After the mega-success of Dhoom, music director Pritam had a hard act to follow. Fortunately, he has managed to keep the standard high in Chocolate. This soundtrack may not be better than Dhoom but it is almost as good.
The excellent Sonu Nigam kicks things off with “Halka Halka Sa Yeh Nasha”. Sonu’s singing is immaculate in this light rock number which has some enjoyable guitar riffs blended with flute pieces reminiscent of Dhoom’s title track. There is also a welcome remix of this track later on the album which has a bhangra/dance based beat. The remix transforms the song so brilliantly, it’s like listening to a different track altogether. Both versions are repeat-worthy!
The techno pop number, “Zahreeli Raatein”, is enjoyable to those who like this sort of thing. However, the song doesn’t leave a lasting impression despite energetic and skilful vocals from KK.
Sunidhi Chauhan can do no wrong these days; she keeps belting out hit after hit! She has three potential hits on this album, the first of which is, “Jhuki Jhuki”. This song is definitely an extension of “Dhoom Machale” with its Middle Eastern flavour and easy paced rhythm, although there is a surprise folk element added by Kailash Kher in his usual unique style. The song is definitely a winner for the dance floor.
It would be very easy for one to dismiss the track “Mummy” based on the lyrics alone. After all, it has the singer claiming that she’s as hot as a “tequila shot” but she then warns, “Mummy ko nahin hai pata, so please, mummy se na kehna…” Despite the cringe-worthy lyrics, Sunidhi makes it work with her ‘Barbie girl’, Aqua-esque rendition. The arrangements are noteworthy with traditional Indian percussion joining the electronic pop sound during the chorus. Give it a chance and you just might like it!
Sunidhi’s third track, “Bheega Bheega” is a more sober affair with its R&B style and English rapping from Indi (previously heard on the “Shikdum” remix in Dhoom). Sunidhi’s soft rendition is in complete contrast to her other two numbers and demonstrates just how versatile this singer has become.
Don’t panic! Bollywood’s current golden boy of singing, Kunal Ganjawala also appears on the album. Kunal makes his presence felt in the dance track, “Panaahon Mein Mohabbat Ki”, which has that ever popular Latin flavour throughout. However, Kunal’s singing is much more impressive in the stage rock number, “Khalish”. This song has a ‘live concert’ feel to it and Kunal and co-singer Suzan do a great job rendering the track. Encore!
The album ends with an instrumental piece inspired by the film’s background score and is titled, “Chocolate Theme”. The track is worth listening to once for the diversity displayed; it has an opera style opening leading to a fast paced, electric guitar filled choral rendition of “Khalish”, then slowing down again for some reciting of dialogue, before speeding up again towards the finale.
Chocolate is a very enjoyable album featuring a range of musical styles and singers. Buy it! You won’t be disappointed!