Boss music review: Been there, heard that!

Music: Meet Bros Anjjan, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Chirantan Bhatt, PA Deepak

Lyrics: Kumaar, Manoj Yadav, Sahil Kaushal-Lill Gollu

Singers: Sonu Nigam, Arijeet Singh, Sanjay Misra, Meet Bros Anjjan, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Vishal Dadlani, Sonu Kakkar, Khushboo Grewal, Neeti Mohan, Nikhil D’souza

Not so in distant past, Akshay Kumar movies had melodious songs that found a place in the playlists long after the movie was removed from the theatres. The number of such songs is dwindling fast with each release that hits the silver screen. Just like story, action and comedy, the music too in his movies is getting repetitive.

The latest offering titled Boss is no different. Set in Haryana, all the numbers reflect this in some way or the other. If the music is played some months after the movie is out of theatre, it would be Yo Yo Honey Singh numbers in the album and not those composed by Meet Bros Anjjan. The composers get another Akii production after OMG: Oh My God!.

The album begins with title track Boss. It sounds similar to something you have heard before. The lyrics are all about what makes a boss – from six packs to branded clothes. Honey Singh is now singing every second song that is being recorded in the studios these days and his style is not any different from his previous attempts.

Hum na tode is the Hindi version of popular Tamil number Apdi pode. Vishal Dadlani gets into the groove. Having heard it so many times on dance shows the song sounds far from fresh. The lyrics don’t add too much value. Maybe the picturisation will tell us how different it is. Khiladi Kumar joins Vishal in between and the whole sequence reminds you of Javed Jaafri number I Am Mumbhai from Bombay Boys. The difference is Bambaiya and Haryanvi touch.

Pitah se hai naam tera is dedicated to what all a father is and Sonu Nigam is in his elements in this situational number.

Party all night is all about what parties are. Dance, drink, girls and grooving music. The song has the potential to be hit a dance numbers and may be played in clubs for months to come. A chartbuster with some objectionable lyrics which Yo Yo Honey Singh is known for. How Akshay Kumar, whose movies are for family audience, cleared the song is a mystery.

The Nikhil D’Souza number titled Har kisi ko begins just like any other mushy number and then takes you by surprise when it leads to Har kisi ko nahin milta. Yes, the iconic number from Feroz Khan’s Jaanbaaz. Thankfully the composer trio take just the mukhda and the signature instrumental part. The inspired version is neither here nor there and makes you wonder why composers even touch yesteryears chartbuster and kill it with their ‘creativity’.

As if the one version was not enough, the composer trio give it another shot with Aashiqui 2 sensation Arijeet Singh and Neeti Mohan doing the honours. But this version sounds much better and both the singers do a good job. The different arrangement makes it a better song.

There are three numbers dedicated to Boss: Entry theme, title remix and the last minute addition – the Ganpati mix.

Director Anthony D’Souza got maestro AR Rahman to score the music of his first venture Blue and its songs are still doing the rounds of FM stations. Will he be lucky second time around with his second venture? To rephrase the chartbuster – Har kisi ko nahin milta yahan Rahman zindagi main.

Rating: 2 out of 52 Star Rating

Reviewed by Aseem Shrivastava

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