Get 'Ready' To 'Dhinka Chika'!
By MovieTalkies.com, 03 May 2011
Over the past few years, Salman Khan's releases, like Wanted and Dabanng, seem to have been geared towards carving out an almost Rajinikanth like, invincible image for the star. The audiences, of course, have lapped it all up. While Wanted was a remake of Telugu hit Pokkiri, Dabangg, interestingly, is now being remade down South. Now, Salman is all set to return to the box office with another Southie remake, this time a comedy called Ready.
Directed by Anees Bazmee, Ready will see Salman reprising a role originally played by Telugu star Ram, while Asin replaces Genelia's original act. And the film's four track long soundtrack, composed by Pritam, has a definite Salman tinge to it, something in common with the soundtracks of Wanted and Dabangg, flowing over with energy.
Thumping right from its opening notes, character dheela literally kicks off this four track soundtrack. With Neeraj Shridhar and Amrita Kak on vocals, the number has a rather enticing melody that will most definitely get stuck in one's head after a couple of listens. Built around booming percussions, drums and claps, with a whole load of synthesised horns, the track's antara has a marked resemblance to mohabbat naam hai kiska from 2001's Ajnabee (in fact, if the grapevine is to be believed, original composer Anu Malik is preparing to sue now), but with a distinct mukhda, perhaps one can count this one as one of Pritam's favourite 'coincidences'. In any case, copied or not, with some zany lyrics from Amitabh Bhattacharya, character dheela sure makes for a foot tapping listen.
The second track, humko pyar hua, brings Tulsi Kumar and KK on for a duet. A slow, romantic pop ballad, the song opens up with a couple of English verses before KK comes in and Tulsi joins in later. Though the track is much softer than any of the other tracks on the album, with the pronounced beats running behind the guitar and synthesised sound lines, humko pyar hua still has something of a loud feel. The Spanish sounding interlude at the 3 minute mark gives the track a fairly relaxed sort of sound. While the track maybe a bit out of tempo in comparison with the rest of the album, humko pyar hua will find its audience with its light melody.
If character dheela was foot tapping, then dhinka chika is foot thumping. Without a doubt, this one is the big hit off the album. Interestingly though, the main dhinka chika chorus hook here is picked up almost lock, stock and barrel from the ringa ringa track from the original Telugu Ready. Given that it is this hook that makes dhinka chika an addictive listen, the credit for this track is appropriately given to Telugu composer Devi Sri Prasad. However, as a listen of dhinka chika and ringa ringa reveals, the Hindi track is much more energetic than its inspiration, Mika's trademark vocals playing no small part in this. Amrita Kak comes in again here to help out, and does a splendid job. With a superb, percussion led rhythm, a great core melody and positively wacky lyrics from Ashish Pandit, one can expect to hear this one play a whole lot at public celebrations like Ganpati and Diwali festivals this year.
Though mera ada bhi is a great track, the fact that the opening laung gawacha sample doesn't play through the song is a bit of a dampener. Still, with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Tulsi Kumar on vocals, the track has a great energy about it, with a bhangraish melody and arrangement, and one can almost imagine this one being one of those Punjabi shaadi tracks we are all familiar with.
Apart from the four originals, each of the tracks is also remixed by DJ Amyth. Of all the remixes, dhinka chika is the most enjoyable one, primarily because it changes the arrangement of the track to bring the dhinka chika chorus to the front of the track, making the track that much more dancefloor friendly.
Overall, Ready is an immensely enjoyable soundtrack from Pritam, though it would have been great if it had been longer than its four track length. Immensely energetic, the vibe of the album is tailor made for Salman Khan's fun loving onscreen image, especially with the two top tracks of the album, character dheela and dhinka chika. This one, predictably, is a sure fire hit.