Sajid Nadiadwala and team are back with what seems to be part 2 of Heropanti۪ (2014) with the only difference of Sharaddha Kapoor instead of Kriti Sanon. Tiger Shroff takes centre stage with his second film lead in Baaghi۪ (2016) directed by Sabbir Khan again. Action seems to be the flavour all through the film with the film promising stunts and fight sequences never seen before in Bollywood. Shot in Thailand, the film has the dark & bloody colour grading to the film with a highly toned Tiger Shroff looking almost plastic every scene. Expectations are not high from this film but musically it could be good and for the masses if Khan۪s previous projects including Kambakkht Ishq۪ (2009) and Heropanti۪ are anything to go by. Going with the current trend of picking individual songs from various music directors seems dominant here with all the current top names including Meet Bros, Amaal Mallik and Ankit Tiwari featuring on this album.
Opening with the romantic magic of Amaal Mallik and Armaan Malik joined by the gorgeous voice of Shraddha Kapoor herself, Sab Tera is a charming romantic song. Written by Sanjeev Chaturvedi, the lyrics have a very natural flow to them that are beautifully arranged by Amaal to a mix of very ambient sounds to deliver a very soothing touch to the song. The soft low tones of both the singers match perfectly with the instrumentation as well. If only instead of using a lot of synthetic instruments a live orchestra was used, it would sound a lot more deeper and possibly do better justice to the lyrics. Nonetheless, Armaan & Shraddha make this song sound effortless and perfectly authentic with their gorgeous voices. On the whole a much superior love song compared to anything heard on the 2 previous films of the Sabbir Khan camp.
Ex-RDB Manj Musik delivers the most annoying and cheesy song on the album called Let۪s Talk About Love. The song sounds like a desperate attempt to try and sound fresh and connected to the masses which the song still might deliver on depending on how well it has been shot, but surely the song lacks any creativity and class to it. This is perhaps the worst thing heard from the Manj camp with his home-boy Raftaar and Neha Kakkar delivering the vocals instead of Manj & his wife this time around. I guess they did not want to risk their own reputations here! Written by Raftaar & Sabbir Khan himself the lyrics and the composition overall don۪t have anything special about it. Skip.
Meet Bros deliver a female lead song Cham Cham next with Kumaar۪s lyrics and the hugely talented Monali Thakur۪s vocals. Meet Bros deliver supporting vocals that are quite awkward to listen to and maybe were not even required. This is a fun care-free song that should work well with Shraddha۪s character in the film and her cute personality. Monali does a great job in delivering that personality vocally to bring the scenes alive for the listener without even having watched the video. Musically, Meet Bros do a good job with mashing up some Karnatic shennai and cymbals with synthetic beats and Bass guitar. Although this is not a lead song or chart material but it is a decent average song to listen to and sits nicely halfway into the album.
Agar Tu Hota is Ankit Tiwari۪s baby in his voice and musical composition. A sad romantic song typical to the genre that Ankit Tiwari specialises in, this is a very endearing song to listen to. Apart from Ankit۪s deeply emotional voice and delivery, Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay۪s lyrics are simply beautifully penned. The thought is very strong and the poetry is simply gorgeous. Ankit takes the music to a high rock arrangement on the chorus which amplifies the emotion that really touches the heart. This is one song that can be heard on repeat a number of times as it tugs on the heart strings. Due credit to Abhendra Kumar for writing this beautiful song that is perhaps the best written work on the album.
Girl I Need You by Meet Bros is purely designed to appeal to the young audience and the RnB loving listeners. Very interestingly the song is voiced by Arijit Singh and is far from his usual territory musically even though it is a romantic song. The arrangement is quite awesome on this track with numerous break beats going from the soft male vocal to a rap by Roach Killa to an indulgent female vocal by Khushboo Grewal followed by a nice flute solo and back on to the vocal duet. The mash up is quite unique and well done to Meet Bros for conceptualising this. The idea is quite brave and thus only time will tell how the listeners would accept this. But musically it is very cool and works well for easy listening.
As expected Sabbir Khan does not disappoint with the music of Baaghi۪ with some good songs in there and some average ones. For a short album with 5 songs the choice has been selective and good at that as the songs have their own personality to work as standalone as well and not being situational in their appeal and thus not limited. Clearly Ankit Tiwari and Amaal Mallik are the stars of the album delivering the commercially big romantic songs that have good capabilities to get on the charts. Sab Tera is an easy hit while Agar Tu Hota has the best lyrics on the album by Abhendra Kumar and are the recommended songs to listen to on the album. Meet Bros deliver the next layer of music on the album with average but innovative music to appeal to the younger audience. Cham Cham & Girl I Need You deliver the cool factor to the album. Manj & team disappoint with a rather dud dance song Let۪s Talk About Love. All singers deliver consistently well on the album. Overall this is an average album to listen to with no super tracks and definitely missing a good party number. Not a collector۪s item but can be heard a few times.
Overall Rating 6.5/10