MUSIC Write your own music review of 99 Quite a few composers contribute to the music of 99. So we see Ashu, Roshan Machado, Shamir Tandon and Mahesh Shankar coming up with a few tunes each, hence aiming at bringing on some variety to the proceedings. First to come is ‘Delhi Destiny’ which is composed by Ashu. The song has a little bit of rock, a touch of jazz along with some element of Sufi rendition. However, the end result of neither the original track nor the ‘spice mix’ version is enticing enough to make it worthy enough to be called as a song of the month.
LYRICS Just like a horde of composers that come together for 99, there are also quite a few lyricists who have been roped in for the soundtrack. So we see Vaibhav Modi, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Shabbir Ahmed and Chintan Gandhi sharing credits for the lyrics of various songs. Vaibhav Modi writes ‘Delhi Destiny’ which appears to be an introduction song of Kunal and Cyrus, once they make their entry into the city of Delhi and try to explore their destiny. An okay track which is followed by a far better ‘Soch Mat Dobara’ (written by Amitabh Bhattacharya, who is also the man behind ’99 Theme Song’) that fits in absolutely well with the subject of 99. This one should be a lot of fun to hear in the film’s narrative as it reflects the state of mind of the principal protagonists. Shabbir Ahmed certainly knows a thing or two about writing youthful tracks and ‘What’s Up’ is an addition to the list that the lyricist has been growing over the years. Chintan Gandhi writes ‘Punjabi Size’ but sadly their lyrics are hardly audible at places, considering a blazing orchestra that goes with the tune throughout its duration. It’s all mush and romance though when it comes to ‘Kal Ki Tarah’ which is written by Vaibhav Modi.
VOCALS Raja Hassan and Ashu come together to sing ‘Delhi Destiny’ and succeed in reaffirming the youth flavour of the movie as well as music by means of their rendition. However, an average tune doesn’t help their cause much. Bonnie Chakraborty and Earl come together for ‘Soch Mat Dobara’ and ’99 Theme Song’ and appear to be thoroughly enjoying themselves in this wild party called 99. K.K. and Sunidhi Chauhan come to the scene soon after and immediately take over the proceedings. They also demonstrate all over again that their experience over the years counts in the larger scheme of things after all as they render the most massy song of the album so far. One wonders why the number hasn’t been promoted to the optimal so far? Labh Jhanjua, K.K, Kalyani and Roopa come together for ‘Punjabi Size’ but even with a horde of singers, the ‘size’ of entertainment isn’t as huge as one would have anticipated. Shaan is the usual suspect for ‘Kal Ki Tarah’ which is a number tailor made for him while Sunidhi Chauhan joins him behind the mike as well. As expected, they are good in their rendition.
OVERALL The music of 99 isn’t as zany as one would have expected but still a couple of songs do strike a chord. With the music release barely a week before the film’s arrival in theatres not helping it’s cause, 99 would be looking at audience response to ‘What’s Up’ and ‘Soch Mat Dobara’ to make some impression at the stands.