Known for the screenplay/dialogues of such successful films as RANG DE BASANTI, STUDENT OF THE YEAR, etc. Rensil D'Silva's debut directorial film under the premier production house, Dharma Productions, KURBAAN, failed to set the cash registers ringing but the music by Salim-Sulaiman proved to be chartbusting. So one has good expectations from his next, UNGLI, produced once again by the Dharma Productions and starring music's lucky mascot Emraan Hashmi and 'queen' Kangana Ranaut. Music is helmed by a host of composer-Salim-Sulaiman, Gulraj Singh, Sachin-Jigar and Aslam Keyi. So let's check out their joint offering!
It's an all out Gulraj Singh show with the composer also doubling up as the singer for the romantic ditty, 'Pakeezah
'. The tune and minimalistic guitar based arrangements are nice and so are the simple (Urdu and Hindi) and easy to hum lyrics. But the classy song may not exactly have the mass appeal of the usual Emraan Hashmi chartbusters.
Viru (Dharam pa ji) might have admonished his love, Basanti, for dancing (in SHOLAY) but here she is urged to burn the dance floor in 'Dance Basanti
'! But the tune that Sachin-Jigar choose is not dance friendly and the only highlight is the superb rendition by Vishal Dadlani with good support by Anushka Manchanda. Even the presence of a glamorous Shraddha Kapoor (along with Emraan Hashmi) in the promotional video has failed to help matters much. CHECK OUT - Ungli : Songs Lyrics
Gulraj Singh comes back with a situational theme or title track, 'Aadarniya Ungli'
that conjures up the theme of the film. A dark humour/satirical take on the corrupt system present in the offices and society. Although yet again it is just Vishal Dadlani, whose rock star rendition remains etched in memory, even after the very average song fades away.
is a prayer to the almighty to show the right path in troubled times and has been rendered well by Armaan Malik. The song has traces of Shah Rukh Khan's 'Noor-E-Khuda'
(MY NAME IS KHAN) in the chorus and 'Tu Hi Tu Har Jagah'
(KICK) in the antaras
and so sounds heard before.
The aam junta
is over-the-top while the police force is in a tizzy. They set a trap for the 'Ungli Gang' by getting one of their own, inspector Nikhil, (Emraan Hashmi) to get a lead on them.
However, when Nikhil sets up a plot to nab the gang, he stumbles on an interesting secret. Will he be on the side of the law or the law-breakers? He is caught in a dilemma.CHECK OUT: UNGLI Songs Lyrics
Of special interest to me was the rickshaw driver who was sent on a 'lamba bhada'
and the politician whose house was defaced with 'Happy Birthday' posters.
D'Silva has taken dollops of cinematic liberties and one can even see the residue of RANG DE BASANTI (which he co-wrote) but the movie does connect. And that is what matters.