Music Review: ‘Sadak 2’

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The expectations were high for the return of Mahesh Bhatt back to direction and that too with his superstar daughter Alia Bhatt in the lead. But the soundtrack of ‘Sadak 2’ is nowhere close to being as good as the original ‘Sadak’. It is a decent soundtrack but it is more of a background score than a music album. After a gap of more than 5 months since a big Bollywood music release, this should have made listeners happy but fans would be left wanting more and better after listening to this OST.

BizAsia Rating

3

Mahesh Bhatt is back to direction after a gap of 20 years and that too directing his daughter Alia Bhatt in the latest release ‘Sadak 2’. The film is already delayed and impacted due to the pandemic and is now releasing on OTT platform Hotstar around the world. A sequel to his Sanjay Dutt and daughter Pooja Bhatt starrer ‘Sadak’ (1991), the soon to release movie has been building anticipation for a long time since it was announced. Sadly the pandemic and the Bollywood industry turmoil with the death of Sushant Singh Rajput has cast a negative light on the release of movie with the nepotism angle. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen if Mahesh Bhatt still has the edge behind the camera in producing good quality entertainment. The film also stars Aditya Roy Kapur along with the original Sanjay Dutt and Pooja Bhatt cast. The trailer seems decent although the story seems a bit odd with how romantic angle fits in with a fake god man direction that the film journeys into. The soundtrack of the movie 20 years ago was loaded with good romantic songs in the typical Mahesh Bhatt style and hopefully he will not disappoint with the music of ‘Sadak 2’ considering he has cherry picked the music from a number a artists.

Ankit Tiwari opens the album with Tum Se Hi that has a journey theme unanimous with the movie. Shabbir Ahmed’s lyrics are the real highlight of the song with a smooth flow that Ahmed is a pro at delivering. The depth that he manages to achieve with his choice of words and the story telling is exquisite. Tiwari and Leena Bose give a nice soulful touch to the lyrics with their melodic voices. Tiwari leads the song well with an emotive romantic touch that adds more passionate layers to the song although Tiwari sounds a bit monotonous after the first minute. Not sure if he was the best choice for the vocals on this song. Tiwari keeps the music simple with a deep bass and urban beat that works well for the song. The keys and flute solos on the bridge sound great as well while letting the focus be on the lyrics that are truly the real driving force of the song. The overall vibe of the song carries through nicely as the song progresses setting a good mood for the album ahead. Finally a good new romantic song is here after a gap of a few lockdown months. 3.5/5

Jeet Gannguli delivers the music and the lyrics of Shukriya in collaboration with Rashmi-Virag on the lyrics. It seems to be a situational or a climax sad ending song designed specifically for the movie. The opening of the song is gorgeous with some acoustic Spanish guitar while the music of the rest of the song stays with mellow vibes. The top melody is a bit too simple to make an impact but Gannguli puts in a lot of musicality to it with a good orchestra behind him. The electric guitar solo is worth a listen! Jubin Nautiyal delivers the best instrument on the song with his clean vocals. He delivers more lows than highs going with the theme of the song and he is more precise with the depth he renders in his vocal. The lyrics are not the best that one has heard from Rashmi-Virag. It delivers the message and meaning but lack flow and personality to make it a standout song. The idea is good for this song taking life in general for the ups and downs it throws at you but it doesn’t click that well and turns out to be quite average as a song. 3/5

Javed Ali is a magician on vocals mesmerising listeners whenever he sings and he is no different on this next song called Ishq Kamaal. His voice is a perfect blend of sufi, Punjabi and Bollywood vibes making him a pleasure to listen to. He brings some subtleties in delivering this song that if one listens carefully then it makes him even more impressive. Music by Suniljeet is a great blend of desi sufi with a brilliant dholki leading the music throughout. The music has a Punjabi personality and that works very well for the feel of the song. The strings and keys that he uses add a dreamy melody to the music and help Ali deliver his vocals much better blending nicely with the music. The lyrics are brilliant as well by Shalu Vaish & Suniljeet. There is a lot of happy emotion and appreciation of love and life that give the feel and heart to the song. The mix of Punjabi and urdu play a cleaver part in making this an exciting song to listen to. It has a few disruptive breaks that are a little odd to hear at first but the flow comes back strong and carries through. This is a brilliant romantic song and the best so far. Must listen! 4.5/5

KK leads the next song Dil Ki Purani Sadak which is a sad thematic song for the movie. His vocals are decent and quite similar to those heard on many of his other songs in this category. Nonetheless it’s great to hear him break the clutter of recent typical singers and hear his voice again. Lyrics by Vijay Vijawatt are quite average and do not excite the listener by evoking many emotions. The flow of words is rather monotonous and the music by Samidh Mukherjee and Urvi struggle to do something different either. The use of violins and piano gives the song the sad vibe that it needs with a great piano piece that pretty much feels like the theme melody of the movie. It is catchy and the piano piece sticks around in the head for a while but yet the song doesn’t impress overall. 2.5/5

The amazing Sherya Ghoshal leads a second version of the original with this one called Chal Tera Shukriya. Her vocals are pure and flow like a waterfall. It has the soothing quality that really defines the success of Ghoshal as a playback singer and makes her so unique. Her voice is sweet and a lot clearer than Nautiyal’s delivery thus it is easier to follow the words in this version. Other than Ghoshal’s vocals there is nothing largely different about the music or lyrics. But Shreya is not able to change the intrinsic character of the song which is defined by average lyrics and music. 3/5

Purani Sadak (Reprise) is an alternate version of Dil Ki Purani Sadak and is almost an extension of the former song. There are additional lyrics by Vijawatt that continue from the earlier song but with an angle of talking to God. The music is bare and pulled back to give it a more dramatic feel while KK goes lower and deeper with his vocals on this what is rather a very depressing background song in the movie. The music does not even have the piano piece that defines the Sadak theme. This is purely a situational background song from the film and not really worth a listen on its own. 2.5/5

Shukriya (Reprise) starts off exactly like the original and continues for the first part as the original. Then KK comes in with a different perspective on the vocals. His vocal is a little more convincing and creates a more powerful impact. He uses his voice well driving from the powerhouse that his high end vocal is. Other than KK’s vocal there is nothing really different about this song and it doesn’t feel like a Reprise. The music is same as the original and fails to stand out on its own as a song. 3/5

Samidh Mukherjee takes on the vocal himself in Dil Ki Purani (Unplugged) with a high and haunting tone that is perfect for a slow motion climax shot. His delivery is quite something and definitely creates an impact. The soft strings and bass give him company creating a painfully sad feel that is heart wrenching in parts. This version is a lot more impactful than the original and a great one at it. 3.5/5

FINAL WORD

The expectations were high for the return of Mahesh Bhatt back to direction and that too with his superstar daughter Alia Bhatt in the lead. But the soundtrack of ‘Sadak 2’ is nowhere close to being as good as the original ‘Sadak’. It is a decent soundtrack but it is more of a background score than a music album. The overall sound is quite inconsistent and doesn’t flow from one song to the other which is quite common to hear when it is a compilation of songs from various artists. The album has been filled up with 8 songs but really with four original songs and four additional reprise versions that generally don’t add much to the album. There is also very little variety with just love and sad genres in the full album. Javed Ali’s Ishq Kamaal is the best song by far while Ankit Tiwari’s Tum Se Hi is a close second. Shukriya fails to impress even with great singers like Jubin Nautiyal and Shreya Ghoshal behind it while Dil Ki Purani Sadak is exactly what it really is.. a background theme song. After a gap of more than 5 months since a big Bollywood music release, this should have made listeners happy but fans would be left wanting more and better after listening to this OST.

BizAsiaLive.com Rating – 3/5

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