Vikram Bhatt may be attempting to create history by producing and directing the first 3D Hindi film with his next venture called Haunted 3D but when it comes to music we all know what his requirements areâ€¦ melody, romance, more melody and a touch more romance if possible! So who will be the honoured music director to get the nod to produce the music to the first ever 3D Hindi film? In the past, a Pritam or Anu Malik would have been favourites but these days a little known but upcoming composer called Chirantan Bhatt has been first choice (he also produced the music to Vikram Bhatt's Shaapit). Maybe itâ€™s something in the name?
First up is a â€śskip meâ€ť song if there ever was one! The ever so predictable â€śTum Ho Mera Pyarâ€ť may well be oozing with melody but for the wrong reasons! It warps you back to the 90s when this kind of music was in fashion but with your mind in the present, it kind of bores you rotten despite K.K.â€™s best efforts to keep you interested (Suzanne just provides alaaps in the background). Lyrics by Shakeel Azmi are yawn territory. Bearing little reference to the film this is a disappointing start to the soundtrack. Come on Chirantan you can do better!
The sounds of a piano bring lots of promise to the next track â€śJaaniyaâ€ť followed up with some cracking beats and then the superb vocals of newcomer Sidarth Basrur, who is the star of the show and in fact one of the highlights of the entire albumâ€¦Kudos to Chirantan for introducing this talent to the industry! Musically, itâ€™s a semi-rock anthem but an emotional roller coaster with lows during the interludes when Chirantan is trying to convey the feelings of a man reminiscing his loved one culminating in an outpouring of emotions during the chorus when the truth hits home and the pain is uncontrollable...at that point the music peaks and Sidarthâ€™s voice excels to the core! Lyrically itâ€™s also a much more relevant song to the film too thanks to some apt lines by Junaid Wasi. â€śJaaniyaâ€ť is brimming with melody and is one of the best songs on the album, just donâ€™t expect anything new, and to avoid discrediting Chirantan itâ€™s best to say that the song has all the hallmarks of a Bhatt song (rather than a Pritam song).
If you demand more melody, romance, emotions and that classic Bhatt song look no further than â€śTera Hi Bas Hona Chahoonâ€ť . Picking up a similar structure to the previous song â€śJaaniyaâ€ť (piano / beats combo) Chirantan adds a few traditional ingredients to the composition including a lovely tabla and acoustic guitar. The effect is pretty irresistible but be warned this isnâ€™t recommended to those that prefer originality in their music! Singing is top drawer by Jojo who showcases amazing intensity in his voice ably supported by Najam Sheraz. Junaidâ€™s lines are predictable but of the simple sort that Vikram Bhatt likes in his songs. Another enjoyable song that surely gained the Bhatt approval!
So far Chirantan has proved he can do music the Bhatt way but so far he has only served us a starter! His best music actually falls in the second half of the soundtrack when he has to prove his ability to produce music that is relevant to the film, that provides atmosphere and adds value to the onscreen visuals. â€śMujhe De De Har Gham Teraâ€ť is full of pathos following another fine performance by singer Sidarth Basrur (supported by a chorus) but at the same time itâ€™s a pleasant treat on the ears thanks to Chirantanâ€™s chilled out composition supported by the electric guitar although critics would argue that itâ€™s no different to the other songs on the album.
How amazing can an acoustic guitar sound? Well the best song on the album to utilise this simple yet fantastic sounding instrument must be the gorgeous song titled â€śYouâ€™re beautifulâ€ť . A very modern romantic song, this expresses a different kind of emotion altogether, one of love, affection and admiration. The guitar dominates proceedings for sure but later on Chirantan introduces other soft rock instrumentation to add melody. Thankfully it doesnâ€™t deter from the smooth and relaxed feeling previously created. In fact, given the choice of singer the song gets even better. If you have never heard of Nikhil Dâ€™Souza then get this, heâ€™s THE most talented young playback singer in Bollywood bar none and his soft rendition here is ample proof if you needed it, check out his perfect pronunciation of "You're Beautiful". Junaidâ€™s lines are very romantic indeed and the two English words just resonate throughout. Hatâ€™s off Chirantan this is an exquisite effort that has longevity and class written all over it!
The composer finishes on a high with the most haunting song of the album, â€śSau Barasâ€ť . The piano brings an eerie feeling to the atmosphere but listen beyond the piano and the rest of the composition is equally impressive too with a lot of subtlety applied. Chirantanâ€™s choice of new singers does not go unnoticed and for this track he goes with Tia Bajpai who controls her vocals extremely well and grabs her chance to make a mark. Letâ€™s hope she gets more opportunities in the future.
Haunted 3D might be a visual treat and path-breaking as far as Indian cinema is concerned but the music will be delivered in classic Bhatt style- a mix of melodious, rock and love songs. And it looks like Vikram Bhatt has moulded a new Pritam-esque music director for his films but his namesake, Chirantan Bhatt, appears to have more talent than first meets the eye and this soundtrack is his best so far, certainly Bhatt fans will not be disappointed.