There are a lot of expectations from the film, as it is produced by Neeraj Pandey after A Wednesday! and Special Chabbis. With the lead actor being singer-composer Ali Zafar, we expect fair music too.
Ali Zafar composes and sings all the songs, and writes most of them. One of the exceptions is the famous Bulleh Shah poem, 'Chal Bulleya', incidentally the melodic highlight of the score. The lyrics written by the Sufi poet about going to a place where caste and creed do not matter is neatly used in the context of the Indo-Pak, or to put it more correctly, a Punjabi-Pak love story. Ali sings the song soulfully, setting it to a poignant tune.
A slow prelude leads to a rhythmic and fast 'Palat Meri Jaan', a pleasant number, with a very alluring hook in these three words. The lyrics are routine, but the singing is impressive, as is the mood orchestration.
Aqeel Rubi's 'Nahin Maloom Mujhko' (the only duet, sung with Fariha Parvaiz) is an Oriental-style song with the right feel and instrumentation. The Arabic flavour is well created and the two singers do well. The lyrics have incomprehensible Urdu in part, and that could have been improved upon.
'Asha' is the most contemporary song in the soundtrack, though Ali gives it a retro-melodious feel with soothing old-world orchestration that imparts a club/lounge feel. As the tune is quite sober, the subtle fun is within the words.
This is a decent soundtrack, no more, no less.
'Total Siyappa', 'Chal Bulleya'
Music: Ali Zafar
Lyrics: Kumaar, Ali Zafar, Aqeel Rubi & Bulleh Shah
Music Label: T-Series