Real events make engrossing subjects for celluloid and THE STONEMAN MURDERS is one such example where facts try to shape into cinematic happenings. After successfully penning down RGV's SARKAR (2005) and directing one of the stories in the episodically narrated DARNA ZAROORI HAI (2006), director Manish Gupta makes his full length movie directorial debut with this spine-chiller. As far as musical substance is concerned, it starts off with nil promotion and almost zilch expectation as the flick promises some hi-voltage, on-screen nerve-racking and scary moments. Can Siddarth-Suhas be able to lend terrifying melodic appeal to this bloodcurdling thriller? Do find this out...
Sunidhi Chauhan's coarsely fluent and loud vocals form the only recognizable name in the credits that really thrusts upon with pumping arrangements in the raunchy sounding ''Qaatilaana''. It's a routine club-dancing seductress number that works with overtly heard energetic orchestrations with mediocre impact.
Siddarth-Suhas makes a daunting impact this time with vociferous thrive of Suraj Jagan firing up on all cylinders in racy outburst of hard-rock musical flows in ''Sooni Sooni Raah Pe''. The belligerent mood of electrifying orchestral flows narrates out the evil misadventures of deadly ''Stoneman'', who ruthlessly kills people with ''stone'' on lonely nights. Like ''Zahreeley'' (ROCK ON), Suraj Jagan once again props up as worthy prospect of singing out argumentatively loud number in Kumaar's well expressed wording depicting out the bloodthirsty feel of ruthless killer. It should work constructively as thematically profound haunting background score, but its appeal will strictly be reduced to the confines of flick's needs.
''Stoneman'', a typical RGV's dark noir stylized soundtrack makes another impressive move, and again it's a mouthpiece of fatally violent protagonist making all dangerous moves. This time it's Suhas Shetty behind the mike with intimidating textures of quivering arrangements in rigorous flow of soft-rock genre type of music.
What follows it later is its instrumental version in soundtrack titled ''Midnight at Matunga''? It has that gripping of engrossing chase or compelling moments that has always been big highlight in all realistically dark films. Siddarth-Suhas melodic appeal has that grueling impact and it shows in both versions of the soundtrack.
The spine-chilling intimidation of the arrival of dangerous ''Stoneman'' comes out with electric guitar strumming with enthralling violin and percussions in well composed ''The Stoneman Cometh''. Siddarth-Suhas use ample elements of rock music that forms the backdrop of series of events in this two minute plus instrumental work
''Killer in Kholi'', another gruesome sounding instrumental works on similar orchestral flows with added compelling chorals and zany violin works that adds to the curiosity quotient of the flick.
The daunting background musical still maintains its pertinent form in ''The Chase'' that fictionalizes out the absorbing chase sequence in the flick with rip-roaring arrangements.
''The Ritual'', a compelling instrumental number works with similar dexterity of instrumentation with added thriving violin works, haunting chorals and rigorous drumming that sets a picturesque of orthodox ritual happenings.
Siddarth-Suhas make the finale with another noticeable instrumental work in the form of ''Requiem to The Stoneman'' with relatively somber sounding arrangements. It quick-starts with repetitively used haunting chorals that gets deeper with the progressive musical flows and finally softens up with harmonious violin and piano works to deliver out funeral hymn for the hazardous ''Stoneman''.
After youth-oriented DIL DOSTI ETC, upcoming music director duo Siddarth-Suhas shows their swiftness and precision in THE STONEMAN MURDERS that works primarily on its half dozen impressive sounding instrumental numbers. Despite its low profile, off beat subject and bleak face value, the album has some really compelling dark moments that can lend pace and grip to the narration of the flick.