Himesh Reshammiya (HR) is back with his latest venture Damadamm which claims to be a rib-tickling musical rock house. His previous movies didn’t really ignite fire at the box office. Before his first movie as an actor in Aap Ka Surror-The Moviee (2007), Himesh composed some super hits tracks for movies like Tere Naam and Aitraaz to name a few. But after the super success of Aashiq Banaya Aapne, Aksar and then his album Aap Ka Surroor, he decided to only compose for his acting ventures with Bodyguard being an exception recently. His previous movies like Karzzzz (2008), Radio (2009), Kajraare (2010) went Dhadaam at the box office.
Nevertheless the music of all his movies attracts attention especially among the worldwide HR fans, so this time also keeping aside the fate of the movie, let’s analyse the music which as expected boasts of a monstrous 15 tracks with 9 originals, 5 remixes and 1 promotional song with Sachin Gupta (music composer for Prince (2010) and the voice behind ’Tere Liye-Unplugged’) for which Himesh has himself penned the lyrics.
The title song Damadamm is an unexpected number to come out from Himesh's directory with an endless list of singers; Himesh Reshammiya, Vineet Singh, Alam Gir Khan, Shabaab Sabri, Punu Brara, Palak Muchhal, Sabina and Rubina Shaikh. The song will be liked instantly even if it comes to non-HR fans, especially due to the variations in the 6 minute number which comes out as a fast-paced-qawwali with a sufiana touch to it. Having said that, the part ‘Dama Dam Mast Mast Mast Mast Kalandar’ gets monotonous after a point and could have been more innovative, but still it's worth a try with Himesh trying a different genre altogether. ‘Damadamm Remix’ feels unnecessary and could be avoided.
The second track Umrao Jaan with Himesh Reshammiya at the front tries hard to be funny with Purbi Joshi (backing vocals) and her lines ‘No touching, Only seeing, No Kissing, Only Seeing’ monologue during the whole song, which fails miserably. It’s highly repetitive and one strongly feels that this song would appear at various junctures in the film's narrative but as an audio it offers nothing special to the listeners. However, ‘Umrao Jaan Remix’ is the one to look out for with high bass and fast paced and is far better than the original.
Here comes a trademark Himesh composition ‘Aaja Ve’ which will give listeners a subtle wave of 'Tanhaiyaa' from Aap Ka Surror-The Moviee (2007) and the song ‘Dekhoon Tumhe To Pyaar Aaye’ from Apne (2007), the musical arrangements of which seem to have inspired this number as well. Although the song has nothing to cheer for on the lyrics front (Shabbir Ahmed) but it will strike an instant chord with Himesh’s fans. Himesh's voice here is quite similar to Vineet Singh at parts. 'Aaja Ve (Remix)’ is good with just few extra beats minus the original chorus 'ooo ooo ooo' by Himesh. Nothing extraordinary though.
The next track ‘Madhushala’ is a composition of its own kind having ups and downs during its 5 minutes which sees an impressive dual-vocal by Himesh Reshammiya (going full nasal and non-nasal) and Aditi Singh Sharma. After ‘Isq Risk’ (Mere Brother Ki Dulhan), comes another song with new dictions, such as ‘Jisam, Khusbu and Madhusaala. If you loved ‘Tandoori Nights’ from Karzzzz (2009), ‘Madhushala’ is the song to look out for, however it requires multiple hearings to adjust to its unusual style and especially the whacky dance steps by Himesh in the video.
Aditi Singh Sharma after ‘Choomantar’ (Mere Brother Ki Dulhan) starts the song with some English vocals, ‘Ishq Unplugged’ which was previously the title of the movie. It then brings a touch of 1960's in the ‘antara’ that follows the harmonium plus tabla and takes you straight back to an era of Mughal-e-Azam. There is a vast difference in her vocals for both renditions. ‘Madhushala Remix’ and ‘Madhushala House Mix’ are both enjoyable.
Remember ‘Rafa Dafa Kiya Nahi Jaaye’ from Radio (2009), listen to ‘Yun To Mera Dil’ by Himesh Reshammiya and Sadhana Sargam. After a long gap, one sees Sadhana Sargam in action but sadly only for two lines and one feels that she could have been used more. Nevertheless the song is engrossing with Himesh going way too low at some notes giving a relief to the listeners from his usual nasal singing. Good romantic number.
The next track ‘Hum Tum’ starts off brilliantly with Vaishali Mhade (SaReGaMaPa 2009 winner) churning out some classical notes but soon is taken over by Himesh Reshammiya and what follows is an average composition, especially on the lyrics front which are way too simple; 'Hum Tum Train Ki Do Patri Ki Tarah', failing to create an impact. Disappointed!
Now, the song ‘Tere Bina’ is a special one and the past record for Himesh with the words ‘Tere Bina has been outstanding with ‘Tere Bina’ from Aap Ka Surror-The Moviee (2007) being appreciated tremendously. The song has all in it to be a hit amongst Himesh's fans and will be a rage like ‘Teri Meri’ from Bodyguard recently. Although this simple, breezy sounding composition seems to be inspired from the popular song ‘Kahin To Hogi Ho’ from Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008) which was composed by the maestro A.R Rahman, but still the trouble-some lyrics (Sameer) and the sad feel will work in its favour making the song popular with time. Decent hear!
Coming to the next track which reads ‘I Need My Space’ is a ‘save-your-ears’ from Himesh where he almost does a Vishal Dadlani during 'I Need My Space, I Need My Freedom’. A situational number which gives a heard-before feeling and would have sounded better in the voice of some other accomplished singer.
Up next is ‘Mango’, yes that’s the name of the song, which is imaginative and ‘tries-to-be’ innovative, but despite ’Mango’'s engrossing melody, its brainless lyrics kill it. Supporting Himesh Reshammiya is Aditi Singh Sharma who once again impresses in the short ‘high opera-ish’ scale with some English vocals and renditions, long way to go for her. Sadly the attempt to create connection between a seasonal fruit 'Mango' and 'Love' seems a lame attempt on the lyrics part and doesn’t leaves a lasting impression on the listeners. The only plus for the composition is the part crooned by Aditi Singh Sharma at the start and then in the interludes, sheer brilliance, the second ‘antara’ (paragraph) with the English vocals is an instant reminder of the captivating song ‘Reaching For The Rainbow’ from Love U Mr. Kalakaar (2011). Hear it only for Aditi Singh Sharma.
The last original, rather promotional track ‘Bhool Jaun’, co-composed and co-sung by Himesh Reshammiya and Sachin Gupta is an example as to how impactful can be Himesh tunes if he allows other singers to sing. One can sense that Sachin Gupta is caught in the ‘Tere Liye Unplugged’ (Prince, 2010) mode and he has tried to bring in a similar feel here as well, but nonetheless it’s a perfect end to the soundtrack and the song makes up for a decent hear which will gain popularity once its video is out.
Damadamm doesn’t live up to the expectations of Himesh’s fans, leave apart non-Himesh fans. His previous soundtracks Karzzzz and Radio were far better and offered some repeat-value tunes, but Damadamm, except for two or three compositions has nothing to cheer for. On the lyrics part, it’s a big disappointment with Shabbir Ahmed doing the title song and ‘Aaja Ve’ and Sameer for the rest of the songs. Both the lyricists provide nothing extraordinary for what could have been a soulful ride with Himesh rendering some heart-broken tunes. Damadamm will for sure find its place among Hmesh Reshammiya’s fans but one doubt whether it will have a long shelve life.