Though it is difficult to place songs in an action thriller, there have been several films belonging to this genre which have carried a popular soundtrack. Sunny Bawra and Inder Bawra who have composed for several television shows and have done the background score for a couple of films, make their debut as song composers with Rocky Handsome. Bombay Rockers and Ankit Tiwari have been credited with a song each.
“Rock Tha Party”, a track by Bombay Rockers, which topped the charts when it released in 2003 has been presented sans any major alterations and surprisingly, it sounds as fresh as it did more than a decade back. Even those who have heard this song hundred times, would not mind it listening to it again as it, still, packs a solid punch. The song has been picturised fairly well and should work as a major asset as far as the promotions are concerned.
After a peppy party number, arrives a romantic track in the form of “Rehnuma”, which gets one further interested in the album. The melodious number, which is supported by some well-orchestrated techno beats, fills one’s senses with the visuals of a serene beach. Even though the song does not really break any new ground, the upbeat tune carried so very well by Shreya Ghoshal’s cloying voice makes an instant impression and lingers in one’s head for a long time.
Do some composers really fail to realize that they are suffering from creative fatigue and they should try and reinvent themselves? One saw a glimpse of Ankit Tiwari experimenting when he composed “Dil Cheez Tujhe Dedi” (‘Airlift’), a dance number that had a Middle Eastern sound to it. The song was a far cry from the sad, romantic numbers (with interchangeable tunes) that the singer-composer is known for but with “Alfazon Ki Tarah” he is back to his usual droning self. Even though the song is mildly engaging, it is high time the composer starts afresh with a new sound.
“Aye Khuda”, composed by Sunny Bawra and Inder Bawra starts off as a slow paced, techno driven track and then, suddenly bursts into a high-pitched rendition by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan which shows the heightening of emotions on the part of the protagonist. The antara, like the mukhda, is well thought out and the song, as a whole, engulfs you in its dark and brooding mood after you are done listening to it. The duet version has Shreya chipping in with Rahat and both the versions make for equally compelling hearings.
Sunny and Inder Bawra work their way around composing a dance number with a haunting feel that invokes a sense of mystery. Even though “Titliyan” has been designed as a club track, the backgrounds give an indication of an important event (such as a chase) happening alongside. Even though the techno heavy arrangements are fairly interesting, the middling tune fails to hold the track together. Sunidhi Chauhan’s splendid singing shines throughout the track.
Debutantes Sunny Bawra and Inder Bawra compose three tracks, each of them having a different feel to ti. They rely mostly on techno based arrangements and it would be nice to see them experiment with different kind of sound in their forthcoming ventures. They do show some promise by composing two winning tracks in “Rehnuma” and “Aye Khuda”. While Ankit Tiwari’s “Alfazon Ki Tarah” is a leftover piece from his stable, Bombay Rockers “Rock Tha Party” rocks even after years after it first came out.