After playing a model cop in Sarfarosh, Aamir Khan slips in a khaki uniform to investigate a curious case while dealing with her personal demons in Talaash.
Scheduled to release earlier this year (but postponed owing to Khan's commitment to his social talk show Satyamev Jayate), the Reema Kagti-directed mystery is finally ready to hit the screens on November 30.
Also starring Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Talaash, jointly produced by Khan, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani has attracted understandable attention ever since it went on floors.
And now its eclectic soundtrack, helmed by AK's current favourite Ram Sampath (Delhi Belly, Satyamev Jayate) against Javed Akhtar's penmanship, has only added fueled our interest about one of 2012's most-awaited films.
Remember the tantalizing voice behind Hawa Hawai and Khoya Khoya Chand remixes in Bejoy Nambiar's Shaitan? Suman Shridhar gets all slinky and sly to elevate the impact of Sampath's sensual jazz ditty Muskaanein Jhootein from silky to sexy with a delivery that is as, if not more, delicious as Kareena Kapoor's plum-lip seduction on screen .
The steamy vibe of Muskaanein makes way for melancholy and release in Jee Le Zara. Although the track begins with a beat similar to Life in Mono, it quickly hits a high-pitched tone in Vishal Dadlani's persuasive baritone. As effective Jee le is in terms of melodic prowess, Javed Akhtar's lyrics on this lack the usual profundity and dynamic play of words.
Jee Le comes with a remixed version with the usual trappings -- accelerated tempo, thumping beats of every nightclub-friendly rehash.
A sonorous Sona Mohapatra and masterful Ravindra Upadhyay collaborate with Sampath over Jiya Laage Na, a fusion song that blends the leisurely pace of classical with brisk electronic elements to create a concoction, despite a familiar tune, most compelling and likely to play up even more effectively on screen.
The concept of Hona Kya Hai is almost the same as Don's Aaj Ki Raat but Ram Sampath's enticing techno invention and rapt rendition packs in ample mood, zest and intensity without ever overdoing the electronica; it doesn't take any effort to get hooked.
Sampath wields the microphone yet again to convey the tender convictions of a man no one quite believes in Laakh duniya kahe. Despite its maudlin temperament better suited for a mushy caper, Akhtar's soulful disclosures and Sampath's measured arrangement charm the listener with ease.
Except a steady undercurrent of anxiety, the soundtrack of Talaash doesn't have a fixed theme or ambiance. Every song belongs to a unique genre and fosters the enigma of Kagti's suspense drama. And that's what makes Sampath's efforts truly appreciable.