What would happen if a cook from Bihar reaches the streets of London? It would be a non-stop fun ride all the way. This is what happens to the cook Ramji [played by Madhavan] who steps in the streets of London and is hence rechristened Ramji Londonwaley. Ramji Londonwaley is produced by Sunanda Murali Manohar and has music by Vishal Bhardwaj, who came up with a forgettable score for recently released 'Bhagmati - The Queen Of Fortunes'. But with Ramji Londonwaley that has lyrics by newcomer Munna Dhiman, one has good hopes [if not extremely high] as the movie's theme warrants a feel good situational comic score.
Sukhwinder Singh begins the album with title song 'London London' [pronounced as Landan, as any villager would] that is based on 'bhangra' beats! A track where the lead protagonist finds himself falling in love with the city and getting comfortable with the people and the surroundings, it is a moderately paced situational track that may work in the movie if presented well. Otherwise, it is just about average with a feel of the 70s.
There is a surprise in store with Raghuveer Yadav getting behind the mike for yet another situational track 'Ramji Ke Paas Hai Sab Ke Liye Masala'. The chorus in the background is straight from 'Rukmani Rukmani' [Roja] for this title sequence that appears in the background when the credits roll. The song introduces the character of Ramji who is shown to be an expert in cooking and is preparing for the marriage of his sister. The track has a rural feel to it and works for the situation in the movie mainly due to its lyrics and some nice paced rhythmic music. Raghuveer Yadav sings the song well like a pro and fits in the mould quite well.
There is a remix of this track as well with rap by Arjun. It appears to be a version that may appear when Ramji arrives in London and acclimatizes himself to the surroundings. Yet another situational track that may linger on well after the movie's show is over, if fits in well with the narrative. Towards the end comes a club mix of the track as 'Ramji In Club' that features some brief dialogues from the movie as well while being integrated as a part of the remix. This part of the song gives some glimpses of the comic moments that one can expect from the movie.
Doordarshan meets MTV - that's the first thought which comes to mind when you see the names of Suresh Wadkar and Alisha Chenoy on the credits for 'Do Do Do Do' [meaning 'karo' in Hindi rather than 'two' in English]. A song of seduction where Alisha turns all naughty and mischievous, it has Suresh at his sober best. The number doesn't turn crude at all and in fact sounds like a nursery rhyme at places. Nevertheless, the song is just about OK with not much in it to have an ever lasting impact. The songs sounds well till it last and that's all! Now one hopes to see the choreography of the number that may bear some better results.
Composer from the south Pravin Mani comes up with two musical pieces from hereon - 'When Cultures Meet' and 'When Soul Speaks (Theme Track) '. While the former is a fusion piece between the western and Indian music, the latter is more poignant and tries to speak out what the mind of the lead protagonist is thinking while deciding between staying in London or returning back to his roots in India.
Sonu Nigam arrives on the scene mid-way through the album with the soft track 'Dhooan Dhooan'. (Incidentally he has sung another track around 'Dhuaan' in the simultaneous audio release of 'Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena'). The song has a pop number feel and is rich in all the departments — be it lyrics, rendition or music. The best track of the album, it is quite melodious and makes for a quite hearing. The track is not a blockbuster in the making but is of the kind that can be set in a repeat mode when you want to switch off the lights and go off for a peaceful sleep.
A song in the mould of 70s-80s comes in the shape of 'Bhool Na Jaying' that appears to be a track that would play on screen when Ramji is on his way to London. In spite of the presence of Daler Mehndi in the track, it sounds just about average with no trademark Daler effects here. Rakesh Pandit accompanies the singer with some 'alaap' as well in this yet another situational track.
The soundtrack of Ramji Londonwaley comprises of some situational songs that are not blockbuster materials that could be played on and on when at home, but look good when seen on screen. One can't expect a roaring success for this album at the music stores due to this fact. Another thing that goes against the album is its music release that has happened just a week before the movie's release and that too with near to nil publicity. In an age when the biggest of movies do not run for more than 5-6 weeks at the box office, it is also doubtful if the music of 'Ramji Londonwaley' may sell in large numbers even if people get fond of it after watching the movie.