Music review: Kaminey (Hindi – Vishal Bhardwaj)

The surf guitar-loaded DhanTeNan is no doubt reminiscent of Dick Dale’s legendary track, Misirlou (more popularly referred to as the theme from Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction), but beyond broad, genre-influences, it stands on its own, as a hyper-enthusiastic dance track, with infectious vocals by Sukhwinder Singh! Fatak plays along predictably, but only till the guitar kicks in and rocks the track to a completely different plane! The title song is oh-so-beautiful, with its expansive orchestration that is startlingly subdued while Vishal’s vocal prowess on the melody is exceptionally appropriate! As if that was not enough, Mohit Chauhan offers the equally alluring Pehli baar mohabbat – both these tracks have trademark Gulzar verses…the variety that makes one’s knees go weak, particularly when enveloped in such awesome music! Raat ke dhai baje is strangely Vishal Shekhar territory, almost as if it strayed off Tashan’s soundtrack. It is mighty cool, but! Even the small’ish Go Charlie Go theme music is so intelligently assembled that the flow and retro infusion is thoroughly charming! Vishal has always been a super smart composer, with a genuinely different musical streak. His work in Kaminey is spectacularly satisfying – makes one go, ‘Stop making films; compose more, damn it!’

Keywords: Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Vishal Bhardwaj