Now couldn't this film have actually been a song-less film? Or perhaps a haunting background score, a la Satya, could have been released instead? However, given the commercial constraints where a soundtrack is needed for most of the film, Ram Gopal Varma's Veerappan too carries one, albeit with just four tracks. Shaarib-Toshi and Jeet Gannguli are the composers while Manoj Yadav and Manoj Muntashir write.
Remember the song 'Patli Kamar' that was picturised by Ram Gopal Varma on Kashmira Shah for his film Jungle? A similar stage and setting appears in Veerappan and this time around, the director spins a song by the title 'Muchhi Re' which is written by Manoj Muntashir and sung by Mohan Kanan. Yet again, there is an item girl in the middle of a jungle and while the music setting by Jeet Gannguli has a 70s touch to it, overall it turns out to be a barely passable outing.
Shaarib-Toshi and Manoj Yadav take over the proceedings from this point on. 'Yahan se 50-50 kos door jab gaon mein koyi bachcha rota hai...' is reprised with 'Veer Veer Veerappan' (and its totally avoidable 'rap version)' and this time around the villain changes from Gabbar to Veerappan. While Payal Dev goes about rendering this one in her screechy vocals (only to bring on the legendary lullaby 'Lalla Lalla Lori' as well as the Mowgly introduction 'Jungle Jungle Baat Chali Hai' back in the things as well), one just gets an impression that the song could perhaps have been a better bet had it just featured the high decibel chants by Shaarib, Toshi and Vee that go with the theme of the film.
As is always the case with popular songs that are recreated in a new version many years down the line, it takes a lot of time to grasp the mood of 'Khallas'. The Asha Bhosle number was a chartbuster when heard first in Company and ever since then it has been hugely popular. This time around, Jasmine Sandlas sings it in an entirely different (husky) manner and though the intermittent sound after the hook of 'Khallas' does find your attention, you just wish that the original had been retained in entirety.
Veerappan would have been better off without any songs.