‘Chennai Express’ is a Hindi romantic cum action cum comedy movie directed by Rohit Shetty and is produced jointly by Gauri Khan, Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur. The movie stars Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles. The music of the movie is given by the duo Vishal-Shekhar and the lyrics are composed by Amitabh Bhattacharya. The movie will be released on 8th August.
The music of ‘Chennai Express’ has a festive mood and a hyperbolic tone. The songs are peppy fun and catchy.
The title track is sung by noted south Indian singer SP Balasubramanium. After a gap of nearly 15 years, he has sung for Bollywood. He used to be the voice of Salman Khan in most of his 90’s movies. His thick voice and accented Hindi give the perfect aura for dance beats. The lyrics have the mix of English and Hindi lines. The song is quite upbeat and catch party mood perfectly.
Next dance number ‘One Two Three Four (Get On The Dance Floor)’ has tones of Tamil folk and modern dance beats. The moment one hears this song, feels like tapping feet. It has in-beats of ‘Kuthu music’. Hamsika Iyer and Vishal Dadlani have sung this spunk number.
The next number ‘Titli’ seems like a simple Bollywood romantic number. The song has folk tune and is quite melodious. Vocals by Chinmayi Sripada and Gopi Sunder provide freshness to the song. Somewhere the song reminds of ‘San sanasan’ from ‘Asoka’.
‘Tera raasta chhodoon na’ is again a romantic ballad. Anusha Mani, who is a new singer, has rendered breeziness to this song. Amitabh Bhattacharya has also included his vocals in this song.
‘Kashmir main, tu kanyakumari’ is a joy filled song reminding of the voice of Udit Narayan’s songs of 90’s. Arijit Singh has sung this song and has done an excellent job. After ‘Aashiqui 2’, Arijit surely queues for a hit song with this number.
‘Ready Steady Po’ is a Hinglish number apt for a JAM session. The music is loud but not very impressive. The effect will die down with the movie.Overall, the album is above average. None of the numbers are absolute downer and a few manage to outshine as well. Since it is a Rohit Shetty masala movie, audience can expect a huge variation in the mood of different songs. Of course, ‘Titli’ and ‘One Two Three Four’ are worth listening on a long drive.