Monty & Sajid Wajid Heroes Review

Album. Released 2008.  

BBC Review

A half-baked album that has lots of attitude but not enough verve

Tajpal Rathore 2009

No, this isn't the Indian version of the hit American TV series, it's the title of a feature film by relatively new director Samir Karnik who earlier brought us Kyun! Ho Gaya Na, with exceptional music by Shankar-Ehsan-Loy. Here, however, Karnik allows himself to take a backseat and opt for more obscure names that haven't had their musical break: Monty is known more for his superb background scores and Sajid Wajid, while producing some successful numbers, haven't quite reached the upper echelons of the music industry.

With a solid ensemble cast, it comes as no surprise that the soundtrack reflects this: Mannata is a pure, heartfelt Punjabi number sung by versatile Sonu Nigam and evergreen Kavita Krishnamurty. It's an attractively endearing song which, at its heart, is traditional – a quality so rare in current popular Anglo-Indian tunes; The Heroes Theme towards the middle of the album epitomises the musical diversity; and the short Gurbani, a holy prayer of Sikh origin, serves as a charming interval before we experience the largely pointless and extremely techno second half of the album.

From here the soundtrack takes a downward turn. What's Up My Bro, quite frankly, is dire; Kunal Ganjawala is a sincere effort with some decent Sarangi-work throughout, but the slow version that follows later is nothing less than confusing. The same goes for Makhana, an unconventional Bhangra song that doesn't use the full scope of Sukhwinder Singh’s electric voice and fails to generate any excitement. Even with the injection of some fresh vocals later in the album by Shail Hada, Parthiv Gohil and Rekha Rao in Badmash Launde; fall short due to the cheesy lyrics.

Ultimately, too many cooks spoil the broth. It means that you end up with a half-baked album that has lots of attitude but not enough verve.

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