July 2, 2013

Chennai Express Music Review.

So, we are back with the Music Review of Chennai Express. The much awaited film of 2013 starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in lead roles. Already two video songs of the film is out. Chennai Express is a fun filled Romantic Masala Entertainer and typical Rohit Shetty film. 

Generally Rohit Shetty film has less scope for Songs, but since, CE stars SRK and Deepika and music is composed by Vishal and Shekhar, we still have high expectation from the music of the film. So, let's start the review without any further delay.

Music Composer - Vishal-Shekhar
Lyrics - Amitabh Bhattacharya

1. 1234 Get On The Dance Floor - Sung by Vishal Dadlani, Hamsika Iyer and Sricharan Kasturirangan. First song of the album and it is also the First Item Song of the film. Video of the song is already out. Average song to start the album. Yes, in between music picks up well, but overall music is inconsistent. About the lyrics, both Hindi and Tamil words are used, which is a nice try. Hope the song is situational and buzz increases after the film releases. One more thing about this track, is that after repeat hearing it grows on you. Still it is a let down to start an album which carries so much expectation. Average!

2. Titli - Sung by Gopi Sunder and Chinmayi Sripaada. Slow and soft number. Music of 'Titli' is nice and soothing to ears. Both the lead singers gives honest performance. Music composed by Vishal-Shekhar is thumbs up for this track. It is a romantic track filmed between Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. Overall Titli is a nice song and one can hear it repeat number of times.

3. Tera Rastaa Chhodoon Na - Sung by Anusha Mani and Amitabh Bhattacharya. Another love song after Titli. Music starts with bang. But after that dips in between. Special mention of lyrics as it is extremely good. It is the lyrics that keeps the track going forward. Both the lead singers gives first rated performance. Song may grow with the Video Release. Overall nice number, but not outstanding!

4. Kashmir Main Tu Kanyakumari - Sung by Sunidhi Chauhan, Arijit Singh and Neeti Mohan. So, finally Vishal-Shekhar is back to bang with this track. Full On 'peppy and masaladaar' number in offing. Vishal-Shekar are back in form. Arijit, Sunidhi are at their best. Neeti complements them well. Kashmir Main Tu Kanyakumari goes with an entertainment film like Chennai Express, which was missing till now. Sure Shot Chartbuster number in potential. Hope the song will go notch higher after the video release. Lyrics are extremely good. Imposes the 'Unity in Diversity' flavour with this track. Must Listen.

5. Ready Steady Po - Sung by Vishal, Brodha V, Enkore, Natalie Di Luccio, Smokey. Ready Steady Po is a techno number. There is lot of Rap in the song. Music is nice. Lyrics are good. Hope Ready Steady Po is liked by all after the video release as what video release did for 'Criminal' of Ra.One. Overall Ready Steady Po is a nice song and it will be interesting to see how the makers will implement this kind of the song in a film like Chennai Express which is mostly shot in South India Locales with South Indian flavours. Overall it is a nice & peppy track. 

6. Chennai Express 'Title Track' - Sung by S.P. Balasubrahmanyam and Jonita Gandhi. Rocking Number. Chartbuster for sure. Legendary S.P. Balasubrahmanyam is back in Bollywood and by how. Wow! He has his own style to tell a story of a song. Chennai Express title song is 'A to Z' SPB style. 'Conincidental Hai, thodi is Mental hai' is a typical SPB sing of style. Remind us of his favourite songs of 'Ek Duje Ke Liye' days or even a 'Tumse Milne Ki Tamanaa Hai' from Saajan. Yes, we know SPB is very busy in South, but he should sing more often in Bollywood. Please Sir, if you are listening! Coming to music of Vishal-Shekhar they deliver their best with the Title Track. It is going to stay in our minds for days. Hope that this track is used well in the film. From the early looks it looks like that this track will be used in Start or End Credit of the film. Must Listen.

There are also 'Titli' Dubstep Version and 'Chennai Express' Mash Up Version available in the album which might be liked by niche listeners.

Plusses - Chennai Express Title Track, Kashmir Main Tu Kanyakumari, Ready Steady Po.
Minuses - Could have got rid of 1 or 2 songs.

Verdict - We give 3.5 stars out of 5. Hope music of films grows with Video and film release. Music could have been better, but it is still good. Chennai Express music is nice, entertaining and varied. Well tried!

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