One doesn't play on the music of Allah Ke Banday expecting anything that would be a quintessential feel good affair. After all the film, as the promos and the title suggest, is pretty much a gritty dramatic tale revolving around children and crime. Hence, you expect a theme score that would be haunting to say the least, a la Ram Gopal Varma films like Satya, Company or the Sarkar series. With multiple composers coming together for different songs in the album, you look forward to the kind of songs that would primarily play in the background with lip synch numbers being totally out of question.
The album gets a hard hitting start with Chirantan Bhatt coming up with exactly the kind of sound in 'Maula' that one expected from Allah Ke Banday. Sung in high pitch by Hamza Faruqui and Krishna, this fusion between sufi and rock does bring in the kind of high intensity impact that Allah Ke Banday required. Sarim Momin gets the right lyrics in place as the protagonists' plea before God to make life better for the underprivileged.
Next to arrive is a Kailash Kher, Naresh & Paresh creation titled 'Kya Hawa Kya Baadal'. Written and sung by Kailash Kher, the track has a sad intrinsic feel to it. However, what takes the song down is the fact that it turns out to be pretty sad not just in the way it is sung and the theme that it conveys but also the way it overall sounds. Clearly, this one just doesn't go anywhere and though it does aim at bringing on the theme feel of the film, the overall sound of 'Kya Hawa Kya Baadal' is such that you aren't really excited to check out the much longer version that appears later.
New entrants Tarun & Vinayak come up with a two minute long piece 'Rabba Rabba' which has director/actor Faruk Kabir himself coming behind the mike. This is the same song which is currently playing in the promo and is strictly situational. A rock number which has lyrics by Ravi Khote, this song yet again gets into the territory of lost childhood and innocence. However, even as one starts warming up to a little extent, it reaches an end.
Sunidhi Chauhan goes almost unplugged for 'Mayoos' with just about a couple of instruments playing remotely in the background. As the title itself suggests, this one Sarim Momin written song has a sad feeling to it. This is understandable though as this film couldn't have afforded to carry anything feel good. Despite the fact that this Hamza Faruqui number does turn out to be better than the couple of songs before it, it would be challenging for 'Mayoos' to make its presence felt outside the narrative of the film.
There is an attempt to get some fun in place with Ishq Bector playing the double role of composer and singer with the track 'Kaala Jaadu'. Sarim Momin writes for this situational track that could be set in the juvenile prison. Sounding so much like an 80s track, it is barely passable and though it tries to bring on the fun element on it, the maximum impact it may manage to make it within the context of the film if picturised well.
Allah Ke Banday was never expected to be a commercial score. However, despite this limitation, the overall results are not the kind that would make one gaga about the intrinsic quality that the album would have brought with itself. One now looks forward to what the film has to offer because it sounds far more promising.
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