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Priyadarshan’s films are mostly frothy comedies. But once in a while, he steers away from that genre to make hard-hitting dramas like Viraasat, Gardish and Kyon Ki… His latest, Aakrosh, falls into that space and deals with the contemporary issue of honour killings.

Typically, in films that deal with sensitive and topical issues, music ends up playing an inconsequential role. But since Pritam is the composer here, one expects a couple of hummable tunes.

Isak se meetha (Kalpana Patowary, Ajay Jhingran) is designed to be an energetic, rustic item number along the lines of a Beedi jalaile or Munni badnaam. But neither Patowary’s distinct vocals nor the bawdy lyrics help Pritam’s hackneyed tune, which clearly lacks the vigour to get you to groove.

Man ki mat by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan may work as a background track when it appears during dramatic moments in the film but is a dreary listen otherwise. And Khan needs to do some serious quality control. He is singing way too many songs these days and most of them are beginning to sound similar.

Sasural munia sounds like a pre-wedding celebratory song from the ‘90s; this in spite of Shreya Ghosal’s sugar-coated vocals. The Shreya-Pritam combo has given us some special songs but this tune is downright bland. And Ramkatha (Sukhwinder Singh) is strictly background stuff.

That brings us to the only decent track in the album, Saude baazi. A simple melody with an interesting twist – the mukhda is sung by a chorus and only the antara by the lead singer – this soft romantic number has a retro charm to it. There are two versions to this track and both singers, Javed Ali and Anupam Amod, do justice to their respective songs. Aakrosh is sloppy, uninspired fare by Pritam.

Verdict: Avoid

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