The Ashish Shukla-directed Prague, starring Chandan Roy Sanyal and Elena Kazan, promises to be an enthralling ride through parallel cinema. And no doubt, the music was bound to be hatke too.
The first song in the album is Aye Zindagi Gale Laga Le, rendered by Suryaveer. It is a wonderful, contemporary remix of the old classic from Sadma (1983), starring Kamal Haasan and Sridevi.
The next song, Botal Khol, sung by Atif Afzal and Neha Kakkar gives the sense of a flashy number in a booze-addled rave orgy. In the background is a very catchy beat which reminds of Kaminey's Dhan Te Nan. One would want to hear it in parties!
Chehra, crooned by Ballygrunge, is the right blend of rock, racy and hoarsely-expressed wistfulness.
Next on is Ek Pal (Shake) by Suryaveer, which is an intense, discordant number. The chorus hits a high note, repeatedly, propelling the listener to an adrenaline high.
Ek Pal by Atif Afzal, is a dub-stepped rendition. There's no missing the sharp strum of an electronic guitar in the back. One feels the isolating angst even through the loud instrumentation.
The Atif Afzal and Marrianne Dcruz sung Dirt and Game begins with very brief Middle Eastern vocals before doing a complete volte-face into an out-and-out disco number. It also has dubsteps and a disturbed edge to it.
Din Kabhi by Nikhil Paul George and Atif Afzal begins with the strumming of gentle guitars. It comes as a respite after the slew of disco, electronic music above. Sure, that electronic guitar does turn up in the song, but the song remains soothing and ends on a trance-like note.
The other Original Soundtracks are instrumental and only last for a minute max, like Tense, Architecture Project (great use of guitar and mouth organ), Bone Chapel and Drive Back, Destroyed (an excellent restructuring of chaos) and Birthday Dance New (doesn't sound very birthday-ish).
Films of India gives the album 3 stars. Not all of it is party music, but it's just what you need when you want music to vent what you're feeling.