In keeping with trends, the soundtrack of Mohit Suri’s Malang: Unleash The Madness uses multiple music directors – Mithoon, Ved Sharma, The Fusion Project and Ankit Tiwari. The good thing, however, is that in its entirety, the music shows some coherence, and there is a balance between peppy dance tunes and slower, intense stuff.
The Malang title track, composed and sung by Ved Sharma, and written by Kunaal Vermaa and Haarsh Limbachiyaa, reminds you of those techno-driven Bollywood dance numbers that were in vogue in the early 2000s. In the female version, titled ‘Hui Malang’, Asees Kaur is in control. Such uptempo songs suit her, unlike the love songs where she seems to be making too much effort.
Also in EDM mode is The Fusion Project’s ‘Hamraah’, where Sachet Tandon sings Vermaa’s lines “Jis raah, jis raah mein jaaoon, tujhko, tujhko hi chahoon, hamraah abse mera tu, hamraah mein bhi tera hoon”.
Two slower songs have been done well. On ‘Phir Na Mile Kabhi’, Prince Dubey writes, “Abke gaye ghar se jo tere phir na laut jaaonga, tu bhi mujhe bhool jaana, main bhi bhool jaaoonga”. Singer Ankit Tiwari, who has also composed it, shows perfect expression, and uses sarangi and electric guitar wonderfully.
The opposite emotion is used by the brilliant yet underrated lyricist Sayeed Quadri on ‘Chal Ghar Chalein’, where he writes, “Ab thak chuke mere kadam, chal ghar chalein mere hamdam”. This Mithoon composition is sung by Arijit Singh in his trademark ballad style.
While the songs have their plus points, one senses a faint resemblance to the much superior Aashiqui 2 soundtrack, with Arijit and Ankit Tiwari singing the slower stuff. After all, both the films were directed by the same person, and with different music directors on this one, it’s obvious who’s calling the shots.