Despite making thrillers and social dramas, Neeraj Pandey manages to incorporate songs in his films. And, most of these films have good music. He has worked with different composers in his films. 'A Wednesday' was a song-less thriller but had an album filled with songs by assorted composers. While it was veteran MM Kreem scored the music for 'Special 26' (with one song by Himesh Reshammiya), the composer and Meet Bros had a song each in 'Baby'. Amaal Mallik got his first solo album as a composer in 'M.S Dhoni The Untold Story' and showed his versatility by composing a wide variety of songs for the biopic. Despite his new film 'Aiyaari', starring Sidharth Malhotra, Rakul Preet and Pooja Chopra in principal roles, being a social thriller and only three tracks listed in the album, one expect the music team consisting of composers Ankit Tiwari and Rochak Kohli and lyricist Manoj Muntashir to deliver some good stuff.
The opening instrumental notes of "Lae Dooba", consisting of an acoustic guitar based piece, reminds one of "Bairiyaa" ('Ramaiya Vastavaiya') but as you finish listening to the track, you realise it is indeed a Rochaak Kohli-Manoj Muntashir creation as it bears a striking resemblance to "Rozana" from 'Naam Shabana', incidentally a film which Neeraj Pandey had served as a co-producer on. However, this is not a replica and is sufficiently different from the Shreya Ghoshal number. Manoj writes lyrics which have a conversational quality to them, something which he did with "Rozana" too. The hook line "mainu ishq tera lae dooba" is the highlight of the song.
Another love song follows in the form of "Yaad Hai". This time it is Ankit Tiwari who composes, apart from singing the track with Palak Muchhal. Unlike "Lae Dooba", this one has a sombre feel to it and depicts the couple (Sidharth Malhotra and Rakul Preet) reminiscing about the way their relationship was in the past. Although one would not compare this song to any of A R Rahman's compositions, it does have a touch of the sound the maestro is renowned for. A pleasant song, listen to it when it is raining outside and you are missing the presence of a loved one.
Amit Mishra brings in a sense of emergency with the very first line of Shuru Kar with his power packed voice. Neha Bhasin joins in soon and together they do justice to this energetic, anthem-like track that is expected to be played at multiple junctures in the film. The song is in similar lines to "Aankhen Milayenge" ('Neerja') and just like that track and several other tracks belonging to the same genre, has a strong set of percussions backing it. Some fantastic orchestral arrangement and programming by Aditya Dev takes the fervency in the song to several notches higher.
'Aiyaary' has just about three tracks but each one of them makes a good impression. Neeraj Pandey, yet again, successfully manages to incorporate some good songs in a film that is far from being a musical.