Besharam music review: Lalit Pandit back with a bang!

Music: Lalit Pandit, Ishq Bector and Shree D

Lyrics: Rajeev Barnwal, Kumar, Himanshu Kishan Mehra, Nikhat Khan

Singers: Sonu Nigam, Abhijeet Bhattacharya Daler Mehendi, Mika, Shreya Ghoshal, Mamta Sharma, Ranbir Kapoor, Ishq Bector, Shree D

One of the most influential factors associated with Besharam’s album is undoubtedly the supremely talented composer Lalit Pandit, who’s back from a self-imposed exile only to deliver a winning soundtrack. With his romantic and light-hearted melodies framed in films like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and Fanaa among others, composer duo- Jatin and Lalit’s music vowed millions of music buffs for almost two decades and ruled the 90s era. However, their last collaboration was Fanaa after which the brothers parted ways amicably.

In the world of established and young composers like Pritam, Vishal-Shekhar and Amit Trivedi amongst others, Lalit has once again proved that he still has it in him to create an album that will be remembered for years to come unlike the regular songs one listens to off late, composed by his rival contemporaries. For director Abhinav Kashyap it makes more sense to rope in Lalit who scored the blockbuster item song Munni badnaam hui in his debut film Dabangg. Musically, the film pairs Pandit with lyricist Rajeev Barnwal, Kumar, Himanshu Mehra and Nikhat Khan on a soundtrack comprising of seven originals catering to different moods but in sync with the movie title.

Love ki ghanti, the opening track establishes the quirkiness of the album with an arrangement that takes you to the magical world of Kishore Kumar as Lalit revisits his classic – Ek ladki bheegi si. Sujeet Shetty’s vocals suit Ranbir Kapoor and Amitosh Nagpal gives adequate support. For the trivia-hungry, Ranbir mouths a few dialogues in this Rajeev Barnwal penned number.

The title track Besharam featuring Ranbir in jazzy gold outfits sees popular artist Ishq Bector and Shree D rendering and also composing the rhythmic number. With Himanshu Kishan Mehra’s lyrics – Paida nanga hua to kaahe ki sharam, this techno beat club number suits the genre of the film well and is peppy and fun.

Composed by Jatin and sung by Mamta Sharma and Aishwarya Nigam, Tere mohalle is again a naughty club number that is perfect to dance to. Sharma and Nigam’s attempt is superlative. The desi folk tune with some dollops of qawwali caters to all age groups.

The best part of the album according to us is Dil ka jo haal sung by the veteran singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya and Shreya Ghoshal. It instantly reminds you of the Aamir Khan-Sonali Bendre romantic number Jo haal dil ka from Sarfarosh, composed by the formidable composer duo Jatin-Lalit. What we like about the song besides the ‘90s feel is that it brings back our favourite Abhijeet back into the gaana game. For those who love ‘90s songs will instantly lap it up.

Within seconds of tuning in to the romantic number Tu Hai by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal, the song will bring back memories of Lalit’s previous composition – Pehla Nasha. The soothing composition also has shades of Aoge jab tum o saajna from Jab We Met. Though it’s a duet, Lalit has made both the talented singers sing separately which goes well with the feel of the song. The orchestrations, guitar and violin add to the grandeur and romance.

Aa re aa re is another racy dance number that sounds typically ‘90s song and will be certainly played this year’s Navratri festival. Mika and Shreya Ghoshal pack a punch in this dhinchak number penned by Rajeev Barnwal. Ghoshal sounds quite different this time for debutant Pallavi Sharda as she gets into the theme of the song.

Chal hand uthake naache is one of the rare occasions where Punjabi pop king Daler Mehendi and Mika come together. Joining them is Sunidhi Chauhan who adds her punch to the energetic dance number. Now, credit must go to Lalit for being experimental in the variety of his sounds. Chand uthake is composed in the Punjabi pop mould and inspired by dancehall.

Summing up, the soundtrack of Besharam features high-voltage dance numbers, love songs and everything that justifies the movie title! The album is a mix bag of songs that will go a long way in ensuring that the film opens to bumper response when it releases all over and provides Abhinav Kashyap another blockbuster!

Rating: 3 out of 53 Star Rating

Reviewed by Dhiren Trivedi

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