Music Review: Mumbai Salsa


Film: Mumbai Salsa


Director: Manoj Tyagi


Producer: Surendra Sharma, Amita Bishnoi, Bhagwati Gabrani


Music Director: Adnan Sami


Lyrics: Sameer


Rating:  1.5/5


With a title like Mumbai Salsa, there are obvious expectations that the music has to deliver justice accordingly. And though it does stick to the theme, the compositions are humdrum and repetitive. Adnan Sami’s music for this Vikram Bhatt presentation is no big splash in the music business. There is no novelty in the treatment of the tracks and hardly make any lyrical sense…it might just linger on one’s mind.


Mumbai Salsa’s title track is a good amalgamation of salsa beats. Adnan has tapped on a range of instruments to create that effect. His one-of-a-kind voice fits the music like a glove. And one can’t escape Alisha Chinnai’s sultry vocals. However Sameer’s lyrics dampen this song. Also, lack of vocal clarity is another drawback.


Friday’s music is a tad bit different from the title track. The lyrics make absolutely no sense. Also, the order of words desperately needs a revision. It sounds like a shoddy remix of a 90’s track. The chorus is still bearable but the music lacks variation. Though Gayatri has a unique voice, it seems wasted. Kunal Ganjawala’s unconventional touch makes this song sound a bit better.


An emotional song completes the album. For Mumbai Salsa its Choti Si and Adnan’s grave vocalization does complete justice to it. The music offers variety in its verses, though some of it sounds unneeded and forced to fit in. But the overall treatment to this piece of work deserves recognition.


Akeli Zindagi’s music has a striking resemblance with Mumbai Salsa. The song does away with heavy lyrics, instead concentrates on the melody. As usual Shaan sounds fabulous, but it goes a bit superficial in certain areas of English areas. The chorus is the only worthy bit in this track.


After a bunch of repetitive compositions, one comes across Pyar Se with dulcet tones and meaningful lyrics. Trumpet is the dominant instrument in this song. Shaan and Shreya Ghoshal exemplify the perfect duet playback. It’s soft, not too loud and quite sensual.


Amit Kumar croons Pyar Se in his own style. After listening to Shaan’s flawless singing, one is bound to compare it with Amit’s attempt. But there is no equivalence; the former’s voice suits the emotions more than the latter’s. Amit’s forte is fast paced songs than such slow-soft tracks. Nevertheless, it sounds pretty okay.


After churning hit tracks for Lucky – No Time For Love, Adnan Sami hasn’t been quite lucky with his compositions for Dhamaal and now Mumbai Salsa too joins the list of fizzlers. Our say: Give an ear to this album if you have nothing better to do.