The music album of BODYGUARD does carry huge expectations as it is the comeback for the once numero uno composer-singer Himesh Reshammiya, who has delivered some chartbusting as well memorable love songs for Salman Khan in films like PYAAR KIYA TO DARNA KYA, TERE NAAM and KYON KI. While Himesh has been absent from the music scene for quite a while as had quit composing for other actors (except himself) and it was quite a waste of a musical talent like Himesh and so it's good news to see him back to composing for other actors as well and especially to Salman Khan who had given him his first big hit. With Salman Khan ruling box-office after hits like WANTED, DABANGG and READY, we are sure that this album will provide Himesh with the perfect comeback vehicle. And also with the numero uno composer Pritam coming in for a guest track one can indeed look forward to a great album, so let's move on!
The first song, "Bodygaurd", introduces the lead protagonist and can be labeled as the title song which is rendered by Salman Khan and the Band of Power. However, without doubt the title track is a disappointment as the net result is a pedestrian effort with a 'khichdi' tune that appears to be very heavily inspired by "Ringa Ringa". What one expected was heavy duty stuff like the DABANGG title track or even a la SINGHAM. The song has an unusual or as one might add a novel start with an announcement that a film called BODYGAURD is releasing this Eid, and it has a very good title track and then comes the Salman Khan monologue, "Mujh par ek ehsaan karna ke mujh par koi ehsaan na karna". It's mainly a chorus song that will naturally be used as a background score, especially during the action sequences where the heroics of the bodyguard is shown as he is required to save the damsel in distress. The lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed too are slightly kiddish but they do manage to do the needful; that is to convey the theme of the movie and list out the character of the main lead and relies more on Salman's on-screen persona. Will be appreciated by those countless Salman Khan fans!
The remix version called the "Title Track Remix" is a tad better than the original and the arranger needs a pat on the back for making it spicier and more peppier.
If you have missed Salman and his sugary sweet romantic side during his latest hits- WANTED, DABANGG and READY, he is back and how! And helping him in this endeavour is the guest composer, melody king, Pritam, who delivers an ace in the form of "I Love You", rendered effortlessly and beautifully by Ash King along with Clinton Crejo. While Pritam's detractors might call it a rehash of his previous memorable love ditties but this is not the typical trademark Pritam style composition (except of course in the 'antara') as melody reigns supreme here and the very gentle soft tune comes as a whiff of fresh air that is bound to conquer the hearts of the die-hard romantics as well as those who have an ear for good music. Lyrics by Neelesh Mishra are very good and light on the ears as well.
"I Love You" remix version was not needed, but who minds listening to an absolute gem of a song in a more racier tune with lovely background crooning.
Shaan is absolutely delightful in the "I Love You" unplugged version, and the composer deserves kudos for making this a totally new enchanting fare as much effort has been put in to make the arrangements different. More of electronic flute, guitar and harmonica dominate proceedings.
Once again it's back to theme retro with "Desi Beat" and Himesh takes a trip down memory lane as the song is heavy mix of Bappu Lahiri's chartbuster from SHARAABI, "De De Pyaar De" and also from well known Punjabi folk. However the silver lining is Mika's highly energetic and enthusiastic singing which does manage to pump up the proceedings and Amrita Kak does well to maintain it. All said and done the song will certainly be appreciated by the core audience especially those of the single screens and front benchers who just want good rhythm and care two hoots whether the song is inspired or original. Certainly with Salman Khan shaking his booty along with the ravishing Bebo, the audience will lap up the song and it does have the potential to climb the charts.
"Desi Beat" remix is a work well done and serves as a good space filler and will definitely be appreciated.
"Desi Beat Punjabi Hip Hop Mix" is certainly the best of the lot as it has more of the rustic flavour with a mix of Punjabi pop and hip hop that the youth and masses love and it's Alam Gir Khan who renders this number instead of Mika.
The coming together of the king and queen of romantic songs, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Shreya Ghoshal, in the final composition of the album, "Teri Meri" does manage to pump up the expectations to a high level and Himesh fulfills it to a vast extent but not as much as expected. And the reason is that Himesh lets us down by choosing an oft repeated tune especially in the 'mukhda' but on the whole the song does have that haunting effect that stays back even after the composition comes to close. The hugely talented singers rise above this 'heard before' tune and make the song a good hear. Himesh does impress with his background musical arrangements which are top class and serve a reminder as to why he was the top composer a few years back.
And this is very evident in the reprise version of "Teri Meri" where the arrangements are absolutely marvelous and the orchestration is simply fantastic. Shreya is excellent and Rahat's high pitched singing is the highlight of the track which could be used in some tense dramatic romantic portions of the movie.
The remix version is unnecessary and added rhythm spoils the laid back tune of the composition.
Although listed as the "Theme Of Bodyguard " this is mainly an instrumental version of "Teri Meri" with emphasis on Rahat's endearing and heartwarming 'alaaps' and overwhelming orchestra which provides a perfect ending to the album.
Summing up, the comeback album of Himesh Reshammiya did promise much but could not deliver vis-a-vis the huge expectations, but having said that, it's a Salman Khan album that we are talking about, and although we have listed the merits and demerits of the album (as a critic), two songs that are already getting quite popular are "Teri Meri" and Pritam's "I Love You" and there are bright chances that the title track of BODYGUARD will also appeal to the youth, especially after the predictably huge opening of the film this month end!