Till about a month back not much was known about Aiyyaa. However the very first promo of the film did the trick and one realized that this was one whacky film in the offering with some unconventional storyline to boast of. Along with the promo one could also hear glimpses of the film's soundtrack which further established loud and clear that composer Amit Trivedi and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya would possibly go all out when it whacky quotient.
It's a smashing kick-start to Aiyyaa with 'Dreamum Wakeupum' turning out to be a spoof of the highest degree. Naughty, seductive and of course below the belt, 'Dreamum Wakeupum' is just the kind of song that made waves in the 80s, especially in the industry down South. One can clearly see Soumya Rao having some real good fun crooning this one, what with Amitabh Bhattacharya bringing in everything from 'Lust' to 'Kamasutra' to 'Size Does Matter', 'Body Heat' to 'Thunder Thighs and everything else that comes with a package. While Rani Mukherjee is clearly excited about the song, expect a rioting outing on screen.
Next to arrive is a 'Lavni' which is titled 'Sava Dollar'. This one follows the template to the T and has Sunidhi Chauhan rendering for this young woman who is inspired in a big way by Bollywood, its happening and of course the celebrities. A situational number about big dreams and the perks associated with the world of glamour, this one turns out to be an average outing. In fact is an anti climax of sorts after 'Dreamum Wakeupum' which had given a terrific start to the album. Having said that, one has to give it to Rani for making her exaggerated expressions do the trick all over again, hence making one stay on with the song.
Shalmali Kholgade and Monali Thakur, two upcoming singers who have been giving a good account of themselves so far, pair up for 'Aga Bai'. A fusion track which has an Amit Trivedi stamp to it, what with 'desi' tune camouflaged with Western arrangements, this one has a similar kind of touch up as 'Dreamum Wakeupum' when it comes to the naughty quotient. Though not as effective, this one still has enough meat in it to create some fire on screen, provided its picturisation turns out to be as energetic, fast and furious as the film promises.
There is a shift in mood though with certain 'thehrav' coming in the album. The way 'Mahek Bhi' begins, it pretty much sounds like a lullaby in the offering, what with a soft range of instruments reminding one of 'Good Night' [Ferrari Ki Sawaari]. Nevertheless, the song has an altogether different setting to it as an extended prelude (lasting close to 100 seconds) is followed by Shreya Ghoshal's soulful vocals coming into play. A serene song, it is easy on ears but strictly restricted to the film's situation.
Fun is back in the album with Sneha Khanvilkar taking the lead with Amitabh Bhattacharya deciding to come behind the mike as well with 'What To Do'. While Sneha has been known to follow a different approach when it comes to her compositions (case in point being her recent score in Gangs Of Wasseypur I and II), the same holds true in the way she goes about as a singer as well. Moreover lyrics take an unimaginable route all over again, what with double meaning words galore, sample being - 'Jahan Se Connection Mile, Point Main Plug Ka Dhoondhu; Aise Murge Ka Faayada Kya, Jo Naa Bole Kukdukoo'.
The album concludes with 'Wakda' which has an Indian classical beginning to it. Since the term has been publicized so much all this while in the film's promotion, one would have expected a really special song. However it turns out to be a decent, though not extraordinary composition, even as Amit Trivedi himself comes behind the mike for this one. Yes, it is pleasant sounding and also has a good rhythm to it. Still, one can't really slot this one as a chartbuster in the offering.
As stated earlier, expectations had soared after 'Dreamum Wakeupum' was heard first. However rest of the album turns out to be average to good but not quite an overall package that could make one vouch for this one as a musical entertainer in the offering.
Dreamum Wakeupum, Aga Bai