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Music Review : Ek Tha Tiger

 Ek Tha Tiger
Director :  Kabir Khan
Music :  Sohail Sen and Sajid-Wajid
Lyrics :  Kausar Munir, Neelesh Mishra and Anvita Dutt
Starring :  Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Girish Karnad and Ranvir Shorey

July 28, 2012 02:07:35 PM IST
By Satyajit, Glamsham Editorial
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EK THA TIGER finally arrives...! Elated with a series of recently delivered blockbuster hits, Salman Khan's most awaited and Yash Raj Films (YRF) most ambitious venture makes its musical presence in marquee, and expectations are presumably highest as this project is lavished with astronomical production values and is gifted with best possible bankable names. Whether its Salman Khan's recent releases (WANTED, DABANGG, READY or BODYGUARD) or YRF's last few entertainers (NEW YORK, BAND BAAJA BAARAT and LADIES VS RICKY BEHL), music has always been a dazzling feature that had added to the flick's box-office success, so one expects a potential musical bonanza from this album. Sohail Sen, one of the most reliable upcoming composers of B-town, makes his second consequential presence in YRF, after the chartbusting success of MERI BROTHER KI DULHAN while Sajid-Wajid chips in as guest composers with one solitary soundtrack. Will this work for YRF? Let's find out...

The roar for EK THA TIGER begins with Sajid-Wajid's (Salman's favorites) outrageously loud Arabic dancing and singing moves in highly promoted "Mashallah" (exclamatory word for describing "beautiful"). It's bombastically jiving in instrumental flows and has infectiously catchy customary Arabic rhythmical setting that brings myriad of festive colors to the occasion. Wajid's pleasing vocals makes a smooth communion with sultry tones of Shreya Ghoshal and makes this a truly delightful listening fare. Despite its strong resemblance with
(Arabic wedding song by Nausheed) in its signature tuneful appeal, Sajid-Wajid deliver a meticulously driven job by employing a series of Arabic traditional instrumentals in giving this a typical Middle-Eastern festive feel. There is blend of Arabic auto-phonic and stringed instrumentals (djembe, darbuka, tar drum, tambourines and finger cymbals) that works sporadically and delivers their peculiar iconic sounds. To add more energetically loud zest, there are enthuse chorals and Benny Dayal's Arabic renditions that gives it a pompous thrust. For its extremely thumping and jiving overtures, it's a "choreographer's delight" number that will surely find its way in many TV dancing reality shows in the coming months. "Mashallah (remix)" by DJ Joshilay sounds messy and fails to be as strikingly bouncy as the original soundtrack. It pitches an overdose of "club-remix" disco beat fillers interspersed in typical Arabic musical feel but the end result is not too convincing, overall it's a scintillating musical feature (as viewed in promos) with all catchiness in dancing thrives with strong face-value (Salman-Katrina), giving it a loud chartbusting feel. Chartbuster!!!

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TIGER joins the Cuban dancing troupe! Exhilarating and enthralling in Spanish "Salsa" dancing maneuvers, the festive decorum continues as now Sohail Sen takes over the proceedings in peppy sounding "Laapata". Like fervently flashy "Mashallah", this flamboyant track is a typical "choreographer's delight" number where listener's can really enjoy shades of Latin American instrumentals, sounds and rhythms going in tandem with impulsive thrives, adding spicy flavors to the track. KK's reliable singing is a sheer delight and so is Palak Muchal's impressively delivered blistering vocals that works amiably with the tangy flavors of the track. Sohail Sen's dexterity at playing varied Cuban instrumentals (congas, bongos, timbale and piano) and mixing well with synchronized flows of trumpets, horns, trombones, vibraphone and violin is the most striking feature of this track. If you have enjoyed tracks like "Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai" (AKS), "Salaame" (DHOOM) and "Dil Laga Na" (DHOOM 2), then this track is surely be the one to make you shake your booty on floors. Anvita Dutt's lyrics are simple but still fit well into the swirling-twirling dancing feel; a well-choreographed musical piece is all set to strike silver screen. "Laapata (remix)" by DJ Joshilay sounds much better than the previous remix and gives many feverishly enthuse moments to be enjoyed on floors. KK and Palak's voices are well-matched in beat-juggles and it sporadically connects with DJ spins and makes this as another likable offering from the album. Enthralling!!!

Tiger takes a folksy Irish jig! Being an adventurous globe-trotter, the espionage of this spy takes an enchanting European route and pitches a baroque Irish folksy ballad picturesque view in "Banjaara". Once again, the skillfulness in instrumentals takes the bigger chunk as now the track brings an elaborate view of an Irish folksy festive dancing treat. Glorified with prominent sounds of bagpipes, bouzouki (sort of mandolin), darbuka (hand-drum) played at intermittent places; it delivers a marching-troop sort of feel with motivated Irish chorals giving it a strong support. Sukhwinder's throaty vocals are a domineering feature that concocts well with tuneful violin loops and footsteps sounds, while Neelesh Mishra's impressive lyrics give it's an extra edgy feel. YRF's compassion for ethnical European musical is evident here (remember SRK playing mandolin in DDLJ) and this one too strikes a chord with the listener's expectations. Unlike mass-friendly "Udd Udd Dabangg" (DABANGG), this Sukhwinder track has more of a classy feel and should be a pivotal feature in the narrative flows of this action-packed potboiler. "Banjaara (remix)" turns to be an ordinary DJ's efforts where predictable sounding "club-remix" stylized fillers strike blows. Jolly (Joshilay) voice is no match for Sukhwinder's folksy thrives and all it turns to be a routine promotional feature musical work. Impressive!!!

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"Saiyaara" (meaning lonely planet), a melancholically profound romantic ballad, takes a break from thriving international dancing feel and adds notable melodramatic musical shades to the album. Kausar Munir's poetically descriptive lyrics ("Saiyaara main saiyaara, Saiyaara tu saiyaara, Sitaaron ke jahaan mein milenge abb yaara...) makes a meaningful semblance with lovers' distressed state of mind, a highlight that shows the soft-romantic musical facade of the lead-character with a great prominence. Mohit Chauhan's sonorously painful pathos lifts the spirits of this delightfully tuned track that has more of Indian classical feel attached to it. Tarannum Malik's delicately poised rendition is a big surprise that works brilliantly with the tender-paced arrangements. Just like Salman's heartrending "Sau Dard Hai" (JAANEMAN), this touching soundtrack emote out a plethora of pathos with contours of painful connotations imbibed in it; all thanks to Mohit's emotionally excruciating tones that submerge beautifully in this beautiful composition. Melodic speaking, Sohail Sen has a potential winner in "Saiyaara" and it's on-screen picturisation will be of a great interest. Touching!!!

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When the first digital poster, promos and teaser of EK THA TIGER made its way in media circuits, it created a strong impact; it was all because of intimidating tangy signature tuneful feel of the prelude of "Tiger's Theme". As predicted from an affluently conceived spy-espionage, the last offering "Tiger's Theme" by Julius Packiam comes as out as iconic signature tune for the lead character's (Tiger) presence, histrionics and endeavors. Does this impress? Yes, to a large extent, especially in the opening phases where the daunting sound engineering and sharp electronica trance-filled fillers makes its strong impact, later it arrives with bit of Arabian/Persian, Latin American and Spanish ethnical musical touches which may interact progressively with the "edge-of-the-seat" thrilling actions. This may not be falling in league of MI series or Bond flick's theme tracks but surely delivers sufficient ammunition in its belligerently pitched arrangements.

EK THA TIGER roars with multi-cultured international musical feel, a musician delight that primarily targets classy listeners. Unlike massy tracks of DABANGG, WANTED, READY or BODYGUARD, it has more classy appeal attached to it and all credits goes to composer's skillfulness in catching every aura, genre and format. Sohail Sen shows his brawny skills this time by capturing out every desired international musical feel in tracks like "Laapata" (Latin American), "Banjaara" (Irish folk) and "Saiyaara" (Indian classical/ Sufism), a hitherto effort that should convert itself into bright prospect on big screen. Sajid-Wajid (guest composer) delivers the catchiest of the lot in "Mashallah" (Arabic), a frolicsome dancing number that has already created waves for this spy-thriller. Mercurially high on "curiosity quotient", lavish production values, bankable face value and incredible action stunts, EK THA TIGER is presumed to be opening big on audio stands and is likely to be enjoying a big shelf-life.

Rating - 4/5

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