After a long wait of about an year, music director Pritam comes back with a musical score for a Bollywood flick since his super hit soundtrack in 'Dhoom'. And hasn't the wait been worth it? Because the music of 'Chocolate' is one of the most youthful, energetic, young and peppy soundtracks released this year [after 'Dus']. Produced by Vibha and Ragini, earlier associated with emotional light hearted subjects like 'Kaun Hai Jo Sapno Mein Aaya' and 'Shukriya', 'Chocolate' is a complete shift since it belongs to a thriller genre. A male dominated multistarrer, 'Chocolate' has a fine mix of actors like Anil Kapoor, Suneil Shetty, Arshad Warsi, Irrfan Khan, Emraan Hashmi along with debutants Tanushree Dutta and Sushma Reddy. Directed by Vivek Agnihotri who graduates from small screen to silver screen, 'Chocolate' sounds like an exciting helping on its way.
1) Halka Halka
A complete team effort, 'Halka Halka' is a superb song all the way due to great work by composer Pritam, Mayur Puri who comes up with some interesting lyrics and off course Sonu Nigam who gives the entire number a zippy and so very contemporary feel. With all the actors making an appearance in this track in their solo act, there are distinct shades of black [and a little of red] that give the song a chic urban look. A melodious western track with a consistent theme throughout, 'Halka Halka' is already vouching for a top place in the charts. To add to the party, there is a 'remix' version of the track towards the end of the CD as well that continues to rock the show.
2) Zehreeli Raatein
One wonders why KK is heard not so often in the Bollywood music scene. That's the feeling one gets as soon as 'Zehreeli Raatein' plays on. This poetic number could easily have turned out to be a routine philosophical sad song, hence resulting in a drag. But Pritam thought otherwise and turned it around into a fast paced pop track, hence enabling KK to deliver one of his bests. A situational yet catchy track, one won't be surprised if some great picturization enables this song to make it visually appealing too.
3) Jhuki Jhuki
Dev Kohli writes for yet another western-sufi combo track that treads the same path as its predecessors. 'Jhuki Jhuki' is rendered by 'now-favorite-for-sufi-tracks' Kailash Kher who comes together with Sunidhi Chauhan in this foot tapping track that should look good on screen. Though there is an apparent feel of deja vu, one doesn't mind hearing it due to sheer pace that enables it to pass by as a cool breeze.
After 'Papa Kehte Hai' [QSQT] and 'Chal Mere Bhai' [Chal Mere Bhai], the family affair shifts to a mom in 'Mummy'. It is the turn of the young female protagonist to announce her arrival while her mom is unaware about her secret 'behind-closed-door' antics! Sunidhi Chauhan does well once again by giving a different pitch to her voice once again to suit the vocals of a young woman. Mayur Puri's lyrics catch attention once again for this yet another western music based peppy situational song that has the potential for an imaginative picturisation written all over it.
5) Panaahon Mein Mohabbat Ki
With young singers ruling the roost for all the tracks in the album, how could Kunal Ganjawala be far behind? He makes his first ever appearance in the album with yet another imaginative writing by Praveen Bhardwaj. Just like 'Zehreeli Raatein', 'Panahoon Mein' too relies more on a beats and pace mode rather than turning serious and makes full use of the modern day gadgets and musical instruments that give it a distinct touch. There is not a single dull moment throughout the number hence making 'Chocolate' an extremely satisfying fair by now.
6) Bheega Bheega
With all the fun, dance