The Saif Ali Khan- Kareena Kapoor spy-thriller action vehicle, which is launching into theatres next month, has an explosive soundtrack to match. From the number of times I have been playing this soundtrack in a loop, what I can briefly say, is that music director Pritam is back in the game ( assuming it is not another inspirado project from the East). Hit the jump, as I briefly dissect the tracks on the cracking soundtrack of Agent Vinod.
#Steal The Night (I’ll Do The Talking) – Neeraj Shridhar, Aditi Singh Sharma, Shefdi Alvaris, Barbie Amod
I think I am suffering from a Neeraj Sridhar fatigue now. The man’s voice is almost getting close to the irritating levels of what Mohd.Aziz and Shabbir Kumar used to be. Having said that, this is a very well produced club track. The sound mix is top notch, and the track almost sounds like a feature on Ministry of Sound album.
On the remix one, the female vocals calm down the ambience, almost like *that* J-Lo track. And then, there’s some random chants, which kinda give me the feeling that this is an inspiration from some Indonesian/Korean hit. Any sources confirming this?
#Dil Mera Muft Ka – Nandini Shrikar, Muazzam, Rizwan, Shadab Faridi, Altamush Faridi, Shabab Sabri
Nandini Shrikar sounds dangerously close to sounding like an Alisha Chinai clone. All the elements required in a Qawwali / Mujra song are here, and then some more. There are the “kharash” waale Qawwals singing – “Ni Main Kamlee“, and the Harmonium solos accompany the riffs on the Bulbul Tara. But what I don’t understand is the decision to throw in the distorted guitars into the arrangement. But somehow it works. Not sure, if it still remains a mujra though. Maybe Bebo will prove us wrong with that sultry pink dress, and Saroj Khan choreography.
#Pungi – Mika Singh, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Nakash, Pritam
Skip. Escape. Next please! Oh there is a remix as well. Fuckin’ hell. Leave me alone. Oh, if you’re a fan of Mika Singh’s ridiculous discography, go right ahead.
# Agent Vinod Theme
Like a typical spy movie theme, this one’s got the goods. The horns, the guitars, the drums and a groove to match. I expect this to be blaring out of the speakers when Saif kicks a butt or two. And of course for the rolling credits. Nice track to accompany your daily work out.
# Raabta – Arijit Singh & Joy, Shreya Ghosal, Aditi Singh Sharma, Hamsika..
Don’t be surprised when you see multiple versions of this same song featured on the album. There are 4 versions in total, but I am not complaining. Each one has something new to offer. Arijit Singh’s male version is very Ash King silky vocal type, and Aditi Singh Sharma’s female version is again a very feather-light female take on that. Shreya Ghosal’s version is quite filmy to say the least, but damn, that voice is flawless. My favourite version remains the first one – sung by Arijit Singh – probably because I heard that one first, and the arrangement is very Amit Trivedi. And that is meant to be a compliment in the nicest way possible.
# Dil Mera Muft Ka (Remix) – Malini Awasthi
One of those mysteries! I don’t understand why this one would be the remix, rather than being the original. Malini Awasthi nails it with her flavour of folk vocals, and the dholaks ensure you have a desi outburst with this track. If you need your daily dose of latak-jhatak-matak, then this is the track to go for.
OKS Rating: 3 Dhiskows Out of 5
Welcome back to the spotlight Pritam Da. We missed you. As for the movie, I’ve got two words. CANNOT. WAIT.
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