October is the Vishal-Shekhar month in the music calender. Just after Happy New Year it’s time for Bang Bang. Vishal-Shekhar have been associated with Siddharth Anand for more than four films now. Every album from Salaam Namaste to Anjaana Anjaani, their music have hugely grown under his direction. The songs of his films seems to have a lot of director’s involvement. Now, unlike the other four films, Bang Bang is out and out action flick, a remake of the Hollywood film Knight And Day, so it’s obvious that it would be having lesser scope of music as compared to his previous films.
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Music: Vishal-Shekhar; Music Label: Zee Music Company / Sony Music
1. Tu Meri – Singer: Vishal Dadlani; Lyrics: Vishal Dadlani
Just because of its stereotypical haphazard structure and the hurry to reach to the hook line as soon as possible, this song is a big problem who want something different from such a grand song. Vishal seems to be obsessed with the hook line, rendering the rest of the stuffs in a formality. Lyrics by Vishal have some words that we witness in a daily average Bollywood song. This tune also seems to be of Vishal. It doesn’t have any evidence of Shekhar. The beats are cool and energetic enough to make Hrithik crazily dance on screen but this glamorous sounding melody is hollow from inside.
2. Meherbaan/ Meherbaan (Reprise) – Singers: Shilpa Rao, Ash King, Shekhar Ravjiani; Lyrics: Anvita Dutt, Kumaar
If Tu Meri is a Vishal’s creation, Meherbaan is definitely a Shekhar’s imagination. The song is mainly based on the Guitar arrangements and not the ordinary arrangements I must tell you. This song witnesses one of the best arrangements in this year. Ash King is fabulous with his silky vocals, mostly adding the classy texture to the song. Shilpa’s vocals have been echoed too much which is resulting in losing her originality. She sounds good though not her own. Vishal, with the seductive catchy backing vocals is phenomenal. It is the similar tune which has been used in the first two lines of both the antara but the way he croons it, is outstanding. Anvita’s thoughtful romantic lyrics adds a perfect charm to the track. The words have been awesomely coordinated with arrangements for instance the sound similar to what we hear in religious centers, namely in a mosque just when she pronounces the word mazhab. I guess Kumaar has only written Shekhar’s line which has involved the Daphli and Nagaada. Shekhar’s Reprise is actually a true unplugged with just a Guitar, sounding more like a cover than a film song. He is excellent in that too. Experimentation done smoothly by keeping it soothing enough for all. #WelcomeSong
3. Uff – Singers: Harshdeep Kaur, Benny Dayal; Lyrics: Anvita Dutt
This is one of those songs that instantly make you feel happy and alive. The rhythm section in Humko na khabar is wonderfully created. Harshdeep’s vocals in this particular track surmounts her all the previous songs. Choosing Harshdeep in this kind of track is itself a complex decision but whatever Vishal-Shekhar would have imagined, it has come out quite well. Benny is decent in his parts. Lyrics also draw enough attention as Anvita has written about the confusion of post-love humko kya khabar, kab kaise aaya woh. This fun romantic number will be liked by the younger lot.
4. Bang Bang – Singers: Benny Dayal, Neeti Mohan; Lyrics: Anvita Dutt
The composers seem to have purposely tried making it sound like a Classic English Pop track. The theme track which they used to have in films like Top Gun etc, had quite similar sound in them. Benny and Neeti Mohan are the prefect choices as their vocals have actually brought that old classic flavor. Lyrics do not have much scope as the whole thing has to be focused on just the title Bang Bang. Rhythm is very likable and authentic for this sound. A good action theme track though very unattractive.
Neither too much of glamour, nor too much of experimentation. Vishal-Shekhar get a safe landing.
The Final Verdict: OKAY
The Verdict Order: DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE