Music: AMAAL MALIK, ANKIT TIWARI & MEET BROS. ANJJAN
Lyrics: KUMAAR, ABHENDRA KUMAR UPADHYAYA & SANDEEP NATH
Music Label: T-SERIES
A T-Series detective thriller too should be musical.
Few recent albums have started with the best track, and few best tracks are so much above the rest of the album as 'Sooraj dooba hai' (Amaal Malik-Arijit Singh-Aditi Singh Sharma).
Rousing and cheerfully (over-)orchestrated, it has Arijit Singh in command, with interesting and meaningful lyrics (Kumaar). Coming across as a nice celebratory song even if it suggests getting intoxicated to forget sorrows, it is zingy, groovy and treated with deft production values by composer Amaal Malik. But it has one liability - while it needed a lively and full-throated singer rather than Aditi Singh Sharma crooning with a put-on Westernized accent, and that too very superficially from her mouth!
The other version, 'Sooraj dooba hai' by Aditi and Arijit tends to be a shade cacophonous and can be safely given a skip. Aditi starts off the song and that pulls down the level right at the beginning because of the flat, unexpressive crooning.
Two Ankit Tiwari tracks that sound equally monotonous as composed and sung by him, 'Tu hai ke nahin' and 'Boond boond' differ in their lyrical qualities. While the former has good lyrics, the latter takes poetic license to an extent when it often becomes empty rhyming ('Qatra qatra main jaloon / Sharm se tere miloon / Jism tera mome ka / Pighla doon /Karwatein bhi tang ho / Raat bhar tu sang ho / Tere har ek ang ko / Sulgaa doon') sans substance or sequential sense. Ankit's patent alternation between high-pitch and his breathless style of long-drawn diction has begun to jar for a while now. The Tulsi Kumar version of 'Tu hai ke nahin', though softer and more placid, does not impress.
The album gets passing life from Kanika Kapoor-Meet Bros. Anjjan's peppy 'Chittiyaan kalaiyaan' (the first word apparently means 'very fair' and has nothing to do with letters) where we once again have an abundance of Punjabi that's not very comprehensible. A typical composition from the trio, it has Kanika in standard 'Baby doll'/'Lovely ' mode. The beat-heavy dance number will find a short life in the current environs, but vocally and compositionally, it is, like most songs by the composers and singer, a gimmick. The lyrics are best not talked about.
KK infuses a lot of soul into Ankit Tiwari's 'Yaara re', though the composer makes this thoroughbred singer sing just like him. But the masterful way in which KK rises above the song to make it a great listen both with his soulful voice and supple intonations shows yet again how genuine playback singers, since time immemorial, have lifted average songs into the realm of the truly listen-worthy. Sandeep Nath's lyrics are alright.
The same package of multiple composers that anoint so many films comes in, though with some decent lyrics in two cases. There is a winner from Amaal Malik and some great singing by KK in another track. Some of the songs can be interchangeable with other films in their general tenor and words. However, they might help the movie's appeal initially and so the rating, as always, is based on this consideration.
Sooraj dooba hai, Yaara re