What’s Big B doing in loud colours and coloured shades? South Indian director Puri Jagannath behind the reins might give you a clue. Does that mean Bbuddah… Hoga Terra Baap’s music will take the South Indian route as well? Absolutely not! Though the compilation has only five tracks, with no remix so to speak, BHTP’s music is path-breaking and fresh. It’s also duo Vishal-Shekhar’s first major work this year after last year’s Tees Maar Khan.
The most important bit about this soundtrack is that Amitabh Bachchan himself sang four of the five songs. His baritone voice is surprisingly mellifluous and the fact that he can more than keep a tune adds another feather to his cap.
The first song in the album, an a capella version of Bbuddah… hoga terra baap… has Bachchan on the vocals along with effects including beatboxing, but whether they’re actual voices or synthesised we can’t say. It’s the ‘dub step’ version of the same song that represents the album’s tone and mood. The song is reminiscent of Beastie Boys and is filled with effects that sound like something out of Transformers. The nearly seven-minute long Go meera go… is a good dance number comprising a medley of classic Big B songs such as Khaike paan banaraswala… from Don, Rang barse… from Silsila, Ke pag ghungroo baandh… from Namak Halal and Saara zamana… from Yaraana. Its changing lyrics and retro mood will keep you entertained.
The ambient and melancholic Haal-e-dil… with Bachchan singing packs in Indian percussion with a synthesised beat. Finally, the last song, Main Chandigarh di star… featuring Sunidhi Chauhan is a typical Punjabi pop number with plenty of flair. Very unlike what the movie suggests, BHTP is an experimental music soundtrack in every sense of the word. But not all of it is pleasing. Filled with heavy electronica including break beat, which has been made popular by English outfit The Prodigy, some parts of the album verge on noisy and disturbing. Yet, it’s good to see what our music directors can come up with when given full control of a project.
What we like
Bachchan’s voice in ‘Haal-e-dil…’
Good use of electronica
Breaks away from the movie’s image
What we don’t like
Some bits in the dub step version of the title song get too noisy
Bachchan’s voice adds dimension, but lack of other singers is noticeable