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Music review of Azhar by Joginder Tuteja

3.5

EXPECTATIONS

One expects a series of melodious tracks from Azhar. Emraan Hashmi's name is synonymous with good music and his coming together with Ekta Kapoor leads to good anticipation as well. Moreover, Tony D'Souza has ensued peppy music for his last couple of outings, Blue and Boss, though Azhar is a different stage. Composer Amaal Mallik leads the charge and Pritam is the guest composer.

MUSIC

It is a winning start for Azhar as Rashmi Virag writes some good lyrics for 'Bol Do Na Zara'. Dipped in romance, this one is lent a good tune by Amaal Mallik who ropes in his brother Armaan Malik to do the honours behind the mike. This one sticks to the basics in terms of the arrangements and styling and delivers what is expected in an Emraan Hashmi number. It is instantly likeable and can be heard in a repeat mode.

Guest composer Pritam brings together Arijit Singh and Antara Mitra for 'Itni Si Baat Hain' which aims to recreate the 'Pee Loon' [Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai] magic. It succeeds to a good extent too as the core of the chartbuster number, the simplicity, is intact here as well. Lyricist Manoj Yadav doesn't take any experimental route in this quintessential romantic Bollywood song which keeps the romance going.

Kalyanji-Anandji's 'Oye Oye' (Gazar Ne Kiya Hai Ishaara) is brought in a new age avtar by DJ Chetas and is always the case with a popular song; it takes time for a listener to get accustomed to the new styling. The chartbuster track from Tridev had been sung quite brilliantly by Sadhana Sargam, Sapna Mukherjee and Alka Yagnik and this time around it is Aditi Singh Sharma who is entrusted with the responsibility to be the sole singer. She sings it in a Westernized accent and while it is understandable that this could be so due to the song being picturised on Nargis Fakhri, one still wonders if a 'desi' touch was a better bet.

Anand Bakshi's lyrics though are kept completely intact right through the song (unlike many a reprise versions that end up twisting around the words completely). The song concludes with a brief inclusion of 'Gali Gali Mein' (from Tridev again) with Armaan Malik chipping in with a bit. It would need some good choreography and picturisation to take 'Oye Oye' to the next level and make one move on from the original.

Amaal Mallik is back with a couple of songs, both of which have Kumaar as the lyricist. 'Tu Hi Na Jaane' is a romantic number and while Sonu Nigam is the man entrusted for the job, somehow the impact that he usually creates isn't as high. Perhaps it is due to the arrangements that are a bit too old fashioned here. Moreover, the lyrics don't leave much of an impact either in this song that newcomer Prakriti Kakar as the co-singer. She is decent in her rendition.

The soundtrack concludes with 'Jeetne Ke Liye', which is set to be a motivational number that is expected to play during the narrative once the character of Azhar is shown to be battling allegations of match fixing. KK is the right man for the job and he gets the right pitch in place for this song that is expected to bring on some good euphoric moments in the film.

OVERALL

One expected a few melodious tracks and there are a couple in the offering, 'Bol Do Na Zara' and 'Itni Si Baat Hain'. As for the glamour quotient, expect that to rise with 'Oye Oye'.

OUR PICK(S)

'Bol Do Na Zara', 'Itni Si Baat Hain', 'Oye Oye'

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