An action packed fantasy adventure about a man and his sword should have action packed edge of your seat thrilling music, but unfortunately â€śDronaâ€™sâ€ť music (composed by newcomer Dhruv Ghanekar with lyrics by Vaibhav Modi) falls far short of that â€śexcitingâ€ť mark. One has to wonder again, whether there is room for music in a film like â€śDronaâ€ť (directed by Goldie Behl) that is in the relatively unexplored (for Bollywood) sword and fantasy genre. Abhishek Bachchan tries to prove he is worthy of carrying a sword, as Priyanka Chopra plays the damsel in distress, with Kay Kay Menon sporting a weird hairdo as the villain. Of course, this isnâ€™t the first time that one of Bollywoodâ€™s leading heroes has taken up the sword. Fans of Hindi films will remember Salman Khanâ€™s less than stellar film, â€śSuryavanshiâ€ť. Who could forget the classic song â€śGoodbye, Namaste, Salaamâ€¦.â€ťcomposed by the leading music directors of that day, Anand-Milind? If that hasnâ€™t bowled you over, then you must be shuddering to think what the music of â€śDronaâ€ť must be like. Fear not readers, for I have changed into my â€śDronaâ€ť costume (and I look ridiculous) and picked up the sword to write this review for you.
Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ve seen the â€śMummyâ€ť inspired sand storm scene with Abhishek Bachchan flailing this way and that in the promos for â€śDronaâ€ť. The background music for that promo happens to be the self-titled first track on this soundtrack. If this serves as the backbone of the film, to convey to the listener the strength and power in Abhishekâ€™s lead character, than the song fails as a stirring theme song. What we get instead is a tune that sounds almost like a T.V. commercial jingle. I can almost picture someone saying, â€śDrona birth controlâ€¦.sirf tumhare liyeâ€¦â€ť, or something like that. The music is fairly standard techno dance drum machine heavy instrumentation. Vocals by the music director himself Dhruv Ghanekar fail to impress. Not a very good start to the album. Whereâ€™s Superman when you need him?!?
The second track is oddly titled, â€śOopsâ€¦I did it againâ€ť. Oh, Iâ€™m sorry, itâ€™s actually, â€śOop Chaâ€ť. Another track thatâ€™s average in melody, instrumentation and arrangement. Nothing memorable about it, and even Sunidhi Chauhan seems to be simply singing to cash a check. The funky offbeat start with sounds and odd percussion start off the song on an interesting note, and even the repition of, â€śOop Oop Chaâ€¦Oopâ€¦Oopâ€ť is interesting in a way (although I keep thinking of a roving band of mad monkeys when I hear those lyrics). Another average song, that simply needed a little more oopâ€¦.erâ€¦I mean oomph to take it to another level. It doesnâ€™t take a dark knight to hitâ€¦next! Right Batman?
The third track, â€śBandagiâ€ť is pleasant to listen to as itâ€™s solidly grounded with a classically based raaga foundation. Sunidhi Chauhan reins in her voice to deliver some excellent vocals. Roop Kumar Rathod joins her and the two succeed in creating a romantic atmosphere. Instrumentation is kept to a bare minimum with the use of tabla and drums to accentuate the singing. Itâ€™s a sweet song, and the first on the album that really merits a second listen. It will spin a web on you, like Spider-Man!
Onwards we go, â€śBiff, Bam, Kapowâ€ť as I swing my sword around making those around me highly uncomfortable. They think Iâ€™m a madman, but in reality, I amâ€¦a hero. Ahem, letâ€™s get back to the soundtrack, shall we? The next song is, â€śKhushiâ€ť featuring the always-amazing Shaan who is always a pleasure to listen to. The music is jazzy and this tune would be at home on the Broadway stage in New York; but it again lacks a certain kick. The jazz arrangements donâ€™t have the punch that they should. Also, this track seems oddly out of place in a fantasy action movie with a sword-wielding super-hero. It will be interesting to see how this song will fit into the story of the film. Can you picture it? The Incredible Hulk, dancing his way in a blind rage off the stage and into your hearts.
Now, once again my friends we enter the PB remix zone. First up, â€śDrona Reduxâ€ť which amps up the percussion and puts Sunidhi Chauhan front and center. Not bad, for a remix, though the original is better. Finally, we have the remix of â€śOop Chaâ€ť which doesnâ€™t sound much different than the original. Itâ€™s nothing too memorable.
Overall, â€śDronaâ€ť is a fairly average album that probably wonâ€™t race up the charts or remain on anyoneâ€™s playlist for long. The music just does not have the epic feel a big budget special effects super-hero action adventure film should have. You should be able to feel the adrenaline of the film, and it just doesnâ€™t happen. You can shout, â€śup..up..and awayâ€ť all you want, but the music will not make you believe a man can fly.