Soul Stirring Melodies from Sam Bahadur- Music Review

Movie: Sam Bahadur (2023)

Singers: Shankar Mahadevan, Vishal Dadlani, Divya Kumar, Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan

Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Lyrics: Gulzar


This new movie is a 2023 Indian Hindi language biographical war drama based on the life and times of India’s first field marshal named Sam Manekshaw. The Sam Bahadur music album has been composed by Shankar- Ehsaan- Loy and the lyrics have been penned down by Gulzar. 

In the year 1934, corporal Sam Manekshaw was one of the first batch of gentlemen cadets to be trained at the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun. Listen to the songs from this film as you go through our review of the songs.

Badhte Chalo

This song will give you the actual taste of patriotism. There is a chorus, there is live rhythm and percussion. Shankar- Ehsaan- Loy just makes the music perfect and the beats sound amazing. The lyrics by Gulzar are quite simple and talk about a soldier reaching his/ her target. Shankar Mahadevan, Vishal Dadlani and Divya Khumar sang in their heart melting voices. Their singing somehow brings out the personality of Sam Manekshaw more poignantly.

Rating: 4/5


Itni Si Baat

This one is the romantic number from the album and is a mind blowing duet by the god and goddess of Bollywood playback industry Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal. Shankar Ehsaan Loy’s music will take you back to the bygone era. This song is apt for the period that the film is set in. It has been beautifully written by Gulzar. The song talks about a small thing and how it paves way for big wonders. You get to witness Sam Manekshaw’s dance with his wife.

Rating: 5/5



This epic song will boost your confidence. Gulzar’s lyrics have a beautiful poetic essence and patriotic flavor. He talks about soldiers continuing with their pursuits and not stopping even once. Shankar Mahadevan’s voice has a magnetic aura required for this song. The beats and music of the song by Shankar- Ehsaan-Loy will make chills run down your spine. The music could have been more catchy.

Rating: 3/5

Dum Hai To Aaja

The official video for this song has not been released yet but Sunidhi Chauhan seems to be back in bang with her powerful voice. Shankar Ehsaan Loy and Gulzar’s combo as the composer and lyricist makes the song more amazing. This song is about grabbing opportunities when the time is right and the song is a soft, medium paced one. The genre is not a typical Sunidhi Chauhan one, but it suits her really well.

Rating: ⅘


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Did you guys know that Sam Manekshaw was the first field marshal of India?? Soldiers from the 8th Gorkha Rifles to which he was transferred after independence gave him the title Sam Bahadur and it turned into his common name from that day onwards. 

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OUR PICK(S): We choose “Itni Si Baat” as our favorite song from the album.