By Hindustan Times
Mumbai, Aug. 10 -- Film: Bodyguard. Music: Himesh Reshammiya, Pritam. Lyrics: Neelesh Misra.
Bodyguard makes no bones of what it intends to be - an all-out Punjabi pop, lowest-denominator leg shaker, with the occasional lovey-dovey number. This is the sort of music the film's music directors Pritam and Himesh Reshammiya want to see being played on the roads and in nightclubs.
And that may not be so hard given the fact that this movie is a larger-than-life Salman-starrer. Songs don't necessarily need to make much sense or need a specific reason for their style or genre. For instance, the title track starts with a regular tapori asking another if he's heard the title song in the movie, which is apparently "faadu" (super). The song continues expectedly, but random guitar riffs dilute its rhythm.
The next, 'I love you...' with vocals by Ash King and Clinton Cerejo is a typical romantic number with soft Bossa nova inspired acoustic guitar. 'Desi beat...' with its terribly ingenious name is pretty much what it suggests. But Mika and Amrita Kak capably handle the singing and push it out of mediocrity - if only by the littlest bit.
"Teri meri...' will be forgotten within seconds of being heard. It's tedious, droning, and disappointing because Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Shreya Ghoshal are very singers. The next eight songs are remixes and reprises of the first four - Shaan and Clinton do an unplugged version of 'I love you' and Salman takes the mic in yet another Bodyguard remix.
Overall, the tunes are formulaic and contrived. A couple of dance songs may find their way to clubs, but on the whole, you can give it a miss. What we like * Acoustic version of 'I love you...' What we don't like * Eight remixes, but only four original songs