By Reflections, MovieTalkies.com, 16 January 2013
People who have been waiting to see Khiladi Akshay Kumar to do a 'different' role indeed instead of something quintessential masala, Special 26 is probably the answer. Directed by Neeraj Pandey of A Wednesday! fame, the film is indeed looking special.
As Neeraj's earlier movie, even this one is script oriented, while being based on a heist. Trailers of the movie has been intriguing and drawing the audience. Music in such movies is not the USP but then since it's Akshay at the helm of affairs and there is a love angle in the movie as well, songs have been put together that promise to take the script forward. Meanwhile, Neeraj has decided to go unconventional and roped in M.M.Kreem
Album opens with the dependable and solid K.K.
in Tujh Sang Lagee
. His voice takes over the proceedings and reaches straight to the listener's heart. Irshad Kamil
's potery is well penned and conveys the emotions with the most casual however effective words. Though it's a very clichéd Hindi film track (with Kreem as K.K. singing partner as well), listeners are not yet tired of this style and hence would add this one to the list as well.
If there is Akshay Kumar in a film than you will definitely find a Punjabi track. Gore Mukhde Pe Zulfa Di Chaava
rendered by Aman Trikha
, Shabab Sabri
and Shreya Ghoshal
fits the bill and qualifies for the same. It's a Punjabi dance track which has very catchy beats and sweet vocals. As this is definitely not Kreem's forte, guest composer Himesh Reshammiya
has composed music for the track. It's popularity would definitely be gained in the interiors of country where Akshay sells these tracks with an honesty that is commendable. Still, overall it is one of those 'popular today, forgotten tomorrow' songs.
M M Kreem gets Chaitra Ambadipudi
from his troupe to deliver the next track Kaun Mera
. It changes the mood of the album after the previous track. It's a soft-n-soothing rendition which would grow on the listeners after 2 or 3 hearing. Later in the album Papon
delivers the same track in his style. Riding on a high wave post Kyon
he delivers yet another beautiful track. Both Chitra and Papon have sung this one with deep earnestness which comes across in the track.
Lastly Sunidhi Chauhan
brings on the same track in her mesmerizing voice. It seems like an unplugged version and sounds wonderful. One does get to hear a high-pitched powerful Sunidhi's voice a lot of times but then this short and beautiful track gives a glimpse of a different her which is spellbinding. Irshad Kamil
's lyrics draw the listener closer and blends perfectly with the mood. All these three versions stand tall on their own and one would not be tempted to skip any. M.M. Kreem shows his capability by engaging the listener each time around.
Next track Mujh Mein Tu
is another track sung in Sufiyana style by Keerthi Sagathia
. It's a slow track that would settle on the listener. The track begins with the hint of guitar while chorus supports in giving range to the overall tempo, hence bringing it up and down. M.M. Kreem himself delivers the second version of the same track later in the album. It's a short track where the listener gets a glimpse of the composer's singing capability.
Legend Bappi Lahiri
makes an entry with fun filled Dhar Pakad
. M M Kreem comes back with a vengeance in this track and holds the theme of the movie tightly. This is the song which does justice to the engaging trailers and teasers running on TV. Bappi da
has done really well in this track and lyrics are very rustic while being the highlight of the composition.
If listeners are familiar with M.M. Kreem's music then they won't be disappointed with the music he has put together in the album. It has melody embellished in it and has a resonating effect which stays with you. Though one would wonder about the need of these many tracks in the theme-based movie, it's the treatment and overall quality that should be a reason good enough. Over all, sparks like Kaun Mera and Mujh Mein Tu will demand popularity well deservedly and also get it.