IF SOMEONE is attempting (however unimaginative and arid it’s looking in the promos) to bring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol together on screen after over a decade, actual songs are needed. And not just tracks created in a studio. The latter is all that one gets in a seven-track album for Rohit Shetty’s Dilwale. The music falters from the start and eventually, is not able to transport you to anywhere significant. The problem — as with Pritam in the past few years — is that the music has neither any enticing melodies nor much dazzle. Sometimes, like Shetty’s films, they aren’t even faithful.
Instead of a gateway to an entranced landscape that Gerua — a song getting much airtime these days — wants to be, it just ends up being a welcome point of contact for a couple of minutes. Nothing more, nothing less. It begins with bagpipes playing quite well, however one wonders, why they are even there, considering they seague into a flute, eventually into a guitar and percussion hook and a track that just can’t identify with the bagpipes prelude. The song sung by Arijit Singh and Antara Mitra is alright, even nice sometimes, and can fit into any other film for any other couple. Singh’s vocals soar well. The composition, however, is average.
Manma emotion sounds like a song from a marquee that belongs to composers attempting a new sound these days — a mix of hip hop, electronic beats and keeping it desi in somewhat crass way. An interesting hook is created through the saxophone, drums, electronic beats and some beatboxing before Amit Mishra hits it. An interestingly addictive piece, it stands out for its layering of Anoushka Manchanda and Mitra’s vocals. Janam janam carries elements of the main Dilwale theme and is one of the better compositions. It opens with heaving violins and uses a mandolin to deliver an interesting piece. The playback by Singh, who does a brilliant job here, gives the track some crispness.
This one is followed by Tukur tukur, which hinges itself on a Goan folk melody and is a one-time fun listen. Daayre is a modern melody which tries Mumford and Sons-style interludes. It’s an easy breezy tune, which flows well but doesn’t stay. Premika by Benny Dayal and Manchanda, is a typical Pritam fun song and works because of some fantastic orchestration. Sung well, with excellent production quality, the song is likely to be a club hit. As for the lyrics, Amitabh Bhattacharya’s words never really touch a high note. The songwriting lacks spark and seems to want a playfulness like Anand Bakshi’s, and music — a touch of nostalgia, and not canned, average tunes. It’s a fun album in parts, but has no lasting appeal. Despite several listening sessions, nothing in this album clicks. Skip buying it. Picking the music of the other release (Bajirao Mastani) on the same day is a much better idea.