Music Review Policegiri

Expectations

The expectations we have from the soundtrack are very modest because it is an actioner.

Music

The opening track 'Robinhood' (Anjjan-Meet Brothers) clearly presents the hero of the film in what sounds like a festival song with its cluttered but unfettered folk cadences. Sung and composed by Anjjan-Meet Brothers, it is a typical heard-before number with 'good', 'shudh' (pure) and 'Robinhood' used as rhyming words in the mukhda, apart from some rap that seems a shade out of place in the small-town setting of the film! The lyrics (Aslam Lashkari) tread familiar terrain.

Himesh Reshammiya steps in to score the rest of the album. In his very first track, 'Chura Ke Leja' (Yashraj Kapil-Palak Muchhal), he repeats a complete shehnai piece he has used as an interlude in his classic but unsung bhajan, 'Lagan Lagi' from last year's Dangerous Ishhq and has a similar overall feel of a bhajan although it is a love duet! As a composition, the track uses notes that are remarkably identical to Himesh's Bol Bachchan hit 'Chalaao Na Nainon Se Baan Re'. Now why is that, we wonder?

Despite these similarities to two of Himesh's older songs, this rousing track works also because it's ethnic orchestration and resounding dhols. The raagdaari is used smartly, but the old-world charm is unlikely to hook the 'Net-savvy generation. Palak Muchhal, whose rapid growth (Aashiqui 2 onwards) is indeed both quick and impressive, carries the song more than the male singer. And the lyrics (Shabbir Ahmed) impress too.

The first reaction to the next track is that you got to hand it to Himesh for 'Jhoom Barabar Jhoom' (Vineet Singh-Aman Trikha-Shaba Sabri-Pawani Pandey). Because this is a qawwali-esque song that compares ishq to 'Krishna Ki Leela' and is also a modern love song, all at the same time! Shabab's high-octave sargam and (once again) the dhols are both used for good effect, Aman sounds like Himesh himself and the old-world feel and beats are pronounced.

The Sufiana tenor of 'Tirath Meri Tu' (Vineet Singh-Shabab Sabri-Palak Mucchal) has a good concept in the words and the fact that it is a bright duet (but for the high-pitched Shabab Sabri intonation Shab-e-firaaq) makes it refreshingly different from the standard, melancholy Sufiana filmi kalaam. Once again, Palak impresses, but she should make a concerted effort to sound different from Shreya Ghoshal. Even more important, Vineet Singh should curtail trying to sound like Sonu Nigam!

The 'Policegiri title-track' (Aman Trikha-Rajdeep Chaterjee-Yashraj Kapil) is typically '80s, Sanskrit shloks, rousing lyrics, up tempo rhythms and all. There is a thin veneer of modernity with a wallop of guitar and a trendy chorus. The functional track must be serving its purpose within the film but lacks intrinsic appeal for the listener.

Overall

Like in most of his soundtracks, Himesh appeals predominantly to ears attuned to more desi (read traditional) tastes. The 'Net-savvy GenY may not be enamoured by the soundtrack but the masses may take to it – if the film succeeds.

Our Pick

Chura Ke Leja, Tirath Meri Tu

Music: HIMESH RESHAMMIYA & ANJJAAN-MEET BROTHERS
Lyrics: SHABBIR AHMED & ASLAM LASHKARI
Music label: T-SERIES

Article written by staff at Bollywood Hungama. Read more

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