The soundtrack set to rock the nation as it celebrates her 60th Independence Day
This August, as India celebrates its 60th Independence Day, Yash Raj Films presents a film that salutes the nation’s national game – hockey. And the soundtrack album to ‘Chak De India’ based on and inspired by the events in the movie – encapsulates the spirit of the movie in a manner that mere words can hardly do justice to.
Just by listening to the songs in the album (released on the “YRF Music” label), even before watching a single frame of the movie, you are aware that “Chak De India” is about youth, it is about confidence, it is about ambition and it is about surmounting impossible obstacles. In two words, the music of “Chak De India” is about ‘India today’- not to mention the fact that it is a feast for Shah Rukh Khan fans! The soundtrack is certain to catapult Salim-Sulaiman to the front league of music composers today. And will reveal Jaideep Sahni, the story, screenplay and dialogue writer of the movie to be an equally talented lyricist!
A thumping guitar beat kicks off the album - and the title track. The typically different, yet melodious, voice of Sukhwinder Singh kicks in and is soon joined by Salim Merchant and Marianne D’Cruz. An inspirational, anthemic number, “Chak De India” exhorts you to just give your best!
Lovely harmonies open the next track, “Badal Pe Paon Hai” by Hema Sardesai. Slightly jazzy in feel, this ultra peppy number is the best example of contemporary pop in the album. Hema Sardesai, showing great subtlety and variation, perfectly captures youthful zest and aspiration and makes you wonder why we don’t hear much, much more of her.
The music video of “Ek Hockey Doongi Rakh Ke” is already on air (as is that of “Chak De India”) but even familiarity does not take away from the power of the can-do spirit and conviction that it embodies. Superstar Shah Rukh Khan lends his voice to introducing the team, while KK and the team itself do the singing honours.
For all those music lovers wishing for the return of classic 80’s music, “Bad Bad Girls” is your dream come true. Anushka Manchanda (of ‘Viva’ fame) does full justice to this electronic heavy number that makes you want to get back to break dancing all over again. Move over Michael Jackson, the ‘bad bad girls’ are here!
The urban sounds of this number give way to the plaintive yearning of ‘Maula Mere Lele Meri Jaan’, sung by Krishna and Salim Merchant. An instant classic, the track features impeccable orchestration that never overpowers the voices but supports it and lifts it to another plane.
Club lovers will rejoice at the penultimate track in which contemporary music act Midival Punditz succeed in converting “Ek Hockey Doongi Rakh Ke” into the pulsating dance floor sounds of “Hockey Remix”.
The album comes to a triumphant close with Shah Rukh Khan’s pep talk to the team before a crunch match, “Sattar Minute”. Be prepared for goosebumps. And wonder if he should not be applying for the vacant post of coach of the Indian cricket team!
If you are in need of upliftment, if you are seeking confidence, if you feel there is no music speaking directly to your dreams, listen to the Original Sound Track of “Chak De India”. It’s music from the heart – to satisfy the soul of a young, incredible India!
The music CD also has the videos of “Chak De India” and “Ek Hockey Doongi Rakh Ke” on it as a bonus feature and can be viewed on a PC.
The music of “Chak De India” is also available for download in a digital format (as a single song or entire album) through the Yash Raj Films Website and also on popular sites like iTunes, Rhapsody, Yahoo, among others. YRF also delivers physical products to homes through orders placed online through the Website.