Music director duo Jeet and Pritam went their separate ways after composing some lilting melodies for films like Tere Liye (2001) and Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hain (2002). Since then, Pritam has established himself as a hit music maker in Bollywood while Jeet found his groove in Bengali films. With Blood Money, Jeet returns to Hindi films as a solo music director.The Bhatts have a solid hit on their hands in Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s Chaahat. Jeet recyles his own tune, Ek mutho sopno cheve, from the Bengali film 100% Love, and adds a dash of soft rock and Sufi to create a poignant romantic number that’s a sure-shot winner. Khan is an absolute delight here, his fabulous vocals conveying both melancholy and passion effectively.
Mustafa Zahid, vocalist of Pakistani band Roxen who made a strong impact with his outstanding rendition of To phir aao (Aawarapan, 2007), returns with two striking numbers in this album, Gunaahand Jo tere sang. Jeet successfully repackages his Bengali tune Ferrari mon(System) to create Gunaah. Although it’s the formulaic soft-rock number found in most Bhatt films about the turmoil in the mind of the protagonist, it’s immensely enjoyable due to Zahid’s evocative vocals.However, the unplugged version by Rana Mazumdar is excessively sappy.
Next, Jeet reuses another of this catchy Bengali tunes, Khujechi toke raat(Josh) and reworks it into the catchy Jotere sang. This track too follows the standard Bhatt template – Pakistani singer, sticky hook and soft electronic bed. Funwhile it lasts.
Arzoo (Clinton Cerejo) composed by the Haldipur brothers – Siddharth and Sangeet – is the weakest song in this album. It’s a bland ‘Punjabi meets boy band’ tribute to the heroine, whose name is incidentally Arzoo in the film. Composer Pranay’s only track in the album suffers from a serious Roxen hangover.Teri yaadon se (Mustafa Zahid) is by no means a bad track but this hard rock number makes you feel like you have heard it all before.
Verdict: Formulaic but fun