Doesn't Fall Prey To Bollywood Temptations
By Joginder Tuteja, MovieTalkies.com, 02 July 2013
In a film which is based on the theme of extradition of India's 'Most Wanted Don' (played by Rishi Kapoor), one doesn't really expect a musical in the offering. Okay, so the film has Huma Qureshi and Shruti Haasan as the female leads but then they aren't really involved in any quintessential romantic rendezvous with the male cast (Arjun Rampal, Irrfan Khan). This means that the soundtrack in the offering is bound to be primarily situational and you don't quite look forward to songs that pop up from nowhere and end up filling the much mandated item song space.
For starters, director Nikhil Advani resumes his musical innings with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy who have been his steady composers since last 10 years (Kal Ho Naa Ho was the start of their partnership). Niranjan Iyengar is the chosen one as the lyricist in this album that has five songs in total.
First to arrive is (yet another) version of Duma Dum. An iconic traditional number that has been heard time and again in Bollywood and other arena, it was also placed in David earlier this year. This time around one gets to hear a male version with Mika Singh leading the show. Of course the core tune is such that one can never have enough of it. Moreover, one has to admit that Mika brings on a zing of his own in rendering this one which, if promos are any indication. It should form a good place in the film's narrative.
One gets to hear a trademark Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy sound in Alvida which is soft, smooth, subtle and slow moving, with everything coming together in a right package. A difficult song to be sung and presented, considering the fact that there are bare minimum instruments in the background, this well written number has Nikhil D'Souza as the male vocalist with Shruti herself coming behind the mike. What adds on to the impact two minutes into the song are Sukhwinder Singh's vocals and later with Loy Mendonsa chipping in as well, this easy-on-ears ensures that there is a repeat hearing warranted.