Director Karan Malhotra’s first film ‘Agneepath’ (2012) had boasted of some terrific music. The orchestra-heavy sound befitted the huge scale of the film. For his second film ‘Brothers’, Karan ropes in music composer Ajay-Atul and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya, the team that gave him a winning soundtrack for his debut venture. Though ‘Brothers’ (an official remake of the Hollywood film ‘Warriors’) is a sports drama, it has a strong emotional base to it. That should make one hope for another good soundtrack from this team.
How can a sports drama not have an anthem song? “Brother’s Anthem” is a motivational track which, in the beginning, sounds like a dozen tracks one has heard for similar situation in films. However, the song soon comes into its own and although it has the predictable, dramatic rhythm which one associates with such songs, Ajay-Atul make sure this track stands out with an engaging tune and elaborate orchestration. Vishal Dadlani, in recent memory, had sung two motivational numbers in ‘Mary Kom’ (“Ziddi Dil” and “Salaam India”) and he does a good job here as well.
These days, all the dance numbers sound similar to each other. Thankfully, Ajay-Atul recreate their song “Ye Go Ye Ye Maina” from the Marathi film ‘Jatra’ as “Mera Naam Mary” and gives Hindi film music buffs an ‘item’ number that is high on melody while being foot tapping at the same time. The infectious tune and the lovely arrangements make it an irresistible track. What also adds freshness to the track is Chinmayi Sripada’s voice. Chinmayi is mostly known for her soft numbers (“Tere Bina” – Guru; “Zehnaseeb” – Hasee Toh Phasee) in Bollywood and it is great to see her pull of such a track with effortless ease. This much publicized number, which features Kareena Kapoor Khan, should serve its purpose of being a crowd puller.
“Gaaye Jaa” has a pleasant 60s sound to it and comes across as a lullaby-like track. With some dramatic undertones to it, the song is expected to make an appearance in the film at a crucial juncture but the tune does not really hold your attention for long. Even though this sombre number has its heart in the right place, the composition fails to excite. Shreya Ghoshal pours her heart in the song and you must give it a hear for her heartfelt rendition. The male version, sung by Mohammed Irfan, too is worth a listen for the way he has sung it.
Ajay-Atul gave Sonu Nigam one of his finest songs in recent times in “Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin” (Agneepath). They compose another stunning track for the singer with “Sapna Jahan”. “Sapna Jahan” is one of the finest melodies one has heard this year. It touches your heart with the very first note and keeps going on you. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s poignant lyrics do complete justice to Ajay-Atul’s unfermented composition. Neeti Mohan gives able support to Sonu but she gets the diction wrong at several places.
The makers have done the right thing by promoting the best songs (‘’Mera Naam Mary”, “Sapna Jahan”) first. The music of ‘Brothers’ is a notch lower than that of ‘Agneepath’ but is, nevertheless, a respectable effort by Ajay-Atul. It is another testimony to the duo’s talent and makes one wonder as to why we don’t get to hear more of them in the Hindi film space.