‘OK Jaanu’ is a romantic drama starring Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead, while Naseeruddin Shah and Leela Samson play supporting roles. It is the official remake of Mani Ratnam’s 2015 Tamil blockbuster ‘O Kadhal Kanmani’. The Hindi version has been directed by Shaad Ali and co-produced by Karan Johar and Mani Ratnam. The movie is set to hit theatres on January 13, 2017.
Music maestro A. R. Rahman, who composed the songs for the original Tamil film, has also composed the soundtrack of the Hindi remake. Legendary poet-lyricist Gulzar has penned the songs. The complete music album consisting of eight tracks was released on January 4 under Sony Music.
Humma Humma: This is a recreated version of the chartbuster song from 1995 film ‘Bombay’, originally penned by Mehboob Alam Kotwal and sung by Remo Fernandes and Swarnalatha. The new version maintains the original lyrics, but has an added rap portion written and sung by Badshah. Jubin Nautiyal and Shashaa Tirupati have lent their vocals.
OK Jaanu: The title song is a youthful and breezy number in the enchanting voice of the composer, A R Rahman, himself. The female vocals have been given by Srinidhi Venkatesh. Gulzar’s lyrics give a sense of liberation to the song.
Enna Sona: It is an emotional love song in the melodious voice of Arijit Singh. The beautiful lyrics carries a subtle hint about the pain in the pleasure of being in love. Guitar strums accompany the song and light flute notes can also be heard.
Jee Lein: This song has a trance-like composition and has been rendered by Savithri R Prithvi, Arjun Chandy and Neeti Mohan, who give a heart-felt rendition. Composer A.R Rahman’s voice is also heard. Lyrics are also meaningful and beautiful.
Kaara Fankara: It is a high-tempo song with hip-hop-like treatment, with a prominent rap portion, which is the highlight of the track. A host of singers, including ADK (Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam), Ashima Mahajan, Kaly, Paroma Das Gupta and Shashaa Tirupati, while Hard Kaur does the rap.
Saajan Aayo Re: The longest track and undoubtedly, the most beautiful of the album takes a classical tune. A.R Rahman’s arrangement is also brilliant with a mix of percussion and string sounds. Jonita Gandhi and Nakash Aziz have done full justice to the song with their vocals oscillating between high and low pitch with ease. The beautiful lyrics add to the magic of the song.
Maula Wa Sallim: This is an Arabic prayer song rendered by composer A. R. Rahman’s teenage son A.R. Ameen who sings it effectively. The song has a simple tune with minimum arrangement, and gives a sense of peace to the listener.
Sunn Bhavara: This is one more classical number in the trained vocals of Shashaa Tirupathi. It is a serene track arranged with subtle tanpura and table notes.