When the title of a film comprises of the word 'dance', it is bound to raise good expectations. More so when the actor starring in it is none other than Shahid Kapoor who is one of the best dancers that Bollywood has today. Add to that the fact that both Ishq Vishk and Fida, director Ken Ghosh's last two films, boasted of some fabulous tracks that are played till date, expectations only soar further. Coming in of a new composer-lyricist 'jodi' in the town - Adnan Sami and Irfan Siddiqui - makes one further look forward to what the duo has to offer.
Even though Chance Pe Dance is an Adnan Sami album all the way, it is guest composer Pritam's 'Pe..Pe..Pepein...' which turns out to be the opening track. Written by Kumaar, who of late has been collaborating with Pritam on quite a few songs, 'Pe..Pe..Pepein...' has exactly the same hook that was last evidenced in 'Oh By God' [Ajab Prem Ki Ajab Kahani]. Though the song hadn't featured in the film, Pritam was obviously attached to the hook (based on the quintessential 'shehnai' tune that is heard in marriages) and put it to good use in 'Pe..Pe..Pepein...'. The results are expectedly fabulous as the song turns out to be far better than 'Oh By God'. With Neeraj Sridhar, Hard Kaur and Saleem Shehzada bringing in the kind of attitude which is just suited for a song belonging to this genre, 'Pe..Pe..Pepein...' (which later also arrives in a much welcome 'remix version') turns out to be a true dance number which is not just a chartbuster from the word 'Go' but is also all set to get further popular once it's music video is out.
From here on, Adnan Sami takes over and the first in line is 'Pump It Up'. An out and out rock track, it begins quite well, courtesy the way it is arranged with a wide range of musical instruments being put to use. However, even though the base tune, hook and the rhythm is fine, the rendition doesn't make you jump with joy. In one of the rare scenarios, singer Vishal Dadlani isn't as impressive as he has been off late (most notably 'Dhan Te Nan'). Though he attempts bringing in the right kind of energy and puts on his rock star hat, the final results are just about ok with a lot depending upon the way the song (also heard in 'remix version') turns out on screen.
However, Adnan Sami is in complete form when he gets all mushy and melodic with 'Pal Mein Hi'. Bringing in of Soham and Shreya Ghoshal behind the mikes is a masterstroke too, as the two singers really get the romance bang on. In a film which has dance as it's central theme, there may not really have been much scope for a 'pyaar-mohabbat' saga but 'Pal Mein Hi' completely justifies it's inclusion in the album. The song doesn't just begin well but reaches its peak whenever the phrase '... tere aa jaane se' makes an appearance. Play it on!
It's back to dance with 'One More Dance'. Boasting of some good techno razzmatazz, this Kunal Ganjawala track has some very good beginning that completely transports a listener to the dance floor. Though the presentation is completely new and contemporary, there is this early 80s shade to it in the way Kunal goes about rendering the track. In fact it is surprising that the song doesn't appear in a 'remix version' because it had enough elements in it to be further spiced up. This isn't the kind of song to be hummed around but should do well on screen and the dance floor.
Kunal Ganjawala takes the dance flavour further with high pitched 'Yaba Daba Yahoo' which is yet another track that should look good on screen. A fun dance number made for the party scene; it belongs to the kind that instantly makes one shake a leg or two. The way word 'yahoo' is interspersed in the song, one is instantly reminded of the time when the film was rumoured to be titled as Yahoo.
It's back to some mush and romance with 'Rishta Hai Mera' which has Shaan and Tulsi Kumar pairing up behind the mike. The song pretty much picks up from where 'Pal Mein Hi' left and carries on the romantic mood while staying within the contemporary parameters of Chance Pe Dance. A fun song that also hints of a celebration in the offing, 'Rishta Hai... ' also sees Tulsi Kumar singing in a new voice, primarily in the 'mukhda'.
Last to come is 'Just Do It', which after 'Pe..Pe..Pepein...' and 'Pal Mein Hi', impresses most. A rap track by Url which has some really funny lyrics boasting of real life vocabulary, courtesy Amitabh Bhattacharya, 'Just Do It' is made for the situation where Shahid tries teaching a few dance steps to a bunch of kids. Other than 'Pe..Pe..Pepein...' this is yet another song which doesn't have Adnan Sami as the composer. Instead, director Ken Ghosh himself makes the song along with Sandeep Shirodkar and comes up with very good results. In fact one wonders why the makers didn't opt to have a longer duration instead of just two minutes that the song plays!
Chance Pe Dance is a good album that doesn't have a single bad/below average song and stays consistent for most of its duration. It does experiment with a song or two but doesn't veer away from giving all segments of listeners something to cheer about it. This is why other than a couple of fabulous dance numbers (Pe..Pe..Pepein..., Just Do It), there are also love songs (Pal Mein Hi, Rishta Hai Mera) that keep the balance on. Listen to this one, you won't be disappointed.
'Pe..Pe..Pepein...', 'Pal Mein Hi', 'Just Do It'