Khele Hum Jee Jaan Sey – Music Review

You can listen to the soundtrack here.

Yeh Des Hai Mera provides an excellent start to the soundtrack, ambient and strongly evocative of patriotic feelings. Composer Sohail Sen does a fab job as vocalist as well. That said, there is an unmistakable Rahman-esque tinge to the arrangement. Full credit to Sohail for this one though. The Bengali folk track Naiyn Tere works as all folk songs do, very feel-good, and helped on its way by Pamela Jain and Ranjini Jose’s (who happens to be a dear friend. Really happy for her entry into Bollywood! 🙂 ) neat rendition. Sohail keeps the rustic feel intact without going overboard on the instrument usage, which is job well done. A sad version of the same song sees Pamela Jain go solo to an even minimal instrumental backing.

The title song sees a very imaginative orchestration from the composer, the wild west-ish portion in the first interlude deserving a special mention. The Cine Singers Association Group Chorus Kids Chorus from Suresh Wadkar Ajivasan Music Academy do justice to Sohail’s arrangement with a stirring rendition. The other chorus group, the Cine Singers Association Group Chorus, does an equally splendid job with the majestic-sounding version of Vande Mataram. Pamela Jain returns for a second time with Sohail to deliver the lovely melody Sapne Saloney which again bears Bong traces in the arrangement.

After that follow six short instrumental tracks, which though mostly situational, stand out for their orchestral brilliance. Long Live Chittagong is a bouncy orchestral track with some folk infusion. The Teenager’s Whistle is an elaborate version of the first interlude of the title song. Surjya’s Sorrow is very well arranged and heart-warming, yet in a very Rahman-esque manner. The instrumental version of Vande Mataram again proves very effective in generating that majestic feel. The Escape is very functional in nature but gives a feel akin to what one would expect from the title. And finally there is Revolutionary Comrades, a choral version of Yeh Des.. which starts off on a soft note slowly building up to a crescendo.

Seeing that Gowariker already had Lagaan, Sohail Sen ran a serious risk of falling under Lagaan’s shadow in Khele Hum Jee Jaan Se, but he has come out wonderfully, even shaking off What’s Your Rashee blues in the process. Hat’s off!

Just noticed on Milliblog that the instrumentals have been programmed and arranged by Simaab Sen. Take a bow, Simaab. This is one heck of a job from you! 🙂

Music Aloud Rating — 8.5/10

Recommended Tracks — Yeh Des Hai Mera, Naiyn Tere, Khele Hum Jee Jaan Se, Long Live Chittagong, Surjya’s Sorrow

alpesh says:

jordar songs and music
specially i like song of khele hum ji jaan se
amazing songs

shiva says:

khelein hum jee jaan sey songs rocks….. awesome track….