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Badmashiyaan – Fun Never Ends

Music: Bobby-Imran

Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed

Music Label: Zee Music Company

Expectations:


Nothing high, as the film is small and almost faceless.

Music:


The music is in line with what is considered trendy. High-pitched male vocals, elements of rock and the standard kind of metres and lyrics ('Main tera aks hoon tu mera aaina') abound along with the conventional kind of compositional structures.

Bobby, who works with Pritam, and Imran (also a Pritam assistant, and one half of the erstwhile duo Imran-Vikram who is also said to be a relative of the late Madhubala), after one composition heard in Khamoshiyaan, join hands again to compose a full score, with just passable results.

The best track is the very Pritam-like 'Thode Se Hum' (Mohit Chauhan) with some allure in the tune, though the words are so predictable with the use of the usual overdose of the Urdu phonetics. Shilpa Rao's twinkle-toed 'encore' version of the track finds her in husky mode, though we wonder why a reverb was needed in the hook-line.

Speaking of lyrics, Shabbir Ahmed comes up with a not-very-original yet fun set of words in 'Kudiyan Baimaan' (sung in the needed gimmicky way by Manish J. Tipu). The lyrics are quite witty when they talk of how girls use boys who are attracted to them ('Love shove ka churan deke / Mutthi mein kar le sab ki jaan yeh') going on to the lines 'Ladkon ko tissue samjhe /flush karte jaaye'). The music serves the brief for the song, and some different, if slightly noisy, orchestration. But there is a distinct touch of the metre of O.P. Nayyar's 'Kajra Mohabbatwala' (the song from Kismat used in Tanu Weds Manu) in the composition!

The weakest track is 'Garden Garden Gaave' (Mika Singh), an intended fun song that just does not take off despite Mika's mass-friendly presence. And the mash-up is the usual cacophonous medley.

Placid piano riffs introduce 'Shaitaniyan' (Ankit Tiwari) sung with characteristic intonations by Ankit Tiwari, which sounds like a zillion other Tiwari songs in its familiarity, so much so we wonder if it was composed by Tiwari himself! The lyrics and musical phrasing follow the time-tested trite pattern without the slightest intention to rise above the routine.

But Anupam Amod (Bobby's real name, used when he sings) puts in a far superior 'encore' version of this song despite the slightest reverb. The guitar riffs sound melodious along Amod's resonant vocals and as usual, the composer is more emotionally evocative than the regular playback singer.

Overall:


The album isn't ambitious (as a debut solo album should be) but pleasant because of the variety in the tracks.

Our Pick:


'Shaitaniyaan', 'Thode Se Hum'