Music: Ram Sampath
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Singers: Ram Sampath, Vishal Dadlani, Sona Mohapatra, Suman Sridhar, Ravindra Upadhyay
The Aamir Khan-Rani Mukerji-Kareena Kapoor starrer Talaash directed by Reema Kagti is a thriller; obviously there is not much scope for music at the script level. Ram Sampath, who has become Aamir’s favourite music director now, has been roped in to create a soundtrack that can support the genre the movie belongs to.
First up is the song Muskaanein jhooti hain. Indie artist Suman Sridhar uses her husky voice effectively in this silky smooth number. It’s as lilting as her quirky Hawa hawai from Shaitan. It’s definitely in the zone of Kaisi paheli from Parineeta, but slightly more eerie and haunting than Parineeta’s sweetly seductive track.
Certain portions of Jeele zara will probably be running through the film as part of the background score and should prove to be effective. Vishal Dadlani sings about the growing distance between two lovers in this song as Javed Akhtar writes Phir dil se dil ke pul kyun toote hain. It’s not really a unique melody, but Vishal instills enough passion into the track to keep you hooked.
The next song Jeeya lage na is virtually a jam session between Sona Mohapatra and Ravindra Upadhyay. This electro-folk fusion – techno beats, tabla and break beat samples – is a great attempt to bring new sounds into mainstream Bollywood music. The lyrics are very simple: Jeeya lage na tum bin mora, kya jaane kyun hai, kya jaane kaisi andhekhi si dor. The combination of Sona and Ravindra’s voices and the merging of various sounds makes Jeeya lage na unique.
Lakh duniya kahe starts with a piano piece and Ram Sampath’s soft voice. It’s a straightforward composition with easy lines. The orchestration and arrangement are what lift the track a notch higher.
Hona kya hai has the Aaj ki raat (from Don) hangover, except this one’s heavier. It’s a groovy number packed with beats, but not on par with the rest of the tracks.
Talaash’s soundtrack is slick, groovy and situational, and will work best in the context of the film.