There are good expectations from the music of Jism 2. After all it has the name Bhatt attached to it and even though it isn’t really a Mukesh Bhatt production (he is the one who is known to have the best ear for music in the family), the very fact that Mahesh Bhatt is associated with the film is a good enough reason to expect some soulful tracks. Moreover, Pooja Bhatt’s Jism has boasted of some good songs as well (it’s ‘Awarapan Banjarapan‘ reverberates till date) while Paap too has boasted of some haunting tunes, all of which result in soaring expectations from Jism 2. Also, one waits to be surprised as well, what with absolute newcomers like Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Rushk (Pakistani band) and Abdul Baasith Saeed (from Maldives) composing a few songs and Mithoon also chipping in. The same team also contributes with the lyrics along with Munish Makhija and Unoosha.
It has been quite a while since K.K. was heard in a melodious outing that came with a promise of good shelf life. Well, the wait is finally over and what better way to make a huge splash than arrive in a song for a film backed by the Bhatts. ‘Abhi Abhi‘ is the song in picture and it has the kind of magic that can be lived ‘kabhi bhi’. First timer Arko Pravo Mukherjee comes up with a fantastic composition and demonstrates yet again that Bhatts have a knack of picking up beautiful compositions regardless of the film’s genre. Even though Jism 2 is an erotica, the song has the right dose of love and freshness in it which is infectious. What also makes the song special are lyrics by Arko Pravo Mukherjee and Munish Makhija which only get further fillip when Shreya Ghoshal joins K.K for the duet version of ‘Abhi Abhi‘.
Next song to follow, ‘Yeh Kasoor‘ really surprises because Sonu Kakkar keeps her boisterous side aside and renders a track which is as soulful as it gets. In fact this is one song that reminds one of the tunes that M.M. Kreem had composed for Jism. The same theme is carried forward for ‘Yeh Kasoor‘ which could well have been termed as a ‘ghazal’ had the arrangements been as per that setting. However with a good fusion mix lent by Mithoon (who also writes lyrics here), the song fits itself totally into the Bhatt template. A song that brings to fore the realisation of love by the female protagonist, ‘Yeh Kasoor‘ is a pleasant hear.
What brings a boisterous feel to the album though is ‘Maula‘ which comes next. Starting off with cello coming into play, the song is yet another gem by Arko Pravo Mukherjee who makes a huge second impression in the album. His lyrics too are filled with pathos with a strong undercurrent of love that only makes ‘Maula‘ special. What is also noticeable in the song are numerous variations that singer Ali Azmat takes, hence lending a surprise at very junction. By now one is pretty much assured that Jism 2 has the stamp of Bhatts all over it, hence falling into the category of a quintessential musical coming from the production house.
The belief only gets intensified further with the same team of ‘Maula‘ coming together for yet another winner – ‘Yeh Jism‘. A title track, this one too amalgamates passion with pathos, hence ensuring that the visuals would be further enhanced once the song comes into play. Add to that the fact that Sunny Leone is expected to bring in enough sensuality on screen, hence justifying the lyrics which bring just the right kind of pain the protagonists are suffering from. However a note here; the song isn’t entirely Arko’s own, what with liberal inspiration from two Turkish tracks – ‘Bizimkisi Bir Ask Hikayesi‘ and ‘Unut Beni‘.
The album continues its winning run with ‘Darta Hoon (Adhoora) ‘, a track by Pakistani band Rushk. From the soulful melodies that had been heard so far, the mood changes this time around, what with the song starting off as a rock outing. However as it turns out within 100 seconds of its play, this one is set as a fusion number with a Sufi touch being lent to it, courtesy the female voice that plays in one’s mind long after the song has been sung. Eventually it is immaterial to equate the song to any one genre in particular as the haunting feel ends up making it a right candidate for a lounge outing as well.
Jism 2 doesn’t conclude on an ordinary note either, what with ‘Hey Walla‘ turning out to be, hold your breath, an English song with a club setting to it. Though at the beginning it seems like an extension of ‘Darta Hoon‘, it comes on its own soon after with Unoosha (who boasts of a Maldives origin) coming behind the mike. A song that is made entirely by a Maldivian team with composer Abdul Baasith Saeed bring a techno effect to the song and ensuring that DJs have yet another track to bite on in weeks to come, ‘Hey Walla‘ is also co-written by him and Unoosha. One waits to see how exactly does the song fit into the film.
Ultimately, Jism 2 delivers a tad more than what seemed like a promise before the album was played. A package affair that goes well with the theme of the film, it also ensures that there is a consistent sound right through the album which doesn’t distract a listener or make him jump into the next track. It also has a rather smooth flow to it which allows one to grasp the mood and theme of the film as well while also ensuring that the album should have a long run even after the theatrical run is through. A winner!
Abhi Abhi, Maula, Yeh Jism