There are rare occasions in Bollywood when saucy feminine vocals galore and makes musical day for trendy action packed pot boiler. Sultry nasal twang of Rekha Bharadwaj epitomizes the dark “noir” feel for this outrageously bizarre thriller NO SMOKING with her bootylicious “Phoonk De”. Anurag Kashyap, the meticulous maverick of realistic “noir” cinema had unconventional “Indian Ocean” in his first outing BLACK FRIDAY but now the baton shifts to contemporary Vishal Bharadawaj. NO SMOKING brings on the ferociously seductive tinge of OMKARA with spice of westernized impulse in Gulzar’s chirpy lyrical flows and thriving vocal displays.
Latino styled jazz impulse, flashy pole dance and steaming hot sensual swirling impacts delivers thriving intimidating sentiments of despondent chain smoker in “Jab Bhi Cigarette (Jazz)”. Supermodel Jesse Randhawa dons Raveena Tandon’s pole flash-dancing attire of “Yeh Raat” (AKS) by lip-syncing into booming male baritones of Adnan Sami (big surprise!!!). The eclectically melancholic mood is stupor with saxophone notes clubbed proficiently with trumpets and trombones notes where Sami’s vocal binge gives it extra edges. Mood shifts from “jazz” to “trance” where Sunidhi Chauhan’s gruffly modulating overtones gels affably into racy electronic sounds in protruding out pulsating inferno of hot-headed emotions in “Jab Bhi Cigarette (trance)”. Bharadawaj pitches it with spicy ingredients of typical “club-trance” remix appeal where snazzy electronic sounds, echoing back-ups and vigorous percussive elements makes it special for dancing floors.
The voluptuous firestorm of ‘Namak Issak Ka” and seductive blazing oomph of “Beedi Jalele” (OMKARA) audaciously combines together with flaring inferno of feminine nasal twangs in chartbusting “Phoonk De (club mix)”. Folksy vocal strums of Rekha Bharadwaj fill up the decorum with red blazing seduction appeal that has eclectic affixation with her last rendered “Namak Issak Ka”. Gulzar’s razor sharp wordings rejuvenates ignite of “Beedi Jalele” in its stridently pugnacious phrases with connotations about refraining from smoking. It’s slated to be delivering grand oomph appeal for the flick and probably big success in making for the composer, lyricist and singer. Sukhwinder Singh adds thematically poignant moments in melancholic “Phoonk De” where harmonic works are akin for backdrop melodramatic flows.
Vishal Bharadwaj infuses his peculiar “hilly” echoing instrumental flamboyance with electronic sound impulse in booming chorally soundtrack with finesse of three vocalists in mediocre sounding “Kaash Laga”. Vishal Bharadwaj gets into vocal undertones for bunch of chain-smokers along with Sukhwinder Singh and Daler Mehndi in supple vocal textures to deliver a carefree intoxicating feel. Even its Sufi affixation in rhythmical flows proves inadequate to deliver any edges and this ends up more as average situational track.
“Ash Tray”, a shady “blues” number by debutante Deva Sen Gupta brings out dark “noir” cinematic appeal with variable orchestral modes. Gulzar’s intense wordings aren’t poetic but are rather exhaustive in denoting the grim and gloomy moments of aggrieved chain smoker in sluggish tempo. Deva Sen low pitched rendition has the striking impulse of catapulting with the moods of the situations but still the offering ends up as daunting back ground score than a deserving solo track.
NO SMOKING dares to be different for chartering unexplored territories and have surprises in raucously driven vivacious tracks like “Phoonk De” and “Jab Bhi Cigarette”. Rekha Bharadwaj’s peculiar nasal twang will be garnering major spotlight in “Phoonk De (club mix) with chartbusting success after her subtle and submissive “Ehi Thaiyaa Motiya” (LAAGA CHUNARI MEIN DAAG).