A small banner very often provides some good tunes and if the lead actor is the controversial Shiney Ahuja (who was last seen in the 2008 film Hijack) alongside Sayali Bhagat, that too in a horror flick, one expects a below average score from the movie. Moreover, except Kumaar, the other two lyricists - A.M.Turaz and Sandeep Nath don’t quite excite the listener and Sharib-Toshi's (Music Directors) last release Phirr (2011) offered nothing special on the musical front, let alone the movie. The talented composer duo return with a surprise package for their latest music for Ghost which not only exceeds expectations but also provides some handsome stuff in the five originals. 2009 saw Sharib-Toshi debut year in Bollywood when they provided some outstanding compositions in Jashnn , some decent tracks in Jail and who can forget “Maahi” from Raaz- The Mystery Continues. So, let's see what magic they can create this time!
The proceedings starts with a haunting, melodious composition "Jalwanuma" by Toshi and Akram Sabri which needs few hearings to settle down. The high pitched voice of Toshi reminds you of “Maahi” and it’s really hard to recognise the voice of Akram Sabri except in the prelude. It’s a promising start considering the horror tag attached to the movie and should do well among the listeners, but certainly it lacks the energy of an opening track.
"Aaja Khatam Sabr" is a situational naughty-night track where Sayali Bhagat will be seen luring Shiney Ahuja. Composers play safe by opting Sunidhi Chauhan for a composition like this. The lyrics are stereo-typed (A.M. Turaz) and words like ‘Jaaniya’ and ‘Maahiya’ sounds so common and have nothing new. It should do well along the film's narrative and could make up for a good video if picturised well.
Sharib-Toshi produced a beautiful track "Aaya Re" (Jashnn) and the next track "Salaame Salaame" slightly falls in the same corridor. It’s a good attempt with Sharib's backing vocals (he does a 'Jayesh Gandhi' in the alaap) and the charming voice of Shaan alongside some rapping by BoB- The Rapper (remember “Make Some Noise For The Desi Boyz”). But considering it as a dance number, it’s not so foot tapping and grooving, and the lyrics by Kumaar lack impact. I doubt whether Shiney Ahuja will be able to pull this off and create any kind of sensation with the visual. Skip!
Till now, listeners have lost all hope for any magic, but the last two tracks are pure gem and displays the trademark rock-love genre of Sharib-Toshi, for which they have been praised earlier, case in point, “Sainya Ve- Rock Version” (Jail) and “Maahi- Rock Version” (Raaz- The Mystery Continues). First in line is "Dil Ke Liye" sung by Javed Ali. If you enjoyed one of his best songs ever called “Ek Din Teri Raahon Mein” (Naqaab) then you are sure to be spellbound by “Dil Ke Liye” which is melodious and at the same time has musical arrangements that deserve attention particularly the guitar strums in the second interlude. Priya Patidar supports him well for the “O-Ya-E-Yo” and some alaap portions at the start and in the interludes- also Sandeep Nath impresses in the lyrics department. Overall, a song that the movie should bank on for promotions. Must hear!
The best track "Kaha Hai Tu" awaits the listeners at the very last for which the talented Sharib Sabri comes behind the mic. The guitar riffs at the start and then at 0.35 give a feeling of déjà vu and sounds like “Aadat Si Hai Mujhko- Rock Version” by the band 'Jal', but it's a mere coincidence as this feeling only lasts for 20 seconds and from there on, Sharib's high-pitched vocals and Kumaar’s lyrics create a rock ribbed aura that shouts- 'Once More!' Take special notice of some elegant notes by Sharib at 3.43. It’s a composition that should be promoted aggressively on a video featuring Shiney Ahuja akin to his previous hits from Woh Lamhe, Life In A Metro and Gangster. Don't dare miss this one!
Sharib-Toshi deserve to get another opportunity to work with a big banner- their previous efforts for the Vishesh Camp (Bhatt’s) were good efforts but the soundtracks never got the appreciation they deserved due to the films failing at the box office especially in the case of Jashnn. This time they have also provided some graceful and rocking compositions but it’s unlikely they will reach the masses and gain popularity. The best is yet to come from the talented house of Sabri brothers!