DarlingFilm: “Darling”; Music: Himesh Reshammiya, Pritam Chakraborty, Prasana Shekhar; Singers: Himesh Reshammiya, Tulsi Kumar, Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Adnan Sami, Priyadarshini; Rating: ***

Ram Gopal Verma, for whom the music of his film was once a subject of concern, returns back from his musical sojourn in his latest offering ‘Darling’. In this project he unites with the legendary musical company T-Series to dish out his musical best. Himesh Reshammiya composes for the track ‘Tadap Tadap’ while Pritam handles the rest of the compositions. The lyrics are penned down by Sameer.

‘Tadap Tadap’ becomes an instant success with the audience no sooner Himesh buzzes out the song in his signature style. Tulsi Kumar lends her voice for the female counter-part. In spite of being a offhand track, this piece succeeds to groove its listeners. The remix edition of this track is perked up with extra orchestration that makes it a foot-thumping piece. This one is sure to bang the dance floor.

After Himesh, Pritam carries on with the rest of the music in this film. ‘Aa Khushi Se Khud Khushi Kar Le’, the next track in this flick, which was once designed to be used in the movie ‘Bhagam Bhag’, now finds place in RGV’s ‘Darling’. Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan record for this track. This track is jazzed up with typical Pritam zing and a girly chorus further adds up to the vigor of this track. The remix version, which comes in the end, is out an out a peppy number that rocks the listeners. Pritam laces this track with westernized feel and an extra dash of musical tools to get the desired appeal.

Then we have ‘Saathiya’ where Adnan Sami unites with Pritam again after ‘Metro’. It is a mellow piece encumbered with sonic feel where Tulsi Kumar adjoins Adnan. The ‘mukhda’ of this piece is quite commendable while the ‘antaras’ hardly produce the same charisma.

‘Akele Tanha’ the next track in the offering is a real blue lounge piece embellished with an outstanding arrangement that truly makes it stand out from the rest. Pritam pushes the envelope with this composition and also convinces us of his versatility. Tulsi Kumar also diverts from her usual style and plunges into the world of blue for the first time in this track. Sameer’s words are stirring. This piece of music is surely to be well liked by the audience.
After struggling with his compositions in ‘D’ and ‘James’, Prasanna Shekhar gets yet another chance to compose for ‘Awaaz Koi’, the supposedly theme track of this flick. Priyadarshini tunes out to the words of Sarim Momin. This track has a very uncanny feel and the extensive orchestration of this piece adds to the creepiness of the track. This track plays on the background of the movie and sometimes shocks us with its spine-chilling bumps.

‘Hasaye Bhi Rulaye Bhi’ is an outright mushy track and is one of the best tracks of the lot. Shaan offers his voice for this track where Tulsi Kumar also assists him. Shaan is at his romantic best here and truly reminds us of the legendary Kishorda. The fun continues with the remix version as well. It cannot be altogether said to be a groovy number but is aptly suited to the club ambience.

Overall the music of this album is very unlike RGV style and the entire credit for the hip feel of this album goes to T-Series and Pritam. The music of ‘Darling’ deserves a huge applaud for the variances it tries to offer.

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