Going by the plotline and the genre of the upcoming film Maximum, one would not anticipate much scope for music. A film based on cops in aamchi Mumbai style does not throw up many circumstances for a musical ride but quite surprisingly, the album of Maximum comes up with 6 tracks. What is more intriguing is that the makers have not enrolled one or two but three music directors to compose the numbers. Even the lyrics department has been handled by three songwriters. Being a film entirely based in Mumbai and featuring Marathi characters, the local flavor has also been maintained across the album.
‘Aa Ante Amalapuram’ may be easily recognized by patrons of Telugu cinema. The song has been reprised with changes to some of the lyrics and the core composition. This is an all out item number perhaps aimed at jigging things up. The song literally goes on to mean A For Amalapuram and hence on to different alphabets and cities. Malathy does a wonderful job singing this recomposed song. Devi Shri, who had also composed the original, just brings about a few changes that manage to draw your attention. You may not fall in love with ‘Aa Ante Amalapuram’ but it’s funky and catchy nonetheless.
‘Aaja Meri Jaan’ sung by Ritu Pathak and Tochi Raina is a romantic number. Although the singers have done a good job still the music director Amjad Nadeem yet again fails to defy the overused Bollywood styled compositions. You may like the electric sitar used in the song but apart from that, the beats or the funky feel, none matter much with ‘Aaja Meri Jaan’.
The album of Maximum may have had a decent start but things are certainly downtrodden with ‘Sutta’. The composition, singing and the lyrics (Shabbir Ahmed and Raqeeb Alam) blend just a bit and create a very average experience. ‘Namami Shamishaan’, the last song sung by Bandini Sharma may appeal to those that have a penchant for piano and devotional tracks. Perhaps, the song has more to do with the sequence rather than being a standalone number.
‘Maximum’ is a good album considering that it is a realistic action film. Had it been a comedy or romantic film, the album could have been termed as disappointing.