Vishal and Shekhar have composed terrific music whenever they have collaborated with Dharma Productions – Dostana, I Hate Luv Storys and more recently Student of the Year are shining examples. So when their names are credited as composers for Dharma’s latest flick Gippi, expectations soar sufficiently high. The album with lyrics by Anvita Dutt comprises five original tracks.
Dil kaagzi is a stunningly simple song. Vishal and Shekhar wrap the melody around a waltz beat and rope Neeti Mohan to render this lilting, almost lullaby-like number. Mohan’s uniquely beautiful voice is dreamy and delicate. This gentle song is the highlight track of the album.
In spite of two accomplished singers at the helm, Sukhwinder Singh and Udit Narayan and the fairly engaging Bhojpuri-ish lyrics, Baby doll doesn’t quite live up to its potential. The arrangement and melody sound familiar, like you have heard it all before. This upbeat, desi number is average, at least.
Mann baavra starts off subtle, Shekhar’s contemplative vocals and an accompanying guitar drawing you tenderly into the song. But once the drums kick in, the song loses its charm. It begins to sound crowded and indulgent, which is sad as the initial portions show promise.
Behn di taki (Vishal) is an upbeat, techno Punjabi song that offers nothing new. We are like this only (Vishal, Shekhar, Hard Kaur) is a notch better, but that’s not saying much. It’s a regular ‘cool track’ with some English rap thrown in and a fairly catchy signature hook.
The promos of Gippi are bubbly and endearing. And one gets a feeling that the songs will be more enjoyable on the big screen.
Verdict: Average fare