Quick Take: One track pony

Director: Priitam
T-Series
Rs 199
Release Date: 2012-02-28 08:00:00
Quick Take: One track pony

Boney M’s hit single Rasputin has inspired Pritam to compose the frothily romantic I’ll do the talking tonight (Pritam has actually officially credited the source, baiters take note). Singers Neeraj Shridhar, Aditi Singh Sharma, Shefali Alvaris and Barbie Amod make the song their own. It’s a fun, peppy song and makes a good beginning for the album. The remix is well-crafted and hooks you for more.

 

Then comes the much touted mujra number, Dil mera muft ka. It’s beyond belief that Pritam could slay the mujra genre like this. His singers Nandini Shrikar (whose voice doesn’t match Kareena’s), Muazzam, Rizwan, Shadab Faridi, Altamush Faridi and Shabab Sabri add insult to injury by singing it in such a dispirited manner. The legendary poetess- courtesan Umrao Jaan would have wept. The surprising thing is that the remix version, with its Indian rhythms and vocals by Malini Avasthi comes out better than the original. Why this isn’t the original is a mystery.

 

Pritam makes up for the faux pas with a ravishing Raabta. It’s a haunting and melodious romantic piece that really shouldn’t be there in a spy caper. It’s easily the best track of the album. It’s so good that a jubilant Pritam has made three more variants. Among the four tracks, the ones sung by Aditi Singh Sharma and Shreya Ghoshal stand out. It would be fun to see which makes it to the film.  Why can’t Pritam compose such masterful music more often?

 

There is another trying-to-be-clever track called Pungi, which has an ’80s feel to it. Let’s just say not all Amitabh Bhattacharya lyrics can be DK Bose. The Delhi Belly song was risqué while this sounds like something being forced and coaxed from the writer. The been-there-done-that aftertaste could also be because the film took eons to complete. Much looks lost in transition because of that. The same is true of the theme song, which tries very hard to be the next Bond or the next Mission Impossible theme tune.

 

All-in-all, a stilted, one and a half horse album wasn’t what we expected. Let’s hope the film turns out to be better than its OST.

 

 

Devesh Sharma

 

 

 

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