ACID FACTORY, a nerve-racking hi-octane thriller is an emblematic stylized Sanjay Gupta's adventure movie that rolls out in a mold of psychological thriller. As subject demands, the music of the flick has shady, aggressive and intriguing appeal and so it subjugates into filmmaker's archetypal style of hi-pitched and modish musical works. It follows the similar musical treatment of Gupta's earlier successful musical ventures (DUS KAHANIYAN, ZINDA, MUSAFIR and KAANTE) with comparable style of packaging and presentation. Shamir Tandon, Bappa Lahiri, Gourav Dasgupta, Ranjit Barot and Manasi Scott are the chosen five composers for this ''edge-of-the-seat'' action packed drama. Will Sanjay Gupta be getting pulses racing high with their style and efforts that promises heavy duty disco beat ''dhamaka''? Like all of Gupta's successful endeavors, does this Suparn Verma's directed ACID FACTORY have enough combustible flare of setting floors on fire? Let's visit this ammunition-filled ''factory'' that promises something that is energizing, pulsating and vibrating in its packaging…!
The electronic sounds of absorbing dark noir cinema looms in subtle tones, with heart-piercing vocals of Raaj, echoing loud with trendy paced arrangements in the opening track ''Yeh Jism''. It opens with intrigue mode but enhances with racing ''cardio-video'' type of thumping-pumping disco flavors. Raaj's vocals (…sounding similar to KK) has penetrative splurge in Virag Mishra's daunting wordings and its later Aanchal Dutta's singing that delivers a terrifying ''whodunit'' appeal. Well suited for deadly thriller drama, Shamir Tandon punches hard with his heavily loaded percussions that work in tandem with electronically profound harmonies and guitar riffs to support. Raaj and Aanchal show substantial flair in their remarkable modulating tones, but the ''spur-of-movement'' for all deadly melodic moves comes alive in its ''club-remix'' version. DJ Nawed and Nikhil Chinappa work hard on varied electronic beat structure with funky beats and rhythms that comes bouncing all the way in echoing mode. It's well shot video (in sepia tones) featuring all lead players will be great asset and surely be one rollicking hit to view.
Femme fatal goes melodic! Indeed, a thriller like ACID FACTORY possesses space and grace for irresistibly desirable enchantress and so it does when Manasi Scott shows her multifaceted musical attire in ''Khatti Meethi''. Her seductive allure raises ''oomph'' factor with sluggishly punched sounds and rhythms seeping into the beguiling sensuous expressions. Manasi's composition has that ''heard-before'' syndrome but overall packaging of instrumentals, lyrics and music delivers captivating glamour to enamor listeners. ''Khatti Meethi'', a presumably ''eye-candy'' sizzling show, works on upbeat electronic works with slow-pitched sounds and rhythms matching up to the tonality of the situation.
Remembering R.D Burman! ''Panchamda'' brought the ''groove'' in filmdom and till today it has spunk-ed many music-videos with big success. ''Jab Andhera Hota Hai'', an inspired version from 70's thriller RAJA RANI (1973) hit-track with similar title by Gourav Dasgupta mixes all spicy ''masala'' of ''remix music videos'' and piles up DJ's disco thrills to deliver out a accelerating high hip-shaking track. Aanchal Datta maintains top slot again with Shweta Vijay and Saptak Bhattacharya joining the fun and together, it's again like a riot on the floors.
It's ''club remix'' carries extra ammunition of blasting floors and if you are disco-freak, just get yourself ''spin-ned'' into those crashing beat-juggles and scratches that last till the last thumping beat.
As for Dia Mirza, she makes a solid impact even though she comes in the second half. Cool, calculating, and confident, a performance hitherto not seen from this former Miss India. This has been her Acid test!
Divulging anything about the story would be a grave injustice, to you, dear reader. But one word of caution. Keep alert at all times. Even if you blink for a second, you may miss a vital link that will help you unravel the mystery along with the characters, who incidentally, are suffering from a temporary memory loss.
Keep a watch out for Sultan, JD, Romeo, Max, Om and Sartak. They are your vital clues to this jigsaw.
I have just one grouse though. Why did Kaiser send Romeo out of the Factory to shoot Sartak? That is the only jarring note for me because Kaiser is portrayed as a merciless killer.
If you love the thrill and chill with fast-paced action, ACID FACTORY cannot be missed.