Fox Star Studio's and Mukesh Bhatt produced MR. X, directed by horror gen master Vikram Bhatt, marks the comeback of music's lucky mascot Emraan Hashmi to his home banner, after quite a while. And naturally expectations are sky high from Jeet Gannguly and Ankit Tiwari, who have an enviable reputation as far as chartbusting mass appealing audio is concerned.
The title song, 'Mr. X'
, composed by Jeet Gannguly does have the mystery, suspense and a good rhythm required. It is indeed a special song, as veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt makes his debut as a singer (although it's not full-fledged singing), along with Mili Nair, the female vocalist, who does a good job. Rashmi Singh's lyrics befit the film's situation.
Ankit Tiwari's 'Tu Jo Hain'
is a soft, passionate love ballad, with a lovely addictive tune, the kind that one associates with Ankit Tiwari these days. Ankit's performance is very good, both as a singer and musician. Mohnish Raza's lyrics are filmy.
Ankit Tiwari meets Pritam (Sufi laced South Asian background music) in this romantic sufi inspired love song, 'Saad Shurkrana'
(Saad= innumerable). The harmonica adds to the charm. Ankit renders the difficult song well, though one would have preferred Arijit Singh. Manoj's lyrics are beautiful.'Alif Se'
(Alif-The first Urdu/Arabic alphabet) is a nice dance number, with an Arabic flowing rhythm. Neeti Mohan renders the number, though the digitized vocals are a slight turn off, with the male chorus joining in the background (as the lead is apparently invisible). Abhendra's Urdu lyrics are appealing, though they might not be comprehendible for all.
The soft, haunting and mysterious signature tune of Mr. X is the highlight of 'Teri Khushboo'
(male version), sung adeptly by Arijit Singh. The sad slow separation judaai number by Jeet appeals and so do the lyrics.
Palak Muchhal renders the female version with elan and sings almost unplugged.
Rounding off, the audio of MR X meets our expectations, to an extent, with both Jeet and Ankit coming up with a few lovely chartbusting scores. Having said that, our expectations from an Emraan-Bhatt project were much higher, based on previous archives. All the same, 'Tu Jo Hai'
, 'Saad Shukrana'
and 'Teri Khushboo'
are our picks. The good audio coupled with great promotion should ensure a decent opening for MR. X when it releases all over on 17th April.Music Review Rating Chart:-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below