Vishal-Shekhar, who have a proven track record with 'Retro' music in Om Shanti Om (2007), have composed four original, dirty and raunchy tracks for The Dirty Picture which is a biopic on actress Silk Smitha (Played by Vidya Balan) who died mysteriously at the age of 36. The promos have already caught a lot of attention due to Vidya Balan going audacious as never before. Rajat Arora takes up the job of lyricist and one gets a mixed feeling as Chandni Chowk To China (2009), being the only previous work by him (as a lyricist), was an ordinary score altogether, but as soon as the name Milan Luthria comes forward for the Director's seat, expectations rises, reason being his past record with Vishal-Shekhar in Taxi Number 9211 (2006) and who can forget his recent release Once Upon A Time In Mumbai (OUATIM) for which Pritam did a brilliant job, songs of which play till date. The composer duo of Vishal-Shekhar have had a silent run in 2011, with Ra.One being the only saviour for them as compared to some blockbuster soundtracks last year, so, let's check out whether they can re-create the retro magic or not!
As the first track "Ooh La La" starts with the chorus in the background, one is immediately taken back to an era of Lakshmikant-Pyarelal and R.D.Burman in the 1980's and as soon as Shreya Ghoshal joins in alongside Bappi Lahiri, it makes up for a sultry and seductive outing as expected from a soundtrack which has 'Dirty' written all over it. The second interlude is worth hearing with some trademark disco arrangements that will take you back to the â€śI am a disco dancerâ€ť days. A video picturised on Naseerudin Shah and Vidya Balan is being promoted aggressively and undoubtedly catching lots of eyes. Bappi Lahiri brings in the disco flavour with much ease and creates the same magic as he did with Mithun Da twenty years ago! Go get Dirty with â€śOoh La La!â€ť "Ooh La La Dhol Mix" works well as the only remix in the soundtrack. DJ Amyth takes the fun element to another level with some perfect Punjabi tadka. Go for it!
As one moves on to the next track, Milan Luthria makes his presence felt in "Ishq Sufiana" crooned by Kamal Khan, who is a contestant from last year's SaReGaMa and has done full justice to a composition which normally falls under the forte of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Although the lyrics donâ€™t quite create the same impact as â€śTum Jo Aayeâ€ť from 'OUATIM, Emraan Hashmiâ€™s on screen presence and the soothing melody ensure repeated listening. While one waits to see it rise in popularity in days to come, one can be certain that it will enjoy a long shelf life. The composerâ€™s confidence is clearly visible as the song returns in "Ishq Sufiana- Female" where Sunidhi Chauhan takes centre stage, but sadly it offers nothing different except the female voice, wonder how the song would have sounded in the voice of the maestro Rahat Fateh Ali Khan!
The next and last track "Twinkle Twinkleâ€ť starts off with some suggestive and in-your-face prelude by Shreya Ghoshal about the Dil of aged gentlemen still being young. A much better composition this time which starts where "Ooh La La" ends and Shreya Ghoshal carries on the same 'naughtiness' in this one which defines the film's main character and may be used as an introductory item number. Rana Mazumder in his short interlude pays homage to an era dominated by R.D.Burman. Lyrics and Vocals dominate the proceedings in this short number. Wait for the video!
Vishal-Shekhar do a good job for a soundtrack that portrays the Dirtiness very well and each composition will take the film's narrative forward. â€śOoh La Laâ€ť and â€śIshq Sufianaâ€ť strike instantly while the fate of other two depends upon how they are promoted pre-release. On the whole while the music works well for the film, there is nothing much to cheer for the listeners who swear by quintessential Bollywood scores. If compared to soundtracks of Milan Luthria's previous directorial ventures, The Dirty Picture fares below the standards if only because it is not as memorable.