Music Review: ‘Dhoom 3’

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The most anticipated release of 2013 is finally here for a big Christmas release with Aamir Khan as a baddie. Producer Aditya Chopra has set the stage for the third instalment of the ‘Dhoom’ series but without Sanjay Gadhvi as a director this time. Writer Vijay Krishna Acharya has been associated with the ‘Dhoom’ project from the beginning and this time gets the chance to direct ‘Dhoom 3’ as well. On the music front Pritam has also been a common thread through the series of films and produced the top score of the film that has worked over the years adding more pressure to make ‘Dhoom 3’ different but yet consistent with the series. The music has never been path-breaking for any of the films before so the expectations are not on those lines for ‘Dhoom 3’ but surely there should be something unique in this film to further build the anticipation that this movie has had so far. Julius Packiam has also contributed on the music front for a couple of songs in the album.

Aamir Khan & Katrina Kaif in 'Dhoom 3'
Aamir Khan & Katrina Kaif in 'Dhoom 3'

Malang is set to be the most expensive song production of Bollywood ever with Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif doing a larger than life stage production that will be spell bounding and exhilarating visually. On the musical front the song is good but not spellbinding. The production is quite traditional to Pritam with a mix of Arabic and desi qawali beats. The song is good no doubt with good vocals by Siddharth Mahadevan and Shilpa Rao along with naturally flowing lyrics by Sameer but the song lacks the larger than life appeal that the song is set to cast overall. The strategy could be to keep the music mellow so as not to overshadow the visuals and cinematography of the song but on the aural front the song is just a little over the average mark.

Sunidhi Chauhan sensationalises Kamli with her bare Punjabi vocals that create a modern sufi blend along with exquisite musical programming and arrangement by Pritam. This song is clearly innovative and unique in many aspects. The instrumentation has been superbly done with a mix of a broad range of instruments from Sitar to a break-beat programmer all fitting in very well creating a one-of-a-kind blend. Amitabh Bhattacharya does not let just Sunidhi and Pritam steal the limelight in this song but attracts equal attention to his brilliantly written lyrics. This song has the potential to be a modern-day item song sitting in a comfortable league of its own.

Tu Hi Junoon is a big band groovy tune spanning ages that will impress listeners of all ages. Who better to voice a song with so much oomph than Mohit Chauhan who does a flawless job. Lyricist Kausar Munir takes poetic lyrics to a different level by presenting some brilliant comparisons of the lover in this romantic tune. Pritam brings a new range of musical composition to this song and creates a big band Indian version of what sounds like a Michael Buble concert. This song has the potential to become a big hit as it grows over the months to become a Valentine hit.

Katrina Kaif in 'Dhoom 3'
Katrina Kaif in 'Dhoom 3'

Title song Dhoom Machale Dhoom returns in the voice of Aditi Singh Sharma with a new tapping beat to it with a good bit of Punjabi beat and RnB vibes to it. The composition is very 2013 and works very well for the suspense and excitement that the song has had over the years since the original composition. Pritam has truly rejuvenated the tune making it the tune of the season this winter. The new set of lyrics by Sameer along with the picturisation on Katrina Kaif will make this an easy hit on TV and Radio all over the world on Asian charts.

Bande Hain Hum Uske is a slow, soulful and emotional song that crosses boundaries between religious and inspirational tunes. The music by Julius Packiam is simple but the arrangement is unique along with the vocal work by kids Shivam Mahadevan and Anish Sharma who are to become stars of tomorrow with their clear and deep vocals. Kausar Munir and director Vijay Krishna Acharya pen this very situational song for the movie with not much commercial value to it.

Pritam sets the stage to thrill the listeners while setting the stage for Aamir Khan to drive the viewers crazy as he takes on Tap dancing with Dhoom Tap (Instrumental). The arrangement of the song is simply sensational and will get just about anyone tapping along with it and drive them to the screens just to watch the visual execution of this song. Salute to Pritam for precision music job on the melody of this song.

Julius Packiam creates a build up of suspense and thrill within the realms of the Dhoom title tune to create another instrumental track for the background score that has made it to the album simply cause of its brilliance with its highs and lows and perfect tempo changeovers. Dhoom 3 Overture is a mix of genres and musical tunes that gives more depth to the title track of the album.

A long time coming considering Pritam’s love for Arabic music, he gets to do an Arabic vocal version of the title track with Dhoom Machale Dhoom – Arabic. The voice of Lebanese singer Naya does the song good justice and adds another aspect to Bollywood music crossing borders.

FINAL WORD

Pritam does a fair job of reinventing the music of the Dhoom series. From adding a new twist and flavour to the title track Dhoom Machale Dhoom to creating a big band romantic song with Tu Hai Junoon and a sufi flavoured item song Kamli, there is something unique in the soundtrack of ‘Dhoom 3’. He does a great job as always in picking his singers and lyricists for each song and making sure they deliver. But overall the album is not phenomenal but fairly good when it comes to music quality and its likeability. Once the larger-than-life shoots of the ‘Dhoom’ series hit the screens there will be a different magnification for each of the songs possibly giving them a new life… especially Malang. So all one can do is wait and watch.

BizAsia Showbiz Rating – 7.5/10

 

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