Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Rocket Singh - Salesman Of The Year - Music Review

Cast:: Ranbir Kapoor,Shazahn Padamsee,Sharon Prabhakar,Gauhar Khan,Prem Chopra,Mukesh Bhatt,Manish Choudhary

Ranbir Kapoor is definitely the flavour of the season. With two back-to-back hits in "Wake Up Sid" and "Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani" he surely seems to be having the best year out of the current crop of Bollywood actors. His boyish charm and disarming smile have won him loads of female admirers who can’t help but go "Oh….so shweet!" when they see RK as the diligent corporate employee in Rocket Singh - Salesman of the Year.

However, the first job for Harmeet Singh Bedi, played by Ranbir Kapoor (I bet you thought his character name was Rocket Singh), is to sell the three-track album of this movie. At first, I thought I bought a ‘Best-Of Yash Raj’ music collection. It was only when I saw the back-cover that I realized that 13 out of the 15 tracks on the album are not even from the movie.

Pocket Mein Rocket’ needs no introduction. The video features an extra-smiley Ranbir Kapoor flashing his visiting card. The song is a pun on the word ‘Rocket’ which is printed on his visiting card (although I wonder why, if that’s not his name). This track’s fun, funky and addictive. Benny Dayal has earned his reputation with AR Rahman (Yuvraaj and Ghajini) and he delivers the right emotions to introduce the lovable Ranbir in his turban-clad avatar via this song. The lyrics, through slightly inane, make sense with the video.

Gadbadi-Hadbadi’ builds up slowly and needs a few listens to really dig its teeth into you. The Vishal Dadlani-Salim-Sulaiman combo did a great job in Kurbaan but here they don’t work as instantaneously. The song has its moments but is essentially a mid-tempo ballad with smooth guitar riffing. Like ‘Pocket Mein Rocket’, this one needs to be digested with the video.

One song that doesn’t require the video to make an impact on you is the acoustic and soulful ‘Pankhon Ko’ rendered ever-so beautifully by Salim Merchant. It’s one of those beautiful unplugged ballads that needs only an acoustic guitar and vocals to make your hair stand (eg. ‘Phir Dekhiye’ from Rock On). It’s undoubtedly the best track of the album, despite not being anywhere as ambitious as the first two.

The rest of the album is dotted with hit songs from former Yash Raj films like Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Bachna Ae Haseeno and Tashan. Tracks like ‘Hadippa’ and ‘Discowale Khisko’ (Dil Bole Hadippa) are songs that make you wish they featured in the soundtrack.

Bottomline: Do the three tracks from ‘Rocket Singh - Salesman of the Year’ stand out from the aforementioned Bollywood hits? Except for ‘Pankhon Ko’, I would have to say no!
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