Who else feels that SEL are fast disappearing from the top tier of music composers in Bollywood? Except for Wake Up Sid (2009), everything else in recent years has been below expectations including the overrated soundtrack to My Name is Khan. So will 2011 bring fresh optimism for music lovers and fans of SEL? Well so far we have had Patiala House which is average at best! Now they get another chance to impress via the upcoming thriller Game- can they catch up some lost ground?
“It’s A Game” (Track 1) is a horrible omen for the soundtrack and a completely forgettable song whichever way you look at it; be that as a title track or as an intro track (to build the theme of the film). Either way, there’s nothing here to warrant your attention and even Vishal Dadlani’s powerful vocals struggle to keep this above mediocrity. What on earth are SEL playing at?! And it’s obvious that Javed Akhtar has chosen his worst lines for this album too! You will find that“It’s A Game- Reprise” version (Track 5) has a more interesting musical structure to the original. Singing by Sunitha Sarathi is dark and moody. Overall this is a lesson in how NOT to make a solid impactful title track.
“Maine Yeh Kab Socha Tha” (Track 2) starts off with a pleasant piano piece but ends up as a typical romantic song that will bore you even more than the opener. SEL try to add variety with their trademark chorus lines but these are so cheesy it’s painful, cue “I’m falling….I’m falling in love with you”. No… you don’t say! Suffice to say, the less said about Javed Akhtar’s lines the better. The vocals of Shaan and Anusha Mani are wasted here. Loy Mendonca gives a lending hand in the singing department but perhaps he should concentrate more on the lousy music? Take a listen to this if you are struggling to go to sleep, it will help immensely...ZZzzz!
SEL create a chilled out jazz / cabaret atmosphere for Track 3, “Mehki Mehki” and thankfully, it’s a much better effort from them although admittedly it works strictly for the film and the sexy onscreen dance number (introducing newcomer Sarah-Jane Dias!). Shreya fits the bill with her sensual vocals and she gets able support from Kshitij Wagh but lyrics are typical. Check it out on screen but don’t expect repeated listening otherwise. “Mehki Mehki Remix” (Track 6) doesn’t really work because it peps up the music which is supposed to be chilled out, doh!
“Kaun Hai Ajnabi” (Track 4) is another situational track that tries to be punchy and exciting but ends up leaving nothing but a sour taste in your mouth. Aditi Singh Sharma and K.K. are normally amazing performers but both sound lifeless here and who can blame them! ”Kaun Hai Ajnabi Remix” (Track 7) is just as annoying as the original. This is L.A.M.E. territory.
Overall the music (including lyrics) for Game is a shocking effort from SEL/ Javed Akhtar and is devoid of a single quality track that deserves repeated listening! Hopefully Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara and Don 2 will provide for more interesting music from a trio that need a resurgence some time soon!