Rating: 3.5/5 Stars (Three-and-half-stars)
Sajid Khan’s Himmatwala has been in the news from the time of inception. As a director he has been criticized for his style and choice of movie making a lot; however he has been able to keep his critics out by making each of them a hit from the days of Heyy Babyy. One would not be surprised if this one holds the same fate. Music of his films has always tilted towards popular, masala, paisa vasool type. Bappi da is already there in the album courtesy the retro tracks and Sajid-Wajid and Sachin-Jigar compose the originals.
Naino Mein Sapna – Himmatwala Music Review
Much has been written and spoken about Sajid Khan taking the listener back to the retro mode by acquiring the rights of Taki Taki and Naino Mein Sapna from the original film. Honestly, many would have had doubts of the popularity of Naino Mein Sapna in today’s time. However once you listen to the track, you realize that it’s sometimes a good idea to give the new generation feel of the old one. Amit Kumar and Shreya Ghosal replace stalwarts Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar and do a decent job. Bappi Lahiri’s music is evergreen and will still compel you to move on the table/’dholak’ beats. Music has already done the talking for decades and will continue this time as well.
Taki Taki – Himmatwala Music Review
Next in line is the second refurbished track Taki Taki which is delivered by Mika Singh and Shreya Ghosal. Mika captures the naughtiness in the track beautifully and Shreya carries it forward efficiently. Indeewar’s wicked lyrics were the talk of the town in the earlier era and they fit in aptly in today’s time when such songs have again become common and are carrying a huge fan following. It was a hit then, it would definitely be a hit now.
Dhoka Dhoka – Himmatwala Music Review
Sajid-Wajid make an entry in the album with a bang as they bring on the item number Dhoka Dhoka. None other than Sunidhi Chauhan croons the song in her style with strong touches by the current popular Mamta Sharma. This track is a chapter in national integration as it has a flavour of many languages, courtesy Sameer Anjaan. Bappi da makes a small entry in the track towards the end and adds final touches to another chartbuster in Sajid Wajid’s cap. Though this is not a Munni Badnaam, it will definitely cover some distance for sure.
Bum Pe Laat – Himmatwala Music Review
Bum Pe Laat is the next track in the album. Shaan, Shubh Mukherji and Soham Mukherji give their vocals to this peppy and funny track. It’s a situational track which fits in well in the overall theme of Himmatwala. The track would remind one of Bum Bum Bole from Taare Zameen Par, not because of the use of the word ‘bum’ but because of the energy and ‘masti’ element. Kids will definitely appreciate this track as they would love to show their strength in front of bullies. Shaan sings this light composition in his trademark style and accentuates the affect of the track.
Thank God It’s Friday – Himmatwala Music Review
Last but not the least is Thank God It’s Friday. If the first two songs bring Bollywood retro touch, this one will take the listener back to Mithun Da’s retro Disco. Though there is presence of Bappi Da in the album, music here has been given by the guest composers Sachin-Jigar. Honestly it can be treated as a tribute to Bappi Lahiri by the young generation. Sunidhi Chauhan once again emphasizes her position in her way and the listeners will definitely appreciate it. The video has been creating ripples online from the time it’s launch. Moreover Sonakshi Sinha, who is swaying in Praveen Bobby and Zeenat Aman style in the video, has definitely added to its hit stature. This is an original Disco number which today’s Friday generation will lap up to and grove.
The Last Word – Himmatwala Music Review
Though there was a lot of apprehension and suspicion with Sajid Khan’s choice of remake and consequently the music attached with it, the album demolishes any such thought and makes one start believing in his conviction. Frankly, Sajid has captured the current pulse of the audience and used it to maximum. This album has all the ingredients of hits, whether it’s the old compositions or the new ones. The music holds well and now one waits for the movie to unfold as well.