If there is a man who has challenged the reign of Himesh Reshammiya in the recent months, it has been Pritam. With as many as 4 back to back successful scores in the form of Gangster, Pyaar Ke Side Effects, Woh Lamhe and Naksha, he has been doing quite well in the current musical scene. His Ankahee unfortunately went unnoticed inspite of a superb soundtrack though his next big project Dhoom 2 looks like another chartbuster score by the young composer. In between all this action comes Mukta Arts Apna Sapna Money Money, a comic entertainer directed by Sangeeth Sivan, which promises yet another rollicking score by the man who has redefined the genre of funk!
Yes, there have been accusations of plagiarism, inspiration and at some places even blatant lifting galore but at the end of the day, what audience get to hear is a cool score that seldom fails to entertain.
When you have songs with titles like 'Apna Sapna Money Money', 'Saania Badnaam' and 'Dil Ki Guitar', you know what to expect from the soundtrack! It's a rap-n-reggae beginning with a difference, literally, as the voice of the rapper has been modulated to sound like a kid which creates a hilarious sound throughout the song. Special mention for the orchestra that lifts the song in a big way while the chorus girls in the background creates a cool effect. Sukhwinder Singh completely fits into the beats and funk mode as Pritam fuses the Western and Indian effects quite well to come up a foot tapping title song.
This song was on air till about a month back before it was pulled off since the film got postponed to November. Eagerly waiting for the song to arrive again on screen since it features the entire starcast of the film comprising of Ritesh Deshmukh, Shreyas Talpde, Celina Jaitley, Koena Mitra, Riya Sen and Jackie Shroff dancing atop a flashy set.
Bhangra-pop arrangements, something in which Pritam specializes in, are the backbone of 'Sania Badnaam', a song which details out the character sketch of 'Sania Badnaam', a role played by Celina Jaitley. A track of this kind at the least helps in building an awareness about the film since one can expect a catchy music video built around it. An item song by all means with Sunidhi Chauhan at the helm, it may not go an extra distance beyond the film's run at the theatres but sounds [and should look] good while munching your popcorn. This one is again for the youth!
Aaah...how much have be missed Amit Kumar? He comes for a song or two [his last hit was 'Chori Ki Aankhen' (Fight Club) ] only to disappear again for a long time. Thankfully Pritam brings him back again for 'Dil Ka Guitar' which is a bona fide 80s track with lyrics like "Dekha Jo Tujhe Yaar, Dil Mein Baji Guitar; Jhalka Aankhon Se Pyaar, Dil Mein Baji Guitar!"
'Desi' beats with a flavor of Maharashtrian setting, 'Dil Ki Guitar' is a song that could have been lapped up by Anil Kapoor or Govinda in their heydays. For a 'basti' setting of the film, Subhash Ghai has got his hands on a song that would perfectly fit in the situation. A racy number with Mika Singh also joining in later, it is again not a classic in the making but should go well with the masses at the single screens.
Pritam stamp is apparent all the way though there is nothing for that section of audience which has liked him best in Ankahee, Gangster or Woh Lamhe. From the first look [or rather hearing] of the songs, one thing is clear that the team behind ASMM has their funda clear of coming up with a massy score that would attract the hoi polloi. One would now wait to hear the remaining tracks of the album to check if they too follow the fun-n-frolic mode throughout!