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Producer: Reliance Entertainment
Director: Rohit Shetty
Starring: Ajay Devgan, Kajal Agarwal, Prakash Raj
Music: Ajay-Atul
Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire
Singers: Sherya Ghoshaal, Kunal Ganjawala, Richa Sharma, Sukhwinder Singh, Ajay Gogawale
Audio On: T-Series    Number of Songs: 6
Album Released on: 26 June 2011
Reviewed by: Tanuj Manchanda  - Rating: 5.5 / 10
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Singham is an action movie starring Ajay Devgan and Kajal Agarwal as lead protagonists and Prakash Raj as the lead antagonist. It's a remake of Tamil film of the same name which starred Surya in the lead. The movie is directed by Rohit Shetty of 'Golmaal' fame. Although the music of Rohit Shetty’s earlier films like Golmaal 3 and All The Best by Pritam have not been up to the mark, but still one looks forward to this one as the music is composed by Ajay-Atul who have made their mark in Marathi films and Lyrics are by Swanand Kirkire.

The album comprises of 6 tracks out of which 3 are remixes. The first one is the title track 'Singham' sung by Sukhwinder Singh. It starts off with some ‘sanskrit shlokas’ which rightfully describes the fearlessness and boldness of the lead protagonist. Then follows the ‘dhol’ beats which adds to the grandeur of the song. Sukhwinder Singh has done a fabulous job as he sings with power like a roar of a tiger which was needed for a song like this. This song reminds us of ‘Baar Baar Haan’ song from the movie Lagaan in terms of it mood and setting. The lyrics by Swanand Kirkire are motivational and enhance the quality of the song. The music is lavish in terms of instrumentation and arrangement. Dhol beats have been extensively used throughout the song along with synthesizers. The sound of lion roars in between further elevates the mood of the song. Definitely, a good start to the album.

Next comes 'Saathiya' sung by Shreya Ghoshaal which is a sweet romantic track and is a complete opposite to the above track. Music composer Ajay has given the backing vocals here. The tune hooks on to us in the first listening itself and after repeated listening, it’s difficult to take it out of our mind. It’s so mellifluous that it flows like water. The sweet like saccharine voice of Shreya Ghoshaal works wonders in this song. Yet another award worthy rendition by her. Lyrics by Swanand Kirkire complement the composition and shows his versatility as well. The use of instruments here is minimal as the focus is on the vocals. There is a good use of flute in between stanzas which is rarely heard nowadays. This is surely the best track of the album.

The third track 'Maula Maula' starts off like a regular Bollywood romantic song but soon changes route in the first stanza itself and provides a sufi flavour and is a complete departure from the earlier tracks. The combination of Kunal Ganjawala and Richa Sharma works big time as both have rendered the song beautifully. The high pitch of Kunal and the sombre voice of Richa complements each other very well. The musical arrangement is apt and the use of piano and tabla is very effective.This shows the versatility of Ajay-Atul as composers as each of the three songs are of different genres.

Then comes the remixes of the above three tracks by Abhijeet Vagnani which are commendable. ‘Singham Remix’ with some added beats and minus the ‘sanskrit shlokas’ is not as good as the original but still a good listen.

'Saathiya Remix’ which may sound a bit unusual as it's a medium paced romantic song and it's rare to have a remix of this kind of song. But after listening to it, you may like it as much as the original because the essence of the song is well maintained. The flanger effect adds to its magical quality.

'Maula Maula Remix' is a sheer disappointment as it robs off the essence of the song and makes it another regular Bollywood remix. Certainly, a weak ending to a strong album.

Ajay-Atul produces a satisfactory soundtrack, after their first attempt in Virudh and shows their versatility in a short span of 3 songs. One looks forward to their forthcoming venture ‘My Friend Pinto’ which will be their second Bollywood film as composers. Overall, the songs are decent and have the ability in them to become a success. It will help in enhancing the film's narrative.

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