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Salman Khan is on a roll. Post Wanted and Dabangg, the superstar seems to have regained his Midas touch; even his TV show brought in high TRPs. And if the hype around his forthcoming film Ready is any indication, then he has a hat trick on his hands.

Ready, directed by Anees Bazmee, promises to be a full-blown, masala entertainer. And with music giants T-Series and composer Pritam attached to the project, one expects a cracker of an album.

Khan, notorious for his off-screen shenanigans especially with the ladies, cheekily ridicules himself in the opening track, Character dheela (Neeraj Sridhar, Amrita Kak). The number has all the trappings of a typical Pritam chartbuster – stylish vocals, a catchy hook, heavy orchestration and inane lyrics. There’s even a synthesised horn that blares intermittently! But the concoction works and Character dheela is good fun till it lasts.

Dhinka chika (Mika Singh, Amrita Kak) explodes with infectious energy. South Indian music director Devi Shri Prasad recycles his chartbuster Ringa ringa from Arya 2 (Telugu), ups the fun quotient and delivers the most foot-thumping dance number in recent times. The singers deliver this typical Dappankoothu (the free-style dance songs seen in Tamil cinema) ditty with genuine enthusiasm and give it a pan-India appeal.

Pritam has a template for mush compositions and Humko pyar hua (KK, Tulsi Kumar) follows that format. A pleasant melody backed by a cheesy chorus in English, the number benefits hugely by KK’s refined vocals. Though Shreya Ghosal would seem like a perfect fit for a song of this nature, Tulsi Kumar does not disappoint.

Meri ada bhi (Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Tulsi Kumar), however, seems like a half-hearted effort. Reminiscent of the several Punjabi songs Pritam has composed in the past, this one fails to rise above the ordinary, in spite of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

It’s a tad disappointing that for a film produced by T-Series, the soundtrack has only four original compositions along with a remix version of each song. Nevertheless, Ready delivers what it promises, at least on the music front.

Verdict: FUN

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