Jannat 2 – Music Review

Listen to the soundtrack here.

Pritam kicks off the soundtrack with a breezy and very hummable sufi-based piece Tu Hi Mera, but not without evoking faint memories of Once Upon a Time in Mumbai. The vocalist this time around is Shafqat Amanat Ali, and being his staple genre the singer aces his part. Tera Deedar Hua, another sufi-colored song, is again nicely arranged, and I quite loved the usage of the chorus. But what didn’t work for me much was Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s singing – he seemed a bit too loud here for my liking. And for that very reason I preferred Javed Ali’s mellower From The Heart version of the same song. That song done, the composer enters the trademark Bhatt territory.

First in the melancholic-haunting set is Tujhe Sochta Hoon, Pritam complimenting KK’s soulful singing with an arrangement bearing a Latino undercurrent.  The alternate version titled Sang Hoon Tere in fact has a more addictive arrangement with an increased emphasis on the lounge elements. The vocals part disappoints in this case though, a generally wonderful singer Nikhil D’Souza sounding surprisingly off-colour in many places. Rab Ka Shukrana has Mohit Chauhan crooning to a Robert Miles-ish template to beautiful effect, even Anupam Amod, whom I didn’t find very impressive in Aakrosh, sounds wonderful in the Reprise version. The composer builds on the humming hook of Zara Si from Jannat in Jannatein Kahaan. While Nikhil D’Souza does a better job here than in the previous case, his version still doesn’t match up to KK’s. And both versions are a notch below Zara Si, hearing a lyrical version of the lead hook didn’t really appeal to me.

So barring a couple of songs, Jannat 2 is same old Bhatt. And I have to grudgingly accept, it still works for most part, despite the repeat. Wonder where the threshold limit is going to be.

Music Aloud Rating: 6.5/10

Top Recos: Tu Hi Mera, Rab Ka Shukrana, Tujhe Sochta Hoon

Jannat 2 though did not do well on the box office as far as collections are concerned, also the story of this movie never seemed to be any way connecting to the original Jannat movie based on Match Fixing, but the songs in this movie are still making the public groove, all the songs in the movie whether Tu Hi Mera, Rab Ka Shukraana, Tera Deedar Hua are composed very well, and the public loved those songs, its just the songs that had made the public groove but the film seemed to be not so good liking by the public.