Album + Soundtrack
When it comes to Indian movie soundtracks it's fair to say a handful of veteran composers dominate the industry. So it's always nice to see new talent break through and strike a chord with Bollywood fans around the world. The latest musician to hit the right notes is Sachin Gupta, whose royal soundtrack to the Vivek Oberoi-starrer Prince bears all the hallmarks of a modern chartbuster.
Offering seven original songs and a whopping nine remixes, Sachin makes sure anyone who buys this soundtrack gets their money's worth. The high energy O Mere Khuda opens with a bang and is followed by an equally frenzied Tere Liye, both love songs for the clubbing generation. Fast, action-packed and impossible not to sing or dance along to thanks to great hooks and infectious lyrics penned by Sameer, they set the pace for the rest of the album.
Having produced hit Indi-pop albums for the likes of Atif Aslam, Alisha Chinai and Mika among others, it's no surprise Sachin calls upon some of these vocalists for Prince. Popular Pakistani singer Aslam reigns supreme, featuring in most songs. His pairing with Shreya Ghoshal in Tere Liya and Garima Jhingon for Aa Bhi Ja Sanam works perfectly, their voices well suited to the soundtrack's techno vibe.
The pace only slows down with Kaun Hoon Main, a solo number by Atif whose powerful performance complements the rock-influenced tune. His majesty may steal the show but the girls aren't far behind. Indi-pop queen Chinai makes an appearance alongside UK rapper Hard Kaur in the Westernised item number, Jiyara Jiyara, which also gets a decent Bhangra remix.
The obvious criticism that can be levied against Prince is the excessive number of remixes forced into the album. For example, Tere Liye, which is undoubtedly the most popular number, has three more versions - a dance mix, a hip-hop mix and an unplugged rendering featuring Sachin himself. After a while they begin to blend into one another and threaten to reduce the impact of the original.
Having made the transition into movie soundtracks in 2007 with a few songs for the film Strangers, young Sachin's skills may have gone unnoticed. However, with Prince he has been catapulted into the big league, and is well on his way to becoming one of Bollywood's most sought after music directors.