A film like Krantiveer - The Revolution which promises to be a dramatic affair doesn't quite make you look forward to a musical. Rightly so because the focus of the film is on getting the histrionics in place from the actors rather than having them sing around the trees or dance on the streets. But then with the names Sachin-Jigar flashing from the credit details, you do believe that there would be something good to look forward to in the music department as well. Reason being that the young composers had impressed in a big way with their melodious score for Tere Sang last year. With lyricist Sameer joining hands with them, you do play on the album with some hopes.
Expectedly, the first song to come is 'Khuda Mere Khuda' which is a mushy romantic outing. The tried and tested 'jodi' of K.K. and Shreya Ghoshal get together for 'Khuda Mere Khuda' which does bear a sound similar to the kind of songs that Sachin-Jigar had composed in Tere Sang. The very fact that they have been able to replicate a similar feel once again shows that Sachin-Jigar have managed to build a space for themselves in the world of music. A smooth flowing number, it has a repeat value to it and can be heard regardless of the film that it features in.
Two years back when 'Pappu Can't Dance Saala' from Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Naa became a chartbuster success, it would have been any filmmaker's dream to create something similar in a film of theirs. A young party track is always welcome and this is something that Sachin-Jigar bring to table with 'Chhote Tera Birthday Aaya'. A number where a bunch of youngsters get together to pull the leg of a boy called 'Chotu' whose birthday celebrations are underway, 'Chhote Tera Birthday Aaya' boasts of some spirited fun singing which does manage to hook the listener on in the first hearing on. Coming together of Anushka Manchanda, Mika Singh, Hard Kaur, Neuman Pinto, Ishq Bector, Hrishikesh Kamerkar and Mahadev Krishna keep the party rolling which does warrant a vibrant picturisation.
There has been a lot heard and spoken about the versions of 'Jana Gana Mann' in Rann and 'Vande Mataram' in Raajneeti. Krantiveer - The Revolution takes it forward with Jigar himself opting to come behind the mike for 'Lau Jali' which has its own take on Vande Mataram. Presented as a hardcore rock track, 'Lau Jali' may not be the kind of track that is sung around by one and all. However, as a part of the background score at critical dramatic junctures, it should add on to the narrative. However, its situational feel would restrict it's reach beyond the theaters.
Last to come is an item number which has a mood similar to that of 'Billo Rani' [Dhan Dhana Dhana Goal]. However, while 'Billo Rani' had managed to cut across segments and is heard and seen even till date, 'Firangi Paani' is restricted to a particular segment of audience and can't expect similar fate. Made for the front benchers, this song by Anushka Manchanda and Master Saleem is about the coming together of 'sharaab' and 'shabaab' and though the lyrics do try to be funny, the final result still doesn't make you long for listening to it all over again.
As stated earlier, Krantiveer - The Revolution wasn't a musical to begin with and hence anything good that came out of it was always going to be considered as an added bonus. That's what the album benefits from songs like 'Chhote Tera Birthday Aaya' and 'Khuda Mere Khuda' which have it in them to do well with the audience. Need of the hour now is for these two songs to be promoted to the fullest so that the album as well as the film benefit most out of it.
'Chhote Tera Birthday Aaya', 'Khuda Mere Khuda'