EXPECTATIONS  There are limited expectations from the music of Jail. Reasons being that a) the movie’s genre doesn’t quite warrant popular music in the offering and b) Barring Fashion, Madhur Bhandarkar’s films (though belonging to a league of their own) haven’t quite relied upon the music. Yes, one does come across an occasional song or two from movies like a Page 3 or a Corporate that manage to make a mark. However, it has never been the case of music helping the film succeed. This is the reason why one plays the four songs (two each by Sharib-Toshi and Shamir Tandon) without expecting chartbusters after chartbuster to follow!
MUSIC In the recent times, Sharib-Toshi combine has come up with some good stuff in films like Jashn and Raaz – The Mystery Continues. Thankfully they carry on the momentum with ‘Sainya Ve’ that has Vishesh Films and Emraan Hashmi written all over it. A sufi rock track which is written by Sharib-Toshi themselves with Toshi coming behind the mike, the songs does impart a sense of deja vu in the beginning. However, after a couple of hearing, one actually starts enjoying this club track that features the lead pair of the film – Neil Nitin Mukesh and Mugdha Godse. Even though lyrics are quite ordinary, it’s the rhythm of ‘Sainya Ve’ that keeps the momentum on. Designed for the dance floors, the song also finds an expected ‘rock version’ as well as a ‘remix version’ (both also featuring Neil Nitin Mukesh) for it. Expect DJs to put this one up in their ‘favourites’ list. It’s bona fide rock with the sound of guitar that begins proceedings for ‘Milke Yun Lagaa’. In fact for the first few seconds, the listener is transported to the world created by Pritam in ‘Martaba’ [All The Best]. Second composition by Sharib-Toshi in the album, ‘Milke Yun Lagaa’ is written by Sharib-Turaz and is sung by Sharib. The song carries forward the trend that Pritam started with Life In A Metro and has consolidated further with Tum Mile. A painful love song with deep passion involved, this one makes for a good hearing even though it is situational in appeal. The song is also quite uncharacteristic of what one expects in a Madhur Bhandarkar film; something which is a welcome change.  The musical team of composer Shamir Tandon, lyricist Sandeep Nath and singer Sonu Kakkar get together for an item song made for the masses ‘Bareily Ke Bazaar Mein’. Aimed at the gentry of the single screens and that too only for the smaller centres, ‘Bareily Ke Bazaar Mein’ would have been dismissed right away had it not been created for a Bhandarkar film. The tune, which has a rooted feel throughout and has no Western influences, doesn’t have anything unique to offer and at most remains to be situational with a restricted shelf life. Lastly arrives Lata Mangeshkar’s ‘Daata Sun Le’ which is set in the same mode as ‘Itni Shakti Hamein Dena Daata’ [Ankush]. Seemingly set in a jail with inmates coming together and praying, ‘Daata Sun Le’ moves at an extremely slow pace, something which suits the genre that it belongs. What amazes though is to hear the 80 year old singer getting the right pitch at various junctures even at this age. No wonder, composer Shamir Tandon doesn’t allow many instruments in the background and let’s the vocals hold centre-stage.
OVERALL Jail won’t quite go the whole distance like Fashion which actually had music as an integral part of the narrative and also boasted of more than a couple of chartbuster tracks. However, it does have some decent songs with ‘Sainya Ve’ boasting of popular appeal and ‘Daata Sun Le’ keeping those happy who are fans of Lata Mangeshkar and followers of devotional tracks.
OUR PICK(S) Sainya Ve, Daata Sun Le

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