Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s score for Game is quite mature – in terms of composition, approach and sound. Usually, such a genre of film comes with a kind of typical music that is largely exaggerated. SEL, on the other hand, within the limits of bollywood films, have churned something interesting that grabs your attention. Lyricist Javed Akhtar supports the trio ably especially on songs like Maine yeh kab socha tha and Mehki mehki.
When it comes to ballads, SEL never miss the bulls eye. For instance, in Maine yeh kab socha tha they work around the melody with a feather touch. This song features Shaan and Anusha Mani, and both shine out with their vocals. The song has some interesting variations, and a sing along chorus. It is something we are likely to hear in the coming days.
The big surprise, however, is the jazzy sensual Mehki mehki sung by Shreya Ghoshal – it’s not an ordinary dance or item number. The trio has experimented with Latin American arrangements that instantly get hold of the listener. In a way, this song reminds you of the peppy songs of the R D Burman era – melodious and gripping. Mehki mehki also comes with a customary remix version done by Harry Anand, but if you are looking for some groovy stuff, Shreya Ghoshal’s Kaun hai ajnab, with its awesome bass lines is recommended.
There are two versions of the title song It’s a game – one by Vishal Dadlani, and the other by Sunitha Sarath. While Dadlani’s version clicks to some extent, Sarath’s version (reprise) is something that might be more effective with the visuals.
Verdict: Must hear: Mehki mehki