STRIKER, a crime fiction tale about carom player (Siddarth) pitches out hot-blooded gripping anecdote, fictionalized in the underbelly of Mumbai city. For its low profile, bleak face value and zilch promotions, it will be difficult to expect anything that can be termed as musically astounding from it. Against all odds, it lauds out with as many as six different composers. In its packaging of eight original soundtracks, there is listing of composers like Shailendra Barve, Amit Trivedi, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Swanand Kirkire, Vishal Bhardwaj and Blaaze, delivering out the needful. Can the assortment of these potential musicians be able to pile up a reasonable score for the flick? Will this STRIKER be able to hit bull's eye...let's strike this out!
Shailendra Barve's prolific prowess over instrumentals makes surprisingly melodic start with somber ''Sufism'' with vocal delights of Sonu Nigam's enriching voice in ''Cham Cham''. The divine enlightening feel in textures of ''Sufism'' is analogous to Mithoon's ''Maula Mera Maula'' (ANWAR) but the tempo is rather decelerated with prolonged duration that carries slow pitched traditionally classical arrangements with vocals in tandem. Jeetendra Joshi's invigorating wordings about love and divinity brings out contours of subtlety in ''lovey-dovey'' moments. Presumably a background score exhibiting love-chemistry, this subtle-paced ''qawwali'' is another fine exhibit of Sonu's expertise on varying tones with ''classy'' feel attached to it. Barve's aesthetics plays to the galleries well with the flavor of the season (Sufism), getting embroiled well with the decorous romantic sentiments.
Lead actor Siddharth take over the mike for tuneful talking about the aspiring escapades in hustling-bustling city of Mumbai in ''Bombay Bombay''. Composed to be narrative background score, this Amit Trivedi's composition boasts of simplistic electronic arrangements with modest Prashant Ingole's wordings to support. It's a visual feel type of experimental number where music is just a ground support to jester out the sentiments.
Yuvan Shankar Raj, a renowned identity in South, comes with his characteristic Tamilian tuneful setting in emoting out situational average score ''Haq Se''. Yuvan along with Siddharth sings out with his peculiar baritones about the dreams and aspirations of the lead protagonist. It's an off beat composition and reminds of a couple of RGV's least heard tracks with minimal impact. Once again, it works more on experimental mode with an off beat melodic works that adds to the gripping moments of the flick.
Surprisingly, so as to speak, this time its lyricist Swanand Kirkire to take over baton of composer with all together feel of racy contemporary Sufi ''qawwali'' in ''Maula''. Kirkire showcases his vocal strength with setting of customary sounding ''qawwali'' feel-good impact. Like all previous tracks, it sounds of an effectual background score with hardly anything sparkling to discuss.
''Yun Hua'', a soothing male solo track is a respite for all good reasons. Vishal Bharadwaj sings and composes this light-hearted compassionate romantic offering. Gulzar sahab's illustrative poetic wordings are the finest of the album that tenders smoothly into silken textures of feather-touched arrangements. Vishal makes fine usage of keys, percussions that makes nimble concoction with electric guitar blues to evoke ''lounge'' sentimental feel. After ''Cham Cham'', this beautifully worked number is another likable melodic treat that is surely going to appreciate the narrative flow of this violent love saga.
Shailendra Barve turns out to be the ''chosen-one'' for the show as he piles up another good surprise by serenading out svelte-touched sensuous feel female solo track in ''Pia Saanvara''. Sunidhi Chauhan's mesmerizing low octaves in classical mode exudes out smoothening romanticism. Like Vishal Bharadwaj's composition, this one too has subtlety in arrangements with softer keys, lighter guitar riffs and thinner piano drills mixing well into softer tones of Sunidhi's remarkable vocal modulation. Barve's brawny touches of imbibing classical touches into soft melody have ''feel-good'' (...if not great) flavors to add to the love quotient and is likely to be hot commodity among singer's hard core fans.
The title ''Striker'' gets its full due with Blaaze's snooty emceeing taking over with thumping hip-hop cum classical ''sitar'' stringed flows in fast-pitched ''Aim Lagaa''. It gives out caricatured outlook of the protagonist and the shady feel of the intimidating surroundings. Blaaze along with lyricist Nitin Raikwar scripts out this background score that portrays out bumping ''n'' jerky outset of happenings with an all-out trendy melodic set up. It's not the finest of hip-hop by Blaaze but delivers out the eccentrically quirky situational feel of the compelling moments.
''Aim Lagaa (Rickshaw Mix)'', the lonesome remix number by DJ Akhtar gives out an archetypical crime thriller outlook with accelerated tempo adding well with racy emceeing to give it an effective promo track look.
STRIKER strikes with minimal impact with a couple of impressive soft sentimental tracks that narrate the mindset and happenings of this unconventional crime saga. Shailendra Barve has proved to be worthiest of the lot with two notable soundtracks in the form of ''Cham Cham'' and ''Pia Saanvara''. Vishal Bharadwaj impresses with ''Yun Hua'' while above average situational numbers like ''Maula'', ''Bombay Bombay'' and ''Haq Se'' carries forward the narration. As far as chartbusting success is concerned, Sonu Nigam's ''Cham Cham'' stands out to be most hopeful while ''Yun Hua'' and ''Pia Saanvara'' make strong impacts. Due to its low face value and poor visibility, it will be difficult to expect commercial success but still there is some quality music that can add charms to the flick's box office prospects.