Music Review: Shanghai

RATING: 3.5 / 5

The music of a Dibakar Banerjee film is not something you watch out for because he is known for making gritty and compelling movies. But when you have Emraan Hashmi in the cast, the music can't go wrong. Shanghai brings together an ensemble of singers and lyricists blending well with the compositions created by Vishal-Shekhar. The soundtrack is indeed imaginative and has something for everyone.

First up is Bharat Mata Ki Jai. A modern day national anthem, it is a satirical take on the existing state of affairs in the country. The highlights are the lyrics penned by Dibakar, who has also lent his voice to the track. It also has a remix version, which is equally good.
Imported Kamariya
is a totally opposite song. The item number has very funny lyrics. The best part is Richa Sharma's voice that takes control along with back-up vocals by Vishal-Shekhar. But the composition disappoints.

Duaa, penned by Kumaar, starts on a soothing tone with the beautiful voice of Nandini Sirkar. Singers Arijit Singh and Shekhar join her and together they create the perfect track that makes you fall in love with the flow of emotions in it.

Next on the playlist is Khudaaya. Written by Neelesh Misra, it is a soft romantic number sung by Shekhar. He is an absolute delight to the ears.

It also has a remix version that is a passe.

Morcha, penned by Vishal, is an inspirational number, but not too commanding in terms of the music but scores big in terms of the lyrics that talk about having a strong, corruption free India. The album rounds up with Mantra Vishnu Sahasranamam. Sung by Srivatsa Krishna, the devotional chant means the Thousand Names of Vishnu. On the whole, Shanghai is a good package.
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