Young, fresh talents like Purab Kohli of ROCK ON!! and Arjan Bajwa of FASHION fame, along with Mrinalini Sharma, Amruta Patki and Samir Kochar come together in this horror thriller that has quite a novel concept of friends fighting unseen forces, trapped in a mall. Thrillers have mostly provided music that is fast and sets the adrenalin pumping and with talented music composers like Gourov Dasgupta and Chirantan Bhatt, one can look forward to some novel grooves as both have some very good to decent albums to their credit. Gourov was wonderful in DUS KAHANIYAAN and AA DEKHEIN ZARA while Chirantan Bhatt made EMI worthwhile with his compositions. So, let's see if their combined efforts deliver the goods this time around.
It's the versatile Krishna who has been endowed with the privilege of opening (and also penning the words) the album with the Gourov Dasgupta composed 'Jingle Bells'. The song is a parody based on popular Christmas carols like 'Jingle Bells' and 'Silent Night Holy Night' and those not well versed with Punjabi sense of humour might even find it in bad taste. However, taking the main song into perspective, the song itself is totally ancient Punjabi folk ('Baari Barsi) based and makes good use of synthesized 'been' sounds, harmonium and 'dhol'. Krishna uses his earthy vocals to good effect and tries to recreate the 'Bhootni Ke' magic but to no avail. His lyrics may appear funny to some but some may find it offensive. The ending is based on the highly popular 'We wish you a merry Christmas'. The song may find favour with a few youths but overall it will fail to emulate the success of 'Bhootni Ke'.
The song also appears as a remixed version, 'Jingle Bells-Remix' by Roshan Balu but there is not much difference between the two except for the same old heightened pace and added synthesized beats.
Gourov Dasgupta gets a chance to redeem himself as Krishna comes in for the second round with 'Kaise Jiyu' , a song which has been promoted well as undoubtedly its the best of the album. The track opens with Krishna's sad, melancholy vocals giving a gist of what to expect. The song itself has all the ingredients of a hit written on it, but the fact remains that only music's lucky mascot, Emraan Hashmi, can do justice to such numbers on screen as the audience has come to associate him with such numbers. The Atif Aslam, Mithoon style has been done to death but one must commend Gourav for charting out a number that may find itself in that corridor but has its own intrinsic charm and added touch, especially its literally rocking climax towards the end. Ravi Basnet's lyrics might appear routine but is the demand of the situation.
The 'Kaise Jiyu-Remix' by Noize Inc. is a delight and adds to the pleasure of listening with its addendums like background female chorals and nice synthesized rhythm which accompanies the song throughout. A real entertainer and a smashing hit.
All this movies ends up being is a good show reel for the actors. Amruta Patki makes her debut while Arjan Bajwa, Samir Kochhar and Purab Kohli get to experiment on a large scale with their talent.
It's best you hide from this flick.