When Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif team up for a film that is being produced by Yash Raj Films one sits up with anticipation with some great music. Sohail Sen is the composer for Ek Tha Tiger with various lyricists being roped in.
Laapata, the second song would bring back memories of countless Spanish tunes which have been around for decades and have been used in numerous European and Hollywood films. Sohail Sen is the composer of this track and although KK and Palak Muchhal sing it beautifully, the overused tunes play a spoiler. If you forget the fact that the music has been sourced from so many different originals then you might just enjoy the song. However, from the perspective of the review, Sohail Sen is just doing what Pritam did a decade back. Anvita Dutt’s lyrics are nothing great to speak of.
With Banjaara, you get a Scottish feel with the violin and a strong influence of South Indian (especially Tamil) films. Sukhwinder Singh is perhaps an interesting choice for the song but it is only he who saves the song from being a complete rip off numerous tracks. He sings it brilliantly and if you love it then it’s for him. Sohail Sen is a great music arranger but if as a composer he draws from other composers and cult classics including folk then one does not get a very nice impression of his artistry. Neelesh Mishra’s lyrics work in favor of the song and he does a fair job.
Saiyaara is a haunting track. It starts off slow and takes a soft route. Mohit Chauhan sings it in a way which only he can but he has been unable to shed off the exact styles which he used in Rockstar and one would have preferred something different to go with a different genre of composition. Tarannum Malik, the female singer, uses her soft voice to her advantage but she lacks the depth and the haunting effect that is required to make an impact with this style of singing.
The Ek Tha Tiger Theme had already been released with the trailer. It has been composed by Julius Packiam of ‘New York’ and ‘Kabul Express’ fame (movies that were also directed by Kabir Khan), the theme is catchy but it lacks any variation! Perhaps the real background score has more to offer.
Ek Tha Tiger does not impress, with clichéd lyrics, heavily inspired compositions and average singing, it is a rare occasion when a Salman Khan starrer in a Yash Raj film fails to impress with the music.