Now this is truly an international assemble for
a mainstream hardcore commercial masala movie.
With UK band Trickbaby coming together with
other musicians like Arash, Aneela Mirza,
Sameeruddin with our very own Vishal Shekhar,
this 13 track 'Bluffmaster' appears to be
one rocking party ahead. Shot as quickie, 'Bluffmaster'
is a Ramesh Sippy production with Rohan Sippy
seated on the director's chair. Starcast of the
movie is the most interesting part as it brings
together Abhishek Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra
for the first time along with Nana Patekar,
Riteish Deshmukh and Boman Irani. Truly unusual!
Now let's check out the music to see if there is
anything unusual about it!
All this while, the news around the music of
Bluffmaster was that it would only comprise of
remixed versions of yesteryear chartbusters and
no original compositions. Well, that's not the
case as out of 13 tracks, there are only 4
tracks which are from old Hindi movies while a
couple more have some brief samples from the
Mehmood's evergreen 'Sabse Bada Rupaiyya'
is remixed by Trickbaby while keeping the
original voice intact. The way this 3 decade old
song has been remixed with additional vocals of
Chetna and Saira Hussain gives it a groovy feel.
An additional rhythm with foot tapping beats
makes the song enjoyable. The song is currently
on air and after a few hearings grows on you and
makes you hum it along all the way.
'Say Na Say Na' is an instant HIT from
the word GO as it has a distinct UK Bhangra-pop
feel to it. A celebration song with lots of 'dhol',
what impresses from the very beginning is
Aneela's voice that sounds out amongst the crowd
and has an identity of its own. An Aneela,
Robert and Arash number, the song is one of its
kinds due to the overall pitch that the song
takes. Aneela has deep vocals and she comes up
with an effective rendition while singing 'Say
Na' at a low pitch. Its promotion should begin
Interested in hearing a remix for a number half
a century old? Then plug on to 'Tadbir Se
Bigdi Hui Taqdeer - Destiny Mix' that begins
with Abhishek Bachchan talking about the nuances
of his profession only to be followed by Geeta
Dutt's golden melody from Baazi presented in a
modern avtaar by Sameeruddin. Listen to the
beats and you would clearly see the clear
difference between the run of the mill remixes
that appear as a part of Top 10, 20, 50 albums
and this version that has, yet again, a groovy
feel to it.
After number of actors trying their hands at
singing, it is now the turn of Abhishek Bachchan
to follow suit with rendition of a full fledged
song 'Right Here Right Now'. A song that
is primarily in Hindi with some bits here and
there in English, it is an original composition
by Vishal Shekhar with Sunidhi Chauhan giving
company to Bachchan. A smooth sailing number
that is neither too slow nor fast, it is middle
of the road that makes you just dance along
smoothly with your partner in arms. A rhythmic
number that also appears as a 'remix', it
has Abhishek Bachchan doing a good job with a
balanced performance while Sunidhi Chauhan is,
as always, reliable!
After an original 'Right Here Right Now' comes a
song from the Trickbaby album 'Hanging Around'
that has lyrics that go like 'Parde Ke Peeche
- 9 Parts Of Desire'. A situational track
set completely in a Western mode; it is of the
kind that would be more understandable when seen
in the context of the movie. It also comes as 'Parde
Ke Peeche' that has Hindi lyrics by Jaideep
Sahni. Completely unconventional for a regular
commercial Bollywood movie, it would be
interesting to see how and where is this piece
included as a part of the movie. 'The Gateway
Theme' that follows next is a short musical
piece by Sameeruddin and makes a good
impression. It reminds one of the kind of love
moments that are captured in Hollywood movies
with the help of soothing melodies.
'Bure Bure/Boro Boro' sung in Persian by
the Sweden based Iranian singer Arash is a fast
paced catchy track with good usage of 'Bhangra'
beats in the background. Arash already had a hit
with this in Europe. Jaideep Sahni is credited
for the Hindi lyrics but one can hardly find any
Hindi lyrics throughout the track.
After some 'unusual' tracks comes the remix
version of the title track of 'Do Aur Do
Paanch' that has been remixed by Sameeruddin.
The track has just the first two lines of the
original song making an appearance here and
there, with rest of the track being ONE LONG
musical piece. It is only towards the very end
of the track that at least the opening of the
original song comes in entirety. A passable
track that may appeal only to those who are
die-hard fans of remixes!
It becomes a bit of too much when someone tries
to plug in the cover versions of 'Eena Meena
Deeka'[Aasha] in 'Shayad Meri Shaadi Ka
Khayal' [Souten]. Titled 'Indi-Yarn',
it is in fact one BIG yawn composed (?) by
Trickbaby. Weakest track of the album, it is a
big letdown as it neither entertains nor makes
you care about giving it a hearing second time
around. The makers of 'Bluffmaster' would have
to be very creative if they manage to fit this
into the narrative of the movie.
Next track to follow is 'Neela', again by
Trickbaby, and is yet another extended musical
piece that may find a flavor in the lounges.
Bluffmaster theme 'Come Fishing' come
towards the end and just like some crossover
movies has small little dialogue pieces
incorporated as a part of the short musical
track. There is some wit and humor thrown in
this 3 minute track that could be used for
promotional purpose but that's about it.
One gets a feeling after hearing 'Bluffmaster'
that it tries too hard to be 'different'. Things
can be indeed interesting when being 'different'
but still they need to be in commercial realms
to be picked up in dozens by the moviegoers. For
those who love hearing Western pop, the music of
'Bluffmaster' is identifiable due to its
distinct appeal. But hardcore Bollywood
followers or for this matter even Indi-pop
lovers still have some time to go before they
are in a position to absorb the feel of 'Bluffmaster'.
In nutshell, it is too risky a musical score for
a mainstream Bollywood movie score to make a
killing at the music stands.