Music Review Singham Returns

Expectations:

This is an action film with music only as an added attraction. Add multiple composers as gimmicks and expectations are at best medium.

Music:

Four composing entities, each known for specific kinds of songs, are roped in here to provide – well, those specific kinds of songs.

The first is Jeet Gannguli, who gets his pet singer Arijit Singh to sing 'Sun Le Zaraa', a classic filmi Sufi-esque number where you hear the rock guitar strummed frenetically against words like karam, dua and ilteja and high-pitched vocals. We wonder how such a song fits into a story centering round a small-town Maharashtrian cop! Without Arijit, this song would have been inconsequential – the singer valiantly tries to uplift a very stereotypical song.

Next up are Meet Bros. Anjjan, who have made musical gimmicks their special forte in so many films by now. The 'Singham Returns Theme' is entrusted in its Hindi part by Mika Singh, who almost converts the rousing song into an item song with his customary syllable-swallowing diction. Some decent lyrics and especially the Sanskrit intonations (lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed) salvage a tune that seems to be 'inspired' by the themes of Dabangg ('Hud hud dabangg')!

The remix of this song is termed 'Singham Returns Theme MBA Swag' and is given the (expected) treatment with some rap by Meet Bros. Anjjan. Such songs are well past their sell-by dates. And if remixes are meant to be variations for the dance floor, well, this one is definitely not. Against our musical instincts, however, we liked the rural dhols heard in this version, but not the trendy abrupt end.

Ankit Tiwari composes and also sings 'Kuch To Hua Hai' (with Tulsi Kumar), a fairly soulful romantic song in intent, but once again, Ankit should cast the male voice well and not sing every one of his compositions. Some overpowering orchestration could have been avoided, and the lyrics (Sandeep Nath and Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay) could have been less clichéd. Yet this is the only song that can be considered a potential hit.

Finally Yo Yo Honey Singh gets in 'Aata Majhi Satakli' (Yo Yo with Mamta Sharma and Nitu Choudhary), a promo song that has Marathi words written by Sachin Pathak too. Those who have never heard 'Lungi dance' from Chennai Express will love this number, because the mukhda has identical notes to its lines 'All the Rajani fans / Don't miss the chance' as Singh re-invents the tune from Tamil to Marathi in one sweep. The lyrics have a semblance of meaning in parts (the Hindi verse is by Singh himself).

Overall:

If we follow the formula of an action film needing only cosmetic music, this score is okay. But if we consider that action dramas like Dabangg or a Rowdy Rathore add hugely to their revenue with superb music, this soundtrack is disappointing.

Our Pick:

'Kuch To Hua Hai'

Music: Jeet Gannguli, Ankit Tiwari, Yo Yo Honey Singh & Meet Bros. Anjjan
Lyrics: Sandeep Nath, Shabbir Ahmed, Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay, Yo Yo Honey Singh & Sachin PathaK
Music Label: T-Series

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