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Chalo Dilli

2011 hasn’t been a particularly good year for the Hindi film music aficionado. So far, it hasn’t thrown up a single album that has been superbly entertaining. There have been a few songs

(Tanu Weds Manu, F.A.L.T.U. and 7 Khoon Maaf) that were somewhat engaging but that one blockbuster musical album still eludes us.

With five composers working on the music of Lara Dutta’s debut film as a producer, one does expect a decent score from Chalo Dilli. The album, comprising six original tracks and two remixes, kicks off with Raja Hassan’s rendition of the title song. The composition is packed with Punjabi flavours and sounds. And that, along with Hassan’s distinctive vocals, gets your attention for a bit.

However, what could have been a high-energy, fun track ends up being formulaic and dull. Sukhwinder Singh, on the other hand, does a good job with Matargashtiya. This folksy number by Anand Raaj Anand takes a philosophical yet fun look at life and the Hinglish lyrics add to its overall charm.

Though Dasgupta’s version of the chartbuster Laila o laila is a notch above the other remixes we’ve heard in recent times, it still fails to capture the carefree spirit of the original. The song ends up being a hybrid between the original Laila and the long-forgotten Jogan (Anu Mallik’s Rajasthani folk-inspired tune from Badhaai Ho Badhaai). Sachin Gupta crowds his composition Hi 5 with electronic sounds and one hardly hears Neeraj Sridhar.

Most of the songs in this album are about life and its philosophies. Moments in life is another such number except that it’s an insipid English track. And that brings us to the pick of the album – Kaun se badi baat by renowned Punjabi singer Kamal Heer. Meaningful lyrics backed by a strong melody and a soulful voice, Kaun se is the only track in this album that deserves a second listen.

Verdict: Lacklustre

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