By Khaya Ahmed: Slated to release on the 26th of February, Bachaana, Nasir Khan’s upcoming romantic yet thriller of a movie is already making headlines with the release of its soundtrack earlier this month. The movie itself revolves around a young and energetic Indian girl, played by the talented Sanam Saaed, who is thrown into a series of unfortunate events, only to end up placing her trust in the most unlikely of people. What follows next is a tale of romance that unfolds between the girl and her savior; a young Pakistani taxi driver in Mauritius, played by Mohib Mirza. With most of the movie shot on location as well as the various big names associated with the flick including one of Pakistan’s leading comic talent, Adeel Hashmi, the soundtrack had a lot of expectations to live up to and so far, it has not disappointed.
With pop music sensation Ali Sher at the helm, the music does a good job of setting the tone of the movie; a hard task to juggle when one is walking the line between romance, comedy, and blood pumping mystery. However, these three completely diverse genres come together seamlessly and create something truly magical as exhibited by the title track, Bachaana, an upbeat catchy tune sung by Benny Dayal and Komal Ghazanfar; the former of whom wowed us with Badtameez Dil and had us bobbing along to the tune. Bachaana is no different and its addictive melody is sure to be stuck in our heads for the months to come.
Sung by the legendary Shafqat Amanat Ali, the second track Yaari, takes on a richer tone in comparison to the title track and is a slower track. However, what it lacks in pace, is made up for by a beautiful tune and smooth, elevating vocals. Koi Labda by pop rock band pop rock band Symt was originally featured as a duet on Coke Studio with Sanam Marvi but this version is led solely by the rock band and leads the story into a pivotal moment. Rounding off the soundtrack is a mash-up of Yaari and Bachaana, a perfect mixture of slow and fast that describes the tone of the film to a T. Though the soundtrack contains shorter tracks than usual albums, it’s a classic case of quality over quantity, with each track seamlessly hitting the bar; a feat it seems the movie itself is set to accomplish as well if the trailers and the reception so far is anything to go by.