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Patchy But Fun- The Dirty Picture

The excitement hasn’t stopped ever since the first promo of Milan Luthria’s The Dirty Picture hit theTV screens. Besides Vidya Balan’s audaciousact, what also caught the viewer’sattention was the sweetly outrageous buthugely catchy number Ooh la la.

Sung with solid enthusiasm by Bappi Lahiri and Shreya Ghoshal, this retro style track is good fun. Vishal-Shekar have clearly derived inspiration from Bappi Lahiri’s compositions for films like Mawwali, Himmatwala and Kasam Paida Karne Waale Ki. They smartly embellish this raunchy number with stereotypical ‘80s musical motifs – the percussion play, the strange noise made by the female chorus, disco effects and sync it perfectly with Rajat Arora’s cheeky lyrics. Special mention must be made of Shreya Ghoshal, who is delightful in her coquettish rendition.

Vishal-Shekar surprise with Ishq sufiyana, a splendid ballad that’s unlike any love song they have composed before. In fact, the song can be mistaken for a Pritam creation. Kamal Khan, winner of the music-based reality show SaRe Ga Ma Pa, is remarkable in his debut song and render sit with sincerity and passion. Kudos to the composers for introducing him to the Hindi film music industry. Thoughthere is a ring of familiarity tothis gentle melody, it still appeals due to its simplicity. And Sunidhi Chauhanim presses equally in her version of the same song.

Honeymoon ki raat (Sunidhi Chauhan) has all the ingredients of an ‘80s-style club number – cheesy lyrics, breathy vocalsand a disco template but somehowthe concoction falls flat. Twinkle twinkle (Shreya Ghoshal, Rana Mazumder), in the same league, works marginally better. Both these dance numbers would probably be more fun to watch on the big screen given that the film is a biopic onthe South Indian sex symbol Silk Smitha.

But the album’s worth a try just for Ooh la la and Ishq sufiyana

Verdict: Fun in parts

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