Goa beaches, hippie culture, drug-mafias, mysteries...all collage together for a real on-screen enthralling action-packed "dum" (punch) in DUM MAARO DUM! After the surprise though limited success of con-man thriller BLUFFMASTER (2005), Rohan Sippy pitches out another riveting hi-octane suspenseful flick with his favorite Abhishek Bachchan as the lead player. Pritam leads this musical bandwagon along with Jaideep Sahni's sweet "n" salty lyrics and together they promises truckloads of "dum" in this offerings.
BLUFFMASTER was hugely experimental with international talents and genres colliding together to deliver out their best with Junior B making his phenomenal presence in "Right here Right now". He sings again and so do many promising talents to deliver another promising album. After churning out a couple of average to above-average albums this year by reliable Pritam, every listener thoroughly anticipates blockbuster album from him. Can this Abhishek starrer be the one to hit jackpot? Let's get straight into its musical facts...
In an era where crap-wordings and crudity has become paradigm of popular "filmi" music, it brings no big surprise to hear lewd lyrics and bizarre tones coming into "Panchamda" evergreen melody in "Mit Jaaye Gum (Dum Maaro Dum)". Pop diva Anushka Manchanda shows her snooty singing maneuvers in her huskier tones with peppier original tunes mixing well with symbolic hymns "Hare Krishna Hare Rama". This Pritam's outrageously dark composition is catchier in its wild tones but the attention-grabbing is Jaideep Sahni's audaciously penned wordings ("Aaj mere liye chair kheech raha hai, kal meri skirt kheechega...") that will surely raise many eyebrows. Its promotional music video featuring sultry Deepika Padukone has already created buzz for the flick but this track will be having its set of advocates and adversaries. There is nothing extraordinary in its raucously upbeat arrangements and it's all the quality works of veterans (composer R.D. Burman and lyricist Anand Bakshi) in its original tuneful settings that fuels up the tempo and peps up the dancing mood.
Unraveling into terrains of Spanish soft-rock ballads, Pritam weaves magic this time and ushers out lovey-dovey moments in tender caress of light-hearted instrumentals in "Te Amo (meaning "I Love You" in Spanish)". Rihanna's international hit track "Te Amo" created the buzz for these two lovely words and Pritam carries this into Bollywood territories with aplomb. It communicates expressively with as much as three gifted vocalists, singing their heart out in three different versions.
The first version is cool breezy duet by Ash King and Sunidhi Chauhan, gesticulating out the fondness of lovers for each other in simplistically romantic wordings. Jaideep Sahni's quixotically syrupy words works ("Kabhi lagey taaron se bhi, Unche udaane baron, Kabhi lagey baadalon se jaibein baroonin...") in creating aura and so do the fine concoctions of tender chorals, genteel electronic and electric bass guitar strums in making this enchanting duet for ears.
Sunidhi Chauhan's subtly vocalized version works with similar tonality and impresses in its caring rendition, exuding out a lovable feminine melodic monologue for the female lead. Quality singing is again a hallmark and third version too makes a strong impression with Mohit Chauhan's resonantly sounding voice coming in "unplugged" version, with delectable acoustic guitar riffs making impeccable presence in tender notes. It grounds itself moreover as effective background score for mushy moments and a valuable addition in this album. Impressive!!!
Anything can happen over a cup of tea! Sonorously breezy vocals, delicate soft-rock execution, suave wordings and racy jamming, all sublime appreciably well into format of delightfully composed soundtrack titled "Jiyen Kyun". Young prodigies had made strong impacts in the past and they do again with Papon (Angaraag Mahanta), upcoming Assamese Indi-pop sensation, making very strong impact in his compassionately varying tones. It goes out especially for all those who treasure the groovy feel of resounding vocals makings its notable presence in live rock-concerts. Sahni's urbane-friendly wordings have the tangy feel of commercial advertisement jingle ("Na aaye ho, Na aaoge, Na phone pe bulaoge, Na shaam ki karaari chai, Labon se yun pilaoge...") and insinuates out "nerve-racking" emotions of lovable romantic evening. Groovy textures of Papon's sonorous voice are the brightest highlight that melts significantly with the modulating pitch of arrangements and makes this as one of the finest solo ballads to arrive this year. In terms of execution, performance and composition, "Jiyen Kyun" is simply the finest of the lot that should bring the name of Papon into limelight for all good reasons. It deserves a strikingly rich theatrical treatment and will surely be having huge takers among urbane listeners in days to come. Rocking!!!
The fervor of rock music maintains its full zest with another Assamese singing talent Zubeen Garg giving out his best vocal throws in situational sounding "Jaana Hai". Pritam's archetypical hard-rock arrangements are at the helm of affairs to deliver with support of routine wordings in its packaging. It exudes out a melancholically motivational feel of "Road Movie" genre of music in loud stream of grungy rock arrangements. The soundtrack may sound like many of Pritam's earlier composed tracks ("Fakeera" (BADMASH COMPANY (2010)) and gives racy edges to the narration of the flick.
Abhishek Bachchan rendered "Right here Right now" (BLUFFMASTER (2005)) did the trick in invigorating theatrically dark-noir feel for the flick and now its "Thayn Thayn", another thematically oriented track from the actor himself. It comes out like frothy hip-hop jiving number with a volatile 70's action flick edgy feel but sounds like pale comparison to the former. Like the immensely successful "Dhan Te Nan" (KAMINEY (2009), it too carries the sounds ("Thayn Thayn" -sounds of bullets) as its credits and accentuates out as a typical Afro-American "ghetto" hip-hop number, showcasing the violent fights, thrilling chase and finally the sound of bullets. It's again a potential situational number that should hold its key in gripping moments of the flick.
DUM MAARO DUM has the sufficient musical "dum" (punch) to offer and entertains with mix "n" match of fast-beat tracks and melodies. If quality is given a major concern then soundtracks like "Te Amo" and "Jiyen Kyun" are the frontrunners while "Mit Jaaye Gham" holds maximum commercial prospects. This album may not be one of finest to arrive from Pritam stables but works potentially in giving thrive to flick's narration, a substantial box-office success and aggressive promotion will surely do trick in raising its business prospects.