Rating: 3/5 (Three Stars)
Race 2 is one of the most anticipated movies for this year. Abbas-Mustan have given number of thrillers to audience and Race 2 adds to the list. As expected, music is an integral part of their glamorous and stylish offerings. This one is no different as Pritam has remained constant as a music director. He was successful in selling the concept called ‘Race’ through his music last time. This time around too Pritam and lyricist Mayur Puri have created another racy and melodious album. There are four original tracks in the album and the rest are remixes.
Be Intehan – Race 2 Music Review
Atif Aslam as a name itself brings romantic emotions and a silky voice in the listener’s mind. He established himself with ‘Race’ and the sequel takes him further down in that direction. Album opens with his voice in Be Intehan. It’s a track which one can easily replace with his last hit, sung in the same manner and the only advantage is another charmer Sunidhi Chauhan who is added to the romantic duet. Pritam scores again and one can well expect the song to be played in repeat mode.
Rahul Vaidya, Indian Idol runner up, adds an ‘unplugged version’ of this song in the album. This is the version which touches the listener’s heart and will stay with you. Mayur Puri’s lyrics carry the overall context of the song beautifully and Rahul’s melodious voice does the rest. Later in the album arrives the ‘remix’ version which doesn’t really cut ice as one would rather stick to the original.
Lat Lag Gayee – Race 2 Music Review
Album moves forward with Lat Lag Gayee which is rendered by Benny Dayal and Shalmali Kholgade, both of whom are riding on a success wave after their many consecutive hits. With a Western base to it, this one reminds of quite a few other club numbers by Pritam. In fact this one seems repetitive and a listener would not find anything new in this.
Party On My Mind – Race 2 Music Review
Next Track Party On My Mind was the first song released from the movie. As the name suggests, it’s a party track and makers released the track well in advance at the New Year time. Since then, it has been climbing the charts. K K and Shefali Alvares along with Yo Yo Honey Singh grace the song with their voices. Pritam has become a master in composing such songs and he scores another one with this. Composition is hip-hop with electronic sounds in the background which make it foot tapping. The song is also special since Shalmali has added a lot of attitude to the song by delivering it in style.
Allah Duhai Hai (Phir Bewafai Hai) – Race 2 Music Review
Allah Duhai Hai (Phir Bewafai Hai) which made its debut in Race re-emerges in a new avatar and this time it is sung by a host of singers from Atif Aslam, Vishal Dadlani and Anushka Manchanda to Ritu Pathak and Michie. One look at the song will make one understand the need for so many singers. This song can be treated as a replacement of Race Saanson Ki as it fulfils all the standard requirements from this genre. All the protagonists come together in this track which boasts of an excellent choreography. It carries forward the theme of the movie and aptly fits into the thriller mode.
Race Mash Up – Race 2 Music Review
Other than this there is also a remixed version of the same track, just like it is for others as well, hence adding further zing to the soundtrack. Last but not the least is the Race Mash Up, which is a collage of all the songs and makes for a good experimentation.
The Last Word – Race 2 Music Review
Race 2 is a thriller and this is one genre that Abbas-Mastan can always be expected to deliver goods. Moreover, audience expectations are always high from them in terms of script as well as music. Right from their Baazigar days, it is the story factor that has been quite powerful while music too has been varied to suit all situations. In Race 2 though, it appears as if it was style quotient that was given more prominence. Though the songs would be played and a listener will have ‘Party on their mind’, it would be back to square one once the party ends and normal life takes over