Music Review: ‘Baaghi 3’

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Continuing in his two year cycle Ahmed Khan is coming back with ‘Baaghi 3’. The action thrillers starring Tiger Shroff keep getting bigger, wilder and more extreme in action as this instalment sees Shroff going to war with a whole country! The indestructible Shroff makes quite an impression in the film trailer as he heads to Syria to save his brother and is joined by Riteish Deshmukh and Shraddha Kapoor in the third instalment. While one can expect great action and visual effects in this movie, the music expectations are rather mediocre from this film. The past two movies cannot boast of a proper soundtrack and typically have had one or two big item dance numbers to break the action monotony in the movie. With Shroff’s dancing skills the range and variety of music is limited to dance numbers that hold the music flag up for the ‘Baaghi’ series.

The first single release is as expected a dance remake of the hit from the movie ‘Dus’ (2005). Dus Bahane 2.0 has been refreshed by the original composers Vishal – Shekhar and that is perhaps why one can’t seem to find something unique and different in this remake. Except for adding some additional music bits and sound effects the overall sound of this remake is exactly the same. There is a break dance drop added in for Shroff to deliver a solo showcase and that’s pretty much it on the music front. The lyrics are the same as the original as well and so are the vocals as KK and Shaan sound as the original. They could have just used the original 2005 vocal tracks without any need to rerecord with the singers. The only difference is the new bit of lyrics by Prachi Jalonvi in the last minute of the song with a new stanza and female vocals delivered by Tulsi Kumar. She does a fair job but it is nothing to boast of as she has much better vocals to her credit. The lyrics are fairly average and cleverly placed at the end as the original stanzas are just too strong and well known. Even the video is disappointing as Kapoor is given the role of looking sexy while Shroff takes the dance focus. There is not much dance choreography with a bigger focus on location and production. Overall this is quite disappointing as it is not really a remake but a glorified remix or a photocopy of the original. 2.5/5

Another song revival, this time by the remake king Tanishk Bagchi who takes on 1984 Jitendra and Sri Devi hit Ek Ankh Maru To with a Marathi touch to it. This remake is called Bhankas with additional lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed who adds at least more value to the song than the earlier single. Taking Indeevar’s original chorus he adds music fun tease bits to the stanza’s that is easy to relate to. He doesn’t overpower the chorus which is the real essence of this remake song and that is nice touch. Bagchi in his typical style adds in a good amount of music variation keeping the original music of Bappi Lahiri intact and adding layers of modern beats and trumpets on top of that. This gives the song its contemporary appeal with a more retro feel to it rather than a complete 2020 music styling. The music bridge is nicely programmed for Shroff to deliver his break dance moves in the video. It’s great to hear Lahiri himself on the chorus along with Dev Negi and Jonita Gandhi leading the vocals. Gandhi does a good job delivering her identity to the vocal while Negi brings in the dejavu almost sounding like Kishore Kumar in parts. But the both bring in the vigour and fun that one remembers the original 1984 song for. What doesn’t work is this being a wedding song as in the video. It’s almost the end of the wedding season in India and the video seems to be trying too hard to make this work as a wedding party song. 3/5

More singles from ‘Baaghi 3’ will be reviewed on this page when they become available.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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