‘Heroine’ has been in the news for all the good and bad reasons. Whether it’s the controversy regarding the casting of the female lead or being claimed as the costliest production of Madhur Bhandarkar, it has had its fair share of publicity. While audience is looking forward to the movie, there are some good expectations from the music too. Other than ‘Fashion’, Madhur’s earlier movies haven’t boasted of chartbuster music. However since ‘Heroine’ has a very popular theme, one expects Salim-Sulaiman to do the trick. There are five songs in the album which reflect various moods of the protagonist’s life.
Heroine Music Review- Halkat Jawani
‘Halkat Jawani’ is already popular as the much talked about item number and is playing across every TV and radio channel. Sunidhi Chauhan has sung this one in her ‘bindaas’ and effervescent style. Though the song is catchy and has one of the best dancers (Kareena Kapoor) on camera, it falls short of becoming another ‘Munni’ or ‘Babuji’. One might listen to it a couple of times but it does not call for a repeat mode. Niranjan Iyengar has written lyrics but this is definitely not another ‘Chammak Challo’ in the making.
Heroine Music Review- Main Heroine Hoon
‘Main Heroine Hoon’ portrays another stage of a heroine’s life while taking the listener through the upswing that she is seeing in her life and career. Aditi Singh Sharma has given her voice and she is able to convey the right sentiments of success, pride and narcissism, which are characteristics of Madhur’s movies. Sanjay Chhel lyrics aren’t extraordinary though and overall the track does not leave the kind of impact that it must have originally intended to.
Heroine Music Review- Saiyaan
‘Saiyaan’ which comes next is a soft soothing ballad by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. He is an apt choice since he accentuates the song by lending a soft touch, something which was required for this setting. Though the song is a sweet rendition, it does not come close to Salim-Sulaiman’s other famous tracks and doesn’t quite turn out to be memorable. Amitabh Bhattacharya has written the song but it does not come close to his popular ‘Raabta’ [Agent Vinod].
Heroine Music Review- Khwahishein
Shreya Ghoshal takes the album forward with the next track ‘Khwahishein’. As is the case with many other female dominated movies of Madhur Bhandarkar (where the protagonist has her own ambitions and aspirations), this one is also about rise to fame and then the downfall that follows. Beginning of this Irfan Siddique written song takes you back to the music of ‘Fashion’ and there is a haunting feel of the same right through. A situation based track which is meant to convey the protagonist’s emotions, it doesn’t quite touch one’s heart and ends up leaving you with a sense of emptiness.
Heroine Music Review- Tujhpe Fida
‘Tujhpe Fida’ arrives at the end and is a romantic duet by Benny Dayal and Shradha Pandit. An experimental and fun track which grows on the listener, it has lyrics by Neelesh Mishra which are meaningful and addictive. The techno tempo and the electronic beats make the song different from any other romantic song and lend it a foot-tapping feel. This one should be popular amongst the youth and bring them on the dance floors.
Heroine Music Review- The Last Word
Salim Sulaiman have given a lot of hit albums in the recent times, case in point being ‘Band Baaja Baraat’, ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’ or ‘Fashion’. However ‘Heroine’ can’t be expected to join the list as it doesn’t quite ignite the kind of emotions and passion amongst the listeners which was the need of the hour. Now one just hopes that Madhur Bhandarkar and Kareena Kapoor take the film forward on their shoulders and get something memorable on screen at the least.