Music Review: Shadow (2009)


Anand Raj Anand innovates and occasionally rises above standard Bollywood fare

The music of the soon-to-be-released Shadow is a mixed bag from Anand Raj Anand. Let’s observe a moment of silence to show gratitude to the filmaker, music composer and record label for not pushing for crap remixes.

Yaariyan is the expected wannabe item number, and with help from songstress Anushka Manchanda, Anand Raj Anand gets it right out of the way.

Masti has lyrics by Anjaan Saagri, and Sunidhi Chauhan twists it to her predictable style. Anand surprises here, taking Masti slightly beyond expectations by putting a slightly catchy chorus where it should be.

The title track would be better understood with the help of a music video. Starting off well, Shadow meanders into an unexciting place, always showing the spark of innovation. Sukhvinder Singh and Aakruti Kakkad sing on this not-too-bad track. Anand Raj Anand could’ve done a lot more to this.

Sunidhi Chauhan returns on Khumariyan, and Anand Raj Anand takes the opportunity to experiment with sounds under her vocals. Straight and simple, but not stuff you’ll care about a few minutes from now, unless perhaps you’re wondering which heroine gyrates to this in the movie.

What do you get when you cross Pritam and AR Rahman? Anand Raj Anand’s Rabba Rabba. Don’t get me wrong, Rabba Rabba is a very nice track… despite the inspiration being too obvious.

The sixth and last track, Dil Ke Yaar is the best composition from Shadow. Anand Raj Anand takes a whole different approach and the result is a fresh-sounding number that delights. Aakruti Kakkad accompanies him well, but it’s Anand Raj Anand takes Dil Ke Yaar to another level with his singing style here.


Anand Raj Anand innovates and occasionally rises above standard Bollywood fare with his music for Shadow. Wish it had more memorable tracks.


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