One expects a situational soundtrack from Zila Ghaziabad which is backing an action drama set in the namesake place up North. A film of this genre also warrants a couple of item numbers and one expects the overall sound of the album to be vibrant and upbeat. With reasonably okay expectations, one plays on this soundtrack that has composer duo Amjad-Nadeem coming together with Shabbir Ahmed and Bappa Lahiri roped in for a guest number.
The album begins on an expected note and one doesn't complain either once 'Ye Hai Zila Ghaziabad' starts playing. On the same lines as the title tracks of Omkara, Dabangg and Singham, this one too is rustic, upbeat and high in energy. A Sukhwinder Singh track that has Amjad and Nadeem heard as backing vocalists, this one is reasonably catchy and goes well with the overall flavour of the film and the album.
With Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal as the ones entrusted to come together for a duet, one expects something fantastic in the offering. 'Ranjha Jogi' is the song in question and though the end result isn't as enthralling as one would have expected, overall the outcome is a decent hear and also a relief of sorts after the boisterous title song. While the song has a melodic base to it, one misses that zing which could have turned this one into the kind that just cannot be missed.
The one that does bring in spark to the album is 'Baap Ka Maal'. The very title pretty much signifies an item number in the offering and with Mamta Sharma as the chosen one; you pretty much know the direction it would take. Highlight of the album with Geeta Basra making a comeback to the big screen with this raunchy track, it brings in a much required visual appeal as well. Pretty much the kind that fits into the 'Beedi Jalaile' and 'Fevicol' mode, it has Sukhwinder Singh and Mika Singh letting their hair down as well. Later in the album a 'rock again' version also arrives with Mika and Anupama Raag.
Just like 'Ranjha Jogi' had followed 'Ye Hai Zila Ghaziabad', this time around it's the turn of a soothing number 'Tu Hai Rab Mera' which comes soon after 'Baap Ka Maal'. Much better than 'Ranjha Jogi' and boasting of some good melody, this one sung by Mohit Chauhan and Tulsi Kumar is a well tuned number that shows the versatility of Amjad-Nadeem. Though they don't quite break any new frontiers with this one, at least they do a good job in lending good filler in the album.
This is the reason why it is surprising to see inclusion of the song 'Chamiya No. 1' into the album. Right from the word 'go', this one follows a predictable path and turns out to be a distraction that could have been done away with. Sunidhi Chauhan is heard again in her characteristic avtar and with the core composition by Bappa Lahiri not really being any great shakes, this one entirely depends on the picturisation to help it cover any distance whatsoever.
Music of Zila Ghaziabad is on expected lines though it would have done better had there been more catchy outings. While 'Baap Ka Maal' does well in catering to the gentry, this Amjad-Nadeem soundtrack would have benefited further had it comprised of the kind of songs that stayed on with you long after the album was through.
Baap Ka Maal, Ranjha Jogi