Emraan Hashmi-starrer Azhar has some feelgood songs, writes Aelina Kapoor.
Think Emraan Hashmi and Ekta Kapoor, and you may remember their hit songs in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai and The Dirty Picture.
Now that they are back again with Tony D'Souza's Azhar, you'd probably expect something interesting again.
The soundtrack starts well with Bol Do Na Zara. It has a soft sound to it, courtesy composer Amaal Mallik. Together with his singer brother Armaan Malik, they do justice to lyricist Rashmi Virag in his nice love song.
Pritam, who is heard quite selectively today, lends a guest composition for Azhar in the form of Itni Si Baat Hain. Arijit Singh lends his voice to this feelgood romantic number, joined by Antara Mitra. Antara had made waves with Bheegi Si in Raajneeti, and one wonders why she is heard so less in Bollywood. Manoj Yadav writes the lyrics.
It's a master stroke to bring back one of Sangeeta Bijlani's most popular numbers, Oye Oye - Gazar Ne Kiya Hai Ishaara from Tridev.
Since Nargis Fakhri plays Sangeeta, the song looks great. Though it would have been a good idea to entirely retain the original version by Kalyan ji-Anand ji, the mix created by DJ Tejas with Aditi Singh Sharma as the new voice isn't bad either.
What doesn't quite work though (and rather surprisingly) is Sonu Nigam and Prakriti Kakar rendition of Amaal Malik's Tu Hi Na Jaane. It just doesn't hold much weight despite repeated hearing and eventually comes across as too boring. Kumaar's lyrics don't have much of a recollection power either.
The composer-lyricist team of Amaal-Kumaar come up with Jeetne Ke Liye, which acts as a theme track of Azhar. KK has been the voice of Emraan for many chartbuster tracks ever since the actor came on screen. Though this one isn't designed as the kind of song that would go on to burn charts, it should do well as a situational number for the cricket field.
Azhar could go on to the top the charts, with the feelgood factor that is usually associated with Emraan Hashmi's songs.