Music: Ankit Tiwari, Jeet Gannguli
Lyrics: Mohnish Raza, Manoj Muntashir, Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay,
Singer: Ankit Tiwari, Jeet Gannguli, Mili Nair, Neeti Mohan, Arijit Singh, Palak Muchhal
Vikram Bhatt’s last film Creature 3D with Bipasha Basu was an experiment gone horrendously wrong. And here he is once again trying to implement an another Hollywood formula, of invisible man, in Bollywood, with Mr X. The film stars Emraan Hashmi as the invisible social vigilante with Amyra Dastur as his lady love. The music composed by Ankit Tiwari and Jeet Ganguli is finally out. So have the composers, taking a cue from the director, managed to experiment with sounds? Or have they taken a safe bet and stuck to what works best for them? Read on the review to find out.
Tu Jo Hain
I would bet a fortune that this song sung and composed by Ankit Tiwari would remind you of Tu Hai Ki Nahi from Roy. But alas Tu Jo Hain is not as memorable as the one from Roy. It has all the typical elements of a sad romantic song, which is a must in every Bhatt film. Ankit Tiwari has played it safe when it comes to music and has not tried anything complex, sticking just to basic beats and guitar chords. No doubt his voice is soothing, but I am kinda bored hearing Ankit singing similar songs. While the song may become a chatbuster, I wonder if Mr Tiwari would ever step out of his comfort zone and try something exciting.
Next in the album is the title track Mr X composed by Jeet Gannguli and sung by Mili Nair. The song has a very mysterious tone to it when it kick starts but enters into a weird zone when Jeet Gannguli’s vocals are introduced. Simple keyboard tune coupled with mild techno beats ably support Mili Nair’s impressive singing. The title song ends with a few angrezi lines peppered here and there, which just sounds wannabe. Overall, it is a decent attempt from the composer to dish out an interesting track.
Ankit Tiwari is back with Saad Shukrana, which is a slightly better track when compared with Tu Jo Hain. The song opens with Ankit Tiwari’s soulful voice, as he brings a sad romantic number yet again. But this time around Tiwari has relied on other instruments like flute, techno beats, synthesiser and drums, and not just acoustic guitar chords, which is a welcome sign from the composer’s front. As a singer, Ankit resorts to high pitch singing. There is quality in his voice that make it sound likeable if you are listenting to Mr Tiwari for the first time. But for most of us, who have heard Ankit’s rendition in past and grown fond of his voice, it feels like it is high time the talented singer-composer tries his hand on different genre of songs. No more sad romantic numbers please!
It is as if Ankit Tiwari heard what I said as he throws away all the basic elements which one expect from his number and experiments with Alif Se. Sung by Tiwari and Neeti Mohan, the song is a fast paced number with heavy club beats and distinct sounds which one doesn’t associate with Ankit Tiwari’s composition. Though Tiwari, the singer keeps it simple and straight, it is Neeti Mohan who impresses her with her beautiful vocals. The song need not be a hit number, but at least I am happy that Ankit Tiwari tried to do something different other than his signature romantic numbers.
Teri Khusboo ( Male and Female version)
Arijit Singh is here and being a fan, I listen intently. But alas this song is not going to feature in Arijit Singh’s best. Composed by Jeet Gannguli, the song has two versions – male and female version sung by Arijit Singh and Palak Muchhal respectively. Teri Khusboo is a sad song and Arijit Singh’s soul touching vocals works best for the song. The song starts with mild synthesiser beats paving way to Singh’s magical voice as he brings out the meaning of the lyrics. The female version sung by Palak Muchhal falls flat in comparison to Arijit’s version as Palak’s sweet, melodious voice does not go with sad tune and hard hitting lyrics.
Verdict: Similar sounding songs plague the album, as the composers fail provide an another dimension to typical music one associates with any Bhatt film. It is high time that Ankit Tiwari gets a makeover if he doesn’t want to stereotyped in the music industry. Overall, the songs are not bad but they are not good either to make an impact on listeners.
Our Pick: Mr X, Teri Khusboo (Male version)
Reviewed by Subramanian Harikumar
**** Very good