Classic era or aura...reinvented! Circa 1962, legendary Guru Dutt produced a classic SAHIB BIWI AUR GHULAM that became a landmark in Hindi cinema. Circa 2011, Tigmanshu Dhulia's takes modern, aggressive and bold move in recreating this aura in SAHEB, BIWI AUR GANGSTER. In age and rage for experimentation, this Tigmanshu Dhulia's directed flick promising a hot-headed triangle love story rather than being a 'musical classic' and is in news for its bold scenes and highly publicized Jugni number. The musical album has an interesting outlook with an array of promising composers (Amit Sial, Sunil Bhatia, Jaidev Kumar, Anuj Garg, Abhishek Ray, Ankit Tiwari and Mukhtar Sahota), delivering out the needful for the flick. Can they make it together in one album? Let's plug-in to find its musical facts... Jugni is back again...! After delivering out deliriously hip-shaking and bombastic dosages of 'bhangra' madness in Mika Singh's sung 'Jugni' (TANU WEDS MANU), the vibrant and cherubic 'Jugni' is back with bang in the catchiest song of the album titled 'Jugni'. It's an all-time favorite Punjabi boliyaan that has been fancied and liked by almost Punjabi musical icon and lover. Composer Jaidev Kumar, a name that is associated with recently released Punjabi release YAARA O DILDARA makes a flamboyant presence with this song that is heavily fuelled with aggressive arrangement and ballistic voice. Babbu Mann (also lyricist of the song), a renowned singer in Punjabi musical circuits, races up senses with his rollicking vocals that make volatile concoction with 'bhangra' beat orchestrations that are primarily triggered with ethnical tuned instrumentals. The song gist's out characteristic traits of lead female protagonist and sketches out graph of happening and shades of almost every lead character of the flick. As per present musical trend, it should be going well with the listeners and should be a competent track in promoting out the conceptual feel of the flick. Go for it!
Soft-rock ballad hues takes over the musical baton as Shail Hada takes over as lead soloist in soft "n" sappy sounding 'Main Ek Bhanwara'. The track takes a lovable bon-voyage into sentimental shades of a lover who shares his experiences in simple wordings. Amit Sial's composition is a decent offering but lacks the modernity and sounds routine in minimal set of orchestrations. After delivering couple of delightful melodies in SAAWARIYA, Shail Hada returns to his territory of soft rock ballads but the spunk and spark is strikingly missing. This suave soundtrack neither disappoints nor creates any waves and proves to be another amiable listening fare for all those who love romantic solo numbers.
Intimidating 70's feel with crazy sounds of horns and trumpets and packed with 'Munni Badnam' (DABANGG) raunchy antics, the next one is a roguish nautanki item number titled 'I love to love you'. Rekha Bharadwaj's nasal tones in rustic melodic ambience suits to the situation but can't be termed anything closer to singer's hit tracks like 'Namak' or 'Beedi' (OMKARA). Anuj Garg's attempt in recreating another garish item number proves to be average, still it is presumed to be eye-feasting for the frontbenchers.
In hot pursuit to create a classic feel for the flick, upcoming composer Sunil Bhatia takes a bow into 60's jazz musical flows in average sounding 'Chu Chu'. Like the much appreciated 'Kaisi Paheli' (PARINEETA), it tries honestly to create a bygone era and comes in two different versions and succeeds to some extent in creating 60's euphoria. The first version has potential sounding Parthiv Gohil who shows resilience as well as versatility in varying his tones that goes well with the changing tempos of the track. Bhatia's decent composition has lovable guitar strums that work efficiently with archetypical jazz's instrumental displays. Sandeep Nath's routine lyrics fails to be as complacent as vocals and composition, it will be really interesting to view this number going on with opulence and melodrama on big screen. Debojit Saha, a reality singing show prodigy, sings out the next version that is titled as 'Chu Chu (acoustic)'. It comes out with similar sounding composition with slight change in the arrangements. Like Parthiv's invigorating voice in light tones, Debojit's style of singing is impressive but the feel-good factor of the song is relatively too average to make any big mark.
It's indeed a pleasing surprise to have an accomplished name like Shreya Ghoshal associated with this album and that too in a solo presentation titled 'Raat Mujhe'. It traverses back to Hrishikesh Mukherjee's 70's adorable era and has the backdrop of Indian classical music that accentuates the somber feel in the track. Abhishek Ray's composition is an honest attempt and has decency attached to it but the feel is too outmoded and fails to justify the lovable voice of Shreya. It lacks the technical finesse and works with outdated style of composing that don't work in present times.
'Saheb Bada Hatela', a thematically oriented narrative track is a respite and brings some verve and life into the album with its gusto musical displays. Ankit Tiwari's shows great zest in his composition by making optimum usage of lively lyrics into fervent displays of rock-musical works that sets up a much desired tempo for this thriller. Vipin Aneja's rustic vocals (sounding almost similar to Sukhwinder Singh) in loud bawdy tones along with Ankit Tiwari's back-up vocals works perfectly to the situation and should be iconic musical piece for the film. The soundtracks paint all the three lead characters and delivers out sequence of events in its racy outrageous flows. After enthusiastic 'Jugni', this soundtrack creates some buzz and should be working better in the opening or end titles of this intimidating action packed thriller.
The last to arrive is another surprise in the form of 'Ankhiya', a depressing poignant number by Pakistani folk singer Arif Lohar. Composer Mukhtar Sahota's ethnically Sufi composition is really 'worth-a-hear' commodity, an impressive presentation that is expected to have more takers among classy listeners. It talks about love, lust and deceit in its Punjabi lyrical settings, bringing memories of 80's heartbreaking number 'Lambi Judai' (HERO (1983)). Arif's booming voice evokes pathos and its strong painful hues will be a strong melodramatic feature in the compelling stages of the flick.
SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER comes out to be mixed bag of affairs with couple of interesting and impressive soundtracks. Its strongest musical feature is Jaidev Kumar's composed 'Jugni' while situational numbers like 'Saheb bada hatela' and 'Ankhiyan' impresses with their quality works. Lacking in novelty, promotion and promising face value, this album will be a no-competition for the bestsellers like RA.ONE, LOVE, BREAKUPS, ZINDAGI, HUM TUM SHABANA and MERE BROTHER KI DULHAN.