Music: Vipin Patwa, Aditya Trivedi, Bally Grunge and Sanjeev-Darshan
Singers: Aditya Trivedi, Jonita Gandhi, Saugat Upadhaya, Saba Azad, Ali Azmat
One of India's most famous serial killer, Charles Sobhraj, finally has movie about him. Titled as Main Aur Charles, the film starring Randeep Hooda, Richa Chadda, Tisca Chopra and Kay Kay Menon tracks the life of famed psycho killer. While Randeep's lethal charm in the trailer was quite evident, does the music of Main Aur Charles manage to charm us? Lets find out!
The album opens with a mild semi-rock number composed and sung by Aditya Trivedi. And like the title of the song suggests, we are welcomed into the song with the sound of bullet bike being kick started. Soon mild rock elements like bass, electric guitar and dubstep along with techno beats pave way to edgy vocals, almost raspy vocals of Aditya Trivedi. The song is placed but comes off as menacing and haunting nevertheless thanks to Trivedi's vocals and catchy lyrics. Some two minutes into the song, a stunning electric guitar riff manages to surprise us. Overall, the song is edgy and would be every bikers favourite.
Woh Toh Yahin Hai Lekin
The song opens with grand piano piece ably supported by beautiful violin arrangements letting terrific singer Jonita Gandhi to make her mark. But soon orchestra and heavy beats kick in, and starts to overpower Jonita Gandhi's vocals. This slightly melancholic number is decent to hear but lacks the punch to be popular among the masses. Also, Jonita Gandi's singing prowess seems under utilised in the song.
A light strumming of guitar fused with synthesiser sounds makes way for powerful voice of Saugat Upadhaya in this gritty and heavy sounding sad romantic number. The song soon turns into a rock number with electric guitar, drums and Saugat Upadhaya's stunning high pitch vocals demanding your attention. The lyrics of the song might have a sufi touch but its treatment is quite different. Ya Rabba is a decent number but this Main Aur Charles album is still looking for its stand out track.
Dekhe Meri Aankhon Me Jo
Its time to groove to some jazz music. Sung by Saba Azad, this jazzy club number masquerading as a rock song is perhaps the most upbeat song of Main Aur Charles. After interesting arrangements of guitar and drum beats, Saba Azad's vocals spin the web of magic around you. The way the song shifts gears from slow start to fast paced chorus portions is impressive. Dekhe Meri Aankhon Me Jo is probably the best song of the album so far.
Jee Lo Yaaron
Finally, I have tumbled upon a happy song in the album. Sung by Saugat Upadhaya, the song starts off with refreshing and upbeat guitar strumming before the song turns into a classic boy band number from the west. Though the music sounds youthful, Saugat Upadhaya's heavy vocals don't sound apt for this kind of a number. Soon the song gets repetitive and makes you wonder if you have heard this tune somewhere before. A good start is wasted in the song.
Main To Yahin Hoon Lekin
The male version of Jonita Gandhi's Woh Toh Yahin Hai Lekin turns out to be better as it has a dark flavour to it that makes it haunting. Ali Zamat's piercing vocals add extra dimension of edginess to the song. Overall Main To Yahin Hoon Lekin is an intense number that goes with the feel of the film.
Theme Of Charles
And the best is saved for the last. Aditya Trivedi, who gave us a brooding number Neeli Bullet, is back with a slow theme music which has all the elements of suspense, menace, danger and thrill, making it worth a listen. Nicely orchestrated, packed with minute sounds here and there, the song picks up its pace in the end and gives the sense of impending doom to the listeners. Overall, this Theme Of Charles is simply excellent and is one of the best theme music to have come out in recent times.
Verdict: Other than Adiya Trivedi's haunting theme music and brooding rock number, the rest of the composers and singers fail to captivate the listeners. Overall, Main Aur Charles is an average album which will blend well with the visuals of the film but falls flat when you hear it on your headphones.
Our Pick: Theme Of Charles, Neeli Bullet, Dekhe Meri Aankhon Me Jo
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2 out of 5