Baadshaho music review: The soundtrack for Ajay Devgn’s masala potboiler is pure chartbuster material

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all of the songs have the potential to be chartbusters.

Missing an action entertainer that is set in the desi terrains of our motherland? When most of our action movies prefer to be shot at foreign locales, Baadshaho takes action right into Rajasthan, among those famous desert landscapes. Starring Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi and Ileana D’Cruz in the lead, the movie is about a heist set during the Emergency period in the mid-’70s. Baadshaho is directed by Milan Luthria. Speaking of its soundtrack, the album has more outsourced but recreated songs than original numbers. Here’s our review of the album…

Mere Rashke Qamar

There is a reason why Mere Rashke Qamar is ruling the charts for the past couple of weeks. This is a gem of a romantic track, with some soulful vocals and a brilliant composition. I am glad that the makers retained the voice of the original singer, the late legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, while his equally talented nephew Rahat Fateh Ali Khan supplements his uncle in his inimitable style. Even though it is a recreated version, unlike some other remixes, Tanishk Bagchi makes sure Mere Rashke Qamar retains the beauty and charm of the original song. There is a female version that is rendered by Tulsi Kumar, which is also worth hearing.

Piya More

Piya More holds the distinction for bringing Emraan Hashmi and Sunny Leone on screen for the first time. But let’s discuss the song here – Piya More is an item song, but it is crafted differently from the rest of its ilk. Composer Ankit Tiwari mixes traditional sounds with modern music, giving off that retro feel that gives Piya More a distinct flavour. While Neeti Mohn leads the vocals ably, Mika Singh offers her able support not dominating the proceedings for a change. However it is not an original track as Piya More is quite similar to one of Ankit Tiwari’s older songs, Nasha Sar Pe Chadke Bole from Dee Saturday Night.

Socha Hai

It’s a shame that this recreated version has got into controversy, as the makers failed to buy the rights of the original Deewar song from Rajiv Rai. So while you can enjoy the song on the soundtrack and even see the video on YouTube, don’t expect to see Emraan Hashmi and Esha Gupta sashay to the beats of the same on the big screen. Socha Hai is quite a decent remix of RD Burman’s Keh Doon Tumhe, recreated by Abhijit Vaghani and earnestly sung by Jubin Nautiyal and Neeti Mohan, with no rap thankfully (as the song boasts about it in the opening notes). You can even hear the portions of the original song in between. There is a second version of the song too.

Hoshiyar Rehna

Hoshiyar Rehna is the only original track in the movie, composed and sung by Neeraj Arya. Neeraj Arya is known to be the leader of the five-member band, called Neeraj’s Cafe, who specialises in making soulful songs based on legendary poet Kabir’s poetries and couplets. Hoshiyar Rehna is recommended just to hear those verses, and the soulful composition, using instruments that give that exotic Rajasthani feel, is just an added attraction. Surely, my most favourite track in the album.

Our verdict

When it comes to originality, the album for Baadshaho loses points for sure, save for the terrific Hoshiyar Rehna. Don’t know whether it was deliberate on the part of the makers to borrow songs, as they do for Hollywood movies. However, their choice of tracks recreated for the album certainly has a lot of chutzpah, with each song offering something distinct from the other. All of them have potential to be chartbusters, and will be easily lapped up by music lovers. A winner for sure!

Our picks

Mere Rashke Qamar, Socha Hai, Hoshiyar Rehna

Rating:3.5 out of 5

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