Songs and credits at the end (wonder why T Series haven’t given elaborate credits for the second half).
The Arabic chorus bits (sung by Maher Al Halabi, Karim Khayat, Youmni Abou Al Zahib) mildly spruce up the dance track Sau Tarah Ke that otherwise carries a rather familiar and tiresome sound. Sahi Shamat is credited as playing the Arabic ney flute, but I could not spot it amidst the crowded techno-heavy backdrop. Something off about the final 18 seconds or so of the song by the way, it almost seems like the song comes to a finish and a rogue bit creeps in; this happens in both versions. Good singing in both places – Jonita Gandhi and Amit Mishra handle the vocals in version 1, and Aditi Singh Sharma and Abhijeet Sawant sing the Revisited version. The Middle Eastern elements are more prominent and better utilised in Ishqa, and that makes this a more engaging track, déjà vu notwithstanding. Abhijeet Sawant and the composer’s current favourite Antara Mitra both sound fab behind the mic. Antara Mitra also features in the two versions of Jaaneman Aah, a percussion-heavy track that starts off sounding like the kind of songs Pritam gets Mika to sing. It does get the foot tapping with all the percussion, but the occasional scale change didn’t really work for me. And the sex noise-like repetition of Aah (Aman Trikha in version 1, Nakash Aziz in version 2) definitely cheesed me off. Toh Dishoom is the most appealing song of the soundtrack – Raftaar’s rap portions seguing into Shahid Mallya’s well-sung folk-infused segments (that seem to take after Jugni) – all ensconced in a dark, pulsating arrangement.
Dishoom. Pritam’s first full soundtrack this year is a rather lacklustre one.
Music Aloud Rating: 6.5/10
Top Recos: Toh Dishoom, Ishqa
DISHOOM MOVIE SONGS | AUDIO JUKEBOX | John Abraham | Varun Dhawan | Jacqueline Fernandez | Pritam – YouTube