Singham Music Review: Tiger Blood energy drink anyone?
That funny looking promo you see on your telly tube where Ajay Devgn is fiendishly squeezing imaginary lemons in a dance-step to prepare a cocktail spiked with ‘tiger’s blood’ if you must, after lending your ears to the roar in the back score of Singham’s eponymous title track is ga-ga-gruff stud-muffin stuff.
High on decibel, high on histrionics, the track is unlikely to over-stay its film run. Sung by Sukhwinder Singh, this one is strictly for on-screen trampoline stunts. The remix version grooves.
Ajay-Atul, the team that gave us the magnificent soundtrack of the Marathi film Natrang a year ago, have made some previous attempts to break into the hindi film music scene but have not been successful. With Singham, they get another lucky strike but with limited scope. They have to pander to a musical form that does not allow ‘a freeing of music’ from its beat-pattern.
Saathiyaa, the second song, sung by Shreya Ghoshal, accompanied by Ajay of the musical duo, is a standard syrupy sweet track about love’s lemony tartness.
Kunal Ganjawala and Richa Sharma duet on Maula Maula fusing guitar with tabla – where Kunal sounds nasal as ever when he begins to scale up. Again, the song is template driven and does not break its rhythm with an interesting interlude but that could have stretched its running time as these ‘Maula’ songs tend to veer into a sufi singed trance.
Both the track, and the album, time out therewith. It’s like two people walking through a clearing in a forest. One hears a roar and calls out to the other, ‘Did you hear that?’ The other says, ‘What? Where?’
You are practically deaf, if you have not heard the soundtrack of this film playing all day long on television, or radio, in malls, or restaurants, because then it’s like the tiger that is not standing before you, so there was no roar in the jungle.
You’ll have to see the film to register the music. Till then, let the grass grow around you.