Diwali blockbusters are usually BIG, and everything associated with it is BIG too. Like Om Shanti Om, has a pretty big album, atleast in terms of number of tracks, 12 tracks in all. Vishal-Shekhar chalks out another hit album for the Shah Rukh Khan & Deepika Padukone starrer directed by Farah Khan titled Om Shanti Om. The last time Farah Khan teamed with SRK, Main Hoon Na was a BIG hit, both the movie and the music. So lot of expectations from this one as well.
Now the music came out on September 13, 2007, and after listening to it for the past few days, I must admit I’m hooked on to it. Some tracks are simply too good. So expect a lot of airplay on radios for the film’s music. The first track “Ajab Si” is pretty good, soft song, with a very good music. Some instrumentals in between the track is really good. Good job my KK in the end. “Dard-E-Disco” sung by Sukhwinder Singh in his trademark style. It has a bit of Arabic kinda touch at times, occasional English words in between, a fine track overall. “Deewangi Deewangi” is one of my favorites from the album. The main tune is simply the highlight of this track. Especially when it plays for sometime in the middle of the track. The trance/electronic effect really gives it quite a great feeling. Shaan does a great job with it. The rest (Udit Narayan, Shreya Goshal, Sunidhi Chauhan & Rahul Saxena) were good, but Shaan is my pick from the song. “Mein Agar Kahoon” begins with a pretty good tune, which rises into a full orchestra and with Sonu Nigam & Shreya Goshal’s melodious voice making it a melodious song. It might not be popular with many, but will be liked by a segment of music listeners. It has that retro feel to it (thanks to the movie having some 70s flashback as well). “Jag Soona Soona Lage” is sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. A sad song this is, but still quite good, with the starting vocals by Richa Sharma quite good. Its all Rahat Fateh Ali Khan then on, with a slow and well composed music in the background. Another track I would like to include in my picks from the album. One tune in particular was the highlight of this song. “Dhoom Taana” is another of those retro songs from the movie. Lot of dhols and stuff in it, sung by Abhijeet & Shreya Goshal. Again may not be liked by many, but its what the movie demands thanks to the storyline. The singers have done a great job nevertheless. “Daastaan-E-Om Shanti Om” is another by Shaan from the album. Its mostly vocal with the background score keeping with the story telling in a musical way kind of song. Song rises on high tone and then goes down again and then picks up again. So its a OK track. “Dard-E-Disco (Remix)” is a remix version of Dard-E-Disco, worked on by DJ Aqeel. Sukhwinder Singh’s vocals are fast and so is the music, pretty much what is expected from a remix. “Deewangi Deewangi (Rainbow Mix)” is a remix by Dj Kiran & Dj G and is a good track to listen to, Shaan’s vocals are still quite good here. Another one which I would like to pick from the album. The trace/electronic is much better in this mixed version than the original. “Om Shanti Om (Medley Mix)” is the remix of Dhoom Taana, Dard-E-Disco, Deewangi Deewangi all combined in one by Jackie V and again quite a good track. Well mixed and doesn’t make it a mess of the originals. Daastaan [The Dark Side Mix] is the remixed version of Daastaan-E-Om Shanti Om. A rhythmic and nice track well worked by Zoheb, Dj Nikhil Chinappa & Dj Nawab. And finaly the “Om Shanti Om (Theme Music)” which basically is the main theme music of the movie. Just under a minute, its entirely done on piano.
So to sum it up its a pretty good album, will receive good and bad response both and will get a more than decent amount of airplay on radios. They reason why it might have bad response as well is due to the movie’s storyline, which also covers the 70s, some tracks are based on those days’ theme, so as expected the music also has some clues from there, still its another good album by Vishal-Shekhar. It really sets up for the big Diwali release of the movie. As an album it really covers the 70s to today’s music. In that sense its a really good album.