Film: "Gunday"; Composer: Sohail Sen; Singers: Javed Ali, Shadab Faridi, Vishal Dadlani, KK, Neeti Mohan, Bappi Lahiri, Arijit Singh, Neha Bhasin, Shahid Mallya, Altmash Faridi, Sohail Sen, Monali Thakur, Kinga Rhymes; Rating ***1/2
The music album of director Ali Abbas Zafar's forthcoming film "Gunday" is evidence of Sohail Sen's versatility.
Set in the 1970s, the soundtrack of the movie, which features Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in the lead roles, boasts of 10 tracks, including a rap, a classical and a Bangla version of "Tune maari entriyaan".
It starts with the peppy, entertaining "Jashn-e-ishqa". Sung by Javed Ali and Shadab Faridi, it is an all-male number. It's a celebration of love, friendship and power. Whichever mood you are in, this will pep you up so much that you will automatically start jiving to the beats.
Are you in love? If yes, "Jiya" is perfect for you. And in case you are not in a romantic relationship, then you would surely want to be in one after hearing the song in Arijit Singh's soothing and melodious voice. It strikes an instant chord with the listeners.
Next up is "Asalaam-e-ishqum". Sung by Bappi Lahiri and Neha Bhasin, it creates a retro and modern feel. The duo definitely takes the song to the next level. The next time you visit a discotheque, there is a huge possibility you will be welcomed by the song.
"Saaiyaan" is fifth on the list. Initially, it will remind you of "Do dhari talwar" from "Mere Brother ki Dulhan". A very soothing number sung by Shahid Mallya, it is all about heartbreak.
Next in line is "Mann kunto maula". Amir Khusro's poem has been given a modern twist by Altamash Faridi and Shadab Faridi. The song stands out because of the use of the guitar that gives it a very modern feel.
The title track "Gunday", which is placed seventh, is of 163 seconds and basically describes the two male characters in the movie. What makes the song perfect for the album is the rap by Kinga Rhymes.
"Rhythm of Jashn-e-ishqa" is not so appealing. There is nothing wrong with it, but such songs look effective when played during a dramatic scene in a movie.
"Mann kunto maula (classical)" is next. As the name suggests, it is a classical number and is more soothing than the original version. It will remind you of the spiritual number "Kun faaya kun" from "Rockstar".
Overall, "Gunday" has songs for every mood and music lovers couldn't have asked for more.(Aditi Chandra can be contacted at email@example.com)