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Producer: Ronnie Screvwala, Siddharth Roy Kapoor, Madhur Bhandarkar
Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
Starring: Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Randeep Hooda, Shahana Goswami, Divya Dutta, Lilette Dubey
Music: Salim Sulaiman
Lyrics: Various Artists
Singers: Sunidhi Chauhan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Aditi Singh Sharma, Shreya Ghoshal, Benny Dayal, Shradha Pandit
Audio On: UTV Music, Sony Music (Digital Partner)    Number of Songs: 5
Reviewed by: Ankit Ojha  - Rating: 4.0 / 10
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When the duo of Salim and Sulaiman teamed up with Bhandarkar and UTV for the first time in Fashion, the music charts were on fire! With every song turning out to be well-written, well-composed and well-designed, Fashion turned out to be a musical success, thus becoming a stepping stone for the movie’s financial input. And now, with the musical duo coming back for another Bhandarkar-UTV movie, the music lovers couldn’t expect any less. With Halkat Jawaani getting crazy airplay and Saiyaan becoming a quencher for the music thirsty, expectations increase manifold; and for good reason. Looking at the covers, the five-odd songs seem to be written by a variety of lyricists; a unique one for every song. Obviously however, from it’s face-value, the number of tracks are too less. This makes the average joe wonder if it’s worth spending the bucks buying the album.

Guitar strums, coupled with Sunidhi Chauhan seductively crooning “Aaja” kickstart desi-flavored Halkat Jawaani, which is high on beats, the accordion, and absolutely brilliant mixing, giving a trendy twist to the proceedings. Sunidhi Chauhan take on what she does best, by contributing her high-energy vocals to this tangibly-written song. The use of the accordion, harmonium and guitar, blended in World dance music percussions, make for a wild song to hear. Niranjan Iyengar’s writing is highly situational, and with the very first stanzas of the song, we know where this is going. Given the tee of an item number, this one has all the trademarks stamped on to it to make it a surefire chart-scorcher. Unfortunately, this massy number is not a patch on Salim-Sulaiman’s commercial Ainvayi Ainvayi or Fashion Ka Jalwa.

Salim-Sulaiman get back to doing what they do best with the melodic Saiyaan taking centre-stage, changing the tempo immediately. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan sings like the song has been made just for him to sing. The whole song has a very Rajasthani flavor, and that’s evident from the dholak and the mukhda of the song. The writing by current-favorite Amitabh Bhattacharya is rustic, but has played with the element of romance well. The turbulent world of Mahi Arora in the big bad world, slowly getting over dependent on the very element of love keeping her alive, has been well painted by Bhattacharya, and Khan’s vocals give this the right amount of sincerity this needs. Salim and Sulaiman have mixed it really well, giving the song a dreamy feel. The only complaint one would have from the song would be that it’s too short. Beautifully composed though, this one.

Known for her strong vocals, Aditi Singh Sharma leads Main Heroine Hoon, a situational song written by Sanjay Chhel, keeping Kareena’s character in mind. This song has all the trademarks of a Salim-Sulaiman composition, with the synth-strings motif of the song being leaving a haunting impression on the listeners’ minds. The problem with the song (howsoever stylish and cutting-edge it sounds) is the fact that it’s not really a song that people will hear. With the film’s release a couple of weeks away, it is understandable that this song will play a key role in the rise of Mahi Arora, the protagonist. But unfortunately, this doesn’t work, and won’t get a lot of airplay, howsoever languorously written, mainly because of the situational mukhda, which is also the song’s title.

It has been noticed that Salim-Sulaiman use the grand piano very generously in their moody and romantic compositions, and this gets reinforced as a trademark once the prelude of Khwahishein kickstarts. The song’s pretty well-composed, and Shreya Ghoshal sings sweetly, with that hint of pain, which is perfectly for the song. Parts of it though give one a déjà vu of Bheegi Bheegi from the soundtrack of Gangster. Irfan Siddique has written well, and the melancholic aura spreads through. It’s a good song, but the déjà vu factor unfortunately hinders the overall impact this song should give. Nevertheless, the track can be heard over certain moods and may garner nighttime airplay.

The soundtrack finally receives a boost, albeit slightly late in the day, with the fun, foot-tapping Tujhpe Fida. This one deserves repeat airplay for being an infectious track in itself, and the fact that it’s longer than most tracks in the playlist will have the song registered into the listeners’ minds. Benny Dayal has a very fluid vocal pattern, and though he’s more of a free-styler as a vocalist, he does it pretty well. Shraddha Pandit lends good support for most part with her exuberant voice. The dance-pop music with the right mixing ensures that the youth will grab the song with open arms. Neelesh Mishra’s light and fluffy lyrics won’t really burden the minds of the listener, thus gaining mass appeal. Compared with the huge row of commercial chartbusters delivered by Salim-Sulaiman (remember Jee Le?), this one’s not a patch on them. However, as an individual entity, it works, and for most part, the average listener will love it.

Overall, the soundtrack of Heroine is pretty disappointing, to say the least. The listeners will have expected a lot more than the album offers, and the kind of talent that has gotten together to make this album has had the capability to make better. Nevertheless, songs like Halkat Jawaani and Tujhpe Fida will dominate the music charts and Saiyaan makes for a good hear. How the expectant wishes to have gotten more than just this though!

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