In musical 'department', Ram Gopal Varma's (RGV) films have never been bigger in recent times, but still his past few films hold the distinction of delivering chartbusters. Once again, he fires back with another potential crime-thriller titled DEPARTMENT, fuelled with immense face-value and hi-voltage action. It packs the musical ammunition of three upcoming and deserving composers in the form of Dharam-Sandeep, Bappa Lahiri and Vikram Nagi to serenade out the needful. Expectations...not humongous, but one still hopes for a couple of audible numbers that should do all the honors in catalyzing the narrative flow of this fiery action packed potboiler. Will this DEPARTMENT be another musical thriller? Let's find out...
Bombastic-one simple word to describe the 'item-song' titled 'Dan Dan Cheeni Shoot Mix', a seductively choreographed track that have been blazing on almost every media circuits for few weeks now kick-starts the musical proceedings of the album. RGV insatiable desire to inspire from popular South-Indian music makes great waves as now he inspires the signature tune of this track from Rajnikanth's popular track 'Aasai Nooruvagai'. (ADUTHA VARISU) and gives it a thrilling 'club' disco mix feel. Paroma P Dasgupta's garishly throaty vocals have a grueling seductive oomph that works progressively with crazy back-up voices of Ravi and Sandeep Patil. After getting unnoticed in RAKHT CHARITRA, composer duo Dharam-Sandeep catch the nerves of bankable listener's choice and delivers out a spicy track that should be working well with masses. The mixing of aggressively punched drumming in rigorous flows of electronic synth-beats and DJ stylized beat-juggles, with a typical Maharashtrian folksy base gives it an added rustic and raw sensuality feel. In cloud-storm of lavishly packed 'item-songs', 'Dan Dan Cheeni Shoot Mix' is likely to be one among favorites in DJ's collections and a probable chartbuster in days to come.
To lure out family audiences on big screen, there is marriage celebration track that brings out all lead actors in one frame in soundtrack titled 'Kammo'. Composer Bappa Lahiri brings out flavor 'bhangra' fun-fare in this number with shades of 'Bhootni Ka' (SINGH IS KING) and 'Unke Nashe Mein' (SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA) but the end result is not too convincing. Mika Singh's cheeky nasal twang in booming tones brings madcap flavor of a gaudy celebration while Sudesh Bhonsle impersonate Big B's voice to perfection. Against all odds, it's a reasonably likable fun track that will be enjoying a substantially higher star value and will be adding light moments in this hot-headed thriller saga.
Roaring of hard-metal base music brings the atrociously thunderous feel of DEPARTMENT in the belligerently fiery background score titled 'Theme of Department- Ek Do Teen Chaar'. It brings back Dharam-Sandeep's techno-gadgetry back to fore and mixes well with volubly deafening voice of Sandep Patil. Conceived to be a perfect background score or an appealing musical piece for ending titles, it has the desired aggression of ballistic instrumentals and hard-hitting conceptual feel that impresses to the hilt. RGV's dark cinematic feel is evident with upbeat 'rock-music' musical arrangements, an impressive toil by the composer duo that should be adding substance in the narration of the flick.
What works though is Rana Daggubati who stands out as the central protagonist of the film. Convincing and boasting of a good screen presence, Rana shows yet again that he could be the man for the job if put into a dramatic/action genre. On the other hand Sanjay Dutt looks disinterested and if one has to compare this with his last few movies then well, he seemed to have had much more fun even in RASCALS, leave aside AGNEEPATH. Anjana Sukhani, after being short-changed in her earlier multi-starrers like GOLMAAL 3, SALAAM-E-ISHQ, actually finds herself a part of the film from start to finish and does rather well.
Technically speaking though, one has to give it to Ram Gopal Varma for not just attempting but going all out in making sure that not even a single frame of DEPARTMENT belongs to 'seen-that-done-before' style. However that turns to be bane rather than boon because it is this very technology that consumes him in his storytelling. The camera angles are definitely innovative but instead of being an experimentation towards the narrative, they turn out to be the very narrative that only ends up killing that impact that could have been created.
While Ramu must have thought that it would be a good enough reason for majority to check out DEPARTMENT, it only threatens to be a definite put off for most. Add to that a pencil thin storyline on which it bases itself and there is a ticking bomb that ends up exploding on the face of everyone involved.