Music Review: Chak De India

Album: Chak De India
Music Director: Salim Merchant & Sulaiman Merchant
Lyricist: Jaideep Sahni
Album Rating:

 

 

 

A refreshing album in terms of music and lyrics. Songs stand out because of the different sounding lyrics. Instead of the tried and tested ‘dil’, ‘deewana’ words, the Jaideep Sahni (is he new?) does a wonderful job as the song writer.

Chak De India
Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Salim Merchant and Marianne DCruz

An energetic song, sung beautifully by Sukhwinder. This song extends the ‘Karam kar, phal ki aasha na kar’ preaching of Bhagavad Gita. The song has wordings worth listening to. Sukhwinder pumps in enough energy for the listeners to start pumping their fist. Ignoring the common sports based theme, this song reminds me of Lagaan’s ‘Chale Chalo’. The tune is catchy and motivating. A song to listen to whenever you need a pep talk. You would want to get up and do something because Sukhwinder is saying ‘Kuch kariye’!

Badal Pe Paon Hain
Singer: Hema Sardesai

Hema Sardesai is back with a bang after a hiatus (At least I didn’t notice her anywhere. Apologies if I missed any of her songs.). A fast, foot-tapping song where Hema sounds like she is actually on cloud nine. The guitar piece is brilliant and the chorus adds charm to the song. Hema shines through-out – one can make out Hema is thoroughly enjoying the song. If you are on cloud nine, listen to the song and sway with Hema.

Ek Hockey Doongi Rakh Ke
Singers: Shah Rukh Khan, KK and Chorus

Oooo… going by this song, one is better off staying away from the girls of the hockey team. This song is Shah-rukh’s introduction of the team. Khan’s commentary and the girls’ tidbits gel well with the chorus, though he could have done better on the commentary job. KK sings only a line in the song, you wil miss him if you blink err… whatever the equivalent is for listening. Good work on the lyrics and the narration.

Bad Bad Girls
Singer: Anushka Manchanda

This one stands out as the odd one out. This is targeted at the disc/pub crowd, I think. With its drum beats, breaking glass and synthesized sounds, it is more like a noise on the ears. The tune is nothing to rave about. Anushka’s voice totally suits the song and she handles it well.

Maula Mere Le Le Meri Jaan
Singers: Krishna & Salim Merchant

A mellifluous song, with a touch of folky, Arabic music. Krishna is brilliant – the right amount of emotion packed in and his voice sounds so soothing. His voice at times shakes a little and this adds to the beauty of the song. This song grabs you as soon as it starts and it tranfers you to another world altogether. The singer in the background actually spoils the serenity of the song. He is more screaming than singing – we could have done without him.

Hockey Remix
Singers: Shah Rukh Khan, KK and Chorus

This is the faster, noisier version of ‘Ek hockey doongi mein rakh ke’ minus the introductions. With digitally created sounds, loud thumping is noise to ears. I so prefer the slower, pleasanter song. This one is sure to top the charts in your local discotheque. Save your ears, skip this song.

Sattar Minute
Singer: Shah Rukh Khan

Supposedly Khan’s pep talk to his team. I don’t know why this ‘dialogue’ or ‘speech’ is part of the movie’s soundtrack. Are people going buy this album because it contains a speech by King Khan? In the speech, Shah Rukh Khan is trying to motivate his team to play their best in those 70 minutes of the game – he hardly sounds convincing. He lost my attention right after the second sentence and the whole speech lasts for a litte more than 2 minutes. I know this is going to anger Khan fans, but nothing inspiring about the speech. The coach sounds desperate, not confident. When you are leading a team – there is a thin line between desperation and confidence.

All in all, a good album. ‘Chak De India’, ‘Badap Pe Paon Hain’ and ‘Maula Mere’ are good enough reasons for buying this album. No matter what I say, Khan fans are going to lap up this album.

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12 thoughts on “Music Review: Chak De India

  1. prasad phayde says:

    chak de is a very fantastic n motivaying song the voice of sukhvinder suits him best. after the chaiyya chaiyya hit they both have together done a fantastic job

  2. “Maula Mere Le Le Meri Jaan” with just 3 and 1/2 stars ???? i guess it deserves more… the song really dwells deep within …. in the era where nasal singing and fast track songs are whrilling around.. a soul touching song like this provides you with the much required calmness…. plz if possible enhance the rating (if its u who had rated these songs) might be, listening to this song, once in solitude might bring up its brilliance and you’d marvel on it. 🙂

  3. Hi Saurabh, you know, I am in a dilemma whenever I have to rate songs. Should I rate the songs relative to only the songs in the album or relative to all the songs that I have heard so far. I tend to take the second path, and when I compare ‘Maula Mere’ with the other ‘best’ songs I have heard, I think 3-1/2 is a fair rating.

    I think it’s time for me to think if I should get rid of this rating business. Just talk about songs and do away with the rating. What do you think?

  4. Hi Saurabh, you know, I am in a dilemma whenever I have to rate songs. Should I rate the songs relative to only the songs in the album or relative to all the songs that I have heard so far. I tend to take the second path, and when I compare ‘Maula Mere’ with the other ‘best’ songs I have heard, I think 3-1/2 is a fair rating.

    I think it’s time for me to think if I should get rid of this rating business. Just talk about songs and do away with the rating. What do you think?

  5. Anon says:

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  6. Hi Anaamica,

    Considering that you’ve rated “Maula mere” wrt to other ‘best’ songs and not within the album clears the air… 3 & 1/2 rating suits then.. i was in notion that its being rated wrt other songs in the album itself…

    not so sure about the rating funda… i guess instead of rating the individual songs… rate the album… (in this way u’ll be safe from comment like mine (earlier one ) 🙂 .. ) that would be good.. nyways everything has its positives and negatives… so rating seems fine.. but i’ll suggest rate the albums…

    and sorry for a delayed response 😉 was not in sync with posts and comments…

  7. Amara says:

    Chak De is a great movie and even surprised to know that it has cracked my mains exam for UPSC as well. I had joined Climb First for UPSC preparation and I met Mr. Mukund there who has cleared his examination. He advised me to prepare strategy plan as per Chak De movie. At Climb first, Mukund advised me that to crack upsc mains, 11 things are very important, same like 11 members in a team.
    1. General Studies – Prelim,
    2. GA – Prelim,
    3. English – Mains (Qualifying),
    4. Indian Language – Mains,
    5. Essay,
    6. General Studies – 1,
    7. General Studies – 2,
    8. Optional Subjects – History 1,
    9. Optional Subjects – History 2,
    10. Optional Subjects – Political Science -1,
    11. Optional Subjects – Political Science – 2.
    These are the 11 things. If we can coordinate and club all these 11, then we can make it as a team and can hit the goal. I really appreciate Mukund whom I met at Climb First to give these tips I applied and cleared my Mains in 2011 Civil Services. Somehow I couldn’t clear my Interview in 2011 because my grandmom expired 3 days before my interview and unfortunately I couldn’t read the newspaper 3 days prior to my interview. The panel has discussed half of the times about current issues. But in 2012 I’m quite sure I will place my name in Final list.

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