'Play the game...Don't play with the game'. The deceitful game of dirty politics and nepotism behind the honorable game of football kicks off with STAND BY, a thought-provoking exhilarating sport-filled action film. In a nation where cricket is like a religion, it's indeed a Herculean effort to pile up a hi-voltage 'edge-of-seat' drama with football as its theme and premise. After the mediocre success of Vivek Agnihotri's directed DHAN DHANA DHAN GOAL (2007), it's a second major endeavor on Indian screen that glorifies the exciting game of football with added social relevance and substance in its contents. Sanjay Surkar, a renowned directorial talent in Marathi cinema and four times national award winner direct this fun-filled action extravaganza. On musical sporting field, Aadesh Shrivastava makes his first blistering presence of this year while poetically refined Swanand Kirkire pens the lyrics of the film. As far as expectations are concerned, they are minimal but still sport-oriented flicks (LAGAAN, CHAK DE INDIA and DHAN DHANA DHAN GOAL) have been potential entertainers on the musical charts. Will the racy fervor of STAND BY be able to strike goals at the audio stands? Let's get straight into its lush green fields where loud cheers are there to welcome us...
Jingoistic cheers, outcry for victory and compassionately fervor of striking gold makes its vociferous bombastic presence in the flick's most promising anthem-ic presentation titled Ladd Bapu. It's an expression in Marathi that cheers people on and comes with a musical flamboyance of 'English Premier League' theme soundtracks. Boisterously vocal and sporadic in arrangements, it pitches promising Shaan's thick-pitched grueling voice with strong back-up vocal support of Aadesh Shrivastava in delivering out a zealously loud sporty soundtrack. For its vibrant urbane westernized melodic appeal, it's likely to be having maximum takers in multiplexes and should be a promising theme-oriented track for the flick. Swanand Kirkire's lyrics bring out a typical 'on-field' Maharashtrian zesty flavor that connects well with the theme and spirits of the film. Tender-paced piano drills, soothing chorals combined with ballistic concoction of percussions, guitar strums and synthesizer's tunes, generates out a spunky cum sporty background score feel in impressive sounding Ladd Bapu (instrumental). Whether it's the hook-line or the catchy signature tuneful impacts, this instrumental version is presumed to be one of the most pivotal factors in the narration of the film. Overall, it's a promising opening to the album and a laudable musical effort that should be adding extra colors in the sporting ambience of the film. Enthusiastic!
Hard-core 'killer' instinct of a 'go-getter' sportsman and nefarious tentacles of deceitful games engulfing the spirit of sport makes its dark melodramatic appeal in Khel Khel Mein. It charters the similar melodic appeal as previous track but this time the feel is immensely dark, intimidating as well as appalling, sketching out a panoramic view of corrupt political system and declining morality and status of sports of our country. Shaan along with Aadesh Shrivastava and Harshit sings this out with acrimoniously loud pitch and pace, where Kirkire's narrative wording gist out the socio-political relevant theme of the film in 'easy-on-ear' one-liners. Impressive Shaan's singing and Aadesh dexterity excels again in serenading out a potential (if not chartbusting) number that should be adding razor edges in the compelling moments of the flick. Like the previous instrumental number, the next instrumental outing Khel Khel Mein (instrumental) works with the hard-hitting subject and enormously dark thriller feel. It subjugates itself with the well orchestrated Hollywood stylized action-potboiler instrumental feel that will be a strong catalyzing factor in the narration. It has nothing that can be described as path-breaking but overall works as an engrossing musical piece that packs all elements of emotions and delivers out a theatrical resounding background score for the flick.
Going by the commercial viability and diktats of viewer's choice, the arrival of a raunchy and feisty number is always a welcome sign and so it arrives with all its pompous shaky moves in Din Duba. The song enthralls upon the 'belly-dancing' musical maneuvers primarily and sizzles out with desired crooner style singing. After exuding with oodles of oomph in tracks like Neeyat Kharab (TEEN PATTI), Sunidhi Chauhan's brazenly loud vocals are again at the helm of affairs that collides with Arabian disco-club racy feel. Like any typical item song, it's moreover a visual spectacle and should work as tension-reliever in the tense moments of the flick. Din Duba (instrumental), a tangy instrumental is more akin to discotheque lovers and should be dancing-feast delight for all its titillating tunes and rhythms, an amiable addition that will be commercial prospects of the album.
On the musical field, STAND BY plays sedately and concisely with required thematically oriented soundtracks that should be working with the tempos of the situations and feel of the flick. After a successful outing in Piya Mora (RAAJNEETI), Aadesh Shrivastava delivers out a decent performance as composer with Ladd Bapu being its brightest prospect. Despite the fact the flick offers minimal scope for music, the album never disappoints with mediocrity and delivers the needful.