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Muskurake Dekh Zara

Two credits grab your attention on the poster of this film – story by Anurag Kashyap and music by Ranjit Barot. Both are credible names in a film that mostly has first-timers associated with it. While Kashyap is synonymous with interesting cinema, Barot is known for his offbeat tunes in mainstream Hindi films. Remember Mere watan in Fiza and the soundtrack of Pooja Bhatt’s Holiday? With Muskurake Dekh Zara, he returns after a considerable gap as a solo music director.

Muskurake dekh zara, a peppy, youthful number, is the opening track of the album. Barot’s tune is not exceptional but Shaan’s cheerful vocals make it quite an enjoyable track.

KK, who in the recent past has only been heard in melancholic numbers, attempts a tapori song in Sahi bola re. And thanks to him, an unexciting tune sounds reasonably good.

Newcomer Raja Mushtaque gets his big break in not one but two songs, Aankh lagaee and Tu hain mera pyaar but sadly, he fails to make best use of the opportunity. His rendition in both tracks is lacklustre and doesn’t impress.

On the other hand Sourav Srivastav fares a tad better in Chandni, a lively ballad; though a more polished singer like Sonu Nigam or Shaan would have done more justice to this tune.
It’s refreshing to listen to Sunidhi Chauhan who makes an appearance in Roothe roothe, the only song to feature a female playback singer. A fun song about ‘rootna-manana’ where the emphasis is largely on the vocals has Sunidhi in fine form.  The last two tracks, Sangam and Aye dost, are disappointing.

The title track is the only one that’s worth a listen.

Verdict: Avoid

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