Bollywood’s music is almost always very safe and hence its very typical. It is partly because the films, the stories, and the characters are more often than not ‘Typical’. I am not saying that safe music is bad music Vishal-Shekhar and Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy have proved that many times over. However, for things to evolve someone has to be bold and cross the line from ‘new’ to ‘experimental’ which doesn’t happen as often as it should. From my previous logic it means that such films are not made regularly, but when they are, we get gems like Dev D (2009), and Udaan (2010) which proved to everyone that films like that, with music which is so off-beat can still become popular. They also established Amit Trivedi as the new force in the India Music Industry.
Delhi Belly also looks like a film that has dared to be different and it’s not a surprise coming from the stable of Aamir Khan Productions who have always had the guts and the creativity to experiment. The music too is far from being called filmy, composed by Ram Sampath who surfaced again with the soft-sweet music of Luv Ka The End. Ram is actually a big name in the advertising world having worked with brands like Nike, Thums Up, Coke and Pepsi, but that will change as he will be a big name in Bollywood too after Delhi Belly.
The album is truly experimental and each song is different from the other. The album kicks-off with the new rage of Gen-X called DK Bose. It is a great track with wacky, double meaning lyrics and has a rockish feel to it. Ram Sampath goes behind the mic for this and sounds fab. Fast and peppy, it has become an instant hit.
Next up is the newest video track, Nakkadwale Disco which is being shared on social networking sites. The song in itself is average but after watching the video it becomes very enjoyable. Sung by Keerthi Sagathia in a manner of new age ghazal, this too keeps up with the goofy and wild mood of the film.
Then comes Saigal Blues which is sort of a tribute to K.L. Saigal saab. It’s been sung by Chetan Shashital in Saigal style but has a very modern touch to it in the music. It blends blues along with the oldie style of slow painful (emotional) tracks. You need serious cheek to pull-off something like this.
Sona Mahapatra who came into the limelight with her debut song ‘Aaja Ve’, sings Bedardi Raja in her signature rustic voice. There is nothing drastically good or bad in this song nor in its remix which just has more beats to make it more dancelike.
Jaa Chudail and I Hate you are two of my favourite songs apart from DK Bose. Sung by Suraj Jagan, Jaa Chudail is a great rock track and will be loved by all rock fans. The lyrics of the song are also very powerful and can become a dedication for all the bad girlfriends in the world. I Hate you on the other hand is the only song in the album which cannot be categorized into any genre. It uses various genres and bounces off from one to the other without any discomfort. Starting slow, it becomes a faster English track then goes Rock and ends up as a Qawalli. Oh and there is also a bit of Bollywood of the 70’s in it. It’s been sung by Keerthi Sagathia, Sona Mohapatra & Shazneen Arethna.
The only slow song in the album is Tere Siva, which has Ram Sampath and Tarannum Mallik on the mic. It is a nice love song with a slight tinge of rock thrown in. The last song Switty Tera Pyaar and its remix are surely going to become a Punjabi chart buster as all the essential elements are present, especially in the remix. Its fast, with loads of Dhol and Bass and is loud as a Punjabi dance number should be.
Overall Delhi Belly is a superb album and a masterpiece for Ram Sampath. The others to be complemented are the lyricists Amitabh Bhattacharya, Munna Dhiman, Akshat Verma and Chetan Shashital. They have penned down some great lyrics for this wacky film. For me this is the most experimental music in Bollywood since Dev D.