Chirantan Butt has become a favourite of Vikram Bhatt after several successive soundtracks including Haunted 3D from last year so it comes as no surprise that he’s chosen to produce the music for Bhatt’s latest horror flick, 1920 – Evil Returns.
There’s oodles of melody in the opener “Apnaa Mujhe Tu Lagaa” with a serene piano playing alongside some fab guitar strings and drums but as good as the arrangements are, let there be no doubt they are overshadowed by the one and only Sonu Nigam who is brilliant from start to end. With his stunning performance the song is now complete; full of emotions, desire and pathos making it easily the best song from the album. The fact that Chirantan has been able to attract Sonu Nigam is a coup indeed because the singer has been very selective with what he sings these days but it’s clear he could see the song was a winner all the way. Anyway, if you ever forgot the talents of this man check this out, he’s absolutely amazing, the one and only Sonu Nigam…take a bow for we are not worthy!
It was always going to be a tall order keeping up the standard with such a good opener but Chirantan tries his best with another highly emotional song “Uska Hi Banana” . This time he adds a tabla to his music arrangements which are a little hit and miss this time but the guitar strings are nicely done. There’s absolutely no competition for Sonu Nigam but Arijit Singh is one of the best newcomers and here he does well in a serious avatar using his high octave vocals to good effect. Of course he’s not going to match Nigam’s impact but no one does. Overall well worth a listen.
The rest of the soundtrack is pretty typical stuff and so the standard kind of falls, certainly until we have seen them in the film where their impact will be felt more. K.K. and Suzanne D’Mello come together to sing a customary Bhatt love song “Jaavedaan Hai” which is good until you realise it sounds like all the other (Bhatt) love songs whilst Mahalakshmi Iyer sings another melodious (female) heartbreak song “Khud Ko Tere” that probably sounds better in the film. The final song “Majboor Tu Bhi Kahin” is more interesting thanks to fresh and powerful vocals from Amit Mishra. Chirantan Bhatt adds a neat electric guitar later in the song which helps progress it nicely to its highly charged finale. Give it a try for sure.
Judging from the soundtrack it’s clear that Vikram Bhatt has moulded his namesake Chirantan into a Bhatt-stylised music composer with a lot of focus on melody and vocal prowess and in that respect 1920 – Evil Returns is a successful soundtrack that will surely sound even better on the big screen. Just don’t expect anything memorable (the type Pritam tends to deliver for the Bhatt’s) and enjoy it while it lasts particularly Sonu Nigam’s awesome rendition in “Apnaa Mujhe Tu Lagaa”, easily the pick of the songs.