Movie: Blackmail (2018)
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Kirti Kulhari, Divya Dutta, Arunoday Singh
Director: Abhinay Deo
Music director(s): Amit Trivedi, Badshah, Guru Randhawa
1. Happy Happy - Badshah, Aastha Gill
Opening with a catchy club loop, this party song moves into a lounge-like territory and stays on a constant rhythm. The overall mood of the song calls in for many remixes that would rock the dance floors, while the original pace has a chill-out tone. Badshah sounds like the usual rap singer, while it is Aastha Gill's silky voice that spices up the sensuousness of the number. Nothing new to laud about.
2. Patola - Guru Randhawa
This Punjabi Bhangra song composed and crooned by Guru Randhawa is high on energy and dance flavour. It's sure to be played on all grand weddings and other occasions. With its techno beats, this song also serves as a discotheque number. However, there's nothing new here too. Just a plain dance number that would be on the charts for a few days and turn into a forgettable one.
3. Bewafa Beauty - Pawni Pandey
Amit Trivedi's stride as a composer begins with this number. This foot-tapping track falls somewhere in between an item number and a montage song. It has an interesting arrangement of instruments and a rhythm that is addictive. The total efforts of the song fall on the shoulders of Pawni Pandey, who renders like a pro with the right modulations. This number also sounds like some Indipop numbers of the 90s. Sure to climb the charts!
4. Badla - Amit Trivedi, Divine
This high-voltage montage track is sure to scorch the screens during some tough scenes. Songs like this one are a cakewalk for Amit Trivedi who has composed plenty of energetic situational numbers. More than Amit's vocals, it is rapper Divine's (Vivian Fernandes) rap portions that stand out. Though you might not repeatedly play this, it is sure to excel better with visuals.
5. Nindaraan Diyaan - Amit Trivedi
A lilting romantic ballad is up next on the album. This breezy solo has Amit Trivedi's stamp all over it. His mesmerizing voice emotes well at the right lines and makes the song even lovelier. The dulcet guitar strums, piano notes and faraway flute sections accentuate the romantic mood of the song. The blaring and highly energetic changeover towards the end is an intelligent move by Amit Trivedi and it blends well with the number. Beautiful!
6. Sataasat - Amit Trivedi
Here comes an experimental number from Amit Trivedi. The dubstep rhythm and the brilliant orchestration, coupled with Amit's enthralling vocals, make the song a must-listen. The occasional 'aah' sounds and water droplets are some innovative factors of the song. If you are someone who listens to unconventional numbers and appreciates them, then don't miss this song. One of Amit's best compositions!
Barring the two party songs, the album of Blackmail contains highly situational numbers from Amit Trivedi that make for a worthy listen. Though the songs are not chartbuster material, they can be enjoyed by true music lovers.
Rating: ***1/2 (3.5 / 5)
Bewafa Beauty, Nindaraan Diyaan, Sataasat