An Anurag Kashyap presentation, Prateek Entertainments' Zeishan Quadri (GANGS OF WASSEYPUR fame) directed MEERUTHIYA GANGSTERS is a crime-com thriller. As may be recalled Zeishan had told us, ''This time we have a good musical score with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan singing a track. Even WASSEYPUR has songs, but there is more scope for music in MEERUTHIYA GANGSTERS.'' Keeping that in mind one expects a good product, in sync with the situational music. Let us confront the GANGSTERS!
The title song, 'Meeruthiya Gangsters' by guest composer Vivek Kar commences much in the way associated with a crime thriller with suspense laden, tense situational music and a tune that is quite catchy. Zubeen Garg and Dev Negi blast it out in style (hoarse vocals et al) and lyrics (rap also) provide a good peek into the characters of the leads and also the movie.
Mika Singh is in top form with the fun, masti number and creates 'dhamaal' with the dance number, 'Mastam Mastam' where the lead advise all to lead a carefree/ stress free life from all worries.
Another fun 'masti number', 'Babaji Ka Ghanta' almost carries forward the same carefree mood with a superb addictive tune and nice musical arrangements . The song that pays tribute to 'matargashti' (roaming aimlessly), the song is rendered well by Divya Kumar and should translate well on screen.
A totally rock based composition; 'Hum Toh Jeete Hain' is a dramatic, situational number that characterises the daredevil, brave hearted nature of the leads. The composer himself chips in, with Pawni A Pandey putting up a good show. The lyrics are inspired in parts (and it appears on purpose) by Amitabh Bachchan's 'Zindagi Toh Bewafa Hai Ek Din Thukraegi, Maut Mehbooba Hai Saath Leker Jayegi '(MUQADDAR KA SIKANDER).
The album ends on an excellent note with the highly melodious romantic composition 'Naina Tose Lage' and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's magical vocals delight senses and background musical arrangements (flute, guitar) enchant. Arafat Mehmood's lyrics are simple desi Hindi and Urdu. A song that will easily will rate as one of Rahat's best.
Pawni A Pandey renders the female version of 'Naina Tose Laage' (almost unplugged) and does quite well with just minimal music in the background.
(A recent promotional romantic track, rendered by cricketer Suresh Raina, does not find a place in the soundtrack).
Summing up, director Zeishan Quadri keeps his promise in his directorial venture, 'Meeruthiya Gangsters', and the result is a pleasantly surprising audio score. Relatively new composer Siddhant Madhav has shown his musical skills here with finesse. Our picks are the title track, 'Mastam Mastam', 'Babaji Ka Ghanta' and 'Naina Tose Laage'. The film is due to release next Friday and good audio score should help its cause.Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below