Pinky is a stereotypical Mamta Sharma item number – rambunctious and rowdy, with a strong Maharashtrian folk flavour. The track will find popularity but the lady has sung so many of these songs that serious fatigue has begun to set in! The only bright spot in Mumbai ka hero(Mika Singh, Talia Benson) is Big B’s booming baritone – they have used his dialogue from the original Zanjeer (1973). Otherwise, the track is a middling hotpotch of Mika’s drawl, corny English rap and an uninspiring grunge style arrangement.
Though it’s not a patch on Yaari hai imaan, the classic qawwali filmed on Pran, Khochey pathan ki zubaan is an entertaining number and that’s largely due to lead singer Sukhwinder Singh. He is earnest in his rendition. Manoj Yadav’s lyrics and Shreya Ghoshal’s enthusiastic rendition redeem the other qawwali Shakila banoo to an extent, but, in the end, it’s just another mediocre number. And despite the best efforts of Wajhi Farooki and Palak Muchhal, the ballad Lamha tera mera is a crashing bore.
Kaatilana is the surprise package in this album. Meet Bros Ankit Anjan compose a stylish retro-style cabaret replete with Kalyanji-Anandji touches. In fact, this energetic number does bear a faint resemblance to the hit track Dil jalon ka from the original film. Shweta Pandit is super-sensuous and does a great job with her vocals.
With the exception of Kaatilana, the rest of the music of Zanjeer is a tepid fare.