After superhits like Wanted (2009) and Dabbang (2010) get ready for another Eid- Volcano, this time called Bodyguard. Salman Khan and melodious tunes are synonymous to each other. Sajid-Wajid have been scoring music in Salman's movies for years from their debut in 1998 for Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya to Wanted (2009) and most recently Dabbang (2010). But for Bodyguard an usual combination Himesh Reshammiya and Pritam (Guest composer) awaits the listener. So after a long time Himesh has composed for a movie where he is not acting as well, in fact his last recognised non-acting venture was back in 2007 Apne. So after trying his hands on being an all-rounder in the entertainment industry and failing miserably, he returns to his core strength, 'scoring music'. Lyrics are by Shabbir Ahmed and the highly talented Neelesh Misra. Not surprisingly expectations are very high from the music of the film, the song "I Love You" is already close to being a chartbuster with its teasers making rounds on television and radio channels. So let’s see what Dhinka Chika this Bodyguard can do! The album boasts of a bumper 12 tracks, but surprisingly only 4 of these are original songs. Instead we get an extra dose of remixes including ‘reprise’ versions and one instrumental. To add a further element of surprise 3 songs have been composed by Himesh Reshammiya leaving Pritam with a single guest composition.
The album opens with the title song “BodyGuard” composed by Himesh. The song opens with a few tapori lines with Salman saying 'Mujh par ek ehsaan karna ke mujh par koi ehsaan na karna' , the starting made me ready for another “Bang Bang Bang” (Hello) but 40 seconds into the song and it takes a complete U-Turn towards “Dhinka Chika” (Ready) with high drum beats, a style more popular in the South. It’s a song which will not work in isolation but the video with Salman-Katrina (guest appearance) will make the song popular rather than just the audio. Overall though it’s an average effort and not the start we were hoping for.
But then things turn for the better with “I Love You” composed by Pritam and the only song written by Neelesh Misra. Pritam ropes in Ash King and Clinton Cerejo for this one. It’s an instant chartbuster with Ash King making the song infectious with his soul-stirring voice and beautiful yoodles by Clinton Cerejo who comes in for a brief interlude after 2 minutes. It would be injustice to compare the song to Pritam's earlier composition “Te Amo” also sung by Ash King however the harmonica portions in the song makes some resemblance with “Dil Keh Raha Hai” from the movie Kyon Ki (2005). Neelesh Misra's urbane-cool wordings are impressive. This is the first must hear song of the album! The “I Love You Remix” is passable but arguably the highlight remix of the album is “I Love You Unplugged” sung by Shaan and Clinton Cerejo. Clinton starts the song with a lovely mellifluous "odo lo li lo oo ooo" and then Shaan joins in with his sugary sweet vocals that make an impact. It’s impressive to listen to Pritam’s use of the techno-rocky voice of Clinton Cerejo for the brief interludes of the song. Well worth checking out.
“Desi Beat” composed by Himesh and sung by Mika Singh and Amrita Kak (“Dhinka Chika” fame) is a kind of song you will probably hate at the first listen due to the unusual lyrics and musical arrangements sounding very similar to “Tum Kya Jaano Mohabbat Kya Hai” (Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin) at the very start of the album. But as the song progresses it tends to get better and with a few listens it will settle down among the listeners. But overall this is still an average composition. “Desi Beat Remix” has nothing new to offer but do check out “Desi Beat- Punjabi Hip Hop Mix” for which Alam Gir Khan (coming in for Mika) adds a rustic-punjabi touch to it making it a perfect dance number. The singer making a debut in this song impresses with his high-pitched singing.
An instrumental at the last is named “Theme Instrumental” but in fact it is actually a Remix-Instrumental of the song “Teri Meri”.It could have been better.
To conclude whilst Pritam makes an impression with “I Love You”, Himesh disappoints somewhat bringing down the overall quality of the soundtrack with his contributions . Having said that “Teri Meri” will grow with time and the success of “Desi Beat” along with the title song “BodyGuard” will depend upon the promotional videos and their respective picturisation in the movie.