Music: John Stewart, Sharib-Toshi & Meet Bros. Anjjan
Lyrics: Kumaar & Irfan Siddiqui
Music Label: Sony Music
The expectations are zero given the face value of the film, but Anubhav Sinha is a co-producer, so chances were there for a pleasant surprise.
But that does not happen. The music takes a path that declines from the beginning.
Ominous strings introduce 'Taakedein', a maudlin track in which Sonu Nigam is almost unrecognizable in vocal tenor. The song by John Stewart is more like English rock, and Sonu sings - possibly deliberately as per his brief - with a defective intonation and a needless and irritating Western twang in the line Lamha hai sehma sehma sa / Samaa hai thehra thehra sa. The rolling of the "ra" sound (Taras taras ke rrrrreh gaye) and the bad diction make this a shocker from Sonu!
The lyrics (Irfan Siddiqui) fall into the usual smart claptrap to get phonetic leverage and attempt to impress with style rather than substance and impressive-sounding Urdu terms (Taakeedein taakeedein / Ittefaq se teri taak mein / Khatra hai firaaq mein).
Things get even worse in the second track, the Meet Bros. Anjjan-composed 'Bebasi' (James-Aditi Paul) wherein we have a full-on Western pop song with atrocious Hindi pronunciation by James, especially in words like doobte and dhoonde. The lyrics (Kumaar this time) also show the desire for an empty style (Bulbule saans ke / Saans ke doobte tairte / Dhoonde kinara / Bulbule waqt ke / Waqt ke lamhon ki aankh se / Kar de ishara).
A record nine singers take on 'Chikadanga' without making the slightest impact. Its follow-up dub-step version has three voices less, but is equally lacklustre.
'Tell me how much' (Mika-Poorbi) is a ridiculous number with poor lyrics by Kumaar (Koi to keemat hogi tere husn ki bol de / Baby tell me how much how much / Ho phir saari raat ishq ladaaoon) that speaks of women as a commodity. Happily, the song is so poor that it will not even invite trouble from women!
The final 'It's a Warning Mashup' is a mess too, given the standard of the music itself.
This is an acutely disappointing album. With Anubhav Sinha around as a producer, we expected at least one chartbuster after his films' scores in Tum Bin, Dus and RA.One). The songs seem to have been included just as a commercial obligation without the slightest wish to boost the faceless film.