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Apparently the Big B is "back" as the angry young, or rather, old man. Amitabh Bachchan's next is his own home production - an AB Corp Film - directed by Puri Jagannath. The film's trailers are playing heavily on Bachchan's onscreen image from the 1970s and the film seems to be a continuation of that genre. The soundtrack is an intriguing specimen. Composed by Vishal-Shekhar, it has just five tracks, four of which are sung by Bachchan himself.
The first song is Haal-E-Dil, a slow romantic ballad sung by Amitabh Bachchan in his deep and surprisingly melodic voice. He is joined in the song by Monali Thakur and Shekhar Ravjiani who provide the backing vocals. It's a slow, soothing number that begins with Bachchan's vocals and very little music and builds gradually into a faster pace with more music accompaniment. It also reminds of Bachchan's earlier forays into singing, the haunting 'Rozana' from Nishabd and 'Main Yahaan Tu Wahaan' from Baghban. Bachchan's singing seems to be apt for mature and somewhat mellow songs that provide a throwback of sorts to the classic romantic ballads of yore.
That image is quickly shattered with the album's second song, Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap (Accapella version). Bachchan dons the mic for this one too, a song that is the polar opposite of 'Haal-E-Dil.' It's the film's title song but also a pretty campy attempt to make the protagonist seem cool. The song trailer doesn't help either. While the effort to openly play on Bachchan's age and his legacy is admirable, the song doesn't work in making him seem hip and "angry" at the same time. The accapella sound, however, is interesting and quite rare in Hindi film music and for that it's worth listening to once.
The same song returns with a dance vibe. Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap (Dub Step) is essentially the same track but with an overdose of electronic rock. Bachchan has the company of Vishal Dadlani who adds the English rap, an element that has become a tradition for Hindi film song remixes of late.
The album reaches its gimmicky peak with Go Meera Go. Designed as a club number, the song brings together Bachchan with his son Abhishek Bachchan. It's a heavily mixed track with Bachchan senior rehashing - in autotune - his most famous songs from the 70s and rap interludes by Bachchan junior. The old songs referenced are 'Khaike Paan Banareswala,' 'Pagh Ghunghroo Bandh,' 'Rang Barse' and 'Saara Zamaana.' It's an underwhelming track which relies almost exclusively on fans either falling for the father-son singing combo, Bachchan's classic hit songs, junior Bachchan's attempt at rap, or an over-the-top concoction of all of those ingredients which the song ends up becoming.
The soundtrack wraps up with, what else, an item song. Main Chandigarh Di Star is sung energetically by Sunidhi Chauhan (no singing Bachchan in this one!). The lyrics are almost entirely Punjabi and have a lot of street lingo which is given attitude by Chauhan. The music is peppy but at times becomes too heavy on percussion, drowning out the vocals. In the film, the song will reportedly feature Raveena Tandon, who is making a brief return to the big screen from her hiatus. In an otherwise unsatisfying album, this track actually stands out. That doesn't mean it's particularly great, but just that it's more enjoyable than the rest.
Overall, this is a pretty disappointing album considering the expectations around an AB Corp film, Vishal-Shekhar as composers and Telugu film stalwart Puri Jagannath. Here's hoping the songs are given some life in the film and that the film itself delivers more.