After Rowdy Rathore, Akshay Kumar has once again teamed up with Sanjay Leela Bhansali for his upcoming action thriller Gabbar Is Back.As Rowdy Rathore had succeeded in offering hit dance numbers such as Chinta ta ta chita chita and Aa re pritam pyaare and being backed by musical geniuses of Bhansali, the expectation from Gabbar Is Back are soaring high.
Composing Gabbar Is Back is also a big opportunity for composer Chirantan Bhatt, who till date has only worked as a guest composer. After composing singles for movies such as Ragini MMS 2, Boss, Shaapit and more, Bhatt has composed three tracks for this album. The soundtrack features a total of four tracks, one song being composed by renowned hip-hop rapper Yo! Yo! Honey Singh.
Opening with a catchy number Teri meri kahaani, the album immediately sets a romantic yet lively mood. The romantic duet is sung by the famed singers Arijit Singh and Palak Muchhal, and is quite addictive. The musical arrangements are simple and replicates the standard energetic melody, featuring guitar tunes and drum beats, backed by usual bass and treble. Though not innovative the repetitive music and melodious voice will attract the listener’s attention. The song earns a slot in Singh’s Bollywood chartbusters.
Coffee peetey peetey is an average song that basks in the similar tone of the earlier track. A romantic number sung by Dev Negi and Paroma Dasgupta is a typical peppy number. Though not immediately addictive, the song will grow on listeners eventually. Once again, the musical arrangements are based on guitar tunes backed by bass and treble.
Yo! Yo! Honey Singh is back with Aao raja, the track sung along with Neha Kakkar can easily be termed a stand alone song. The typical Honey Singh song is high on beats and is beautifully backed by Kakkar’s sensual voice. The song stands out as a promotional track and doesn’t fit on this album.
Bhatt has collaborated with Manj Musik for Warna gabbar aa jayega, which is one of the well composed tracks. The composers have succeeded in combining Bollywood’s iconic villain’s classic dialogues with an upbeat tune. The raw and desi musical arrangements match the rustic feel of Gabbar. The songwriter has done a great job reworking the lyrics around the dialogue. For instance: pachas pachas kos door jab koi rishwat leta hai to sab kehte hai, amtle, nahi to Gabbar aa jaayega. Manjeet Ral has vocal suits the rustic tone of the song but it’s Raftaar’s rap that stands out.
Verdict: Composers play in comfort zone