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Standard international thriller fare

Game soundtrack composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy has that element of dread and uncertainity, which may give you an idea of what to expect from the film.

bollywood Updated: Mar 14, 2011 15:41 IST
Nikhil Hemrajani

Film: Game(it’s not over till...)
: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar

Game (it’s not over till it’s over) is a film shot in Europe that involves four strangers who are invited to a private island by a rich host. But something is amiss. The story sounds like something out of a James Bond movie. It then comes as no surprise that this Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy soundtrack is exactly what you’d expect of an international mystery thriller. Songs have that element of dread and uncertainity, which may give you an idea of what to expect from the film. But the feeling isn’t fresh. It sounds more as if the composers just referenced a dozen movies like The International and The Bourne series, just playing around with permutations and combos.

Take the first song It’s a game... for instance. Featuring Vishal Dadlani on vocals, possibly because he’s the only singer whose voice is naturally scruffy, the song has plenty of electronic elements like synthesised beats, ambient chord fills and a typically eerie tune. It might complement the film’s visuals, but fails to hold itself together as a piece.

Shankar-Ehsaan-LoyMaine yeh kabh socha tha... takes an absolutely different direction from the first one. With lyrics like I’m falling in love with you..., this easy-paced love song is straight out of a Michael Learns To Rock record. There’s an interlude with some orchestral symphonies in the middle, but it’s quite forgettable.

Mehki mehki... is the only interesting song in the album in terms of catchiness and originality. With Shreya Ghoshal lending her voice, it’s burlesque music with bits of mambo and showcases SEL’s versatility in playing around with styles. The last original song in the album is Kaun hain ajnabi... — another unremarkable track. Its remix at the end of the album by DJ Bosco is far more entertaining. Two more remixes are included — a reprise version of the first track with a female lead in place of Dadlani, and a remix of Mehki mehki... by Harry Anand. This overall effort by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy doesn’t stand out. It seems more likely to stay in the background as the film’s playing, and sounds too similar to Hollywood spy movies with little originality.

What we like
Versatility of sound in track Mehki mehki

What we don’t like
Soundtrack heavily references James Bond movies