Speed is the upcoming multi starrer directed by Vikram Bhatt and produced by Harry Baweja. The cast list is made up of Zayed Khan, Urmila Matondkar, Aashish Chaudhary, Aftab Shivdasani, Sanjay Suri, Sophie Chaudhary, Tanushree Dutta and
Amrita Arora. The music is done by the very popular Pritam Chakraborty with lyrics by Mayur Puri. Speed consists of 6 tracks, 2 of which are remixes.
Hello is sung by Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan, who are at their “peppy” best with this youthful number that has oodles of English lyrics. The song is about a guy harassing a girl over the phone saying he loves her etc. Shaan and Sunidhi sound very energetic and blend well with the hyped up music. There is nothing great about this number since we have been listening to tracks like this (What is Your Mobile Number? from Govinda’s
Haseena Maan Jayegi)since time immemorial.
Shaan and Sunidhi are back again with Wanna Wanna. The title lyrics “I wanna wanna
wanna wanna take you home with me,” are smiliar to “I Wanna Make Love to You” from Aitraaz. It may not be as bold as that, but the hyped and pumped up music make this track audible. The middle portions of the song, however, are really boring. The tempo slows down and the lyrics struggle to be conversational and fail terribly. Practically the only bit worth listening to is the “wanna wanna” bit, and even then, one starts feeling nauseous from the repetition of the words.
Do not except another “Mohabbat Hai Mirchi” from Tikhi Tikhi sung by Joy. Actually, there is nothing tikhi about this number. It is very much like Deewana Teri Aankhon Ka from Pritam’s earlier album Kya Love Story Hai, which was also sung by Joy. It has another 2 versions titled “Stomp Remix,” which are basically faster versions of the original number. The lyrical style is the same
with extensive use of English lines and rap.
One might perk up at the sight of Sonu Nigam’s name under the track Loving You, however it turns out to be just a regular, relatively fast paced romantic duet. It has symptoms of Pritam’s earlier works all over it, especially reminiscent of “Zeherelli Raatein”from Chocolate. Antra Mitra, who accompanies Nigam, is not bad for a first time singer. She is quite similar to Shreya Ghosal, so she does not make a huge impact on listeners. It’s only until one reads the artist name that one discovers that it is actually Antra and not Shreya. The lyrics are mediocre and do not offer anything new.
All artists have performed extremely well and live up to their names and suit the feel of the youthful, hyped up songs extremely well. It’s the run-of-the-mill lyrics and the haven’t-I-heard-this-somewhere music that is the low point of this album. However it is a good time-pass album that should find likeness amongst kids and teenagers. Hard-core music fans out there would
not appreciate Speed.