Music in an urban action film guarantees one thing - it
would be fast paced and edgy. Even though Knock Out
has an unusual cast of Sanjay Dutt, Irrfan Khan and Kangna
with not much scope of music due to its plot based setting,
one looks forward to what composer Gourov Dg [Gourov
Dasgupta] has to offer. Panchhi Jalonvi is the prime
lyricist with Vishal Dadlani and Shellee also contributing
with a song apiece.
The album takes a completely different route with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan coming up
with a soft number 'Khushnuma Sa Ye Roshan Ho'. A Panchhi Jalonvi
written track which carries a theme of world being a better place to live, 'Khushnuma'
moves at a slow pace and even though the beginning is okay, the later portions
just turn out to be average. In fact one gets a jingle feel and despite the
presence of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, the results aren't optimal here. Though the
song is about hope, there is a sad feel to it which only makes one look forward
to what next is in the offing. Another version of the same song appears as 'Khushnuma
Sa Woh Mausam' (with Shellee as the lyricist) and this time around the
singer at the helm of affairs is Krishna. The overall mood still stays on to be
Fun returns to the scene with Sunidhi Chauhan bringing on the exuberance with 'Jab
Jab Dil Mile'. Okay, so the fact is that the song reminds one of many a
Pritam song from the past but still it is good enough to lend a foot tapping
appeal to the album. Though not extraordinary and a chartbuster that would live
on for a year to come, it still is energetic enough to ensure some good visuals
complimenting the fast paced mood of the film. Panchhi Jalonvi's lyrics aren't
anything great to write home about but then if at all there is some scope for
the album to find inroads amongst the audience; 'Jab Jab Dil Mile' is the
one that should be played on most. No wonder, there is a 'remix version'
included as well.
Then arrives 'Tuhi Mere Hum Navaa' which is a KK solo. A
predictable track that enters into the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy zone and musically
reminds one of their compositions like 'Mitwa' [Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna]
and 'Sajda' [My Name Is Khan], 'Tuhi Mera...' by Panchhi
Jalonvi makes for a comfortable hearing. In fact at places where a line leads to
a pause, one is also reminded of Pritam's 'Teri Ore' [Singh Is Kinng].
Due to its heard before feel, 'Tuhi Mera..' doesn't carry a promise to
make any inroads into the charts.
Last song to come is 'Gangubai Pe Aai Jawani', which is seemingly
an afterthought, considering the 'Munni Badnaam' wave and also some
reasonable attention that 'Issak Se Meetha' [Aakrosh] is enjoying.
Belonging to the same genre as the aforementioned tracks, this Sunidhi Chauhan
number carries an altogether different mood when compared to the rest of the
album. A standard item song with an earthy feel to it, it follows a template
approach and turns out to be an ordinary affair.
Knock Out is a passable score though one would have
expected better results. Even after one is through hearing the
album a few times, there isn't much recall value that makes one
look forward to hearing it all over again. Barely okay.
Jab Jab Dil Mile, Knock Out
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