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The Dirty Picture
Producer: Shobha Kapoor Ekta Kapoor
Director: Milan Luthria
Starring: Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah, Saksham Malhotra, Tusshar Kapoor
Music: Vishal Shekhar
Lyrics: Rajat Aroraa
Singers: Bappi Lahiri, Kamaal Khan, Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan & Rana Mazumder
Audio On: T Series    Number of Songs: 6
Album Released on: 01 November 2011
Reviewed by: Mitesh Saraf  - Rating: 5.5 / 10
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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 “I am a disco dancer” 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 “Ooh La La!” "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 don’t quite create the same impact as “Tum Jo Aaye” from 'OUATIM, Emraan Hashmi’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 composer’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 lusty track “Honeymoon Ki Raat” with some cheesy and erotic lyrics like ''Kaamdev Ka Sutra’’, doesn't quite lives up to the expectations (as far as the audio is concerned). Sunidhi Chauhan takes a complete u-turn from the “Ishq Sufiana” zone and fills the song with her sexy, vivacious tone, but it misses a hook line and moreover, the disco arrangements and synth effects don't create the same impact as in "Ooh La La". On the flip side though, it’s a kind of composition that requires a brilliant picturisation and Milan Luthria knows how to use his cards and I think a video on Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan will ignite fire onscreen. Of course a track like this does have a restricted audience for itself but in the context of the film, it should fit in pretty well.

The next and last track "Twinkle Twinkle” 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. “Ooh La La” and “Ishq Sufiana” 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.

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