Singham Returns: Power-less tunes

Aug 16 2014, 13:07 IST
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SummaryThe first film from this franchise, Singham, wasn’t well known for its music, but it did provide a few melodious numbers.

The first film from this franchise, Singham, wasn’t well known for its music, but it did provide a few melodious numbers. Not to forget, the foot-tapping title track and instrumental with Sanskrit shlokas by composers Ajay-Atul, which was also used as the background score, that added more power to the action-packed visuals. For the sequel Singham Returns, director Rohit Shetty has roped in multiple music composers, which includes Jeet Gannguli, Ankit Tiwari, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Meet Bros Anjjan and Mamta Sharma, but unfortunately, only one ends up offering something decent in this otherwise below average album. The five track album opens with the slow Sunn le zara, a contemporary number which mixes elements of rock music. The electronic guitar is well used and singer Arijit Singh sings the number with good effort, but the song is definitely not his best. Gannguli’s composition lacks the spark that is required to make this number popular, despite the fact that it has some very good lyrics penned by Sandeep Nath. The Singham Returns theme song composed by Meet Bros Anjjan tries to be like the title track of the previous film (comparisons are bound to happen), but fails to impress. It’s a poorly mixed, desi meets urban track, which can’t even be saved by Mika Singh’s vocals, who sings the number with very little enthusiasm. There are portions where one can’t even understand the lyrics. Skip this one! The Singham Returns theme song MBA swag version is strictly okay.

Fortunately, halfway through the album, it is Tiwari’s Kuch toh hua hain that provides some respite. The well- composed, slow romantic number is excellently sung by Tiwari, with the female portions crooned by Tulsi Kumar, who does a fine job. The composer has managed to get together a fantastic musical orchestration, which matches the simple lyrics and the duo’s soothing vocals. Interestingly, this is the same number which was added to the album at the last minute. Thank god for that, because this happens to be the only saving grace of the album.

Yo Yo Honey Singh is known to present songs that take their own time to grow and become huge chartbusters. His latest offering, Aata majhi satakli, unfortunately, is not very entertaining. Despite of getting a popular dialogue from the film as the song’s hookline, Singh’s composition sounds like a re-hash of Lungi Dance from Shetty’s last release, Chennai Express. The lyrics, a

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