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The publicity campaign for Saif Ali Khan’s pet project Agent Vinod is now in full swing. It’s an action thriller crafted along the lines of James Bond – Vinod (Khan) looks suave, can jump kick through windows, drive dangerously through the streets and of course, woo the pretty lass (Kareena Kapoor). Directed by Sriram Raghavan (who previously directed the thrilling Ek Hasina Thi and Johnny Gaddaar), the film looks stylish, calculated and ambitious. Whether it lives up to its publicized image is, of course, another debate entirely and will be seen when the film releases on March 23, 2012. The film’s soundtrack is composed by Pritam with lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya and Nilesh Mishra.
The album kicks off with I’ll Do The Talking Tonight, which is the official remake of ‘Rasputin’ by Boney M. Pritam takes the retro classic and douses it with techno music. Neeraj Shridhar does the vocals, joined by Aditi Singh Sharma, Shefali Alvaris, and Barbie Amod. The song takes some getting used to and won’t be a wide favorite. Also, the English lyrics seem forced and are off-putting, especially when coming out accented when sung by Shridhar. It’s not a great start to the album and sadly becomes a case of the remake not living up to the original. The I’ll Do The Talking Tonight (Remix) doesn’t add much except for a faster beat and seems unnecessary in the album.
The much-hyped mujra song, Dil Mera Muft Ka, comes in next on the album. While Kareena Kapoor looks good despite some stiff dancing in the trailer, the song itself is actually one of the album’s best. It isn’t a classic mujra by any means. Instead, Pritam gets creative by adding a rock tune to the traditional sounds, topped off brilliantly by the unique voice of Nandini Srikar. Additional vocals are by Muazzam , Rizwan, Shadaab Faridi, Altamush Faridi, and Shabab Sabri. The fusion sound throughout and confident vocals makes this one of Pritam’s most creative compositions recently. The Dil Mera Muft Ka (Remix), this time sung by Malini Awasthi, is spunkier but doesn’t carry the same charm as the original.
Next up is Raabta (Siyaah Raatein), and the first of four versions of the same song. That’s right, four. Sung by Arijit Singh, Joy, and Hamsika Iyer, the first version is the quintessential mellow romantic track by Pritam. The second version Raabta (Night In A Motel) by Hamsika Iyer and Arijit Singh is a more mellow, lounge version. Iyer gets more scope this time and uses it well. The composition is more soulful than in the first and makes for a good listen.
Following that is Raabta, a solo by Arijit Singh. This one’s a soft rock rendition and reminds of Pritam’s songs from Life In A Metro, which is still one of his best albums to date. However, with this track, he doesn’t experiment much with the sound, which makes the song rather average. The fourth and final version is Raabta (Kehte Hain Khuda Ne), this time with Shreya Goshal joining Arijit Singh. Goshal brings her sweet, versatile voice, which is an interesting departure from Iyer’s more sensual vocals. In terms of composition and treatment, this version stays the same as the previous one. After listening to the same song four times – albeit slightly different renditions – it’s hard to understand the reasoning behind this move by the producers and composer.
With Pungi, Pritam and Bhattacharya join forces with Mika Singh and Nakash to deliver a rollicking tapori-esque number. Mika leads with the vocals and Pritam’s catchy beats supplemented by tangy lyrics that only Bhattacharya can write, make this one fun song. It doesn’t have the class of the previous tracks but it’s not meant to either. It’s raw, shameless, and most of all, makes you shake a leg. The specially shot playful music video is already doing the rounds of the tv channels. The Pungi (Remix) sounds pretty much the same.
The album ends with Agent Vinod (Theme), an instrumental track that will probably be used in various forms throughout the film. It’s a fast-paced adrenaline-pumping tune that is James Bond meets Don. It’s the kind of track that needs thrilling visuals to have an effect. It isn’t exactly for casual listening.
Overall, Agent Vinod’s album is a decent offering from Pritam and team. With slick publicity, certain tracks like ‘Pungi’ and ‘Dil Mera Muft Ka’ will create enough of a buzz around the film. However, four versions of ‘Raabta’ as well as remixes of all the other tracks is overkill when the team could have created more original music, or just left it as a short and sweet soundtrack.
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