Music Review: Apne

Film: Apne

Director: Anil Sharma

Music Director: Himmesh Reshammiya

Lyrics: Sameer

Cast: Bobby Deol, Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Katrina Kaif, Shilpa Shetty, Kirron Kher, Aryan Vaid, Divya Dutta

Rating: 2/5

Apne marks the return of director Anil Sharma after the box office bummer Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyon. This time round, Sharma has signed on Himmesh Reshammiya to provide the music for his film. Known for churning out hits week after week, Reshammiya however, fails to pack this soundtrack with the requisite zing.

The title track Apne has been rendered by Sonu Nigam and Jaspinder Narula. This is a track that reinforces the thought that Nigam is blessed with a great voice. Though the longest track in the album at six minutes and forty four seconds, this one with supporting visuals is bound to move you to tears. The only grey area in this track is the monotony the background music creates by being repetitive.

Soon enough, it is Himesh who is crooning Ankh Vich, alongside Shaan and Kunal Ganjawala. Amrita Kak joins in as the female vocalist in the track. Once again, the monotonous beats take over the track and the noise gets to you. Shaan and Ganjawala’s soothing voices take a backseat to the power of Reshammiya’s voice. While the original is still ok, the remix version is laughable. With a few extra sounds thrown in and the speed increased, all you hear is the original track in fast forward mode. Both the tracks could very well be skipped.

Doing what he does best, Resshammiya sings Mehfooz. Scoring high on the ‘Dhinchak’ chart, this track has a club feel to it. It is in the last few minutes this track begins to get to you. With staccato beats, this track is all thump and even provides the rush; however, it fails to be the track you would want to play over and over. With faster beats, the remix version in the album is far better a number to dance to. The gradual build up the remix version provides is not only missing in the original track, but is also enjoyable.

Inane and tiresome is what describes Bull’s eye, a song rendered by DJ Earl and Shaan. Boredom takes over the track and words like “You’ve got to survive, you’ve got to hit the bull’s eye” are heard not once, but every other second in the entire song. This one gives you no option but to skip it even before the first thirty seconds are up.

Easily the best track in the entire album, Dekhoon tujhe has Reshammiya’s stamp all over it. Reshammiya and Akriti Kakkar sing this track well. The music is pleasant and makes this a track worthy of a second hear. The remixed version is great as well. The remix manages to hold your attention with just its music sans vocals, for the first minute and forty odd seconds. While it proves to be a number you can dance to, it is also one of those you want to be playing in your car, with the volume turned up to its maximum.

Nigam and Narula once again croon together, this time as the vocalists for Tere Sang. This track is evidently situational and this two minute track has you yearning for more. The soothing vocals and ‘dholak’ sound take you back to the fields of Punjab. This one is a must hear.

The repetitiveness in each track is amplified and there is nothing exceptional that is offered either. All in all, the sound track of Apne is disappointing.