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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Besharam Music Review

 Rating: ★ ★ 

Ranbir Kapoor is one such actor who has always been associated with HIT music from the days of 'Saawariya'-2007 to 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani'-2013, this time 'Dabbang' director Abhinav Kashyap brings forth "Besharam" where surprisingly Lalit Pandit has been chosen for the Music Director's seat which confuses the listeners as to what to expect from the soundtrack considering his past record ( not to cover his previous work with Jatin when they were famous as Jatin-Lalit ) where he has only one HIT number from Abhinav previous outing ; 'Munni Badnaam Huyi' and his name alone is not enough to generate enough curiosity amongst the listeners. Keeping aside all the permutations, let's see whether he can break the shackles with 6 originals, 1 Reprise and 5 Remixes where 1 song has been composed by Isshq Bector and Shree D!

The title track "Besharam" is composed and energetically sung by Shree D with Isshq Bector. The song is techno, peppy and foot tapping although it somehow reminds me of Isshq Bector previous song 'We Go Crazy' from 'Bheja Fry 2' which was a bit similar as far as arrangements are concerned. Coming back to the song, it starts off very well with some retro arrangements where Himanshu Mehra writes some innovative lyrics that catches attention instantly and goes well with the theme of the movie. The second interlude brings on Isshq Bector with his trademark rap style but it's hardly impressive, although the paragraph that follows is impressive with multilayered arrangements of tabla, keyboard and a bit of Dhol. All in All, a good start for the soundtrack which will be a Hit in no time if promoted aggressively!

From here on, the soundtrack belongs to Lalit Pandit with various item numbers and remixes!

Lalit Pandit tries real hard to recreate the magic of his only hit number 'Munni Badnaam Huyi' with "Tere Mohalle" that brings on the same set of singers, Mamta Sharma and Aishwarya Nigam, but honestly, it's the old tried and tested item number template and doesn't offers anything special where Mamta Sharma is usual and the lyrics are simple. Although Aishwarya Nigam sounds incredibly different and impresses with his voice. A number that would look good onscreen!

The next track "Love Ki Ghanti" is more of a narration which has been arranged in the style of Kishore Kumar and rather than choosing Amit Kumar as a singer, Sujeet Shetty has been assigned to do a Kishore Kumar. It reminds of the good fun old days and should work well along the narration of the movie, though nothing special as far as music and lyrics are concerned where there was ample scope for innovation, especially the lyrics.

Now unbelievably the unusual combination of Abhijeet Bhattacharya and Shreya Ghoshal joins hands for "Dil Ka Jo Haal Hai" which is a straight lift of Jatin-Lalit's very own 'Jo Haal Dil Ka' from 'Sarfarosh' and gives a déjà-vu feel with every beat and notes, especially from 00:58 to 01:05 and then again from 03:17 to 03:23, where it goes on the same intonations as 'Tera Mera Rishta Purana' from 'Awarapan'. The lyrics seem to be written back 10 years and how and when did the voice of Abhijeet suits Ranbir Kapoor? Don't even think of listening to this one..Skip! Skip!

Next to arrive is the soothing "Tu Hai" that starts off with some soft piano followed by harmonica that perfectly creates the magical ambience for Shreya Ghoshal and Sonu Nigam to do the rest of the job. Shreya sings most of the part and it's one of those easy-on-ears compositions that relax the mind and heart. Nikhat Azmi writes some good lines where both the interludes are heavily arranged with lots of instrumentation. Sonu Nigam joins in the second paragraph and is as usual terrific but has a long unnecessary alaaps at the end that makes the song touch almost 7 minutes. A good song that could have been a special one. Although it's unplugged version, "Tu Hai- Unplugged" is a masterpiece with guitar and keyboard in tandem with some brilliant flute and tabla renditions that creates a feeling of 'WoW' and yes some Sitar can also be heard with Sonu Nigam in the background. Must Hear!

Mika Singh sings "Aa Re Aa Re" that has an 1990's Govinda and Raveena Tandon hook and stands pretty average in today's era. Shreya Ghoshal sounds different and there is a qawwal'ish shayari in between also, but all this doesn't helps and as a result it turns out to be an average number that will only look good onscreen and has nothing to offer as an audio alone !

It's not every day when Daler Mehndi , Mika Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan joins in for a song and expectations takes a hike when such energetic voices gets behind the mike. "Chal Hand Uthake Nachche" is a party/dance track that has all the right ingredients for a foot tapping number that should become a HIT , although that highly depends as to how lavishly this one is being picturised and how aggressively promoted. Daler Mehndi and Mika Singh touch some high notes for which they are known for but the song gets a bit repetitive towards the end with the hook line. Nevertheless, this one is for the promotions and should do well in that scenario!

There are several remixes that follows that seems totally unnecessary and doesn't helps a bit to this already average soundtrack. "Besharam Remix" , "Dil Ka Jo Haal Hai Remix", "Aa Re Aa Re Remix", "Tere Mohalle Remix"- all have nothing but some added extra beats to an already fast number where some reprise versions with different set of singers would have added some variety. "Love Ki Ghanti Remix" although has something to hear for with the pace kept the same as the original. 

To conclude, "Besharam" is one of weakest soundtracks to be associated with Ranbir Kapoor, especially when he just had a blockbuster ost with 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani'. Abhinav Kashyap isn't able to provide Ranbir with a chartbuster song that has a high repeat value and that also acts as an important part in the promotions and attracting the audiences to the Big Screen. Lalit Pandit seems to be the wrong choice for his Magnum Opus where today the music holds a very crucial role for a Masala/Comedy Flick. Isshq Bector title song is the only good thing about this and is the only track that has some repeat value, whereas 'Tu Hai Unplugged' will certainly find its set of listeners. Just because Lalit Pandit made the “Munni Badnaam”, it's not necessary that he can make Ranbir Kapoor a "Besharam”!

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