Cast : Abhay Deol, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpai, Esha Gupta, Om Puri, Kabir Bedi

Music : Salim-Sulaiman, Shantanu Moitra, Aadesh Srivastava, Sandhesh Sandilya, Vijay Verma, Sidharth Suhas

Lyrics : Irshad Kamil, Turaz, Ashish Sahu, Panchhi Jalonvi

Story : Anjum Rajabali, Sagar Pandya

Editing : Santosh Mandal

Cinematography : Sachin Krishna

Screenplay : Anjum Rajabali, Prakash Jha

Direction : Prakash Jha

        Track Name     Singers    Rating
Cheen Ke Lenge Sukhwinder Singh ★★★½☆
Paro Shaan,Sunidhi Chauhan,Aadesh Shrivastava ★★★½☆
Kunda Khol  Sunidhi Chauhan  ★★★☆☆
Mehengai Kailash Kher ★★★½☆
Tambai Sa Rang Benny Dayal,Salim Merchant,Shadab Faridi ★★½☆☆
Aiyo Piyaji Rashid Ali Khan ★★★★☆
Chakravyuh Theme Benny Dayal,Instrumentals ★★★☆☆
Mehengai (Remix) Kailash Kher ★★☆☆☆

 Album Analysis :

1.       Aiyo Piyaji

Singers : Rashid Ali Khan

The song starts off with an aalap from Rashid Ali Khan & he does a top job throughout the song .This is a slow number with a high classical base to it.The classical-modern fusion is also impressive.Lyrics deserve a mention & this pleasant number has everything going in its way.The album’s best !

2.       Tambai Sa Rang

Singers : Benny Dayal,Salim Merchant,Shadab Faridi

“Tambai Sa Rang” is composed by Salim-Sulaiman & the tune is a departure from their regular route.This is more of a village number with fast-paced beats.The tune is not catchy like the composer’s usual songs.Even with big names in the vocal department,the song fails to kick start & disappoints overall!

3.       Paro

Singers : Shaan,Sunidhi Chauhan,Aadesh Shrivastava

The second best of the album ! The main positive aspect of the song lies in its simplicity of the tune.The singing by Shaan & Sunidhi is very neat.The composer also chips in with his vocals.This song has a jovial,funny mood that makes it unique in this otherwise,serious album.

4.       Mehengai

Singers : Kailash Kher

“Mehengai” is a folk based,satire song & Kailash Kher has sung dozens of such songs in the same range.The tune is also not spectacular.But,this song works despite all these because of the brilliant co-ordination between the vocals & instruments.The arrangement is pretty simple & it works.

5.       Cheen Ke Lenge

Singers : Sukhwinder Singh

“Cheen Ke Lenge” starts off with Sukhwinder Singh unleashing himself in this highly lyric oriented song.The song seems to be the one which describes the story line & one can expect it to be used as a part of the movie along with the narration.Apart from the lyrics & the singing,this song has nothing going in its direction & Salim-Sulaiman fail to pull off something worth remembering.

6.       Kunda Khol

Singers : Sunidhi Chauhan

After Shiela,Munni,Laila,Anarkali,this movie also has an item number & no prizes for guessing the singer.Yes,Sunidhi it is ! As usual Sunidhi sings the song with full of energy but the tune lacks the catchiness which the previously mentioned tracks had.Sandesh’s arrangements are also very routine.Probably,we should wait for it on-screen.

7.       Chakravyuh Theme

Singers : Benny Dayal,Instrumentals

Benny Dayal starts the theme music with his vocal humming & the instrumentals follow.This theme music is a surprisingly good addition to the album & it works in conveying the emotions.We can expect this piece to play a major role during the movie in re-recording.

8.       Mehengai (Remix)

Singers : Kailash Kher

The advantage that the original version of this song had was the folkish feel with satire lyrics & this remix by Sidharth Suhas just spoils that by adding loud excessive beats.This song is not the type to be remixed.The remix adds no other musical value apart from adding one more number to the album.

Prakash Jha’s movies usually don’t have a charbuster soundtrack to show off because the songs are usually used cohesive to the theme of the movie with Aarakshan,Raajneeti being exceptions.Chakravyuh also comes under a typical Prakash Jha album.Though this album boasts with a bunch of music directors,all have tried to stick to the movie’s  & director’s needs in providing a serious,rustic soundtrack.The songs are suited more to be watched visually than to be heard musically.A typical Prakash Jha album !

Picks of the album : Aiyo Piyaji, Paro, Mehengai

Album Verdict : This formation doesn’t work !

Album ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆