Chennai Express – Vishal- Shekhar
The Vishal-Shekhar duo is back with Shahrukh Khan for Chennai Express after what seemed to be a hitches and glitches story for Ra One. You have S.P. Balasubrahmanyam recording a song for a Bollywood film after 15 years, which automatically draws the attention of the music lovers no matter what the language is and there is a song which was released on the World Music Day. So, what exactly does Chennai Express as an album has in store for its listeners? This is a Shahrukh Khan film and the film is expected to have some chartbusters as well. The theme of the entire film seems to be fun and the album doesn’t fall short by any means in proving its listeners that fun is its underlying theme as well.
One Two Three Four opens up with a tamil rap portion by Sricharan Kasturirangan. The song pays tribute to some foot-tapping numbers in tamil (dappangkuthu) with its lyrics and music which almost seems to be defunct in Bollywood these days. Four minutes of Tamil Nadu flavour is what you get while listening to this song and yes, it would be interesting to see how the song has been picturised just to make sure that its style doesn’t make us remember a song of ours.
Tamil lyrics as opening, nadaswaram, Chinmayi and no, this isn’t a Tamil song. Rhythmic chants, mridangam, guitar and wonderful vocals make this song a stand-out in the whole album. The composers have made sure all these things get in line with the singers as well by selecting Chinmayi and Gopi Sunder (he has scored about 5000 jingles). The lyrics is the other aspect that can make the listeners quench their penchant for a melody in the album. This easily goes down as my pick of the album.
Tera Rastaa Chhodoon Na has Amitabh Bhattacharya who has continued from where he left in Lootera. The song has a stamp of Bollywood in it with fast beats and good orchestration and a tinge of Titli towards the end.
Sunidhi Chauhan, Arijit Singh and Neeti Mohan take you back to celebration mood with Kashmir Main, Tu Kanyakumari. The lyrics seems to be tweaked a bit to add the much needed masala to the song. Arjit Chauhan delivers yet again after his acclaimed Tum Hi Ho in Aashiqui 2. The moment you hear the name Chennai in the title, the album is obvious to have tamil words mixed to it and that is where you hear a word like po in Ready Steady Po. The song tries to reminisce the disco feel and there are Brodha V and Smokey who have made sure the song gets something fixed from the genre. A complete fun track with Vishal Dadlani and Natalie Di Luccio, whose spirited combination seems to have worked well in delivering a catchy song.
SPB comes back to Bollywood after 15 years and it is pretty obvious the duo needed an established singer from down south to carry the legacy of the album forward through the title song and that seems to have worked out pretty well. This, I would say is an interesting comeback for the veteran considering that the film and the situation needed him more than he needed something upfront. The song opens up in techno mode and has all the essence carried by the film.
Titli Dubstep version by Phoenyx and Zoheb Khan tries to take the original version of the song to a different level, in the form of an electronic fusion. But, this doesn’t seem to recreate the magic created by the original song. The mashup of Chennai Express title track sounds good with a mixture of all the songs.
The package offers a good listen and the duo of Vishal-Shekhar has created something which will make you excited on the first listen and can calm things once you’re back to yourself.