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Music Review : Shootout At Wadala


 
 Shootout At Wadala
Director :  Sanjay Gupta
Music :  Anu Malik
Lyrics :  Kumaar
Starring :  Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Tusshar Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee and Kangana Ranaut

April 27, 2013 12:12:40 PM IST
By Rafat, Glamsham Editorial
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Sanjay Gupta's White Feather Films' which always boasts of some classy and popular music (KAANTE, MUSAFIR, ZINDA etc), now partners Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Motion Pictures', to bring a crime based thriller, SHOOTOUT AT WADALA. Much hype and promotion has been witnessed and there is a sense of excitement and anticipation, especially after the unveiling of the two item songs. A host of composers -Anu Malik, Anand Raj Anand, Meet Bros and Mustafa Zahid- have been entrusted with the task of handling the music department. So let's check out the joint offering of the two production houses, and see if the stamp of class gets even better!

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The song that has grabbed headlines for all the right reasons, and especially the sizzling Priyanka Chopra, is 'Babli Badmaash', composed by Anu Malik who is in vintage form and with lyrics by Kumaar. The number has all the necessary ingredients for an 80s style 'retro' dance/item number complete with trumpet, percussion and synth, and Sunidhi Chauhan is just perfect here. The song is already topping the charts and gives Anu Malik a new lease of life.

The remix by Gaurav Dasgupta and Roshan Balu is as good as the original with added techno beats.

Next up is the number that has been in the news as well for very different, (read wrong!) reasons is 'Laila' which has been composed by Anand Raj Anand (who is also the lyricist), one of Sanjay Gupta's trusted composers of films like KAANTE etc. The song on the whole is quite peppy, very rhythmic and Mika stands out with his lovable emotive rendition. The overtly crude lyrics have been censored but still does not appeal much, and one expected something classy from Anand Raj Anand.

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The 'Laila' remix by Gaurav Dasgupta and Roshan Balu makes for a good hear as it is more racier and zesty.

'Yeh Junoon'
remix by Mayur Sahani is cleverly crafted and does make it more club worthy and dance friendly.

'Aye Manya'
introduces the lead protagonist of SHOOTOUT AT WADALA, Manya Surve. Sung by Adnan Sami, Shaan and Meet Bros Anjjan, it does well in sketching out the character of Manya. Although the tune takes inspiration solely from 'Jai Maa Kaali' (KARAN ARJUN), and leaves much to be desired.


The flavor of the season, Mustafa Zahid, after back to back successes, comes in with 'Yeh Junoon'. A superb soft rock love ballad that relies completely on the strong sonorous vocals of Mustafa with lovely background musical arrangements.

'Yeh Junoon' remix by Mayur Sahani is cleverly crafted and does make it more club worthy and dance friendly.

'Aye Manya'
introduces the lead protagonist of SHOOTOUT AT WADALA, Manya Surve. Sung by Adnan Sami, Shaan and Meet Bros Anjjan, it does well in sketching out the character of Manya. Although the tune takes inspiration solely from 'Jai Maa Kaali' (KARAN ARJUN), and leaves much to be desired.

Carrying over in the same mode is 'Goli', an ode to bullet, and is a novel effort. Top stars of SHOOTOUT AT WADALA, Anil Kapoor and John Abraham, for brief interludes, pay an interesting homage to 'goli'. But once again it's a letdown by a very common, heard before tune and presence of Sudesh Bhonsle (along with Meet Bros Anjjan) does not help matters.

The 'Goli' remix by Mayur Sahni is better than the original and has more dramatic effects.

'Ala Re Ala'
rendered by Mika Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan can be clubbed as another item cum 'bhai giri' song, but it has several inspirations. The very first line 'Ek din ke liye', a techno 'mujra' is clearly in the same corridor as Kareena's 'mujra' number, 'Dil Mera Muft Ka' AGENT VINOD. In the 'antara' (Mika's part ) it has strong resemblance to Amitabh Bachchan-Rekha's iconic MUQADDAR KA SIKANDER 'mujra' number, 'Salaam-E-Ishq' (Kishore Kumar's part). The only saving grace is the quite rhythmic 'mukhda', 'Ala Re Ala'.

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The first line of the song, 'Ek Din Ke Liye' rendered by Sundhi Chauhan is also present as a brief separate number.

'Ala Re Ala'
has a good remix version as well by Gaurav Dasgupta and Roshan Balu with added synth and beats.

In a nutshell, the audio of SHOOTOUT AT WADALA caters to the masses but the stamp of class and quality and style that was the hallmark of most Sanjay Gupta and Ekta Kapoor films is clearly missing. Too many item numbers and retro style songs will find limited popularity especially with the kind of blitzkrieg promotion that SAT is witnessing, but a wholesome mass plus class fare (audio!) like Ekta's ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI, was the order of the day.

 Rating : 
2.5/ 5 stars
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