Apoorva Lakhia is back after Mission Istanbul with the Zanjeer remake. Here's the lowdown on the film's music:
The first song in the album is Mumbai Ke Hero, rendered by Mika Singh and Talia Bentson. It is composed by Chirantan Bhatt. The song is interspered with the Amitabh Bachchan-ish baritone voice to add to that dramatic effect. Mika is in his element, singing the goonda lyrics, which sound odd considering it's meant for police officers. Talia's rap is irritating and tries too hard to be a fawning woman. But you can't blame the singer, so much as the idea behind the song.
The Pinky song is sung by Mamta Sharma. Meet Bros Anjjan also provide their vocals and composition to the song. We wish we could say that it comes in the Sheila-Munni bracket, but the song just doesn't make the cut. It sounds like something that Rakhi Sawant would gyrate to. The lechy tone and appalling lyrics have a very front bench appeal, but may make more discerning listeners cringe.
Sample these lines from the song:
Mera network kabhi fail hotaa nahin
Har muhalle mein haaye mera tower khada
Still not cringing? You're going to love the song, then. Because this is, sadly (like it or not), the only song in the album which has recall value.
Next on is Lamha Tera Mera, sung by Wajhi Farooki and Palak Muchhal. It is composed by Chirantan Bhatt. The romantic number has a decent beat, but gives one the feeling that the song could have been a much better number. It has an 'almost there' quality but does not rise above it.
The next song is a qawaali: Khochey Pathan Ki Zubaan. It is a joint collaboration by Sukhwinder Singh, Shabab Sabri and Meet Bros Anjjan (the Meet Bros are also the composers). The vocals work wonderfully together. However, the song is not instantly catchy unless one listens to it more than once. Which is a shame, since we believe it is the best song in the album (even if Pinky will be remembered most).
The next song is Kaatilana, rendered by Shweta Pandit and composed by Meet Bros Anjjan. It has a very retro Helen feel to it. Shweta does a great job with the husky voice.
Shreya Ghoshal sings the Shakila Bano song, which is composed by Anand Raj Anand. Shreya's voice is a little too sweet for an item song. Not that it matters, since the song meanders endlessly till the 'Shakila Bano' chorus leaps in.
The last song in the album is the Kaatilana M.B.A. Club Mix. Shweta Pandit is joined by Meet Bros Anjjan, who have also composed the song. It is a step-up from the original with additional beats.
All in all, Films of India gives the Zanjeer album two stars, one each for Khochey Pathan Ki Zubaan and Kaatilana, which were enjoyable numbers while they lasted.