NH 10 consists of a mixed-bag of various composers coming together for one album. Lets take a quick look through what it has to offer.
Sanjeev Darshan’s Chhil Gaye Naina has been sung by Kaninka Kapoor and Dipanshu Pandit. Kanika, the queen of item songs, delivers a surprisingly nuanced performance in this powerful number. The sounds are decidedly Indian and yet the trance-like vibe will have you hooked to this unique number. Kumaar’s lyrics are raw and powerful, sample this – ‘Kaanch ki neend aayi, patthar ke khwaab laayi’.
Bann Chakraborty has composed and written Le Chal Mujhe which has three versions. The male version is by Mohit Chauhan, the female by Shilpa Rao and the reprise one is by Arijit Singh. It original starts off strong with Mohit’s lilting vocals though it has a tendency to get monotonous with the basic chords. The Shilpa one is smoother while the reprise one has a more jazz like quality. All in all a good song that feels overdone with so many versions.
Ayush Shreshta and Savera Mehta’s Main Jo has been sung by Nayantara Bhatkal and Savera Mehta. It is a light, breezy, finger-snapping number that has a very 90s pop feel to it. The use of trumpets and other orchestral instruments lend a very unique air to this beautiful number.
Mohit Chauhan and Neeti Mohan grab the mic for Bann Chakraborty’s Khoney De which again treads into Blues and Jazz territory. And who better to execute such a track than Mohit Chauhan. The song basically sounds like an extension to Le Chal so in terms of the lyrics this again feels like a repetition. Jazz lovers, do check out the instrumental version of this number though.
Samira Koppikar has composed and crooned Maati Ka Palang. She has a very Sona Mohapatra- Rekha Bharadwaj vibe to her voice, and this track surprisingly sounds very matured too. It uses sitar sounds beautifully and the usage of traditional komal notes lends a rare grace to the song.
Rachel Varghese is the voice behind Savera – Ayush’s Kya Karein. She brings a choir-like tone to the song which may be too soft and slow for everyone’s taste.
Overall, NH 10 has a surprisingly well fleshed out music album with some numbers standing out. Even the ones that are just above-average feel like a rarity in Bollywood and the focus here is clearly on producing good music instead of just music that sells. It clearly deserves three and a half stars for such a bold effort.