Film: M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story
Music: Amaal Mallik
Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir
Amaal Mallik’s first solo album is pleasant while it lasts. The jukebox version is high on treble and sounds more than a bit harsh to the ears.
The best track for me is the last one, “Padhoge Likhoge,” sung by two kids — Ananya Nanda and Adithyan A. Prithviraj. Manoj Muntashir writes the amusing sentiments we in India are all so familiar with in terms of peer pressure — “Padhoge likhoge banoge nawab / Jo tum kheloge kudoge to hoge kharaab (If you study, you will be king, if you only play sports or games, you will go wayward).” The song is enhanced by the fact that real child singers are singing it (well).
But we wonder why the orchestration is so claustrophobically narrow, resembling a stage orchestra, and also why, as this song is presumably set in Jharkhand, its tune and tenor has an overall Marathi feel!
The lead track “Besabriyaan” is feelingly rendered by Armaan Malik, but the impact is more than a shade diluted by the song’s over-dependence on the hook “Besabriyaan,” which actually and absurdly translates as the grammatically inaccurate (in all languages!) “Impatiences!” The lyrics are average.
A far better track is Armaan Malik’s “Jab Tak,” though we talk here of the musical aspects. But pray, what does “Tum aa gaye baazuon mein mere / Sau savere liye” mean? When Sameer Anjaan wrote something similar in “Raaz” (2002), we sniggered. The composition has a decent sweep, but Armaan Malik simultaneously seems to imitate Arijit Singh, Mithoon and Atif Aslam. He should expressly stay away from that zone, which is heavy on mispronunciation, especially the “Ta” phonetic syllable as in “Tum,” “Tere” and so on. The song’s “Redux” version is not much different.
Arijit Singh attempts to sing caressingly (with his usual nuances) in “Phir Kabhi,” but the feel (and the dulcet composition) is completely spoilt by his terrible diction. This is an interesting song lyrically, but the music is predictable.
The worst song is easily “Parwah Nahin,” sung by Siddharth Basrur. The man pronounces “dhoondhe” as “dunde,” and no one from the team has corrected him. The tune is nothing to write home about, while the lyrics had room for improvement in terms of newness.
“Kaun Tujhe” is probably the umpteenth song that Palak Muchhal sings like a Shreya Ghoshal clone (an art she has mastered over the months). The lyrics have a cloying quality and a better, brighter tune could have helped.
The music is overall a prosaic, as in commonplace, affair, and we were hoping that Amaal Mallik’s first solo effort after over two years of doing some good piecemeal music had sparks galore and offered much more. Pleasant and devoid of negative qualities alone is not what we thought we would get. Time, Amaal Malik, to break the compositional and creative confines and soar unfettered across the horizon!
Listen to the "M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story" jukebox: