Itâs amazing how loyal Pritam is to certain film producers and none more so than the Bhattâs. Anyone searching for his best music are advised to checkout his track record with them, particularly when it comes to his favourite music genreâŠROCK. Mukesh Bhattâs latest film Crook, is no different and continues the legacy of arguably, one of the best musical collaborations in the Hindi film fraternity in recent times. But what about the film you ask? Well rest assured, you donât need to know anything else because as a music lover, you know the soundtrack will deliver regardlessâŠthe only question remaining is how good is the music?
Track 1 is a surprise offering! âChallaâ has the hallmarks of classic Pritam but not for his usual expertise in rock music. Instead this is Pritam portraying his excellent mixing skills with a modern, bhangra-come-rap take on what is ultimately, a traditional punjabi song. The rap portion here is taken care of by the sultry vocals of Suzanne DâMello whilst the traditional punjabi singing by Babbu Mann acts as the true USP of the song â in fact he provides a timely reminder of how effective his vocals can be when utilised for innovative mixing as found in âChallaâ. Lyrics are ok if a little cheesy. No doubt itâs a half decent effort by Pritam but just as you begin to start enjoying it, the song ends and is short-lived at 3:41 min. Thankfully âChalla Remixâ (Track 5) is a little longer but what really kicks ass here is the addition of an ultra wicked beat by expert remixers TigerstyleâŠthe effect is pretty awesome and as a result this one is destined for chart success!
After an unusual opening we hit the expected road that takes us towards Pritamâs holy grail of genres. Track 2: âMere Binaâ is initially one of those rock anthems you want to hate but end up LOVING upon repeated listening. You want to hate it because it sounds nothing especially new or fresh but Pritam has this canny knack of providing subtle attractions that win over the coldest of hearts...there are a few to spot here including the use of some stunningly catchy melodic beats and a haunting viola but undoubtedly the most fantastic aspect of this song is the awesome singing by Nikhil Dâ Souza...you might just be lost for words listening to his crooning so expect a timely âWOWâ to express your feelings and thenâŠ.BLISS! If youâre not aware of this talented newcomer, he also sang the title song in the current smash hit musical Anjaana Anjaani. Check out his efforts in other recent quality releases such as Udaan and Aisha. Lyrics by Kumaar only work to melt your heart even further but waitâŠ
Pritam wants to enthrall you even further with the quite excellent âMere Bina Unpluggedâ version found at Track 8. If you enjoyed the original you will surely LOVE the alternative with K.Kâs emotional rendition on a different planet altogether! All in all this track is a one way ticket to soft rock heaven. Just grab it as quickly as possible!
A soundtrack from Pritam would not be complete without a Neeraj Shridhar song and low and behold Crook has one called âKyaâ , which you will find at Track 3. Unfortunately itâs a pretty poor effort compared to the smash hits this duo has produced in the past. The music and lyrics are particularly weak. If youâre a fan of Neeraj then give it a try because his vocals are lively as usual but the rest of you will not miss anything skipping the only dud in the album.
Track 4: âTujhi Meinâ reunites Pritam and K.K. for another outing on the composerâs classic take on rock but this time, hardcore rock! As expected the soundstage is pretty awesome with thumpin' drums and a haunting piano both making a huge impression. However, by far the most striking instrument is a special twelve stringed guitar, which plays intermittently mid way through the track alongside the standard electric guitar fusionâŠall in all an explosive mixture that, given a chance, has the potential to pump ecstasy in your ears! The melody is excellent and coupled with K.Kâs superb vocals, lifts the song into overdrive demanding your attention from the start to end. Kumaarâs lyrics are his best for this soundtrack. Yes you have heard this genre before from Pritam but there is no question he is in his elements here and the end result is supremely enjoyable nevertheless. So it comes as no surprise to find another version on the soundtrack titled âTujhi Mein Repriseâ at Track 7. Pritam takes out the hardcore elements from the original here but it sounds no less attractive. AhemâŠas if you really needed another invitation to rock heaven?
Track 6: âTujhko Jo Paayaâ is a short but soothing end to the album and a reprise of an earlier track âMere Binaâ. It definitely sounds âunpluggedâ compared to the rest of the tracks and as such will be greeted with open arms by yours truly. Mohit Chauhanâs serene vocals sit against a peaceful and lush backdrop created by the strings of a single acoustic guitar. A really nice way to end proceedings...donât be surprised if this brings a huge smile to your face.
The music of Crook is another rendezvous to Pritamâs rock annals and the first album to do that since last yearâs awesome Tum Mile. But it's a much shorter album with only four original songs and only two of these being rock anthems so it doesnât quite match Tum Mile's soundtrack for depth, quality and consistency. However whilst "Challa" and "Kya" will not be missed, "Mere Bina" and "Tujhi Mein" are a MUST listen for fans and you know who you are. Furthermore, the remixes at Tracks 5-8 are simply superb! So forget about the prospects of Crook as a film- when you have music that sounds this enjoyable you can only call this (Bhatt / Pritam) collaboration special and we await their next soundtrack with baited breath. And yes, Pritam has satisfied once again.
(Note the overall rating reflects the fact that there are four original tracks and only two of these are rated highly as concluded above. The remixes add further value to the soundtrack).