Nagesh Kukunoor, the name that epitomizes the innovative phases in parallel cinema, takes a tangy twist all-together by swimming with the tide of comical entertainers in BOMBAY TO BANGKOK. This low profile comical stress-buster is quintessentially traveler’s freaking love story where music gets rendered from array of musical talents. After hilariously supreme WELCOME, this comical thriller is another multifaceted compilation of six original soundtracks with as much as four different composers in its credits delivering the needful for a potential hilarious comical ride. Debutante composer duo Ronnie Shirish stems out to be finest among this bankable lot while the successful contemporaries like Salim-Suleiman, Pritam and Sukhwinder Singh composed tracks works mechanically with mood and situation of the film.
After moderate success of HALLA BOL, Sukhwinder Singh gets full throttle in his composition for the title track BOMBAY TO BANGKOK, a contemporary Maharastrian “Lavani” style of animated offering with tinge of Punjabi folksy flavors. Despite its extra-enthralling paced arrangements, the composition fails to be as enchanting as “Dil Mein Baaje Guitar” (APNA SAPNA MONEY MONEY) but the infectious euphoria created by rigorous drumming, funky percussive elements with dash of hip-hop sets a tempo for vivaciously cinematic visual appeal.
Pritam maintains his contemporary decorum of hip-hop and rock stylized rendezvous in rejuvenating his hit tracks like “Falak Dekhun” (GARAM MASALA) and “Halka Halka Sa Nasha” (CHOCOLATE) into new set of arrangements in “Dil Ka Haal Sune Dilwala”. The tangy beach eloquence is vividly animated through rip-roaring chorals with electrified synthesizer’s moves, snooty hip-hop getting the youthful mood into right grooves. Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan prove to be ideal voices for this contemporarily conceived number while Shabbir Ahmed’s lyrical flows are modestly penned for the occasion.
Now this one is a big rocker! New composers are proving rage in tinsel town and debutante composers Ronnie and Shirish are the men of the moment for delivering the most youthful and commercially bankable track of the album in the number “Dheere Dheere”. Vocally exuberant Zubeen Garg excels in yelling out this “traveler’s” freaking out track, emanating out the cherishing moments of “happy-go-lucky” voyage. Mir Ali’s simplistically poetic phrases get the optimum backdrop of “rock cum jazz” style of upbeat arrangements where synchronized chorals, resonating back-up vocals and rhythmic guitar riffs adds to the party. “Dheere Dheere” adds up to the listing of Zubeen’s finest solos and if you have cherished his recently sung “Jiya Re” and “Zindagi Gum Hai” (Album – “Zindagi”) then this number is simply pure gem. The remix version is added delight for its well punched electronic beat patterns that mixes impressively with the arrangements and vocals of the original track.
“Same Same but Different”, a routine comically thrilling track is no great hear except for the hilarity that it provides in couple of quizzical one-liners with substantially delivered peppy flavored beat patterns. Salim-Suleiman had so far phenomenal record with Kukunoor’s flicks and this ludicrously funny track benchmarks the comical substance of the concept. KK’s eclectically poised vocals modulates with changing moods of this “party-animals” loving track and do enjoy some mindless crap in the voices of lead actors Shreyas Talpade and Lena Christensen as the mood goes ballistic with the high tempo. “Same Same but Different (remix)” is stylish “club” disco track where bouncy disco fillers gels well with the frivolous mood of the track and should work potentially as major promotional feature for the film.
BOMBAY TO BANGKOK proves to be meek offering from the filmmaker who has delivered remarkably melodious and enthralling albums like IQBAL and DOR in the marquee. New composers Ronnie Shirish proves to be sole winner with their impressive track “Dheere Dheere” while rest of the compositions by contemporaries is bunch of situational offerings that accommodates appreciably with humorous feel of the film.