King Khan: Songs from the Films of Shahrukh Khan

Artist: Various Artists

Produced by: Times Square Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

            Considered to be one of the most successful movie stars in the world and named one of the most 50 powerful people in the world by Newsweek, Shahrukh Khan is an incredibly popular Indian actor, prominent Bollywood figure, film producer and television host.  Beginning with his film debut in 1992 in the movie Deewana, Khan has been a part of quite a few successful movies and has won thirteen Filmfare Awards for his work in Indian films including seven in the Best Actor category.  On June 15, 2010, Time Square Records released King Khan: Songs from the Films of Shahrukh Khan, a thirteen track selection of songs from Shahrukh Khan’s most popular hit movies. 

            Written and performed by various artists, the songs found on the King Khan album are quite the diverse collection.  Each song shows a progression in the music industry in India.  There are tracks containing traditional Indian music followed by tracks with mixes of hip-hop and rap.  Every song on the album is unique in styling, sound and composition.

            While I enjoyed the first two tracks of the album, things really start to pick up for me at Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam from the movie Duplicate, a somewhat celebratory songs featuring beatboxing mixed in with traditional music.  The vocals are enjoyable and the hand clapping increases the tempo, adding to the celebratory feel of the music.  In fact, quite a few of the songs after the third track featured this hand clapping technique which, employed with the use of various percussion instruments, only served to heighten the intensity of the music.  My favorite track on the album was Henna (Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna) from the film Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.  I could actually picture this song being played at a local club with the DJ mixing and partiers dancing. 

            King Khan: Songs from the Films of Shahrukh Khan was an extremely enjoyable listening experience for me.  I loved the variety of music found on this album and my only issues come from not understanding the language.  The lyrics sound incredibly meaningful and, being someone who is very into the lyrics of songs, I was saddened by not being able to fully interpret what was being said in each track.  And yet, despite not understanding the words in the song, the music was so enjoyable that I found King Khan to be a terrific album that I am sure anyone who has an appreciation for Indian film music can enjoy.


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