Salim Sulaimanâ€™s (S-S) status and popularity must be at a sky high after the outstanding commercial success of Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. Along with the movie, the soundtrack also shot to the top of the charts (even reaching iTunes very own top 10 at one point) and remained there for some time. Whilst nothing outstanding, the music was engrossing, extremely addictive and connected with the masses. To the discerning listener however, this success (for S-S) is deserved based on their previous efforts, much of which past by unnoticed. This work includes their countless background scores (for movies such as Dhoom, Krrish and Dostana) and striking OSTs such as Dor (2006) and Fashion (2008).
Yet, apart from YRF (who have taken a liking to S-S after their countless background scores), the only other loyal supporter of S-S is the director Nagesh Kukunoor (Dor, Bombay to Bangkok and the much delayed Aashayein, which whilst complete, is still hunting a distributor for release) who taps into their talents once again for his forthcoming 8x10 Tasveer, starring Akshay Kumar and Ayesha Takia. In addition to S-S we have guest compositions by Bohemia and Neeraj Sridhar. As a side note, the movie is an action thriller so you feel the music might take a back seat but letâ€™s see what value the duo can addâ€¦
Nazaara Hai is an average start to the soundtrack as itâ€™s strictly situational to the movie and consequently you find yourself wanting to skip it. Musically, it offers little value with Vishal Dadlaniâ€™s vocals the highlight once again- whilst his music has been faltering of late (with his co-musician Shekhar), you canâ€™t help but feel that his singing is improving all the time. Irfan Siddiquiâ€™s lyrics are apt from the moviesâ€™ point of view. But this is a disappointing composition from S-S.
Haafiz Khuda is undoubtedly an enjoyable romantic number on first listen. Yet peel beneath the surface and you find a composition that sounds like many other romantic songs that have come and gone including the duoâ€™s very own Kuch Haas Hai (Fashion). The structure of the soothing beats in tandem with the guitar strings is the giveaway! But in contrast to Kuch Haas Hai, Hafiz Khuda has very little replay value meaning it will be quickly forgotten. Even Mohit Chauhan sounds bored singing this whilst Tulsiâ€™s vocals hold little impact. Irfan Siddiquiâ€™s poetry doesnâ€™t help either. Another forgettable song from the duo!
Kuchh is Tarah is a remake of Hafiz Khuda but with different lyrics. Not an invigorating experience by any means so letâ€™s move on.
Neeraj Sridharâ€™s sole contribution, a song called Aaja Maahi, is another enjoyable song while it lasts. But that wonâ€™t be long sadly. The pop arrangements quickly become stale but on the positive side the singing by Neeraj and Tulsi is sweet. Unfortunately, Sameer appears to be using his old lines again and so doesnâ€™t add any value to the song. Give it a go but donâ€™t expect it to stick on your minds for long.
The last original song, I got the Picture, is a promotional effort produced by the rapper Bohemia who also did something similar for Akshay Kumarâ€™s previous movie, CC2C. Bearing little relevance to the movie however, the video sees Akshay walking around wearing sunglasses and an unusual attire around his head (perhaps the new fashion on the streets?). In all honesty this will connect with fans of Akshay Kumar but few others. Bohemiaâ€™s music is a step down from his effort in CC2C, so much so that the last minute of the song is filled with the chorus beats, how refreshing!
There are five remixes in total and in many ways these actually sound better than the originals so I commend DJ Amyth. Then again, it wasnâ€™t too difficult to better the originals.
The music of 8x10 is a huge letdown and Iâ€™m surprised it got the backing of Nagesh based on the high standards he set for previous soundtracks. It just sounds rushed, lacks synergy and is utterly forgettable. Salim Sulaiman are the major disappointing party but their efforts are commensurate with their input i.e. they have only been given two songs to work with. One expects more contribution from them for Aashayein and as a result that should be a much better soundtrack.
Finally, if this is an omen for the movie then one feelâ€™s for Akshay as itâ€™s looking like another flop!