My Name is Khan
by Various Artists
Released: Jan 2010
Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Bollywood film My Name Is Khan pairs stars Kajol and Shahrukh Khan with director Karan Johar for the first time since 1998's Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. The film is an entirely different beast, however, set in the U.S. and dealing with anti-Muslim sentiment in the wake of 9/11. The Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy soundtrack is a gorgeous, almost old-fashioned affair, drawing heavily on Sufi traditions and singers, including a performance by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (Nusrat's son), and trading the usual fluff for loping rhythms and emotional singing. The album closes with hits from earlier Shahrukh films.