Talaash may well be a joint production between Excel Entertainment and Aamir Khan Productions but since it has Aamir Khan associated with it there was only going to be one music composer in the reckoning for this job: Ram Sampath. He may be relatively unknown but since 2011 this talented music director has enjoyed a period of renaissance with hit music soundtracks to Luv Ka The End and particularly Delly Belly. Aamir Khan was so impressed he used the same talent to compose theme music for his debut TV serial ‘Satyamev Jayate’. The results were very positive. But can the composer adapt himself to compose for a suspense based movie and make something unique, moody and fitting for the film’s plot? On top of that can he make the same songs enjoyable like he did for Delly Belly?
The opener “Muskaanein Jhooti Hai” is a classy jazz based song with an alluring melody supporting the character of Rosie (played by Kareena Kapoor) who plays a sex worker in the film. The song is written extremely well by Javed Akhtar and portrays the shadier side of the red light district of Mumbai. Suman Sridhar may not be a household name yet but if this performance is anything to go by she is one artist who is here to stay. Put simply no one could have sung it better as her vocals are perfect for such a song. Overall this is an ice cool opener that is doing its rounds on the promo front. Add Kareena Kapoor. Add maroon lipstick. Mmm…deliciously tasty!
More haunting drums can be found in the next song “Jee Le Zaraa” but this time the foundation is based on a peppy techno vibe with mystical guitar strings added (from Shon Pinto) to give it a completely lounge feel thus allowing you to enjoy it repeatedly. And you will certainly require that repeat button because the only downside to this song is the length which is sadly very short. Vishal Dadlani started life as a composer and part time singer but he’s turned into a serious singing talent now with another stirring effort here. Javed Akhtar is on form again lyrically in arguably the most enjoyable song on the album. Fab stuff and can only get better on screen. “Jee Le Zaraa Remix” appears later in the soundtrack and is a very welcome remix produced by Mikey McCleary. Thumbs up.
Drums are a frequently used instrument in this soundtrack and they continue to be used in the next song “Jiya Lage Na” where the mood continues to be sad but upbeat thanks to the peppy drums utilised to provide melody based on traditional thumri. Singing by Sona Mohapatra (of Satyamev Jayate fame and wife of Ram Sampath) is splendid to say the least and undoubtedly the USP of the song – after her successful live performances on Satyamev Jayate one can only hope she is given more opportunities that her talents deserve. She is joined by a Sukhwinder Singh-sounding Ravindra Upadhyay in a duet. This one takes a while to grow on you but it’s worth the effort as it becomes very addictive after a while particularly due to the use of traditional thumri which has a mind-blowing effect.
“Laakh Duniya Kahe” ensures the album ends on a high note with a beautiful ode on love. The way Ram Sampath weaves his acoustic guitar strings through a candlelit piano piece laced with gorgeous drums is a sheer delight on the ears! With Javed Akhtar in such good form we are treated to some brilliant romantic lines that deserve to be appreciated. Ram Sampath’s own rendition is earnest and heartfelt. Thanks to extra length given to this song it’s very easy to get soaked into its qualities but very hard to let go. Top notch.
A film made by Aamir Khan Productions doesn’t need an item song or song for the masses to make it successful. Instead the music is made solely for the film in mind. If the listener can appreciate it before the release of the film then that is a bonus but that’s not essential. What is essential though is that the music will rock on screen and provide an aura for the film alongside the background score. Ram Sampath delivers just that for Talaash although it’s not as good as the music he produced for Delly Belly. The only question now is does he compose exclusively for Aamir Khan or does he spread his wings?