It’s one of folklore’s most popular tales and was also the inspiration for Sujoy Ghosh’s fantasy flick
Aladin. The film, which releases later this month, boasts of a stellar cast including biggies like Sanjay Dutt and the Big B. The music, composed by Ghosh’s favorite music directors, Vishal and Shekar, was expected to be fun, catchy and foot-tapping, in keeping with the theme of the film.
The first track of the album, Genie rap (Amitabh Bachchan, Anushka Manchanda), is a catchy and infectious rap tune and both singers add a great deal of energy to the track.
But it’s the other song, You may be (Vishal, Shekar), that clicks instantly. A splendid romantic number with the right mix of English and Hindi lyrics (Vishal Dadlani), this is definitely one of the best ballads of the year. Sadly, no other track in the album matches this
It’s also clear that the filmmaker is almost paying homage to the Big B and is trying to recapture the mood created by his chartbusters from the ‘80s. But that formula doesn’t work here.
Tak dina din (Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan) reminds you of the Jhankaar remixes of the ‘90s. Also, in spite of a fleeting resemblance to Pag ghungroo baandh from Namak Halal, it fails to rise above the ordinary.
Sanjay Dutt tries hard to make his song, Giri giri sound dark and sinister but he’s doesn’t quite succeed. And Bachke bachke (Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan & Vishal) falls flat!
With the exception of You may be, there’s no magic in the music of Aladin.