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Review |  17 Aug 2016 17:11 |  By RnMTeam

Review: Director Shailendra Singh 'plays it safe' for debut's soundtrack

MUMBAI: Shailendra Singh's directorial debut ‘Sunshine Music Tours and Travels' concerns something clearly dear and near to him - EDM festivals. The movie revolves around the protagonist’s journey to the grand festival held in Goa, and surely, a movie directed by the brains behind one of the Top 10 music festivals in the world - Sunburn – will ensure the sound game is on point.

With the multiple composer theory gradually winning every maker’s faith, Singh played it safe for his directorial debut by virtually entrusting the compositions to Adam & Eddie. The young duo has created an album that follows the similar formula implemented by several other composers for movies under similar genre.

The album opens with a peppy, energetic track ‘Jee Raha Hoon’ and sums up the mood of the entire movie in its 150 seconds of length. The utilisation of banjo and backing vocals for the chorus throughout the song, Anish Nair enjoyed a certain advantage as the vocalist provides justice to the entire sound of the opening track. The following track ‘Phir Se Udd Chala’ takes the sound to a different route with its mellow vibe, and once again, the credit goes to Adam & Eddie for placing the tracks at the right place in the album. Vocalist Siddharth Basrur adds another remarkable feather to his cap – after his recent successful tryst with Bollywood music.

The third track in the album ‘Chamdi Boys’ defines everything that is wrong with mainstream music today. To put it succinctly, the song is an unnecessary three-and-a-half minute long effort that’s a sonic and lyrical disaster and makes you wonder if the track was composed by the same duo – Adam & Eddie. The composers could have let go of the composition, and yet, the decision would not have made any negative impact on the ultimate outcome of the album. But director Singh understands the industry, and sadly, ‘Chamdi Boys’ is likely to go on and become the most-heard song from the album. For the sake of music, we hope it does not.

Singh takes up lyrical duties for the following track ‘Na Ho Paayi’, sung by another musician from the alternative music scene – Anand Bhaskar. The two-minute-long composition does some damage control after ‘Chamdi Boys’ (Honestly, any absurd mixture of sounds would act as damage control after the disaster i.e. ‘Chamdi Boys’). But the collective effort of Singh, Bhaskar and Adam & Eddie arguably provides the finest track of the soundtrack.

Composer Sajid takes over from Adam & Eddie for the last track of the album, essentially a remix of ‘No Sex Please’. The composition sounds like a track strictly composed for pubs and lounges, and to be fair to the idea, promotion does emerge from these pubs and lounges.

To conclude, no particular complaints about the whole essence of the album barring ‘Chamdi Boys’, and regardless of how the movie fares in movie theatres, Singh surely has several reasons to be content with the music. The movie could further boost Adam & Eddie’s aspirations in Bollywood and music, in general.