“Pritam knows the pulse of the new age music lovers” said one music composer recently. Well that can certainly be said for his latest soundtrack to Dum Maro Dum, a decent effort, the first in a long while from him and certainly a big improvement on his awful music for the film Thank You earlier this year. Comprising of only 5 original songs, the album begins with “Mit Jaye Gham (Dum Maaro Dum)” which is a modern party dance version of the classic R.D.Burman song “Dum Maro Dum” sung by Asha Bhosle. Pritam credits the song on his cover and he should be applauded for trying to modernise these gems otherwise chances are no one would appreciate them at all. The modern version is altogether more explosive and noisy relying on Pritam’s electronic wizardry to complement the hare krishna hare ram chants! Whilst Anushka Manchanda has an impossible task trying to match the impact of Asha Bhosle, she does ooze style and attitude with her loud and in your face rendition of Jaidep Sahni’s aggresive lines. Add Deepika’s sultry item dance and you have a smash party hit in the making… this is classic Pritam doing what he does best!
The romantic lounge number “Te Amo” comes in with no less than 4 different versions! Firstly we have the original “Te Amo (Duet)” which is sung well by Ash King (UK singer) and Sunidhi Chauhan. Then there’s a more soulful rendition by Sunidhi in “Te Amo (Female)” where Pritam chills out all his instruments to make for a more relaxing experience. Arguably the best of the lot however comes via “Te Amo (Reprise)” where Pritam cuts out all unnecessary sounds and replaces them with an acoustic guitar that sounds so simple yet amazingly melodic! The icing on the cake are the emotive vocals of Mohit Chauhan, pure magic. Lyrics by Jaidep Sahni are simple but a little predictable although the use of Te Amo is at least original as far as Bollywood is concerned. Finally there is “Te Amo (Remix)” which is pretty ordinary. Overall though, whilst nothing ground-breaking, this is another enjoyable song courtesy of Pritam’s experimental touch.
Wow talking of singers, newcomer Papon absolutely ROCKS in “Jiyein Kyun” and reminds you of the old Pritam that introduced some wonderful singing talents such as James and Glenn John. Otherwise the music is nothing new particularly for hard-core fans who will instantly recognise this (rock) music template borne and used often by Pritam. That doesn’t make it any less enjoyable and once you get over the initial familiarity (and disappointment), there’s no doubting its potential to connect with your pulse giving you hours of listening pleasure. Lyrics by Jaidep err on the romantic side but Papon just takes the song to an emotional high with his heavy and uber cool vocals. Listen to it just for his singing and you just might forgive Pritam’s laziness on the music front!
If the penny hasn’t dropped folks then it surely will do after one listen to “Jaana Hai” which kind of underlines Pritam’s strategy for this soundtrack: “Be lazy in the music department but put the best singers behind the mic and make it sound amazing nonetheless”. Here he uses an explosive sounding Zubin Garg who hasn't been used in Bollywood for ages but reminds us what we are all missing! Set against another rock anthem that is peppier than “Jiyein Kyun”, Zubin is easily the highlight thanks in some part to some pleasant lines by Jaidep.
The last track brings you back to the film in question, thank god for that! “Thayn Thayn” is a short situational song about Goa that also gives Abhishek an opportunity to try an alternative career if his current one continues to spiral downwards as it’s currently doing! To be fair he does a reasonable job with support by Ayush Pukan and Earl.
Make no mistake Dum Maaro Dum is another fairly lazy effort by Pritam with only 2 songs that resemble any relevance to the film (“Mit Jaye Gham” and “Thayn Thayn”). However, nobody knows our pulse more than the wily old Pritam and where we can question his originality, his choice of singers give the soundtrack that extra oomph it needs. Just sit back, relax and chill to the music!