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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Teri Meri Kahaani Music Review

Shahid and Priyanka AKA Krish and Radha
Rating: ★ ★ 
Prasoon Joshi is among those lyricists in the industry that believes in quality meaningful stuffy work, case in point 'Taare Zameen Par' and 'Rang De Basanti' which is considered his best work till date. Kunal Kohli (Writer, Director, Producer) has used Prasoon Joshi from 'Hum Tum' (2004) to 'Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic' (2008) and no surprise for '''Teri Meri Kahaani'' he sticks to this talented artist who last wrote (and composed also) for ‘‘Aarakshan’’ (2011), not to mention the title track of ''Satyamev Jayate''. Coming to the music, Sajid-Wajid comes to the picture but looking back at the average work from the composer duo starting from '''Miley Na Miley Hum'' to ''Housefull 2'' to ''Tezz'' and more recently  '''Rowdy Rathore'', expectations are mixed and a bit on the lower side. But with ''Mukhtsar'' already climbing up the charts, one is keen to check out the five originals along with two remixes that depicts love across different eras- 1910, 1960 and 2012!

Electronic Piano sets the mood straightaway and Wajid enters with all the pumping and thumping beats.."Mukhtasar" is easily the best track of the album that will get on you instantly and is for those who crave for romantic tracks attached with a club feel. Although Wajid's voice reminds me of Mohit Chauhan but still one of the better songs he has sung lately. Prasoon Joshi is pretty average with his pen and doesn't write any groundbreaking stuff except for the word 'Mukhtasar'. All in All a theme based track where the piano renditions may be used for all the three era's (obviously on different instruments depending on each era) and yes, a Chart Scorcher for sure! DJ Suketu handles "Mukhtasar-Remix" which is annoying with same singer, same lyrics and same arrangements, except few extra beats here and there. Waste of time to be very blunt!

Aaaaahhh..Some classical arrangements at the very onset create a soothing peaceful ambience and then the maestro, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (RFAK) voice..WoW Man! "Allah Jaane" has everything, from superbly polished arrangements to brilliantly written lyrics to the absorbing RFAK voiceThe flute, Tabla and Harmonium Jugalbandi in the interludes touches the soul and gives a feeling of 'WoW'. Prasoon Joshi fills romance in each and every word, where one can easily relate the feeling of being in love for the very first time, especially both the antara's: 
''Dagmagane Laga Hai, Guroor Bhi Sharaabi Ho Gaya,
Mitt Gayi Meri Hasti, Koi Husn Inqalibi Ho Gaya''
The composition is right up there with the best of the lot and can even challenge the maestro very own ''Rabba'' from 'Mausam'..One word 'Gorgeous'! Don't miss this one.

As one moves forward to "Jabse Mere Dil Ko Uff" one is straightaway taken back to an era of Shammi Kapoor; 1960's to be more precise. "Shammi is a style icon for a lot of youngsters even today, for the track set in the 60's, Kunal gave me a video compilation of his films and songs to pick up nuances. Through this track, we are paying homage to this Elvis Presley of India"- Shahid Kapoor 
Without surprising anyone, Sajid-Wajid chooses the best voice to suit the retro genre, Sonu Nigam, who else could do justice to the legendary voice of Mohd.Rafi, no one better than him. Joining him is Sunidhi Chauhan and the combination results in an electrifying fun, retro dance number with trademark trumpet/piper sounds and lots of electric bass guitar. The video will unleash craziness and is the one to look out for!

Wajid almost does a Babul Supriyo (Playback Singer) for the starting renditions of the "Humse Pyar Kar Le Tu" which is picturised in the 1910 zone. The best thing about the track is the variety of singers- Wajid, Mika, Shabir Bro and Shreya Ghoshal, not to forget the artistic Jugalbandi between the lead pairs, kudos to the conversational, poetic lyrics by Prasoon Joshi- He is one gifted artist without a sheer doubt! Simply loved how the male singers are switched in the antara's and honestly, for the first time loved how Wajid has sung this one. The second antara defines perfectly the qawwali genre, make no mistake, this is one song that has in it to enjoy a certain shelf life with a brilliantly choreographed video. Addictive! For the remix lovers, "Humse Pyar Kar Le Tu Remix" by DJ Suketu leaves aside the qawwali and turns into a western outing. Mika replaces Wajid's renditions (completely) and this certainly brings on some variety if not much.

The last track "Thats All I Really Wanna Do" starts with Harmonica loops and English chorus..Shaan and Shreya Ghoshal’s sugary vocals bring on the sweetness that a romantic track like this demands. A hummable tune with simple yet effective lyrics and saccharine filled vocals does the trick for this one but nothing innovative as such with the old tried and tested template mostly associated with Shaan. The 'Mukhtasar' Piano loop in the second interlude questions about the picturisation and timing of the song, should make up for an interesting watch on screen!

Sajid-Wajid does a very good job in composing tracks that moves through ten decades (almost) with Prasoon Joshi making every word count with his artistic skills. Listeners seeking something monumental or groundbreaking stuff (like in an Amit Trivedi venture) will leave empty handed as Sajid-Wajid sticks to the basics. 'Mukhtasar', 'Allah Jaane' and 'Humse Pyar Kar Le Tu' will grab instant attention while 'Jabse Mere Dil Ko Uff' has in it to be a rage if choreographed well and promoted aggressively. To conclude, a much better effort by Sajid-Wajid!
I rate it 3.0 out of 5.0
Edited Version @ Planet-Bollywood

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Aarakshan:Music Review

★ ★ 1/2
Prakash Jha is known for his hard-hitting-realistic cinema,his previous ventures had different music directors: Raajneeti(2010)-Pritam,Aadesh Shrivastav,Shantanu Moitra,Wayne Sharp;  Aparahan(2005)- Aadesh shrivastav;  Gangaajal(2003) -Sandesh Shandiliya.
Prakash Jha's movies are sort of non-musical,he gives very little space for music in his films,Raajneeti super-hit songs Bheegi Si Bhaagi Si and Mora Piya were given very less screen space in the movie.
For Aarakshan,Prakash Jha has used the service of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Prasoon Joshi(who had worked together for movies like Taare Zameen Par and London Dreams to name a few).The album offers 6 tracks with 4 originals,1 solo version and 1 remix.Out of 4 originals,3 have been composed by S-E-L and surprisingly 1 fantastic classical number by lyricist turned musician Prasoon Joshi,who has made his debut as a music director in this movie.

The album opens with another soulful number by Mohit Chauhan with Shreya Ghoshal, named Acha Lagta hai.The number is an instant catch due to some brilliant lyrics by Prasoon Joshi,however the way it started,it straight away reminded me Mujhe tum chupke chupke jab aise dekhti ho,Achi lagti ho from the movie Kuch Naa Kaho(2003) composed by S.E.L,But as the song progresses it creates its own aura and carries on to be a decent hear.

Next comes,Mauka sung by 5 singers-Mahalaxmi Iyer,Raman Mahadevan, Tarun, Gaurav, Rehan.Mahalaxmi Iyer made her singing debut with DUS which was S.E.L debut as music directors in 1997,since then she has been the hot favourite for them.This is more of a situational-inspirational track which talks about giving a chanas(chance),a track which will work more with the video.Again the lyrics creates the high-point for the song ,like -Kahi Jeet Milti Nahayi huyi,Talcum chidak kar aayi huyi.

Now sit back,relax and get ready for the only classical composition by Prasoon Joshi in the movie,Kaun Si Dor for which Pt.Channulal mishra and Shreya Ghoshal has lend their voices.Its one of those genre which requires atleast 4 to 5 hearings before it settles down in the memory of the listeners.Prasoon Joshi surprises everyone by his 1st unusual classical masterpiece and Pt.Channulal Mishra,who is one of the greatest and most gifted classical vocalists of India,is brilliant even at the age of 75.Shreya Ghoshal gets an opportunity to showcase her versatility and she has done a brilliant job by standing tall with Pt.Channulal.It will be interesting to see how the song is used in the movie.
The song has another version Saans Albeli ,which is a solo version by Pt.Channulal Mishra .I expected the lyrics to be different in this one but it was same as in the duet version.

The last original song in the album,Roshanee crooned by Shankar Mahadevan himself is a revolutionary track and is very much similar to S.E.L  previous tunes in the movie Lakshya(2004) -Paega jo Lakshya hai Tera-The title song and Kandhon se milte hai kandhe. ,especially the way it started and the chorus part in between every stanza.Roshanee is a trademark S.E.L composition which will go well along the narration of the movie and once again Shankar Mahadevan's voice reminds me of Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan at parts.

Mauka-Remix Version disappoints and nothing new to offer apart from some extra beats.

Overall,Aarakshan is more of a situational album(as expected out of Prakash Jha) and apart from Achi Lagti ho,other songs will not have a longer shelf life.Prasoon Joshi is excellent with his pen as always but sadly their combination failed to create the same magic as in Taare Zameen Par.

I rate it 2.5(half more only for the lyrics) out of 5.

Edited Version @ PlanetBollywood


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