Con-man strikes back...! Bollywood's insatiable desire in plotting enterprising fictional conning plots and delivering out intimidating spells of "edge-of-seat" entertainment makes new noises in LADIES V/S RICKY BAHL. After the surprise success of BAND BAAJA BAARAT, coveted Yash Raj Films (YRF) entrusts the same team for this rom-con (read "rom-com") flick with same musical team, delivering out the needful. Salim-Suleiman, a consistent in YRF and also brainchild behind BAND BAAJA BAARAT success, hold the musical baton and promise some really musical "masti" for their listeners. Can we expect the musical happening of this con-man friendly flick to be at par or to surpass the composer's previous works? Let's find out...
Smooth and conniving in intimidating impulsive tuneful appeal, the first track "Aadat se Majboor", opens all cards of the flick and plots the graph of lead character (Ricky Bahl) and all his maneuvers with all desired upbeat arrangements settings in its backdrop. Benny Dayal's suave "n" smart rendition moves in tandem with the infectious hip-hop com reggae feel and jesters out all the playful moves of the "con-man". Salim-Suleiman's composition is a tailor made work, a musical piece that can be described as title track, epitomizing out the impish and scheming personality of the lead protagonist. The signature tuneful feel has "whodunit" factor that gets flourished with sluggishly pitched jazz romantic appeal, followed with snazzy emceeing by actor Ranveer Singh and reggae thriving feel. Hugely promoted on all media circuits, this Benny Dayal rendered track has already garnered spotlight and is likely to be next hot affair on the charts in days to come. "Aadat se Majboor (remix)", is an electronica based "trance" feel "club remix" specialist number, which works aggressively on mixing of electronic disco beat fillers into the crazy feel of the soundtrack. It's highly infectiously loud disco-feel should be finding many takers on the dancing floors, a likable commodity for the promos and teasers of the flick.
It's all about creating Pop-conscious! Salim-Suleiman created ruckus on floors for Anushka Sharma in "Dance Pe Chance" (RAB NE BANA DI JODI) and now is all set for another eccentrically enthuse number in "Jazba". It's chirpy and funky in its blooming tempos but lacks the spunk and punch of making it as big as they did it in "Dance pe Chance". Shilpa Rao's booming voice leads the show that talks about optimism and showing zeal of living life in simplistically penned wordings. Salim-Suleiman's composition neither disappoints nor enthralls too high in its energetically fuelled "bhangra-beat" orchestrations and zealous vocals but works mechanically to serenade out the mindset of the singer. Like "Aadat se Majboor", this one too enjoys aggressive promotion and its highlight is being the presence of Anushka Sharma doing all the on-screen antics while song proves to be a passable affair.
"Jazba (remix)" is like an 80's disco-station and replaces Shilpa Rao with Anushka Manchanda as the lead vocalist of this version. This loud and frivolous "club-remix" version is uproariously high on drumming and cantankerous sounds, overall it's an over-worked "club-version" that fails to impress.
The breezy Punjabi flair of YRF finally makes its impact in modest sounding "Thug Le". It bears a typical Salim-Suleiman stamp of peculiar arrangements where archetypal violin notes domineer in the prelude as well as in the middle interludes of the track. Vishal Dadlani's smoothening "n" light voice narrates the mindset of boy where the svelte feminine oomph in Shweta Pandit's impressive vocals confronts it to perfection. Going with contemporary YRF yardsticks, it has typical European orchestrations (to precise sounds of Bagpipers, violin, and banjo) going in tandem with racy vocal flows, narrating out a cheeky conversation coming out in musicals. It's a cool and enjoyable "battle-of-sexes" situational number that should be grabbing sufficient eyeballs to the big screen.
After immensely catchy and tunefully captivating "Ainwayi Ainwayi" (BAND BAAJA BAARAT), Salim-Suleiman pitch out another similar sounding "bhangra" blazing number in "Jigar ka Tukda". To be precise, it sounds like a sequel to "Ainwayi Ainwayi" with Salim Merchant booming out with similar zeal and tempo. It's enthralling in "bhangra" beat arrangements and pumps up mood in playfully scripted wordings by Amitabh Bhattacharya. Shraddha Pandit's naughty "girlie" rendition has a likable Punjabi affixation (similar to Harshdeep Kaur's singing in "Baari Barsi" (BAND BAAJA BAARAT) and makes mood merrier and peppier. On amusing quotient, it scores appreciably and is likely to be encouraging factor in oozing up pep-factor in this mischievously penned love saga.
To give it an international conman flick appeal, the final outing comes out as strikingly rich melodramatic instrumental number in the form of "Fatal Attraction". It has vivacious electronically tuned "Synthpop" signature tuneful impact, complimented well with mix and match of "club-remix" disco-beat fillers, electronic flute notes and blazing percussions, which gives it an amiable background score feel. Natalie Di Luccio's slender and resonating back-up vocals mesmerized in this well-arranged number are the major highlights that carry the impish cum intimidating feel of the flick with flair.
LADIES V/S RICKY BAHL proves to be an above average listening affair. It comes out as another contemporary Bollywood album that entertains and enthralls in bits and parts, where the composers have rehashed and rejuvenated back their old successful tracks in new formats with mixed results. It scores maximum in highly publicized "Aadat Se Majboor" while "Jigar ka Tukda" promises to be a feisty on-screen affair. The rest of the soundtracks can be termed as affable situational scores that should be rising to the desired occasions. As compared to lead pair's (Ranveer-Anushka) last release, BAND BAAJA BAARAT, and YRF high musical standards, this album turns out to be a meek affair and won't be reaping big results in weeks to come, a promising box-office show will surely be boon in raising the prospects of the album.