A Yash Raj banner, a hot-successful-sizzling pair of Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma, add to that hit combination of composers Salim-Sulaiman and new age lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya (A.B.)...voila you have Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl. The same team provided an outstanding score in Band Baaja Baraat (BBB) last year and without a doubt, expectations are sky high this time, so nothing less pleasant and rocking than their previous soundtrack will be accepted by the listeners. Moreover, a promo video with Ranveer Singh looking hot and hunk as never-before in the song “Aadat Se Majboor” has already generated immense curiosity and buzz, so are these expectations met? Can the combination outdo their previous work?
"Aadat Se Majboor" is a trademark Salim-Sulaiman composition with Benny Dayal (lead vocalist) adding a young-urban feel to it thanks to some effervescent lyrics by A.B. It's an attitude song which justifies the title Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl and defines the character of the protagonist with an unexpected (but impressive) rap portion by Ranveer Singh. It works as a dance number with punchy beats getting in tandem with Benny Dayal’s perfect dictions and carries on the playboy, flirtatious mood throughout the song. A definite and instant chart scorcher. The "Aadat Se Majboor Remix" is a complete mess and wasn't required for an already leg shaking number. Original will find its place over the remix undoubtedly.
The music from Yash Raj Banner/Films (YRF) has a certain template feel to it and the next track "Jazba" carries the YRF brand with much ease. As a result it reminds you of “Dhadak Dhadak” from Bunty Aur Babli (2005) and more specifically a hint of “Ek Hockey Dungi Rakh Ke” from Chak De India can be felt in the “Zara Sa..Zara Sa” part. Shilpa Rao after having sung various songs for actors like Priyanka Chopra, pitches perfectly for Anushka Sharma. Salim Merchant with his supporting vocals provides nothing new and rather similar to what he has been doing since his Fashion (2008) days. Unfortunately, the song lacks punch and while A.B. tries to create the same impact lyrically as in “Tarkeebein” (BBB), he fails to develop the required Jazba therefore only Anushka's onscreen presence makes the composition worth a hear. The song will be forgotten easily post the movie release. Again too much techno addition and extreme orchestra kills "Jazba-Remix" where Anushka Manchanda replaces Shilpa Rao and interestingly its difficult to tell the discern a difference in their vocals. Anyway, Sukhwinder Singh was wasted in “Dum Dum-Remix” (BBB) and now Anushka Manchanda joins that list. Skip!
The violin loops kickstart the next track "Thug Le" and develop expectations as one craves for another "Dum Dum" (BBB) outing from the composer duo. Sadly, the music , whilst catchy, is nothing new and the lyrics are also lacking freshness. As a result, a vociferous voice like Vishal Dadlani has been wasted and one may call it a mediocre attempt of the song “Ladki Kyun” from Hum Tum (2004), but A.B. fails to land on the creative field of his counterpart from Hum Tum (Prasoon Joshi). It may work alongside the film's narrative if provided enough publicity attached with a sparkling video featuring the lead pair.
A sequel to the smash hit “Ainvayi Ainvayi” is what awaits the listener as one plays "Jigar Da Tukda", for which Salim Merchant takes centre stage with the composers’ hot favourite Shraddha Pandit. Thankfully the much talented A.B. is back on track with his snooty and engrossing lyrics filled with English and Hindi wordings. The Punjabi feel with some refined Bhangra arrangements makes up for a perfect Jugalbandi dance number and make no mistake, it will be majestic when it hits the the silver screen. Agreed that it lacks the spunk and fun of "Ainvayi Ainvayi" but it’s quite capable of becoming a chartbuster in the coming days. Go for it!
"Fatal Attraction", a stylish multi-layered techno instrumental will cast a spell on people who love instrumentals and if I am not wrong the elegant backing vocals belong to Natalie Di Luccio's (also gave backing vocals in "Aadha Ishq" from BBB). The Flute renditions at 0.45 to 1.00 and then again at 2.20 to 2.35 makes one stand and applaud the composer duo and more specifically the performer behind the Flute- Bravo! It will be interesting to see if it is wasted in the starting/end credits or used at various junctures in the film's narrative.
Salim-Sulaiman's previous work this year; Aazan and Love BreakUps Zindagi had only a few melodious tracks and this time also they fare well below the desired expectations. The soundtrack of Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl is nowhere near the quality that Band Baaja Baraat offered but aggressive promotions and the sizzling chemistry between Ranveer and Anushka will make sure it doesn't vanish so easily. “Aadat Se Majboor” is already a big hit and “Jigar Da Tukda” is likely to follow once the video splashes.