Album: Machine (T-Series)
Music: Viju Shah, Tanishk Bagchi & Dr. Zeus
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi, Jasmine Sandlas, Niket Pandey, Arafat Mehmood & Mohammed Irfan
One of the only two things that “Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast”- the re-creation of the 1994 hit “Mohra” song composed by Viju Shah and penned by Anand Bakshi- proves is that no song by the wannabe high-energy quarter-baked and self-styled tunesmiths of today can match what the old whiz kids did so effortlessly yet ambitiously. The second is that Udit Narayan (one of the original singers) sits so pat on today’s (and debut-making) leading man Mustafa that it’s high time true-blue playback singers are brought back to Hindi cinema even for the generation Y of actors. They will suit them far more than the Mikas and Arijits and company!
The song tries to be faithful to the original but the re-creation, while lacking the obnoxious quotient of recent massacres like “Tamma Tamma,” “Hamma Hamma” and “Laila O Laila” is still not a patch as a standalone worthy song. Neha Kakkar is from okay to ho-hum as co-singer, while Shabbir Ahmed’s add-on lyrics are immensely ignorable. Tanishk Bagchi not only re-creates this track but also composes most of the other songs here.
These also include the “Ek Chatur Naar” (“Padosan” in 1968 / R.D. Burman-Rajendra Krishan)-inspired track of the same name that reprises only random segments of the old song in a new but substandard track sung by Nakash Aziz, Ikka and Shashaa Tirupati and written by Niket Pandey.
The album opens with what is considered the one track with the maximum hit potential, “Itna Tumhe” (Shashaa Tirupati,-Yasser Desai) penned by Arafat Mehmood, which sounds like a mix of tracks from the last decade or so. Oh-so-familiar but smooth terrain – while it lasts!
“Tu Hi To Mera” (Yasser Desai and by Bagchi and Mehmood again) and “Tera Junoon” (Jubin Nautiyal with the same composer-writer combo) are completely forgettable songs a minute or two after the track ends! Mohammed Irfan co-writes the latter – we wonder why two lyricists are needed for lyrics that are so done-before!
“Brake’An Fail” (Jasmine Sandlas, Rajveer Singh) is spelt oddly but it means “Brake-aan,” which is the plural for ‘Brakes’ in Anglicized Punjabi! The song strikes one as a shade different and alluring when on, but it is a false alarm – it fades away soon after.
So in conclusion, one may say that the score is apt for a film named “Machine” – each and every song is “mechanical.” There are no feelings conveyed through either music or lyrics.