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Bodyguard: Signature Salman

There’s a standard template for music in a Salman Khan film these days – a boisterous dance track, another number extolling the virtues of Bhai and a soft melody featuring the heroine that justifies her existence in the film. Wanted, Dabangg and Ready are glaring examples of this trend.

Sadly, the soundtrack of Bodyguard is no different. The album features four original compositions, three of which have been composed by Himesh Reshammiya, who thankfully, refrains from getting behind the mic.

Guest composer Pritam delivers the best track of the lot. I Love You is breezy and cheerful. Ash king’s stylish vocals give this lilting romantic number a distinct urban flavour.  A special mention to Neelesh Mishra’s lyrics and Cerejo’s backing vocals, both adding immensely to the charm of this simple yet infectious track.

Public memory of Himesh Reshammiya is that of a nasal singer who repeats a particular phrase endlessly in his songs.  But there was a time when he was a master at composing soft Indian melodies. Remember Tumse milna (Tere Naam) and Main jahaan rahoon (Namastay London)? Reshammiya shows sparks of that brilliance in Teri meri (Shreya Ghoshal, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan), a poignant love song. Ghoshal and Khan are fabulous in their rendition although one wishes, Reshammiya had gone easy on the arrangements. Teri meri is going to get a lot of airplay on radio stations.

Desi beats (Mika Singh, Amrita Kak) is a loud and energetic Punjabi number that fails to impress. Parts of the song remind one of Bappi Lahiri’s De de pyaar de from Sharaabi, though it lacks the chutzpah of the cult Big B chartbuster.

The title track of Bodyguard is a wannabe Dhinka chika (Ready) with ridiculous lines like “Sabse hot, sabse hard, aa gaya dekho bodyguard! Perhaps Katrina Kaif’s appearance in the video will make it bearable on the big screen. But, hey, Ganpati revellers can rejoice. They have two full-blown cheesy masala numbers to dance to during visarjan this year. That should give you an indication of the shelf life of this album.

Verdict: Predictable stuff

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