Ranbir Kapoor is one such actor who has always been associated with HIT music from the days of 'Saawariya'-2007 to 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani'-2013, this time 'Dabbang' director Abhinav Kashyap brings forth "Besharam" where surprisingly Lalit Pandit has been chosen for the Music Director's seat which confuses the listeners as to what to expect from the soundtrack considering his past record ( not to cover his previous work with Jatin when they were famous as Jatin-Lalit ) where he has only one HIT number from Abhinav previous outing ; 'Munni Badnaam Huyi' and his name alone is not enough to generate enough curiosity amongst the listeners. Keeping aside all the permutations, let's see whether he can break the shackles with 6 originals, 1 Reprise and 5 Remixes where 1 song has been composed by Ishq Bector and Shree D!
The title track "Besharam" is composed and energetically sung by Shree D with Ishq Bector. The song is techno, peppy and foot tapping although it somehow reminds me of Ishq Bector previous song 'We Go Crazy', from 'Bheja Fry 2' which was a bit similar as far as arrangements are concerned. Coming back to the song, it starts off very well with some retro arrangements where Himanshu Mehra writes some innovative lyrics that catches attention instantly and goes well with the theme of the movie. The second interlude brings on Ishq Bector with his trademark rap style but it's hardly impressive, although the paragraph that follows has multilayered arrangements of tabla, keyboard and a bit of Dhol. All in All, a good start for the soundtrack which will be a Hit in no time if promoted aggressively!
From here on, the soundtrack belongs to Lalit Pandit with various item numbers and remixes!
Lalit Pandit tries real hard to recreate the magic of his only hit number 'Munni Badnaam Huyi' with "Tere Mohalle" that brings on the same set of singers, Mamta Sharma and Aishwarya Nigam, but honestly, it's the old tried and tested item number template and doesn't offers anything special where Mamta Sharma is usual and the lyrics are simple. Although Aishwarya Nigam sounds incredibly different and impresses with his voice. A number that would look good onscreen!
Now unbelievably the unusual combination of Abhijeet Bhattacharya and Shreya Ghoshal joins hands for "Dil Ka Jo Haal Hai" which is a straight lift of Jatin-Lalit's very own 'Jo Haal Dil Ka' from 'Sarfarosh' and gives a déjà-vu feel with every beat and notes, especially from 00:58 to 01:05 and then again from 03:17 to 03:23, where it goes on the same intonations as 'Tera Mera Rishta Purana' from 'Awarapan'. The lyrics seem to be written back 10 years and how and when did the voice of Abhijeet suits Ranbir Kapoor? Don't even think of listening to this one..Skip! Skip!
Next to arrive is the soothing "Tu Hai" that starts off with some soft piano followed by harmonica that perfectly creates the magical ambience for Shreya Ghoshal and Sonu Nigam to do the rest of the job. Shreya sings most of the part and it's one of those easy-on-ears compositions that relax the mind and heart. Nikhat Azmi writes some good lines where both the interludes are heavily arranged with lots of instrumentation. Sonu Nigam joins in the second paragraph and is as usual terrific but has a long unnecessary alaaps at the end that makes the song touch almost 7 minutes. A good song that could have been a special one. Although it's unplugged version, "Tu Hai- Unplugged" is a masterpiece with guitar and keyboard in tandem with some brilliant flute and tabla renditions that creates a feeling of 'WoW' and yes some Sitar can also be heard with Sonu Nigam in the background. Must Hear!
Mika Singh sings "Aa Re Aa Re" that has an 1990's Govinda and Raveena Tandon hook and stands pretty average in today's era. Shreya Ghoshal sounds different and there is a qawwal'ish shayari in between also, but all this doesn't helps and as a result it turns out to be an average number that will only look good onscreen and has nothing to offer as an audio alone !
There are several remixes that follows that seems totally unnecessary and doesn't helps a bit to this already average soundtrack. "Besharam Remix" , "Dil Ka Jo Haal Hai Remix", "Aa Re Aa Re Remix", "Tere Mohalle Remix" - all have nothing but some added extra beats to an already fast number where some reprise versions with different set of singers would have added some variety. "Love Ki Ghanti Remix" although has something to hear for with the pace kept the same as the original.
To conclude, "Besharam" is one of weakest soundtracks to be associated with Ranbir Kapoor, especially when he just had a blockbuster ost with 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani'. Abhinav Kashyap isn't able to provide Ranbir with a chartbuster song that has a high repeat value and that also acts as an important part in the promotions and attracting the audiences to the Big Screen. Lalit Pandit seems to be the wrong choice for his Magnum Opus where today the music holds a very crucial role for a Masala/Comedy Flick. Ishq Bector title song is the only good thing about this and is the only track that has some repeat value, whereas 'Tu Hai Unplugged' will certainly find its set of listeners. Just because Lalit Pandit made the “Munni Badnaam”, it's not necessary that he can make Ranbir Kapoor a "Besharam”!