Anthony D'Souza returns to direction with "Boss" after 4 years where his last venture 'Blue' (2009) fell flat at the box office with some good tunes by the maestro A.R.Rahman. This time various composers have been roped in which gives us a total of eight tracks including few re-arranged/inspired versions and one reprise. Title track and one another song by Honey Singh has already become a rage amongst the youth especially the fans of Honey Singh. Well, let's check out if the soundtrack which promises Masala entertainment does the same for the music!
The title track "Boss" composed and sung by Meet Bros Anjjan has a certain addictive hook to it that makes it a winner all the way with the very first listen and then there is also a Haryanvi rap portion by current trendsetter Yo Yo Honey Singh which makes it even better. The lyrics jointly done by Kumaar are certainly the highlight of the song that perfectly defines/introduces the character of Boss aka Akshay Kumar in the movie, not to take away any credit from the trio of Meet Bros Anjjan who sings this with extravagant style and zeal. Expect this one to be a hit with the masses and to be played at various junctures in the movie. Bang On! Moving further we have "Boss Remix" which is more desi and rustic in nature with all those Punjabi Dhol beats that makes up for a good remix although a Mika Singh for the vocals would have been a good attempt to add some variety.
Next to arrive is a remake of a popular Tamil song 'Apdi Pode Pode'.. "Hum Na Tode" by P.A.Deepak which belongs to Vishal Dadlani for his spirited singing. The song keeps the South flavour intact with all the Dhol beats, Kumaar writes some 'Maar Dhaad' lyrics which goes in sync with the theme of the movie where Akshay plays a kind hearted gangster. It will take a bit of time to get popular and probably will gain likeability once the video is unleashed!
Meet Bros Anjjan returns with their second composition "Pitah Se Hai Naam Tera" is an ode to Father (Mithun Chakraborty in this case) who is compared to God and has semi Qawwali arrangements with a touch of devotional in it. Sonu Nigam is always a treat to hear who provides a pleasant outing this time also along with Sanjay Misra who does some splendid alaaps portions at the very start and Meet Bros Anjjan who joins in for a chorus part towards the end. It's a core situational track giving a Déjà-Vu feel of 'Abhi Mujh Mein Kahi' from 'Agneepath' - 2012 which would work well alongside the movie and would take some time to grow as an audio!
Yo Yo Honey Singh brings the full techno Party Anthem "Party All Night" which is heavily and hugely promoted and is said to be the costliest Music Video ever produced in Bollywood. Sung and composed by Honey Singh, it's one of those tracks that you can't avoid getting addicted to and will be a must at the clubs and parties in near future. The lyrics by Sahil Kaushal are trademarks of Honey Singh that we hear in all his albums and are humorous to the core. The Mukhda although reminds of 'Suno Gaur Se Duniyo Walo' from the never released movie 'Dus', still the overall result is ecstatic and entertaining that makes one tap their feet and should do wonders for the promotions campaign! Chartbuster!
A reprise version is always a bonus and adds to the variety of the soundtrack...”Har Kisi Ko Version 2" which brings on board Arijit Singh is intoxicating to say the least and with Neeti Mohan joining in for female vocals, it gets even better. One can hear the continuous alaaps by Arijit from the start and towards the end, one can hear Neeti Mohan at very high pitch, overall it makes up for a sheer listening pleasure. If the version by Nikhil was more of a Guitar based arrangements this one sees some beautiful piano notes with drums. Repeat Mode..Both Versions!
"Boss Entry Theme" by Meet Bros Anjjan is a loud instrumental with lots of Dhol and nagada's, Sonu Kakkar and Khushboo Grewal provides some chorus support which has a mix of Indian and Western arrangements and has all the desi beats. At about three minutes it seems a bit long, anyways it's for those crucial fight sequences and would do well in that aspect.
The soundtrack being released on Ganesh Chaturthi, the song "Boss- Ganpati Mix" was added at the very last moment to the soundtrack considering the high appreciation to the title track. It has the same arrangements and singer as the title track but the lyrics by Kumaar changes a bit and pays a tribute to the Lord Ganesh considering the Lord as the Boss of this world. The constant use of Dhol reminds of the style of music composers Ajay-Atul and their composition 'Deva Shree Ganesha'. A good end to the soundtrack!
Overall, the movie being a Masala crowd puller, the soundtrack has all the right ingredients of entertainment and will be a hit with the masses. The title track and 'Party All Night' are instant chartbusters that will be heard in cars and pubs for quite some time in full volume. Although it lacks in original content with two songs being a remake/rehashed version, but nevertheless the end product is what the most listeners wants to hear!