With corporate houses getting into film production in a big way, expect different subjects to be explored in Bollywood flicks being made currently. One such film is Mumbai Salsa which has it's setting in a night club/discotheque by the same name. Presented by Vikram Bhatt, the film has debutant director Manoj Tyagi at the helm who in the past has written films like Satta, Page 3, Apaharan and Corporate. Mumbai Salsa has a young starcast comprising of Linda Arsenio, Indraneel Sengupta, Dilip Thadeshwar, Manjari Phadnis, Vir Das and Neelam Chauhan.
After Lucky - No Time For Love, Adnan Sami wasn't quite lucky with his compositions for Dhamaal. In collaboration with lyricist Sameer, one thought that he may turn lucky this time around. Well, it is doesn't turn out to be the case though.
Title song 'Mumbai Salsa' is the first to come and in spite of repeated listening and constant bombardment of the song on the music channels, it is not really the kind that chartbusters are made of. Somehow, in spite of all the attempts at the sound to appear cool and happening, it is in this very department of being 'oh-so-cool' that the song fails to rise above the ordinary.
Accompanied by light weight beats that remain consistent throughout the 4 minutes duration, this dance number neither makes you jive to the beats nor excites you to give it a repeat watch due to unexciting choreography and picturisation. In nutshell an average track, which in spite of coming first in a duet version with Adnan Sami and Alisha Chinoy and later as an Alisha Chinoy solo, would come and go away with the film.
The song which follows 'Mumbai Salsa' takes a step down when it comes to being ordinary. 'Friday' crooned by Gayatri Ganjawala is yet another attempt at being cool but all the Western arrangements, mix of English lyrics and some urban-ish rendition also do not impress much. In most other films, a song with a tune like this would have been a fifth or a sixth song of the album but it's placement at the very top is puzzling to say the least!
'Friday' has a very early 80s feel to it and an overall dull offering by Adnan Sami isn't much to talk home about. Coming first as a Gayatri solo with later husband Kunal Ganjawala joining in, 'Friday' isn't a kind of song which would be remembered after the opening Friday of the film's release.
With hopes more or less dashed from 'Mumbai Salsa', one moves on to hear 'Choti Si', an Adnan Sami solo. The only difference between the two songs heard before and now 'Choti Si' is the setting and pace of the song. While the first two tracks had their eyes on youth celebration with an entirely Western feel, 'Choti Si' gets into a sad mode with an overall Indian feel.
The song moves at a snail's pace and would appeal mainly to those who have been disheartened in love. Having said that, Adnan Sami's rendition is effective here and for the first time ever gives a listener what he/she would have expected from the composer/singer in the first place.
Yet another song that fails to make the cut is 'Akeli Zindegi' which surprisingly has Shaan at the helm of affairs but still doesn't quite rise to the occasion. A song about a man being alone in life, this solo track gets into a soft rock mode and mainly belongs to the kind which makes for an inclusion in the background score. At best a situational song.
Reading Amit Kumar's name on the credits is a good enough reason for a music lover to look forward to what is in the offering. An extremely talented singer who makes not more than a couple of appearances or so in a year, Amit Kumar may certainly have found something special in 'Pyar Se' to give his consent.
The song is a take on 70s retro with the nostalgia of Kishore Kumar making it's presence felt. Well, there isn't anything extremely special about 'Pyar Se' and even Amit Kumar can't add much of his own here. One wonders though if it was intentional of Amit Kumar to sing in a way which makes one feel that he was a little 'high' while rendering the track.
Saxophone and drum beats come together to make for a two minute long 'Salsa' piece. Well, if there is some part of the album that truly impresses, it is these last two minutes. Sticking to the basics, the track has the right intensity and promises some good dance movements once it is on.
If one looks back at Mumbai Salsa, there is not one song which could be termed as a USP of the album. None of them help the cause of the album by standing up and claiming to be THE song which could make one recommend the soundtrack of the album. A disappointing score by Adnan Sami.