Melodic Marvels: Reviewing Gadar 2 Soundtrack

Movie: Gadar 2

Singers: Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Arijeet Singh, Aditya Narayan, Sukhwinder Singh, Neeti Mohan, Vishal Mishra, Shehnaz Akhtar, Sahil Akhtar, Mithoon, Jubin Nautiyal

Music: Mithoon

Lyrics: Sayeed Qadri


Gadar 2 is set against the backdrop of the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war and once again, we get to see India’s most loved family “Tara Singh, Sakeena and Jeete Singh” on the big screen.

The sequel to the original film ‘Gadar’ has hit the theaters 2 decades after the first film’s release and one realizes a lot has changed since then.

Lyricist Anand Bakshi expired in 2002 and composer Uttam Singh no longer works in mainstream Hindi cinema. This time, the musical reins have been taken over by composer Mithoon, lyricist Sayeed Qadri and lots of talented singers.

Let’s review the songs from Gadar 2.

Udd Jaa Kale Kaava

The makers of this song have changed the spelling and made it different from the original one called Udja Kale Kawan. Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik’s voices sound completely different from the original song. Udit Ji’s voice is no more like it was and even Alka Yagnik’s voice sounds different and has acquired a different type of gravitas that makes it clear that the two singers have recently been dubbed for this track. Mithoon tries to retain the original melody and has taken special care to not tamper with the original music.

This track has a dreamy tune that will actually take you back to the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war days. Hats off to Bakshi Ji for the captivating lyrics taken from a popular Punjabi folklore. The beauty of the lyrics makes this track more attractive. The song is about love and celebration of life during hard times and is being sung to a black crow.

Rating: 4.5/ 5 


Khairiyat is the second track from the Gadar 2 album and is an original track composed with a lot of hard work by Mithoon and penned down by Sayeed Qadri. Qadri’s words vividly express the emotions and concern that parents have for their children. Arijit Singh sang this beautiful melody in his overpowering voice, but the song is quite subdued and might not sound as loud and smashing as the songs from the original film. Arijeet has brought out the pathos in the film through his empowering voice. Even the visuals are highly impactful. However, Mithoon’s composition is not that compelling and the song is not out of the box or extraordinary.

Rating: 3/5

Main Nikla Gaddi Leke

Remember this epic number? The original song was fun. It showed a lot of merry-making, dancing and entertaining performances on the stage. It was a college event in the first movie. In the second part, it is a family gathering that shows Tara Singh, Sakeena and their now grown-up son dancing to the beats of this awesome, peppy song with loud beats. The new song is a remix of the original song. In this new version, Udit Narayan Ji has his actual son, Aditya Narayan singing with him. The original song was written by Anand Bakshi Ji. The lyrics have not been changed and sound fabulous in the new song. 

 The original version was awesome but Mithoon didn’t get appreciated by people for messing with this song. The remixed version by him didn’t appeal much because of the musical arrangements with generic beats and loud thumps. 

Rating: 3.5/5

Dil Jhoom

Dil Jhoom is one of our favorites from the album. As you listen to this, you’ll soon find out the prominent difference between the soundscape that was created by Uttam Singh in the original film and the kind of sound designed for this one by Mithoon. Even if this movie is set in 1971, Mithoon has given this song a modern sound that makes it sound like it is straight out of 2023. Most probably, Mithoon was asked to create a romantic melody with a catchy hook line. Arijeet Singh and Mithoon’s singing is unmatchable. We love watching Utkarsh Sharma playing the role of Jeete Singh and being a first-class cook in Pakistan. 


Rating: 4.5/5

Sura Soi

This one is a traditional shabad from the precious Guru Granth Sahib. Sukhwinder Singh’s loud and majestic vocals work well for this song. The tune created by Mithoon for this shabad does not seem perfect for the vivid and lively aura exuded by the lines of the shabad.

However, this song was played at the wrong time. It could have been played at a point in the film with some dangerous battle or fight sequence. 


Rating: 2.5/5

Chal Tere Ishq Mein

The hook line of this song is worth falling in love with. It’s another love song in the album just like “Dil Jhoom”. There are a whole bunch of singers like Neeti Mohan, Vishal Mishra, Shehnaz Akhtar, Sahil Akhtar and Mithoon who together sang this melody, but it is Neeti Mohan’s addictive voice that makes this romantic song special for music lovers. This track garnered positive responses only because of her and the newly released music video is simply awesome. Mithoon’s composition sounds somewhat like a mix of filmy qawwali that you must have heard before. Vishal Mishra’s vocal cameo towards the end leaves a lasting impression on the listener.

Rating: 4/5

Udd Jaa Kaale Kaava – Climax Version

This amazing song comes at the end of the album and borrows the original lyrics written by Anand Bakshi Ji for the first film. The original track had Udit Narayan, Nihar-S and Alka Yagnik’s voices, but this song is rendered by one and only Udit Ji accompanied by the velvet-voiced singer Jubin Nautiyal. At the start of the song, you’ll hear Jubin humming the haunting ” Udja Kale Kawan” from the original movie. It might make you feel nostalgic but as soon as Udit Narayan makes an entry, the mood of the song changes. Jubin, singing for Tara Singh’s son, makes the song more calm and adds a touch of innocence to it.

Rating: 4/5 

Last Words

The Gadar 2 soundtrack might not be as impressive as the original one, but it still has some good elements and some of the numbers are indeed enjoyable. It brings back a lot of bittersweet memories from the 90s. These songs will stay with us forever. It’s hard to not fall in love with the movie and the soundtrack. There might be a few flaws and inconsistencies in the songs but the composers, singers and lyricists have given it their best. It’s the emotions behind the songs that are more important. 


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OUR PICK(S): We choose “Udd Ja Kale Kawa as our favorite song from the album.