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Composers : Vishal – Shekar

Lyrics : Panchi Jalonvi, Nirangen Iyengar, Vishal and Kumaar
Not sometime back when i had written the review for ‘Mausam‘ I had expressed how elated I was to hear a set of songs free from the influence of the western music and remixes untill ‘Mallo Malli’ ofcourse. I’m not against improvisation but these music directors have got to understand that few songs don’t go well with the fusion of techno or english influence. Imbibing each and every song with electric guitars and techno voices just shows the desperation. Bollywood has to start contemplating on the issue as to why is writting a flawless hindi song a matter of rareity? 

Vishal-Shekar have always been held high in my opinion but they too have to stop following the herd. Their past albums are still worth talking about and this one will be too as its one of a kind in lot many ways ,but there are a few unpleasant aspects for example too many remixes for its own good and 15 soundtracks, thats like ‘whoa man whats ur point’? The album’s main focus is fusion and contemporary music with techno assist almost everywhere, i guess it has to be excused given the theme of the movie which is about a Humanoid turning into a superhero.

The only respite is though there is an ephemeral quantity of Hindi lyrics they have been penned down by the brightest lyricists of the present and have such depth to it. Also few artists like Shafqat Amanat Ali, Clinton Crejo & Hamsika Iyer other than ‘Akon add to the reasons to listen to this album.

Album ★★★★★★★☆☆☆.

Track Artist Rating
Chamak Chalo Akon, Hamsika Iyer ★★★★½
Dildara Shafqat Amanat Ali, Shekar Ravjiani,Vishal Dadlani, Clinton Cerejo ★★★★☆
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Criminal Shruti Pathak, Vishal Daldani, Akon, ★★★☆☆
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Bhare Naina Vishal Dadlani, Shekar Ravjiani,Nandini Srikar, The Prague Philharmonic Choir ★★★★☆
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Right By Your Side Sid Coutto ★★½☆☆
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Raftarein Vishal Dadlani ★★★★½
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Jiya Mora Gabraaye(The Chase) Sukhwinder Singh, Vishal Dadlani ★★½☆☆
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Chamak Challo (Punjabi Mix) Rmx: Abhijit Vaghani ★★★☆☆
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Comes the Light (Theme) Instrumental ★★★☆☆
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I’m On (Theme) Instrumental ★★★☆☆
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Song of the End (Theme) Instrumental ★★★½☆
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Chamak Chalo(Club Mix) Rmx: DJ Khushi ★★★☆☆
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Criminal (Remix) Akon, Vishal Dadlani, Shruti Pathak ★★★☆☆
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Chamak Chalo (International) Akon ★★★☆☆
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Chamak Chalo (Remix by DJ A-Myth) Akon, Hamsika Iyer ★★★☆☆


1. Chammak Chalo

This Akon’s collaboration with Bollywood was bound to happen sooner or later following Snoop Dogg’s stint in Singh is King and unsurprisingly it has caused such waves among the listeners there is not one soul who hasn’t heard of this song now and the Badshah is minting money as he slyly bought the rights for this song from Akon. I have to say ‘Hats off’ to this guy though there has been some butchering of the language in terms of pronounciation to sing a full length Hindi song with just hours of practice is unimaginable. Initially when I got a word that the song also has tamil lyrics I was hoping the Sinhalese origin Akon was gonna sing that too but it was taken over by Hamsika Iyer who joins towards the end and leaves the listeners spell-bound. And trust me when I say this is the only version you should be listening to though there are some 4 remixes to this 1.  

2. Dildara

The track starts off with an adorable Kindergarten rhyme  sung by an immatured choir and with a Jazz background which i could have sworn has been ripped off from somewhere and was being played at an unrecognizable pace and variation. When Shafqat starts singing ‘Oh mehurma’ the song truly becomes praise worthy, his voice is just so appealing that you wouldn’t mind the heavy electric beats for background and suddenly the Boyzone inspired choir  who sang the starting chorus come back to haunt again. 

3. Criminal 

Looks like Akon missed his flight after Chammak Challo and agreed to do one more song before his next ticket out. With words like booty ,body, shawty this is a hologramed Akon song with a slight or no Bollywood factor in the song. Vishal Daldani also steps behind the mike for this song to sing the dubbing for Akon i guess.Shruthi Pathak’s voice was also not spared and sounds like the female counterpart of Akon as she joins mid way and eventually punjabi elements like the dhol kicks in.

4. Bhare Naina

The Philharmonic’s choir’s chorus was all it took to make me fall for this song and when Nandini Srikar started to sing there was no taking back my opinion on this song a perfect song 1 of its kind I thought but not long Vishal starts singing a English verse which completely doesn’t merge and he should have left the song as it was progressing instead of an ‘improvisation’. But seriously this female should be made to sing a lot more songs, rare talent with a perfect amount coarseness in the voice.

5. Right By Your Side

Oh god not  the Boyzone again! This is not fusion this is annoyance. This track’s got the least impressive musical aspects and Sidd Coutto tries his best to keep this song alive and succeeds partially. This is what some may call a ‘Peppy fell good song’ and what some may call a ‘lame song’. #youprefer

6. Raftaarein

A perfect rendition of an R.D Burman classic and Vishal’s voice justs fits perfectly the song, this one undoubtedly my favourite track from the album although in the mid way there is a fleeting confusion with medley of various genres but there is clarity once again. A good fast paced song with full intensity and energy , wonder what scene it will be running for.

7. Jiya Mora Ghabraaye

Now a new inspiration drawn from Mortal Kombat soundtracks, DJTiesto and Klaus (POC) seemed to have helped Vishal-Shekar fabricate this song, and with the help of Sukhwinder Singh it cannot get any more boring.

8. Chammak Challo (Punjabi Mix)

Heed to my warnings i gave initially and save yourself from wasting your time.

Themes

9. Comes The Light(Theme)

10. I’m On(Theme) —– Good Try!

11. Song Of The End(Theme)

Remixes

12.Chammak Challo (Club Mix)

13.Criminal (Remix) —–  Skip them and do yourselves a favour!

14.Chammak Challo (International Version)

15.Chammak Challo (Remix by DJ A-Myth)