September 13, 2013 2:46:42 am
Composer: Lalit Pandit,Ishq Bector
Lyrics: Rajeev Barnwal,Himanshu Kishan Mehra,Nikhat Khan,Kumaar
When the albums first songthe title song of Besharam by Ishq Bectora mediocre foot- tapper at bestturns out to be the catchiest song,its not good news for the rest of the album. Despite its average contours,it at least sounds contemporary unlike the rest,that suffer from a 90s hangover. Love ki ghanti is enjoyable till you learn that it has borrowed generously from Bella ciao,an Italian song that the composer claims has attained folk status and thus does not require credit. However,acknowledgement or not,Lalit Pandit gives it the correct Bollywood strokes: the yoddeling singer,the la-la-la chorus reminiscent of 90s Bollywood.
Dil ka jo haal hai would have been a pleasant 90s blast-from-the-past had it not been for its similarities with one of Pandits early hits,Jo haal from Sarfarosh. Whats worse,it soon starts sounding like Tera mera rishta( an allegedly inspired from a Pakistani song,used in Aawarapan). Singers Abhijeet and Shreya Ghosal bring some of the old playback charm back through their smooth renditions. Pandit proves better with the dulcet Tu hai,with old aide Sonu Nigaam along with Ghoshal who sails the song through,with the help of the melody they are provided with.
Listening to the latter part of the album makes Besharam sound like a medley of mediocre Bollywood numbers,mixed and remixed to ear-assaulting effects. Aa re still has a catchy hookline while Chal hand uthake nache,the successor to Pandits previous hit Munni badnaam from Dabangg,doesnt even have half of its oomph. Its hard to imagine how the films biggest star showcasewith Ranbir,Rishi and Neetu Kapoor togetherwas designed around this song. Its a below average album,with a couple of redeeming factors,that too with questionable credentials.
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
- The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.