Vikram Bhatt has stuck to his formula for nearly two decades now – use lilting melodies to lure the audience to the cinemas and then scare them to death. Nearly all his successful films (Kasoor, Raaz, 1920, Fareb) have been moderately budgeted thrillers with superb music and gawky newcomers. With Haunted, Bhatt has another solid ace up his sleeve. It’s also India’s first 3D horror film. Time will tell if that novelty will do the trick for the film but right now, let’s check out the soundtrack.
The album has six original compositions set to tune by music director Chirantan Bhatt. Siddharth Basrur makes a strong debut with Jaaniya. Though the number falls into the ‘I love you so much it hurts’ space, the composer uses the piano and Basrur’s vocals effectively to create a gentle, slightly gloomy yet enjoyable number. Mujhe de de har gham tera (Siddharth Basrur) starts off slow but goes heavy on the orchestration when the chorus kicks in. It’s a pleasant love song but trite.
Sau baras (Tia Bajpai) is the quintessential ‘bhoot’ song in a horror film, the song of eternal longing. Tia Bajpai, who is also the leading lady of the film, surprisingly does a decent job behind the microphone but Chirantan’s composition fails to generate any intrigue. Tera hi bas hona chaahoon (Jojo, Nazam Sheraaz) is a Sufi track gone rock that’s strictly average.
There is a strong sense of déjà vu as the opening lines of Tum ho mera pyar (KK, Suzanne D’Mello) kick in. Bearing close resemblance to the songs Pritam composes for Bhatt films, Tum ho is a simple yet catchy melody that benefits hugely by KK’s vocals. This track is likely to get maximum airplay on radio stations. Nikhil D’Souza’s distinct vocals and some soothing guitar work make You are so beautiful a cut above the ordinary.
The soundtrack of Haunted is not likely to be remembered next year but it has enough meat to hold your attention today.