EXPECTATIONS Vikram Bhatt and good music go together. The albums may or may not register huge sales but the fact remains that Bhatt is one filmmaker who has an ear for music and is conscious of the requirement of some good melodic songs. This is why there are good expectations from the music of Shaapit, especially since it also marks the debut of Aditya Narayan, son of Udit Narayan, as an actor. Chirantan Bhatt is roped in as a composer along with lyricist Sameer for this horror tale with love story playing an integral part of the plot.

MUSIC Even though Chirantan Bhatt holds centre stage for majority of the album (with as many as four songs), it is Nazam Sheraz who kick starts the proceedings for Shaapit as a composer, lyricist and singer. If you had liked ‘Vaada…Tumse Hai Vaada’ from Vikram Bhatt’s last outing ‘1920’, chances are you won’t mind listening to ‘Tere Bina’. A love song with a sense of sadness, loneliness and longing to it, ‘Tere Bina’ is a haunting track which can be expected to arrive at multiple junctures in Shaapit. The song doesn’t belong to the chartbuster variety but if in mood for a soft outing with lights switched off; ‘Tere Bina’ does come in handy. From this point on Chirantan Bhatt and Sameer take over the proceedings. To go with the title and situation of the song, ‘Ajnabi Hawaayein’ has a whiff of air brought alive at the very opening moment. Shreya Ghoshal gets into the ‘Gumnaam Hai Koyi’ mode for this quintessential ‘bhatakti aatma’ song which is just perfect for the kind of situation one can expect in the film. There is an element of horror and love interspersed with each other in ‘Ajnabi Hawaayein’ which automatically transports a listener to a ‘veeran jungle’ with a haunted house somewhere in the background. Strictly situational! And this is the point where the best (and most commercially viable) track of the album arrives in the form of ‘Chaahata Dil Tumko’. With a groovy rhythm to it, this young love song has Aditya Narayan singing for himself and doing a rather good job in creating the right impact. Somewhere in the background, one can also hear Suzanne D’Mello as a background vocalist. Yes, the song has a ‘heard before’ feeling to it since it follows a mandatory template of an Indi-pop outing but you don’t mind it since there is a certain feel-good effect that comes along with it. The same team continues with ‘Kabhi Na Kabhi’ which has an old world feel to it. Yet again there is a deja vu attached to it and the kind of arrangements used in ‘Kabhi Na Kabhi’ remind one of many a song that have been heard in Vikram Bhatt films. A nice harmless song by Aditya Narayan which does well for its duration and though it doesn’t mandate long queues at the music stands, it won’t really turn away listeners either. In comparison the ‘rock version’ of ‘Kabhi Na Kabhi’ manages to make a better connect. Its time for some ‘masti’ to follow with Hamza Faruqui and Chirantan Bhatt bringing on some Persian flavour with ‘Hayaati’ that has a rather extended beginning to it (as much as 70 seconds) before the singers take over. Surprisingly the song doesn’t strike much initially though one starts settling down to its sound after hearing it a couple of times. Nevertheless, the song overall stays on to be an average composition and it depends a lot on the picturisation to take it any distance. Aditya Narayan makes his debut as a composer with the title song ‘Shaapit Hua’ that arrives in a full on rock version. He writes as well as sings the song along with Sunidhi Chauhan and the way ‘Shaapit Hua’ has been conceptualised; it does warrant a music video going to it. Completely in line with ‘Kurbaan Hua’ which was heard just a few weeks back, ‘Shaapit Hua’ follows a similar composition style and brings on the right intensity and passion which was required for a song belonging to this genre.

OVERALL Even though the music of Shaapit doesn’t quite go all the way in meeting the good expectations that one had from it, there aren’t any songs that are a turn off either. Yes, mind-blowing chartbusters are missing in this Chirantan Bhatt album but still at least a couple of songs like ‘Chaahata Dil Tumko’ and ‘Shaapit Hua’ do manage to make a good impact. These two tracks should be harnessed to the fullest to help the album register good sales since there is still a month to go before the film arrives in theatres.

OUR PICK(S) ‘Chaahata Dil Tumko’, ‘Shaapit Hua’

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