When Sanjay Gadhvi had taken his friend Pritam in his third movie, Pritam wouldn’t have thought that one day he would be composing for the third part of the same movie which got the tag of Biggest Album of 2013. It’s not only about 2013, it’s all the way the biggest album. Biggest, here implies Grand and Glamorous. The most awaited album. This is the first time Pritam is composing for Aamir Khan. But that’s not the only unique thing. When I heard the album I found number of things which have been applied first time in Hindi Film Music. One thing to make you all notice that Dhoom 3 is Pritam’s 100th Album of his career as a composer. Wikipedia has wrongly mentioned Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobaara as his 100th album. This is confirmed by one of Pritam’s biggest fans Sumit Ranjan Sahu on a social networking website by revealing the complete list of Pritam’s albums from the beginning. Besides Pritam, this time the famous background scorer Julius Packiam has also composed a song and an instrumental piece.
Music Label: YRF Music
1. Malang – Singers: Siddharth Mahadevan, Shilpa Rao; Music: Pritam; Lyrics: Sameer
The first song of this glamorous album starts glamorously. As it begins, you would certainly start getting the feeling of a 5-crore song. Yes, it is the costliest song ever in India. Right from the beginning, it creates a vibe all around. First, it sounds like a Middle-Eastern music, then in the mukhda it sounds like a regular Hindi Film song and when it reaches the hook line, it sounds more of a Sufi melody. Pritam has created a new genre with this song. Arabic Sufi. You feel more blessed to hear it when you get a sargam of the signature Dhoom tune as the interlude. Pritam’s strong imagination is clearly depicted in this song. Siddharth, son of Shankar Mahadevan has again impressed with his vocals just as he did in Zinda. Shilpa Rao has sung nicely. The only thing I didn’t like about her is her pronunciation of the word malang. This word has been pronounced as malang-a to create more impact to ears by Siddharth and chorus as well. Unlike them, Shilpa pronounced it as malan in which g sounded more silent. Sameer’s lyrics are below average. There’s nothing new in it. He should have written something more fresh with respect to the song. This one is the WELCOME song.
2. Kamli – Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan; Music: Pritam; Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya
The basic melody of Kamli seems to be belong to Punjabi folk music. Sunidhi rules the track. Nobody in place of her would have been performed with such brilliance. The tune sounds like a vintage Pritam track but he has decorated the song with so many unusual surprising sounds that it seems to be a kind of plastic surgery for the song. The tune of mukhda is a damn addictive tune. In many places near the hook line, dubstep sound is used which is kind of a surprise as one can’t even imagine such type of sounds in a song which is born of folk music. There’s only one antara but that itself has the power of two. A quite difficult antara to sing but Sunidhi managed it really well. One more surprise is that a Santoor like sound can be heard in the interlude just after the dubstep beats. Percussion instruments are quite intelligently used. Lot of experimentation is there. But it doesn’t just end with music. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics are fabulous which has also is full of experimentation.
3. Tu Hi Junoon – Singer: Mohit Chauhan; Music: Pritam; Lyrics: Kausar Munir
This one is a quite un-Pritam-ish track. Nowadays, in almost every album there’s one track which is hatke from Pritam’s style. That is appreciable. Mohit Chauhan is getting a little less work as compared to previous years but feels glad to hear different kind of tracks from him. In the first listen, it doesn’t seem to be catchy. Just when you listen to it second time, it grows. The basic melody is very catchy and also fresh and also typical Pritam-ish. So, no matter if you didn’t like its jazzing sound and the arrangements, just concentrate on the basic melody. It would definitely make you feel happy. I bet this song would be liked by most of the listeners as it has romance as well as foot tapping beats.
4. Dhoom Machale Dhoom / Dhoom Machale Dhoom (Arabic) – Singer: Aditi Singh Sharma / Naya; Music: Pritam; Lyrics: Sameer
When it had released, most of the listeners gave negative response and said they were disappointed. When I heard it, I came to know what’s the problem. The song Dhoom Machale of the 2004 Dhoom was the original track which was a smash. It had created a storm all over the country and for many years that song didn’t left the throne of No. one position. Then came Dhoom Again of 2006 Dhoom 2. Now that song raised the level of Dhoom. Sung by Vishal Dadlani, that song was one of a kind. It had had such a level that was tough to exceed. So, the new Dhoom Machale got stuck in this matter of ‘level’. It’s really an amazing track. The beats are excellent and vibrant. But listeners were expecting a level higher than Dhoom Again which was not an easy task. No matter how much listeners got disappointed because the song is already on number one position in the charts. Aditi Singh Sharma is fab. The new tune that has been created sounds quite similar to IPL tune. Another version is the Arabic version. Don’t know for what reason the makers demanded that version. It’s sung by an Arabic singer Naya. Since it’s Arabic, I bet you’ll laugh a lot listening to it. Naya, the singer hasn’t sung with enthusiasm. She did lazy singing contrary to the beats which were so loud and with enthusiasm. The track is same just the lyrics and singer is different. But do listen it. You’ll enjoy a lot. Overall, the song is was, is and will be a cult smash.
5. Bande Hain Hum Uske – Singers: Shivam Mahadevan, Anish Sharma; Music: Julius Packiam; Lyrics: Kausar Munir, Vijay Krishna Acharya
This is a kind of a surprise in a soundtrack like Dhoom 3. It’s a song sung by two child singers. One of them is Shankar Mahadevan’s younger son. The tune is on the shayari which was there in the trailer. Julius has composed a beautiful tune out of that. A mild rhythm and the background is subtle. Both of them sang amazingly. Their voice sounded nice. It’s a must listen track. The only non-Pritam song in the album.
6. Dhoom Tap – Instrumental; Music: Pritam
Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of one’s tap shoes hitting the floor (or other surfaces) as a percussive instrument. As such, it is also commonly considered to be a form of music. It is the first time that a Tap Song is made in India. There are two types of Tap music. This one seems to be the Broadway Tap. Pritam has used some awesome Tap sounds. The beats are superb. We all are looking forward to watch this uniqueness in theaters.
7. Doom 3 Overture – Instrumental; Music: Julius Packiam
It starts with Bande Hain Hum Uske tune on Piano and Violin orchestra. An awesome atmosphere is created. Then sound changes a little bit. Thrilling beats are introduced along with the continuation of that tune. Again, Violin orchestra comes and this time it gets more awesome. After that, it all ends and come the music we heard in the trailer. And then finally to complete it, comes the backing vocals Dhoom Machale Dhoom. A perfect theme track. Infact the best I would like to say. After listening to it, there’s one more reason to go to theaters besides Aamir Khan; Julius Packiam’s Background Score.
Dhoom 3 – The Biggest Album of 2013 – Finally released and the fact is that neither it was below expectations nor it was above expectations. The soundtrack is just what we all had expected. It had to better than Dhoom 2 and it actually is. It is also Pritam’s 100th album and he performed brilliantly in that. Malang is definitely the best of the soundtrack as it has enough variety of music in just single track. Malang has an unusual genre Arabic Sufi, Kamli is inclined to Punjabi Folk Music blended with dubstep beats, Tu Hi Junoon has Jazzing sound while the basic melody remains to be typically romantic, Dhoom Machale Dhoom is again a smash without any doubt, Bande Hain Hum Uske comes as a beautiful surprise for the listeners, Dhoom Tap is the first Tap song of India and Dhoom 3 Overture gives a brief summary to Julius Packiam’s grand background score that is to be found in the movie very soon.
The Final Verdict: AGREE
The Verdict Order: DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE
Musical Sameekshaa Awards December 2013:
Singer of the Month (Female): Sunidhi Chauhan – Mat Maari (R…Rajkumar)
Singer of the Month (Male): Nakash Aziz – Saree Ke Fall Sa (R…Rajkumar)
Singer Jodi of the Month: Nakash Aziz & Antara Mitra – Saree Ke Fall Sa (R…Rajkumar)
Composer of the Month: Pritam – Malang (Dhoom 3)
Lyricist of the Month: Kausar Munir, Vijay Krishna Acharya – Bande Hain Hum Uske (Dhoom 3)
Song of the Month: Malang – Dhoom 3 (Pritam, Sameer)
Album of the Month: Dhoom 3 (YRF Music)
Next: Musical Sameekshaa Trimester – 4 Awards 2013 (Nominees)