I got this album – Dum Maro Dum with a lot of expectations. The USP of the album being the hype created and surrounding around it. Ever since this Rohan Sippy-Junior Bachan starrer film was announced and went on floors, there was a lot of news and talks about the kind of sound track the film would offer. Music Director Pritam who (though has a knack to “get inspired” by foreign tracks) has a reputation for giving some of the amazing tracks in the past and lyricist Jaideep Sahni were expected to create wonders and they stood up to the challenge. This in addition to one of the most recognized cult classics of modern hindi cinema  – the original “Dum Maro Dum, Mit Jaaye Ghum” in a new package made me more excited to check out what really is in the store!!!. The film is pipped to be a crack pot thriller with the likes of Deepika Padukone, RaNa Daggubati, Bipasha Basu and Prateik Babbar, expectation on the album is also on the same lines!!!

The album opens with a lot of anticipation with the song “Mit Jaaye Ghum” (“Dum Maaro Dum”). Well I felt the song to be “different”. Comparing to the likes of “Munni Badnaam Hui” and “Sheila Ki Jawaani” would be gross injustice to this song. Well, once you get into the groove, the song is nothing less than scintillating and one is likely to repeat the song in the player again and again. Such is the feel in the song. I have played the song like a million times so far in my car stereo!!! Right from the arrangements to the lyrics to the way it is sung to an overall treatment; “Dum Maaro Dum” (with original lyrics and music by Anand Bakshi and R D Burman) is indeed different.

This is one song in fact which should have come with an ‘adults only certificate’ and though a section of moral police may go about calling it as cheap/vulgar/crude, the fact is that ultimately it is the choice of a listener to grab it or ignore it. One can be rest assured though that this effort by Anushka Manchanda behind the mike and Deepika Padukone on the screen would definitely make heads turn. As for its popularity, rest assured it is going to be the talk of the town for the next couple of months at the least and would burn the dance floors.”

The second song after the scintillating start is the love song – to have been shot with RaNa and Bipasha is “Te Amo” meaning I Love You in Spanish. The feeling of you loving the song sinks in your senses with amazing voice credits by Mohit Chauhan and Sunidhi Chauhan. There is an original, two individual solo versions by Sunidhi and Mohit and a “remix” by Ash King. The song is just so amazing like silk. Pritam has produced a superb song in the lines of “Bheegi Hote Tere” (Murder). This is the only love song –duet in the entire album. But again, it turns out to be one of the many such melodious urban compositions that Pritam has composed in the past as well which means ultimately it settles down as a good track, though not memorable. “

‘Jaana Hai’ which follows next is again a solo track with vocal credits to Zubin Garg who renders it. A situational track, it has a decent tune but the impact is not as strong as it could have been, courtesy the way it is sung. I have a feeling that Zubin Garg is stillcaught in the ‘Ya Ali’ (Gangster) mode and he has tried to bring in a similar feel here as well. Hence while one would have expected something which was indeed high voltage here, it doesn’t turn out to be the case with ‘Jaana Hai’, despite it’s potential of being a little better, turns out to be barely average. Not that the song is bad, but then well, one expected more here.

Thankfully these expectations are much more than just met with ‘Thayn Thayn’ turning out to be a rocking track. A rap number rendered by Abhishek Bachchan, it makes a statement on the socio-political state of the country though in a much lighter vein. Also, the tune and the overall arrangements are such that it hooks you on totally within one listening itself. Ayush Phukan and Earl are the supporting vocalists behind the mike but it is Abhishek who leads the show all the way. After his ‘Ek Main Aur Ek Tu Hai’ (Bluffmaster), this effort by him is all set to be chartbuster.

Newcomer Papon sings ‘Jiyein Kaun’ which actually starts off in a way that makes one believe as if it as a jamming session amongst college students in progress. Jaideep Sahni’s lyrics too are plain, simple and conversational that only makes one wonder that how does a love song like this indeed fit into an edgy thriller Dum Maaro Dum. However, as the song progresses, it starts picking up tempo and eventually half way through, it totally changes track. This is the time when ‘Jiyein Kaun’ takes a turn for the better and gets into an Atif Aslam zone where passion and intensity rule. Expect the song to make a better impression when seen on screen as it has a situational appeal to it.

The Verdict:

Dum Maaro Dum has two potential hits in the form of its title song and ‘Thayn Thayn’. Though one expected at least one more chartbuster here to give an all around popular appeal to the album, one is still reasonably content with what Dum Maaro Dum has to offer. Now it has to be seen that with these two tracks in hands, how far do the makers and the music company go to unleash them in the biggest possible way and make Dum Maaro Dum an album that would make the best use of a relatively open season ahead.

I would give it an Impressive Threeand a half out of ‘Five’ stars.

My Picks from the album: ‘Dum Maaro Dum’, ‘Thayn Thayn’, ‘Te Amo’

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