Sajid Khan's remake of the 1983 flick 'Himmatwala' has a loud but upbeat soundtrack. The Ajay Devgn, Tamannaah-starrer has only fast-paced tracks, giving even the regulation ballad a miss. With two remakes and two item songs, only three out of five hit the mark, but we'd still turn those up loud on the radio.
The opening song of the album, 'Nainon Mein Sapna' is a new and improved take on the song of the same name from the Jeetendra-Sridevi 'Himmatwala'. While the original was sung by Kishore Kumar, his son Amit Kumar retains the flavor in the new version. Accompanied by singer Shreya Ghoshal, the song is an energetic number that works as a nostalgic tribute. (To read our take on how the old video compared to the new one, click here.)
The opening notes of the other remix, 'Taki Taki', might seem similar to that of 'Chinta Ta Chita Chita' from 'Rowdy Rathore'. Singer Mika Singh's voice makes your foot tap and the song has the flavour of old Govind hits. With cheeky lyrics like 'Mummy tu banegi, main daddy ban jaunga, ab tere baap ko nana main banaunga', this song has an addictive hook to it. While the original score was Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle's baby, the 2013 tune is voiced by Mika Singh and Shreya Ghoshal.
Shaan's 'Bum Pe Laat' is a frothy band number, sung in his chirpy characteristic style. With peppy beats, the song is a Hinglish cocktail with lyrics that are borderline annoying. The OTT happy-happy feel is a bit hard to digest.
Sunidhi Chauhan's item number 'Thank God It's Friday' (that features Sonakshi Sinha in the video) is disappointing. The voice of item girls aplenty (Katrina, Chitrangada, Bipasha) is wasted in this number, that's penned by Sameer Anjaan and composed by Sajid-Wajid. After only one listen, we thanked God it was over!
The final song, 'Dhoka Dhoka', is a garish rendition by singers Mamta Sharma and Sunidhi Chauhan. The Sajid-Wajid composition (they christened it the 'mummy item song') is a gyrating mix with composer Bappi Lahiri joining the melee in the latter half. If you're in for some chhapdi music, this one's for you.
in.com's pick: 'Taki Taki'
in.com rating: 2.5/5
Listen to the entire album here.
For more reviews, photos and videos of Himmatwala, go here
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