Jodha akbar cd album cover

Music Director : A. R. Rahman
Producer : Ashutosh Gowariker, Ronnie Screwvala


Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
Cast : Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai
Lyricist : Javed Akhtar

By Rachna Shetty
rachna.shetty@mid-day.com

For those who believe in omens, here is a good one. A R Rahman brings in the new year with some awesome music for Jodhaa Akbar. Now, hopefully, the rest of the composers can keep up.

To say that the music of the film matches the theme and the grandeur of the film would be an understatement. Like his other compositions for Gowarikar, there is a variety in them, and each is as compelling.

In Jashn-e-Baharaa, Jaaved Ali has delivered the song of year. Soft and melliflous, the song stays with you for a long time.

Rahman takes to the microphone for Khwaja Mere Khwaja, a sufi qawwali, that’s at once devotional and soothing. The ease with which Rahman hits the high notes gives the whole song an exalted feel.

Mann Mohana is again a devotional song, sung by beautifully by Bela Shende. Javed Akhtar’s lyrics are complete mastery, while Shende’s voice leaves one with the memory of Chitra in her numerous renditions for Rahman

Inn Lamho ke Daaman mein sees Sonu Nigam and Madhushree excelling in a song that demands restraint and passion. Azeem-o-Shaan Shahenshah is a paean to an emperor, and every bit as regal.
The instrumentals are in keeping with Rahman’s class. A wholesome experience, this.

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