Delhi-6 (soundtrack)

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Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman
14 January 2009 (India)
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn and AM Studios
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 45:32
Label T-Series
Producer A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Slumdog Millionaire

Delhi-6 is the soundtrack album to Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's 2009 Bollywood film Delhi-6. A. R. Rahman scored the film,[1] his second collaboration with Mehra after Rang De Basanti and Prasoon Joshi penned the lyrics. The music was released on 14 January 2009 at the Indian Idol 4 competition.[2]

The first video of the song "Masakali" was released featuring Sonam and Abhishek with a pigeon. However, the song was not part of the original film. According to the director, "The song was not really meant to be part of the narrative. I mean, who would think of putting in a song about a dove in a film like 'Delhi-6'? It just happened. When I came to the pre-climax portion of my script, I was stuck. I needed a continuity link taking the narrative to its finale".[3][4] Other videos released include the title track Delhi-6, the romantic interlude "Rehna Tu" as well as the folky "Genda Phool", an adaptation of a folk song from Chhattisgarh.[5] The music of the track "Bhor Bhaye" is based on the raga, Gujri Todi. It is an adaptation of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan's original version, arranged by Rahman. Traditional lyrics have been used there by Joshi. It is to be noted that the Ustad (whose demise took place in 1968) did not record this song separately for the film soundtrack. Shreya Ghoshal's vocals have been superimposed on the Ustad's vocals (from his original song) at parts.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Rediff 4.5/5 stars[6]
Planet Bollywood 10/10 stars[7]
Bollywood Hungama 4/5 stars[8]

The soundtrack for the movie has received universal acclaim, with most reviewers hailing the album to be one of Rahman's best works. reviewed the music saying "Delhi-6 is just as rich, just as powerful, and just as awe-inspiring as his work in Slumdog Millionaire. As we take the timeless stroll down the streets of Delhi 6, let us rejoice in the phenomenon that is Rahmania".[9] A review on Bollywood Hungama said, "Delhi 6 is near perfect. Rahman beats his own score with Delhi 6 which would easily go down as one of his best scores till date."[10] said, "One would think that Rahman couldn’t raise the bar any higher. Just when you wonder how high he can go, he raises the bar even higher until one feels that he has attained true musical nirvana and we are lucky enough to be along for the ride. 'Dilli 6' shows a Rahman that is at the top of his game. He is a league ahead of his contemporaries and an artist that transcends global boundaries to spread the joy of his music throughout the world. Each and every song in Dehli-6 upholds the high standards Rahman has set. Romantic numbers (Dil Gira Dafatan, Rehna Tu), upbeat compositions (Delhi-6, Genda Phool, Hey Kaala Bandar), uplifting tracks (Masakkali), devotional numbers (Arziyan, Aarti—Tumre Bhavan Mein), a full-fledged classical number (Bhor Bhaye) and a short and sweet poem (Noor), Delhi-6's OST has plenty of variety, and songs to suite everyone’s musical tastes."[11][12] According to Rediff's Sukanya Verma, "A. R. Rahman makes waiting for his music such a worthwhile chore what with one fantastic soundtrack after another. Close on the heels of a deserving Golden Globes wins follows the anticipated score of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Delhi 6. Considering its impossible-to-define Chandni Chowk roots, Rahman injects the sounds of this 10-tracked album with an eclectic fusion of various genres."[13]

Track listing[edit]

The official track listing.

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Masakali"   Mohit Chauhan 4:50
2. "Arziyan"   Javed Ali, Kailash Kher 8:41
3. "Dilli-6[14]" (French Lyrics by Viviane Chaix, Claire) Blaaze, Benny Dayal, Tanvi Shah, Viviane Chaix, Claire 3:36
4. "Rehna Tu"   A. R. Rahman, Benny Dayal, Tanvi Shah 6:51
5. "Hey Kaala Bandar"   Karthik, Naresh Iyer, Srinivas, Bonnie Chakraborty, Ember 5:52
6. "Dil Gira Dafatan"   Ash King, Chinmayee 5:39
7. "Genda Phool"   Rekha Bhardwaj, Shrraddha Pandit, Sujata Mazumder, Mahathi 2:50
8. "Bhor Bhaye" (Raag: Gujri Todi) Shreya Ghoshal, Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan 3:19
9. "Aarti (Tumre Bhavan Mein)"   Rekha Bhardwaj, Kishori Ashok Gowariker, Shrraddha Pandit, Sujata Mazumder 3:01
10. "Noor" (Recital) Amitabh Bachchan 0:50


Filmfare Awards

Mirchi Music Awards

Star Screen Awards[15]

International Indian Film Academy Awards[16]


  1. ^ A.R. Rahman Golden globe call
  2. ^ 'Delhi-6′ Audio Release Function On Indian Idol 4 Retrieved on 2009-02-09
  3. ^ Dove song in movie was not planned
  4. ^ "Delhi-6 music out on 14th January"
  5. ^ Diksha Kamra (2010-09-16). "Folk inspiration for Munni Badnaam". Times of India. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  6. ^ Rediff review
  7. ^ Planet Bollywood review
  8. ^ Bollywood Hungama review
  9. ^ Music Review of Delhi 6 By Aakash Gandhi (9.5/10) Retrieved on 2009-01-18
  10. ^ Music Review of Delhi 6 By Joginder TutejaBollywood Hungama Retrieved on 2009-01-18
  11. ^ Music Review of Delhi 6 By Samir Dave on Planet Bollywood Planet Retrieved on 2009-01-18
  12. ^ Music Review of Delhi 6 By Amanda Sodhi on PlanetBollywood Planet Retrieved on 2009-02-25
  13. ^ Sukanya Verma (20 January 2009). "Music Review of Delhi 6 By Sukanya Verma on". Rediff. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  14. ^ Rathore, Tajpal (6 March 2009). "A R Rahman Delhi - 6 Review". BBC Music. Retrieved 30 May 2013. In stark contrast, Dilli-6, sung by Blaaze (an Indian-based rapper), is undisputedly the boldest track on the album. 
  15. ^ Filmicafe Media Inc (2009-12-30). "16th Star Screen Awards Nominations". Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  16. ^ "IIFA Awards 2010 Nominations announced - bollywood news". 2010-05-07. Retrieved 2012-02-13.