Naam Shabana

Naam Shabana’ starring Taapsee Pannu, Akshay Kumar, Manoj Bajpai and Anupam Kher among others, is an espionage thriller directed by Shivam Nair and produced by Neeraj Pandey. It is a spin-off of Neeraj Pandey’s 2015 hit ‘Baby’ and is scheduled to release on March 31.

The music for the film has been composed by Rochak Kohli and Meet Bros, while the lyrics have been penned by Manoj Muntashir and Kumaar. The album, consisting of four songs, has been released under T-Series.

Rozaana: It is a soft romantic ballad in the honey-laced voice of Shreya Ghoshal, whose soothing and serene tune is the highlight of the song. Rochak Kohli’s orchestration of guitar riffs and piano are nice, but is sometimes overpowering. Manoj Muntashir’s lyrics are just okay.

Zinda: This is a motivational track rendered by Sunidhi Chauhan. The song begins on a very plain note and lacks the punch. It takes off from the third stanza – ‘Zinda Hoon Abhi…’ and sounds really nice from thereon. Lyrics by Manoj Muntashir are suitable, while Rochak Kohli’s composition adds to the feel.

Zubi Zubi: This is yet another ‘quintessential remix of Bappi Lahiri classic composition ‘Zu Zu Zoobie Zoobie’ from 1987 film ‘Dance Dance’, originally sung by Alisha Chinoy. Retaining the hook line, Manoj Muntashir has penned the additional lyrics. Sukriti Kakkar brings has lent her energetic vocals to the song, while composer Rochak Kohli too chips in a few lines.

Baby Besharam: Meet Brothers get to compose this typical party song with upbeat electronic music. Jasmine Sandlas has effectivetly rendered the song, while Kumaar has penned the lyrics. The song is great as a stand-alone, dissociated from the film.

A film like ‘Naam Shabana’ doesn’t require songs in the first place. Thankfully, the album has only four songs. While it makes for an average album with two soft track and two peppy numbers, it remains to be seen how the songs fit in the movie.