More Sound; Less Music
Review by : Harish V

Music Director : Anu Malik, Salim Sulaiman
Vocals : Alisha Chinoy, K K, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shaan, Shreya Ghosal, Neeraj Shridhar, Eric Pillai, Rdb, Anushka Manchandani, Karsh Kale
Lyrics : Anvita Dutt Guptan, Rdb, Sabbir Khan

Kambakkht Ishq is one of the most anticipated movies this summer, and with so many stars both Bollywood as well as Hollywood associated with the movie every small bit of news is finding the front page. The music for this big budget extravaganza was scored by Anu Malik, who is
  Kambakkht Ishq
trying to find a position in the now competitive Bollywood music industry. But Anu Malik is like Shahid Afridi, as you can never predict him and many times in the past have surprised the audience with some unforgettable music. Will the soundtrack be something to cheer about? Let’s analyze.

Vocals: Alisha Chinoy
Lyrics: Anvita Dutt Guptan

The tune is age-old but Anu malik tries very hard to be more hep and has used many techno sounds to capture the youth. But after finishing the song the only person who has carried this song from being just ordinary is the ‘Kajra re’ girl Alisha Chinai. Her magnetic voice brings the required feel for this seductive number where the heroine is trying to seduce the hero. Maybe with visual aid this song will get more appealing but for the time being it’s just a decent track. The remixed version is totally uncalled for as the original song itself has abundant techno sounds and the remixed version doesn’t impress much.

Welcome to Hollywood---

Vocals: Anushka Manchandani, Karsh Kale
Lyrics: Sabbir Khan

Anushka Manchanda and Karsh Kale are very helpful in bringing authenticity to this 2-minute song on Hollywood. The music is good enough to capture the audience and Salim–Sulaiman (guest composer) impresses with the instrumental usage.

Kambakkht Ishq---

Vocals: K K, Sunidhi Chauhan
Lyrics: Anvita Dutt Guptan

The title song comes next, it’s a collage of retro, modern and hip hop trance which if properly used would have been very effective. But Anu Malik messes it up. It is very loud most of the times and is a complete let down. The lyrics aren’t that impressive either. KK and Sunidhi Chauhan’s voices are overshadowed by the over crowded instruments. Have no idea why they even thought of a remix when the original itself was like one? Skip the remix.

Lakh Lakh---
Vocals: Neeraj Shridhar
Lyrics: Anvita Dutt Guptan

It is a bhangara song where the hero pulls the leg of the heroine. Neeraj Sridhar’s vocals are fresh and suit the genre but Anu Malik gives a music which seems to be an inspiration of many songs. The lyrics are quite good in this one. A decent song, which will be loved in the theatres, but not something that will linger in their minds after the show. Remixed version is ok.

Om Mangalam---

Vocals: Rdb
Lyrics: Rdb

This song has found place in all the promotional activities and has already become a rage among the masses. The chant of ‘Om Mangalam’ has been used well by RDB in association with Anu Malik, the lyrics and vocals are rendered by RDB and they have impressed one an all by this hip hop song which is sure to stay up the charts for a long time. The remixed song is also equally catchy.

Vocals: Shaan, Shreya Ghosal
Lyrics: Anvita Dutt Guptan

Kyun is the only slow romantic number in the otherwise heavy album. Though it does remind you of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy than Anu malik, it does impress you. Thanks to some rich lyrics by Anvita Dutt Guptan and amazing vocal rendering by Shaan and Shreya Ghosal. The few jarring instrument usage (especially the drum usage in unnecessary places) and a chorus on regular intervals shows the desperation of Anu Malik to mend his style to the modern but lack of experience goes against him. Shreya Ghosal’s solo rendering of the same song sounds a little better and much crisper.


It’s a heavy soundtrack which has too much of sound and less of music but Anu Malik’s attempt to impress the younger generation makes one feel for this once number uno music director. ‘Om Mangalam’ and ‘Kyun’ are the pick of the albums with the rest being passable. Lyrics by Anvita Dutt Guptan are decent but needs to go a long way. Kudos Anu Malik for the valiant attempt but better luck next time.

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