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Madhur Bhandarkar’s films are known for their content, performances and hard-hitting dialogues, not for their music. Not surprisingly, the music of Jail is making waves—not because there are two music directors and four lyricists at the helm— but thanks to the inclusion of a song featuring the celebrated Lata Mangeshkar.

The legend makes a rare appearance in Daata sun le, a typical devotional song. The number has a strong resemblance to Ek tu hi bharosa from Pukar, a track Lata Mangeshkar herself sang for A R Rahman. Sadly, this time, neither Shamir Tandon’s composition nor the nightingale’s aging vocals make for pleasant listening.

Bareily ke bazaar mein (Sonu Kakkar) is comparable to Kuan ma doob jao from Bhandarkar’s Page 3, except that the latter was marginally entertaining. Another composition by Shamir Tandon, Bareily… is a noisy rustic lacklustre item number. Sonu tries hard to repeat her Babuji act but doesn’t succeed at all. Fast forward!

Milke yun laga (Sharib Sabri), composed by the Sabri Brothers, is a rock number and perhaps the best song in the album. The lyrics by Sharib and A M Turaz are nothing to shout about but it is Sharib’s soulful singing that takes this track a notch above the ordinary.

The other brother, Toshi makes an appearance in Sainya ve, a club song that annoys with its thumping mix of electronic and club beats. Guess the music directors thought they had a chartbuster with this track because it features in two different remix versions, one of them sung by the film’s lead, Neil Nitin Mukesh.

Jail is probably a dark, gritty film with no place for music in its narrative. But the least the music directors could have done was conjure up a pleasant soundtrack!

Verdict: Give this one a miss.

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