Chalo Dilli’s soundtrack has multiple music directors helming the proceedings. Ditto lyricists. The eight-song album lacks uniformity. Songs range from pop and electronic to dance and bhangra. A couple even have all the genres combined.
The title track sounds like a scratch out of No One Killed Jessica’s album. Singer Raja Hasan, for some reason, has been forced to repeat Chalo Dilli numerous times. The guitar solo towards the end doesn’t gel with the song’s electro-bhangra theme.
Matargashtiya… is a saviour. Sung by Sukhwinder Singh, it starts with a looped sound of a chicken clucking and ends up being a quirky upbeat dance number. The ‘Laila O Laila…’ remix leaves you unimpressed. The poppy Hi 5… and Youtube sensation Natalie Di Luccio’s Moments in life… work well. The latter sounds a bit like Massive Attack minus the British band’s trippy and laidback sound. The mood is a mix of moments of respite and darkness. Neisha Mascarenha, however, does an amateurish job of the lyrics.
Overall, this soundtrack sounds uninspired and scattered. Largely, it doesn’t come across as an album on which composers and wordsmiths have worked like a professional team. Maybe one composer and one lyricist could have saved the day.
What we like
Sukhwinder’s rendition of Matargashtiya; Chalo Dilli’s electro-bhangra feel.
What we don’t like
No underlying theme, too many songs, and a poor remix of a cult song