Music Review: TaRaRumPum

Film: TaRaRumPum

Director: Siddharth Anand

Music Director: Vishal- Shekhar

Lyrics: Javed Akhtar

Rating: 2.5/5

Now, here’s the thing with all Yash Chorpa film soundtracks, they are a complete package.

You are bound to one of everything, a peppy number, a dance number, a Punjabi track, a slow track, and it’s all there. This is precisely the problem with the soundtrack of TRRP, it follows this convention. So, even before hearing the album, you know what to expect.

There is nothing that is out of tune or deafening, but there is nothing that has soul either. All the tracks are nice, but they lack the soul that normally all of the Yash Chopra films have.

The title track has been rendered by Shaan, Mahalaxmi Iyer, Sneha Suresh and Shravan Suresh. It is predictably meant to be one of those nursery rhyme type tunes. Hindi film music has always consisted of verses and seldom a pattern that  mixes verses and chorus.

This track does it well; except there is an overdose of ‘Tararumpum’.

Hey Shona by Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan is the slow romantic number. This track in particular sounds dry, and it seems as though the singers were stripped of all feeling while rendering this song. For some weird reason, this track reminds me of ‘Suraj hua madham’ from K3G; but having said all that, it is certainly a pleasant track, worth a listen.

Nachle Ve – Now this is what you should be watching out for. This track rendered by Sonu Nigam and Somya Raoh is funky, peppy and lively. It’s like a mixture of the Dhoom 2 track, “Dhoom Dhoom” and “Cham Se” the track from Dus. Comparisons apart, this track makes for a great listen and is even better if you intend to perform on it.

Ta Ra Rum Pum TaRaRumPum by Shreya Ghoshal is one of those tracks meant to fill your life with hope. With lines like “Raat hai to savera bhi hoga..” et al, the track is sweet and melodious. The lyrics are well written and reinforce the thought the song is meant to convey. One could just imagine Mukerjee singing this song in the film.

KK, Shreya Ghoshal and Vishal Dadlani render Ab To Forever, and boy do they do it well. This is a well paced track and the Latin percussion instruments actually help make it the lively number it is. The song flows like a melodious conversation. Expect to be dancing to the remixed version of this track at a club around the corner.

Fusion ideally speaks volumes of the progression in music, yet being in close proximity to our roots. Saiyaan rendered by Vishal Dadlani is a Sufi-rock track, a good one at that. If one has heard of ‘Dhalta Sooraj’, this track is fairly similar. This is by far the only track that can possibly top the chartbuster list.

Each song in this album is unmistakably created to help in the narration of the plot at various times. The album with six tracks is low on the offering. An expectation of a great soundtrack is not quite met, however due to curiosity and as the creation of a great brand, the music of this film can be expected to drive sales. Additionally, a marketing push will aid it further. There is immense pressure to churn out great films and corresponding music that one is caught up in the production of it rather than the art of it. The soundtrack of TRRP is worth a listen or two, but that’s about it.

Sanjay Ram

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