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Music: Sachin-Jigar

Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya & Priya Panchaal

Music label: Sony Music

Expectations:

The music of all of Saif Ali Khan's home productions (Love Aaj Kal, Cocktail, Agent Vinod) has been memorable so far. And Sachin-Jigar's track record (F.A.L.T.U., Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya, ABCD - Anybody Can Dance) is good too. A zombie flick is a fresh genre in Hindi cinema and there is a great chance to experiment. So we have room for not just a good but also a unique score.

Music:

Sachin-Jigar add a colourful and vibrant feather to their cap with their most creative score yet, given the fact that the music and the songs have little by way of precedent.

Helped monumentally by lyricist Priya Panchaal ('Slowly Slowly', 'Khushamadeed') and Amitabh Bhattacharya ('Khoon Choosle', 'Babaji Ki Booti'), the duo turns up with four first-rate songs.

'Slowly Slowly' is a party song with a sense of foreboding mixed along with the unfettered enjoyment. Jigar Saraiya and Talia render the song to some hi-octane beats. 'Khushamadeed' (Shreya Ghoshal) is in a way a calming and sedate influence in the album. Almost like a thanksgiving song to Providence, it nevertheless has a relentless beat in its own gentle way and Shreya injects a wonderful aura to the guitar-heavy number. A sense of awed hush pervades both the lead vocals and the choral accompaniments.

'Khoon Choosle' (Arjun Kanungo-Suraj Jagan-Priya Panchaal) is of course the masterpiece on the soundtrack. In keeping with the theme of the film as a dark zombie comedy, it is a meaningful song about how Monday, the first working day, is a blood-sucker vis-a-vis the preceding and 'motherly' Sunday that pampers everyone! The song also speaks of defying the ruthless 'Somvaar' by not leaving one's bed (Main nahin jaana bistar ko chhod ke) and daring it to do its dire deeds!

Set to a breezy beat-heavy tune that mixes funky vocals (Priya Panchaal stands out with her nasal intonations) and ingeniously atmospheric orchestration to offset the cerebral yet irreverent words, the song employs Indian and Western riffs in a remarkable amalgam.

'Babaji Ki Booti' (Anand Tiwari, Kunal Khemu, Sachin-Jigar, Raj & DK, Bornalee Deuri) is a fun-ride of an almost conversational nature with a set rhythm that blends satire and even a hint of 'retro' in the smart composition. The words and vocals clearly take charge over the musical aspect.

'I keel Ded Peepul (Boris Mix)', the mash-up of the film's dialogues rather than that of the songs, has Saif Ali Khan's punch-lines used against some apt music leading the track, though there are some snatches by other characters too. The background music gives the right ominous feel.

Overall:

Brilliantly conceived, the 'mood' tracks are fresh, contagious and grow on the listener. Listen over a dozen times and the charm of the lyrics and music remains unsullied. Had there been more songs on the score, this would have as path-breaking an album as a Roja or a Dil Chahta Hai!

Our Pick:

Khoon Choos Le, Babaji Ki Booti, Khushamdeed