While films directed by Nikkhil Advani have always carried good music, the films which he has been associated as a producer, too, have had decent music. Though ‘Baazaar’ is a film about stock market, there are several other elements in the film which should give enough space for a few songs to seep in. The multi-composer soundtrack has music by Sohail Sen, Tanishk Bagchi, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Bilal Saeed and Kanika Kapoor.
The album opens with “Kem Cho”, a delicious cocktail of quirky lyrics and upbeat music that gets you tapping your feet in no time. Ikka is clearly the star of the show as he does a great job with both the rendition and the lyrics. Tanishk Bagchi’s composition gives a nice outline to the song. Jyotica Tangri does well in a brief appearance. The song sums up the madness and the fast paced lives people working in a stock broking agency lead.
Yo Yo Honey Singh, who has been churning out a lot of songs after getting back from a brief hiatus, is the man behind “Billionaire”. Apart from composing the track, he teams up with Singhsta and Hommie Dilliwala to write the lyrics for this uptempo number. Though the song does not really stay with you for a long time after you have finished listening to it once, it has the requisite punch to keep you engaged throughout its duration.
After two heady, upbeat numbers, arrives “Adhura Lafz”, a soft romantic number with an Indian sound to it. The song is partly composed in composed in qawalli-like style. Composer Sohail Sen and lyricist Jamil Ahmed do a fine job in putting together a song that, apart from being played in a crucial juncture in the song, will be remembered as a standalone audio track. The antara definitely does have an edge over the mukhda here. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Pratibha Singh Baghel do a fine job as vocalists.
“La La La”, written and composed by Bilal Saeed, has a similar sound as “Kem Cho”. However, the two songs have a completely different compositional structure. Bilal and Neha’s voices complement each other well. Though this is a party number, the song has a very lounge-ish sound which makes it apt to be played while going on a long drive as well.
Kanika Kapoor ropes in Arijit Singh for what is perhaps her first song as a composer in a mainstream Hindi film. She sings the alternate/unplugged version herself. “Chhod Diya” sounds like a pale imitation of Anu Malik’s “Dil Kehta Hai” (‘Akele Hum Akele Tum’). While the unplugged version is forgettable, the original fares relatively better because of Arijit Singh’s spirited rendition and some decent orchestral arrangements. The song just about passes muster and will depend on visuals to make some kind of an impression.
The music of ‘Baazaar’ is not as memorable as some of the other films which Nikkhil Advani has produced or directed but it is a still a good album which manages to keep you engaged throughout its duration.