Shoot Out At Lokhandwala Review
Director: Apoorva Lakhia; Music : Anand Raj Anand, Mika Singh, Biddu; Lyrics : Dev Kohli, Dr. Palash Sen, Mika Singh, Sanjay Gupta; Rating: **
Sanjay Gupta honed the spark and glint of internationally branded musical formats into his style of action potboilers with grand success. The upbeat trend continued in his last releases and now when the baton has shifted to Apoorva Lakhia in SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA, there seems to be array of vivid musical talents clubbed together in a contemporary Bollywood format. After formidable link-up with music duo Vishal-Shekhar (MUSAFIR, KAANTE and ZINDA), SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA (SOAL) cocktails different blends of different styles of musical work from the Indi-pop brigade of EUPHORIA, Mika, Biddu along with their favorite STRINGS. Despite all hullabaloos of celebrated names, the album fails to match their musical standards and ends up as another average grosser.
Anand Raj Anand’s Punjabi musical punch hires its rhythmical fuel and fire from Mika’s “Ishq Brandy” and crankshafts its thrill “n” zest into the pulse of raunchy dance bar soundtrack “Mere Yaar”. The flaming and aggravating musical flares up with extra enthused musical arrangements as it tries its best to match with raunchiness of “Beedi” (OMKARA). Anand Raj Anand’s impetuous Punjabi lingo gets into the act fiercely while Sunidhi’s impromptu silken rendition sizzles into musical thump. This overtly hyped number will score maximum with its seductively paced choreographic skills and will positively be full-size amusement for frontbenchers. If numbers like “Beedi” and “Namak” enthralls and tantalizes your senses then this probably will be another eye-teaser that might pull off surprise.
The multifaceted Sufi rock of Pakistani band STRINGS who scintillated with “Yeh Hai Meri Kahani” (ZINDA) returns with a feel of “It’s never been right time to say goodbye” in impressive “Aakhri Alvida”. The lively feel of subtle guitar strumming followed by a concoction of enthused electric and base guitar strumming, soft piano notes and inspired percussions sets a tempo of action packed thrilling events. This euphorically sentimental soundtrack is enriched with Anwar Maqsood’s emotionally penned lyrics “Is dard dil mein, dil mein rehne do, Jo khauf hai Ankho mein, Ankhon se behne do, Dukh ki nadi, Chup chap behne do, Jo kehna hai dheere se kehdo, Yeh Aakhri Alvida na ho…” The tonality of this number sounds similar to their superhit track “Najane Kyon” (album DHAANI) encapsulating the blood-spilling gory events of the film and promises itself to be their second presentable offering in Bollywood. Nikhil Chinappa and DJ Nawed “club” mix version of this rip-roaring rock number has the desired ingredients of hip-shaking flavors of rocking the floors.
Sanjay Dutt pioneered the art of exhibiting “bhai” culture in filmdom and now he stands on the other side as his contemporaries (Vivek Oberoi, Tushar Kapoor etc) gets into “bhai” act in a creepy dance bar soundtrack “Ganpat”. It’s a messy soundtrack where bunch of dreaded “bhai” celebrate in intoxication and shows their cruel dominance in all sections of society (films, politics etc). The bawdy lyrics along with sluggish paced music makes itself as cheap imitation of lewd hip-hop numbers that are full of rude and crude filth. Skip it! “Ganpat Rap” is dramatic version where the horrifying underworld encounters makes slapdash presence through bawdy dialogues, sounds and noises.