well-Known Member

    500 crores is impossible. It won't have max no. of screens, will have around 2800, because SOS is releasing same day and apparently YRF don't want to release it on more than that. It could have the biggest opening weekend but not opening day because diwali puja will affect collections in the evening.
  10. mumbiene

    mumbiene Well-Known Member

    Jab Tak Hai Jaan
    By Joginder Tuteja, 12 Oct 2012, 10:31 hrs IST

    Yashji. Shahrukh Khan. AR Rahman. Gulzar. A wait which has never been longer than this. Really, should one seriously be talking about expectations here? After all, ever since the film was announced, it was a given that its music would have to be the biggest of the year, and no less. Simple. No compromises whatsoever. With enough intrigue being built around the film's title for months in succession and glimpses of music being thrown very recently, it was high time that one caught hold of the entire soundtrack of this romantic saga which should be nothing less than exceptional.


    The beginning of the album does throw you in an unfamiliar zone though with 'Challa'. Just when one expected 'santoor' to be doing the trick (something which is expected in a Yashji film, especially since the time when he collaborated with Shiv-Hari three decades back), it is actually a guitar on the forefront. Rabbi Shergill is the chosen one and though one would have still adjusted to his voice if it was for a montage sequence, it is surprising to actually see Shahrukh Khan lip-synching on him. Yes, the music is indeed very catchy (which is a relief) but the heavy duty lyrics as well as peculiar singing style of Rabbi does take time to settle in.

    The way 'Saans' begins, listener is taken into the Yuvvraaj zone, what with the pace being extremely slow and Shreya Ghoshal required to take her own time stressing on 'saans' before coming to the point. In fact in a strange way one is also reminded of (hold your breath!) Nadeem Shravan's 'Itna Bhi Na Chaho Mujhe' from Saif Ali Khan-Pooja Bhatt's long-in-the-making-and-forgotten film Sanam Teri Kasam. In fact 'Saans', with Mohit Chauhan as Shreya's partner turns out to be its much slower version and though it does come on its own in the 'antara' portions, it doesn't quite throw in the kind of results one would have expected from a Yash Chopra musical. Later there is a two minutes 'reprise version' of the song featuring as well but since the original itself doesn't create much impact, one doesn't quite long for revisiting it.

    By the time 'Ishq Shava' arrives, one ends up wondering if A.R. Rahman was asked to basically compose his style of music with Yashji actually taking a backseat. Reason being that this number doesn't have any trace whatsoever of the kind of legacy that Yashji carries. Even on repeated listening one fails to find the legendary director anywhere in the compositions so far and that's a pity because when it comes to a film from the house of THE Yash Chopra, expectations are that of some vintage stuff in the offering. However this Raghav Mathur and Shilpa Rao song is hardly that and could have been a part of just any film.

    Just when one thought that Jab Tak Hai Jaan wasn't quite an album that one expected it to be arrives 'Heer' which is a beautiful composition by Rahman. Yet another Punjabi number, it has Harshdeep Kaur doing quite well in this happy-sad rendition which has a folk flavour to it. A smooth flowing number, it only becomes further soulful in the 'antara' portions and pretty much transports you into the world that one looks forward to stepping in for this film. This is one song which has in it to rule in the charts once the film turns successful at the box office.

    Neeti Mohan is the chosen for the dance number 'Jiya Re' which sounds like the one that would fit in Anushka Sharma's effervescent personality. Though yet again one does feel that it doesn't quite carry a 'special' tag that one had been looking for in each and every song coming out of Jab Tak Hai Jaan, it still manages to hold on its own. Having said that, one has to hear the song multiple times to get a hang of it and still it can't be said with utmost certainty that it would turn out to be a chartbuster in the offering.

    Title song 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' arrives quite late in the day and yet again the beginning portions do remind one of the kind of sound that Yuvvraaj carried. The song begins in the vocals of Javed Ali and while the start is slow, there is a rhythmic flow that it acquires as it proceeds. Though Shakhtisree Gopalan's entry into the song at the two minute mark is rather abrupt, one just hopes that in the film's context it does aid in giving the film's narrative some smooth flow. However it has to be added that for a title song of one of the biggest films to have come out of Bollywood, this one doesn't quite cover the distance.

    A three and a half minutes 'instrumental' piece 'Ishq Dance' could well have been the 'The Dance Of Envy' [Dil Toh Pagal Hai] moment of the album. However (and ironically), it comes across as a mix of Helen's dance number from The Great Gambler (remember the 'secret code dance film' sequence at Prem Chopra's den?) and 'Hothon Pe Aisi Baat' (Jewel Thief). One just hopes that the dance moves on screen are enticing enough to elevate this instrumental's perspective.

    The conclusion is quite good though with Shahrukh Khan rendering the poem 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan'. In fact this is the only song where one experiences vintage Yashji in action where right from Gulzar's lyrics to Shahrukh's voice modulation to Rahman's arrangements justify the entire team coming together to create something magical. Expect this one to be huge, especially after the film's release.


    Jab Tak Jai Jaan turns out to be a mixed bag and while none of the songs is the kind that one turns away from (it can't be imagined that way in any case, given the team involved), there are only a few which make you come back to them. Now that's not quite an ideal result for a soundtrack that had found so much attention come it's way and that too for the longest possible time. For a film like Jab Tak Hai Jaan which is supposed to be the last film directed by Yashji, the least one expected was a soundtrack that carried his stamp on it. More so since Rahman, in any case, would be heard in many more films to come as well. Moreover, the songs here could well have been included in any of his other films and with an exception of two or three songs; they wouldn't have come with 'Made for Yash Chopra-Shahrukh Khan' tag.

    Of course when it comes to the sales of the album and revenue generated from other sources, it would be a different story altogether since there is immense curiosity amongst audience to check out what Jab Tak Jai Jaan has to offer. This means that while the CDs could well be disappearing from the stands in a jiffy, the fact would still remain that all credit would be more due to huge reputation that so many players associated with the film and less due to the actual content that the soundtrack offers.
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  11. mumbiene

    mumbiene Well-Known Member

    ab Tak Hai Jaan Music Review

    By Sheetal Tiwari
    Posted on 10 October 2012 in Music Reviews, News, Reviews, Slider

    Jab Tak Hai Jaan is not only one of the most eagerly awaited movies of 2012, but also one of the most eagerly awaited soundtracks of 2012. Yash Chopra, A R Rahman and Gulzar have come together for the very first time for Chopra’s last directorial venture. Needless to say, expectations are sky high. BollySpice attempts to deliver a verdict.
    The much talked about Challa Challa opens the album. A spirited contemporary sufi of sorts, ‘Challa’ has been the subject of praise and criticism alike. Rabbi Shergill’s (‘Bulla Ki Jaana’) soulful vocals and Gulzar’s lyrics against the backdrop of Rahman’s well-arranged strings, make an undeniably formidable combination. The choice of having Rabbi sing for Shah Rukh Khan on other hand is questionable at best. Any other composer would have opted for current sufi favourites, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan or Kailash Kher, even Sukwinder Singh, but that is not reason enough to dismiss what for all intensive purposes is a great track.
    Saans manages to achieve what ‘Challa’ arguably could not, instigating the feeling that one is listening to a track from a Yash Chopra romance saga. Rahman commands a variety of instruments and blends them into a melodious and haunting romantic duet. The track’s grand opening with various instruments from the violin family is particularly breathtaking while the light dhols give it a dramatic flair. Mohit Chauhan (‘Saada Haq’ – Rockstar) and Shreya Ghosal (‘Chikni Chameli’and many more) are at helm of this duet. However, one cannot help but miss the likes of Udit Narayan or Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik, Lata Mageskhar or Asha Bhosle rendering this track. Regardless, Mohit and Shreya complement each other and exude the fierce passion the lyrics command. The repetition of the word ‘saans’ in the chorus argubaly falls short of the degree of articulation one expects from Gulzar but the reminder of the track more than makes up for this. The aforementioned dhols take charge in Saans (Reprise) to infuse an aura of melancholy around Shreya’s excellently morose vocals.
    The tempo increases with the trendy Ishq Shava by Raghav Mathur and Shilpa Rao (‘Jazba’ – Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl). Instead of resorting to mindless techno for this dance/club number, Rahman has employed an array of exotic sounds that resemble middle-eastern and Latin-American music, which in turn extenuates Gulzar equally exotic lyrics. However, it is Raghav Mathur’s flirtatiously brilliant rendition that makes this number worth your while.
    Heer by Harshdeep Kaur (‘Katiya Karoon’ – Rockstar) is a lyrical and vocal delight. The minimal music highlights Kaur’s stellar vocals which in turn encapsulate the hope and lament in Gulzar’s lyrics perfectly. Gulzar’s references to tragedy of Sahiba-Mirza undoubtedly increase the intrigue surrounding the film’s plot.
    Jiya Re by Neeti Mohan (of the band Aasma) gets off to the promising start but falters soon after. The track’s backbeat, while peppy and catchy, is relatively typical and mediocre, which is a real shame as Gulzar’s enthusiastic lyrics and Neeti’s energetic vocals make a good pair.
    The title track emerges surprisingly late in the album. Jab Tak Hai Jaan at first instance appears horribly disjointed and confused, but once listened to in its entirety, its beauty become apparent. The song has heavy traditional undertones and a qawali interlude as well. Javed Ali (‘Guzarish’ – Ghajini) begins the track, hands it over to Shakthisree Gopalan and then they both come together at the end of the track. On their own, Gopalan and Javed seem like an odd pair but they sound great when they come together. As a afterthought, the track has more qualities of a background score than a full on musical number.
    The album draws to a close with Ishq Dance, and Jab Tak Hai Jaan – The Poem. ‘Ishq Dance’, an instrumental, is reminiscent of ‘Raga Dance’ from Taal, but is nowhere near as remarkable. Shah Rukh Khan recites Aditya Chopra’s beautiful poem Jab Tak Hai Jaan, against the backdrop of Rahman’s music. Though well penned it may sound cheesy to some and perfectly acceptable to others. What cannot be disregarded is the musical quality of the track, presumably a prelude the film’s background score.
    In conclusion, Jab Tak Hai Jaan leaves you with mixed feelings. It is neither as impressive as Rahman’s previous outings (Raavan, Rockstar and Jodha Akbar) nor lives up to the precedent set by previous Yash Chopra romances. The absence of an obvious timeless classic like ‘Tujhe Dekha To’ or ‘Tere Liye’ is slightly depressing. Nonetheless, it is still an outstandingly well-made album with some great tracks to its name. ‘Challa’, ‘Saans’ and ‘Heer’ obviously come out on top while ‘Ishq Shava’ is just too much fun to ignore. The rest are still Rahman compositions and are impressive all the same. Basically, shed all preconceived notions, high or otherwise, and you will definitely enjoy it.
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  12. mumbiene

    mumbiene Well-Known Member

    Review: Rahman disappoints in Jab Tak Hai Jaan

    October 12, 2012 13:18 IST
    Something is sorely amiss in the songs of Jab Tak Hai Jaan, writes Sukanya Verma.

    With the exception of Dil To Pagal Hai (which too has a nice ring), just about every title of a Yash Chopra [ Images ] creation articulates its gist in very little.

    And so when the mysteriously long wait for the name of his latest (and perhaps last) came to an end with Jab Tak Hai Jaan, the response ranged from 'dated' to 'dramatic.' It wasn't a selection I had hoped for but I reasoned if we could get used to Jab We Met [ Images ], we'll probably get used to this too.

    Then came out its first poster with some of the hottest credits in the business reduced to inconsequence and my immediate reaction was 'Who okayed this mess?' But if inventive posters lead to inane films like Rowdy Rathore, I'd rather make my peace with JTHJ and get used to it.

    When it's hugely anticipated soundtrack released a schmaltzy recital of an Aditya Chopra [ Images ] poem in Shah Rukh Khan's [ Images ] ardent voice followed by the smashing song teaser Challa, I felt better about my conciliations. What more could a year, brimming with remarkable movie scores like Gangs of Wasseypur, Vicky Donor and Barfi!, ask for above the exquisite combination of A R Rahman's [ Images ] melody and Gulzar's [ Images ] mood as icing?
    Alas, something is sorely amiss in the songs of Jab Tak Hai Jaan. It has its moments of technique and finesse but not the soul that soars or stirs.
    Now I love Rahman. Even his lesser appreciated albums like Yuvvraaj [ Images ] and Raavan are absolute favourites of mine. But here's what I discovered about his compositions for the Yash Raj romance starring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif [ Images ] and Anushka Sharma [ Images ].
    Things begin on an upbeat note with the infectious strumming of guitar and Rabbi Shergill's spirited rendition of Challa resonating a wanderer's philosophy in Gulzar's free flowing Punjabi. Beaming with charm and a catchy hook, Challa falls in the category of songs that make great first impressions.
    There are songs that become epic and others that labour to sound epic. Even a whiff of Tu hi re (Bombay), Pyaar yeh jaane kaisa hai (Rangeela [ Images ]), Nahi saamne (Taal [ Images ]) or Satrangi re (Dil Se..) invariably leads to goose pimples with its wholehearted, unbridled display of passion. Saans, with its ardor-filled expressions and heightened drama in Rahman's arrangement, strives so hard to be evocative it only ends up sounding showy and synthetic in the process.
    Shreya Ghosal [ Images ] returns to offers a slower, sadder version of Saans with just one thing in mind -- melodrama.
    Rahman lends an inexplicably 1990s treatment to Raghav Mathur and Shilpa Rao's gingery play of Gulzar's words in Ishq shava. While the singers do their bit with gusto and the percussion hits a snazzy note every now and then, this semi-Arabic pop number may or may not catch your fancy.
    Things hit a mellow, sentimental note with Harshdeep Kaur's delicate delivery of Heer. Kaur who collaborated with Rahman on Ik Onkar (Rang De Basanti [ Images ]) and Katiya karun (Rockstar) gets the nuances of Gulzar drawing metaphors from the legend of Punjab's [ Images ] romance icons like Heer-Ranjha and Mirza-Sahiban to create a lovely, lilting melody.
    'Khudi se maine ishq kiya re,' admits Neeti Mohan in her steady, vivacious attitude. As irresistible as I find Gulzar's voice in her dynamic delivery of Jiya re, wish Rahman hadn't gone overboard introducing too many elements in this otherwise sorted out ditty. The uneven tempo and constant shift in disposition is most exasperating.
    There's no dearth of pronounced grandeur and high-pitched romantic assertions in the title piece, which alternates between tender and towering. Performed flawlessly by Javed Ali and Shakthisree Gopalan, Jab Tak Hai Jaan is designed to showcase the undying love in the face of impossible circumstances between its lead protagonists. It is here that Rahman achieves the afore-mentioned 'epicness' with his lavish spread of sur and spectacle.
    And breaking that up enters Rahman's bizarre instrumental creation, Ishq Dance which is basically an energetic play of drums accompanied by an eager chorus mouthing mechanical 'Heys' is better suited as the background score for a jungle scene between a ferocious beast and a bunch of exotic tribals.
    The album concludes with SRK [ Images ] reading out Aditya Chopra's adjective-loaded verse against Rahman's striking imagery, reminiscent of Argentine composer Gustavo Santaolalla's elegant use of the instrument charango in The Motorcycle Diaries OST (La Partida in particular).
    Save for a few inspiring notes, even a die-hard Rahman fan will admit to feeling underwhelmed with what Jab Tak Hai Jaan has to offer. I've heard the songs of over and over again with the hope of, well, getting used to them. But it just doesn't work that way. It shouldn't have to.

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  13. precious_ain

    precious_ain Well-Known Member

    Jab Tak Hai Jaan - Music Review

    When two Oscar winners come together( AR Rahman & Gulzar Saab) get together to compose the songs for one of the most awaited movies of the year, the expectations reaches sky high. This with the fact that it is being directed by a director who has throughout the ages given many musical blockbusters & claimed to have one of the persons with the better taste in music in the industry than the expectations goes high a few more notches. And along with it comes an actor who is said to be “King of Romance” in today’s era, well well well well we don’t need to state anything more do we?? So has this combo worked wonders?? Or have they fizzled out without grabbing any eyeballs?? Lets than try to analyse & give a quick review of the music album of JTHJ.

    Last year at the same time period when Rahman Sir composed music for a film it turned out to be the years biggest hit ever & literally swept all the awards. If your answer to the album is Rockstar than well you have got it right. After that he composed music for Ek Deewana Tha which although wasn’t as highly successful as Rockstar, yet the song Hosanna bagged the limelight for quite sometime. Now in JTHJ, its sure to grab more attention than EDT & for obvious reasons too.
    Now around a month ago(30th Sept to be precise), the song Challa was aired on You-tube. Within few minutes the song went viral & spread its roots everywhere. You-tube got jammed whereas the micro blogging site Twitter showed it to be on the Top 10 trending topics of the day. This song sung by Rabbi Shergill of Bulla Ki Jaana fame is an out & out Punjabi track with the lyrics being completely in Punjabi. This disappointed many SRK fans as it was not understandable to the people at large, except for the Punjabis that is. However after hearing it twice or thrice everyone started hyming the song regardless of the fact whether one understood the lyrics or not & as of now this song has become one of Bollywood’s most liked videos on You-tube.
    Challa has received wide spread liking amongst the audience. And Rabbi’s soulful voice has added quite a few stars to this song. Although whether he has suited SRK’s vocals is quite debatable yet it has become one of the greatest hits of the year. After that came the song Saans sung by Mohit Chauhan & Shreya Ghoshal. Mohit these days has become a synonym to Ranbir’s vocals, after lending his voice quite well in Junior Kapoor’s recent flicks Rockstar & Barfi. Here however he seemed to be little out of track & doesn’t seem to fall in the flow of the song. Luckily though Shreya is spot on & her silken voice is enough to make one fall in love with the song nullifying the not so great Mohit’s part. In the reprise part of the same song she takes it above a few more notches.
    Now these are the two songs whose video has been releases. Apart from it JTHJ’s title track sung by Javed Ali & Shakthisree Gopalan is undoubtedly the song of the album. In Javed’s melodious voice this song has all the potential of being declared the Most Romantic Song of the year. There after comes the song Ishq Saava which is said to be a dance track number between SRK & Kat. However when I heard it first it didn’t leave any impression that it can be a dance number & to be honest was bit disappointed with it.
    Then lets talk about another peppy son called Jiya Re sung by Neeti Mohan. This is a bubbly youthful track which am sure is going to be liked by the youngstars a lot. And most probably I feel this will be sort of introduction song of Anushka, given the image that is being showed in the trailer so far. Last but not the least comes the song Heer sung by Harshdeep Kaur which is a decent track. Oh and yeah there is the poem recited by SRK too which was shown in the trailer which is quite effective. And I have discussed about it in the trailer analysis of JTHJ. Hence am not describing it at length here.

    The music of Jab Tak Hai Jaan has quality written all over it and the melody is in place. It has the potential to grow on you with time. But the songs are not exciting and appealing enough for you to put them on your playlist and listen to them over and over again – which generally is a given when you listen to an AR Rahman album.

    So there you go. That’s our review of JTHJ’s songs. On the whole we would like to give it 3.5/5. Wish we could have given it 4/5 just like in Rockstar but alas!

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  14. JUG

    JUG Well-Known Member

    Honestly, the album is nothing great. Certainly not rehman's best. i am disappointed. Except heer and challa nothing works for me.
  15. mumbiene

    mumbiene Well-Known Member

    Twitter review: Shahrukh-Katrina's song 'Heer' from 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan'
    • Shahrukh Khan
    • November 6, 2012
    • By: Reena Das
    • Days prior to the release of the most-anticipated movie of the year, the makers of “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” shared the soulful song “Heer” with their fans. The official announcement was made on various social networking sites on Nov. 6, 2012.
      The soft, sad song is sung by the Punjabi singer Harshdeep Kaur, who has popular singles like, “Jugni” from “Cocktail”, “Katiya Karoon” from “Rockstar”, “Bari Barsi” from “Band Baja Baarat” and “Chand Ki Katori” from “Guzaarish”, among others to her credit.
      View slideshow: Katrina Shahrukh Anushka in Heer
      The poignant song is different from the peppy numbers "Ishq Shava" and "Challa" and also features the gorgeous Katrina Kaif, along with Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma. (Click the video link to watch "Heer".)
      Describing the song on YouTube, the makers say, “Heer visits the world of everlasting love with a flawless rendition by the talented Harshdeep Kaur. The song evokes romantic emotions within oneself.”
      Within hours of release, “Heer” continues to top Indian Twitter trends and is one of the most talked-about subjects of the day. Listeners shared their views and here’s a quick recap:
      @niharikasinghon: Heer literally got me goosebumps #JTHJ ! All three look fabulous. Those moments in movie is gonna be cherished for ever.
      @NeelshTiwari: this beautiful n best track from the movie, had waited a long time...harshdeep kaur awesome voice
      @AAmin008: Chemistry between srk and KatrinaKaif is clearly sparkling in heer JTHJ best romantic movie of decade
      @RajeshKumar0390: Happy about Heer is trending now, it is supposed to be an all-time trend because the song is that much beautiful :) proud to be ARR+ve !!!
      @amitnimade: The new song from Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Heer features a lovelorn Katrina Kaif playing the guitar and reminiscing her…
      ‏@iamptk: @HarshdeepKaur I'm sure, you'll definitely get the Best female singer award for this Beautiful Heer Song! It's a SOUL TOUCHING Track!
      ‏@ShahRukhKhanFc1: #Heer crosses 3124+ likes in little more than 4 hours! Most soulful song ever with amazing scenes RT If u love this song???
      @Sarky5192: Katrina & Anushka were never this beautiful! Yash Chopra trully was a magician!! #Heer
      @PCoholic: Look at Katrina's Fake cry..!! #Heer song yet again proved Kat is super Fake in her acting as well as in easy Cryin sequence..!
      @iamgunjal: After seeing heer video,my excitement level for jthj has gone above ra-one
      @mynameisdev2: in love with the video of Heer . Beautifully shot song :)
      @iam_srkian: #heer.....what a great & lovely romantic song.....just getting down in the well of romance...love u srk.
      @JunaidAdmani: loved the heer promo. the best according to me from all! #jthj
      @niki_goodhair: Heer.. Super Soulful.. Double Divine
    • http://www.examiner.com/article/twitter-review-shahrukh-katrina-s-song-heer-from-jab-tak-hai-jaan
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  16. mumbiene

    mumbiene Well-Known Member

    SONG REVIEW: Jab Tak Hai Jaan – ‘Heer’ A Soul Stirring Number

    Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ is Yash Chopra’s swan song; the last curtain call before his unfortunate and untimely demise in October. The legendary filmmaker’s labour of love is all set for release on Diwali, 13th November.
    The latest song from the film is ‘Heer’, a soul stirring romantic number crooned by Harshdeep Kaur. The talented singer who gave us the peppy ‘Katiya Karun’ in Rockstar, is back with this touching melody, which is guaranteed to tug at one’s heart-strings.
    The song is picturised on Katrina, who is seen pining for her love Samar in the film, played by Shah Rukh Khan.
    Seated in a garden, she is singing with a guitar, and is bathed in nostalgia; recollecting the days she shared with her man. The melancholy Punjabi lyrics penned by Gulzar, “Ghhodi leke aave le jaaye” suggest that Katrina’s character is waiting for the love of her life to ride upto her on his steed, and make her his bride.
    The song portrays the intense emotions of love, longing and separation, experienced by the film’s protagonists; Shah Rukh, Katrina and Anushka. Evocative rich symbols of nostalgia and melancholy effectively convey the characters’ true feelings.
    We are privy to the various moments of love that the characters face in the film. Flashbacks are the narrative of choice, used while picturising this soulful, slow, romantic rendition.
    And of course, it goes without saying, that the King Khan looks his intense, uber romantic best while gazing into the eyes of his lady loves. That unwavering, intense gaze he fixes upon the object of his desire will surely make all women weak in the knees.
    It is the most soul stirring song from the film, one that is sure to bring a lump to your throat. For not only will we be deeply immersed in the characters’ predicament while watching the film, but we will also certainly shed a tear or two for Yashji; the man who was known as the King of Romance, the Creator of Love, the visionary who taught us how to love, through his beautiful films.
    The audiences are already so attached to Yash Chopra’s last film, so much so that the experience of watching the film will be a goodbye of sorts. A farewell to the filmmaker who enabled us to rise in love.
    And we shall forever be indebted to Chopra, for many many decades to com
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