Gunday review: Entertaining package

Written by Priya Adivarekar | Mumbai | Updated: Feb 15 2014, 03:29am hrs
Composer Sohail Sen, whose last film Mere Brother Ki Dulhan was a decent attempt, has done wonders with the Gunday album. Javed Ali and Shadab Sabri come together for Jashn E Ishqa, a high on energy number which celebrates. The high-pitched hook line Jashn E Ishqa is catchy. Both Ali and Sabri have done a splendid job, while the lyrics by Irshad Kamil are bang on.

Tune maari entriyaan, the well-composed, fun number has some witty lines and words which go as sentiyaan, ghantiyaan and even countriyaan; making it a sure shot hit amongst the masses. Vishal Dadlani and KK do perfect justice to the song with their peppy voice, while Neeti Mohan is good. Bappi Lahiri makes a delightful appearance with the Bangla verses. There is also a Bengali version of the song, which is as good as the original version. Monali Thakur outshines with her sweet voice, while Lahiri packs a punch.

Arijit Singhs soulful voice makes Jiya one of the best tracks in the album. The melody has a haunting effect and Singh adds his own charm, especially during the antara. With well-written lyrics and a brilliant arrangement, this one is a winner. The cabaret number Assalam E Ishqum, which is a mix of rock n roll beats with Arabic rhythm, takes you back in time. Lahiri does a good job again, while Neha Bhasin adds some spice to the track with her husky voice.

Shahid Mallyas Saaiyaan makes for a delightful hear, with a wonderful blend of raga, soft rock and good use of the dhol; while the lyrics are a great mix of simple Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi.

Hazrat Amir Khusros legendary Mann Kunto Maula is used as the title of a song in the film, which is a situational sufi-based song, the theme of which is forgiveness. Western tunes meet sufi rhythm in this number. Both Altamash Faridi and Shadab Faridi have sung the track very well. The classical version of the song makes good use of desi instruments have been used and the qawwali portions are simply divine. The title track Gunday is okay and does a good job of explaining the characters of the film. The song has a rap by Kinga Rhymes, which is okay. Overall, its a great package which includes a fantastic mix of high on energy and soulful tracks.

Music: Sohail Sen

Label: Yash Raj music