Agent Vinod (Music review), Hindi – Pritam

The officially credited Rasputin homage, I Will Do The Talking Tonight, is surprisingly effective – a pulsating, catchy track that makes whimsical use of the original’s hooks! Pungi is quirky fun; funky vocals led by Mika, and an addictive, foot-tapping sound/genre strongly reminiscent of Viju Shah’s Aar Yaa Paar number, Tamma Tamma Ele! Pritam seldom goes wrong with his dreamy desi-pop ballads and Raabta is no exception – this is a gorgeous track with superb vocals by Arijit Singh. It has 3 more (yes – 3!) variants – the Night In Motel version featuring Hamsika Iyer Aditi Singh Sharma* is tantalizingly beautiful, but the one featuring Shreya Ghoshal (Kehte Hain Khuda Ne) is, strangely, too filmy for comfort – it’s perhaps the association Shreya’s vocals have established! The final version adds Joi to the mix (Siyaah Raatein) is a great listen too. The scintillating techno-mujra Dil mera muft ka, with Nandini Shrikar’s lead vocals is the soundtrack’s punchy highlight; its other rustic, jhatak-matak version, with Malini Avasthi’s vocals is not bad either, though this is called a ‘remix’ and it should have been the other way around! Agent Vinod Theme is a nice, background’ish hodge-podge. Pritam lets his wildly enjoyable music do the talking in Agent Vinod!

Keywords: Pritam, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Agent Vinod, 200, #200

*As per @MusicAloud. Gaana has it wrong then, I suppose. Sad.