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Below is a review of the soundtrack.
Quirky is the new cool. Aamir Khan is marketing his next production, Delhi Belly, with guns blazing. The film is directed by Abhinay Deo and is being promoted as an edgy comedy. As far as the soundtrack is concerned, music director Ram Sampath (Khakee, Luv Ka The End, the ‘Mehengai Daayan’ song from Peepli Live) and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya (Dev D, Udaan, No One Killed Jessica), along with a platoon of great voices, deliver one of the most fun albums of the year so far! The soundtrack of Delhi Belly makes no pretensions. It is meant to be weird and often crass and that’s exactly what you get. Your favorite summer album is here.
The opening number – Bhaag DK Bose – is already a cult hit. Sung by Ram Sampath, it’s an instantly catchy number with its funny lyrics – packed with double entendres – and fast-paced fusion rock music. There’s not much else to say about this one since it’s already so well known. If you haven’t heard it yet, watch the music video.
On the heels of the rocking first track comes a mock qawwali in the form of Nakkadwaley Disco, Udharwaley Khisko. Singer Keerthi Sagathia excels in this number, varying his inflections and emotions. He keeps the song perfectly balanced between the conventions of a qawwali and the Gen-X angst-ridden Hinglish words. The song's trailer, already doing the rounds, visualizes the song quite well. The DK Bose song might be fun but this song beats it. Plus, what better way to teach the teenybopper generation a random Hindi word like ‘Nakkadwaley’ (it means ‘Those who pay in cash,’ in case you were wondering).
Continuing the roll of winning tracks is Saigal Blues. If you have grown up being forced by your parents to listen to the songs of K.L. Saigal, then this track is your justice served. Crooned amazingly by Chetan Shashital, this song adds a blues twist to the legendary late singer’s trademark style. Long story short, it’s a K.L. Saigal-esque song made cool enough for the current generation to get hooked on.
Bedardi Raja has a rustic folk sound, and seems to be designed as an item number. Sona Mohapatra, with a zinger of a voice, does the honors here. The song is playful and Mohapatra at times reminds of the sultry voice of Rekha Bhardwaj, which can only mean great things for her career. However, the song itself seems quite ordinary compared to the impact of the first three tracks. The Grind Mix version adds some more beats but sounds pretty similar overall.
Singer Suraj Jagan makes an appearance with Ja Chudail. As you might be able to guess from the title, it’s an angry song about heartbreak. But again, the balance between genuine emotion, and humorous and ironic lyrics makes this song work. The music is hard rock right from the beginning, which might be a turn off for some.
The only “normal” track in the album is Tere Siva, sung by Sampath and Tarannum Malik. It’s as close to a quintessential romantic ballad as you’ll get with an album of this kind. Sampath and Malik’s voices work well together, but compared to the songs that surround it, this one seems quite bland.
After the few minutes of relative sanity of the last track, the crazy is back with Switty Tera Pyaar Chaida, sung energetically by Keerthi Sagathia. Sung in typical Delhi-Punjabi twang and attitude, this number is eccentric to the core and very catchy. The fusion of electric guitar and dhol works wonders here. The remix version – Switty (Punk) – brings in Sampath as an additional singer and the entire song is amped up even more.
The soundtrack ends with a bang with I Hate You (Like I Love You), sung by Keerthi Sagathia, Sona Mohapatra and Shazneen Arethna. The song is as mixed up as its title. It starts off with a chorus of a qawwali, then shifts gears to full-on Westernized pop rock, then switches to Bollywood, disco, funk, and tops off with qawwali. And thrown in there, as a treat, is a special vocal cameo by Aamir Khan who gets to say some pretty funny lines. My favorite: “Shake your biscuit for me baby, shake it for me!” Sampath somehow pulls all the randomness of the song together and makes it oddly fluid and really fun. Now this is what I call icing on the cake!
Delhi Belly will release on July 1 to huge expectations. Until then, the album certainly helps with the hype. With eight original tracks and two remixes, Ram Sampath and Amitabh Bhattacharya deliver an album that is thoroughly enjoyable to the core. The soundtrack offers one wacky song after another, making it one of the most unconventional albums to release in recent times. Check out this album now! It’s totally worth your time and moolah.