Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Kismat Konnection: music review

If it was Life in a Metro in 2007, it is Kismat Konnection in 2008.

Yes, Pritam has once again come up with one of the best albums of the year. The difference is of the theme, and the similarity is that every song of the album rocks. And I think everyone is going to love this one too.

Neeraj Shridhar has rocked us with his Kismat Konnection ho jaye. Atif has entered our hearts with Bakhuda tumhi ho. And now, it's Mohit Chauhan with asking 'Is this love'.

Overall, the album has 5 songs in 11 avatars. And everyone is lovable. In every avatar.

First talk about Kismat Konnection ho jaaye. I don't think I need to review the song as it has been viewed enough already on TV. The remix of the song is good too and is going to be on the dance floors for a long long time. The song in its remix version shows the Hare Krishna Hare Rama touch more than in original.

Next comes Bakhuda tumhi ho. Bakhuda yehi hai. This is the song. Atif has sung a duet probably for the first time in a movie and the voice of Alka Yagnik comes as a little surprise towards the end of the song. The song has been well supported by Alka as she hasn't been given the high 'Atif-pitch' lines of the song.

The remix version starts well too, with Atif's Alaap and the female background voices rendering 'Tumhi Lamhaton mein' running simultaneously. The song picks height slowly and Atif again rocks.

Hardkaur and Akriti Kakkar are two names which have be in many chartbustersin recent past. The next song 'Move Your Body', sung by Shaan, Suhail, hardpour and Akriti is a dance member that comes in as a the third song of the album. Though there is not a lot that is new in the music, the song is almost sure to be a hit with the lines, 'Saade Naal Karle Party, Kudi tu Lagti hai naughty.'

The song is in three versions but only the remix is where you find some significant difference as the other too versions only differ in voices in a song where voices are suppressed under musical instruments. The remix too is fine with more of English rap lines in between the Hindi-Punjabi lyrics.

And then comes another duet from another band leader, Mohit Chauhan, 'Is this love'. The song starts with the ever-so-sweet voice of Shreya and Mohit comes in after a little music and gets into the rhythm of the beautiful love song in a superb way. Looks like the making of another hit from him after Tum se hi of Jab we met.

The remix version of the song is made well too, with Shreya coming in later this time, almost in the mid of song.

Soniye Ve Soniye is the last song of the album sung by Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan. The mood of the song is clear by the lyrics of the song. The Punjabi-Hindi dance number is a try to cash the success of Nagada of Jab we Met and it seems the song will be a hit too.

Punjabi-Hindi songs are always good to remix and Soniye Ve Soniye has been no exception. The song is well remixed and the dhol touch is lessened to give a more groovy effect and the final result is good again.

In short, Kismat Konnection is something we were expecting for. It's a great album with a number of hip-hop-and-hit songs. Two songs are already hit and I expect the others to be hit as well. The only question that now exists is how will the movie be. But however it be, Kismat Konnection the album is worth a buy.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

But Pappu Can't Dance!!

Aamir Uncle's nephew Imran Khan's debut Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na is still awaiting its release which is scheduled for 4th July, the same day when Love Story 2050 will be released, which will be introducing Harman Baweja, son of Harry Baweja.

But both the heroes have already got huge fan followings. At least this is what India's most popular* networking site Orkut is saying.

Now the question is who is the leader.

Any guesses?

Typing Imran on Orkut's search box tells us that the newcomer has a community in his name and the strength of the community is almost 19k, ten days to the release. In fact the guy has first four communities dedicated to him and the member count of the fourth one is 1k. Then only comes Imran Hashmi who has his highest community at 797.

Well, the intersting fact is that Imran has hardly been seen talking by Indian public and it's mostly the songs and promos, and maybe cricket matches where people have seen him.

And now comes Harman Baweja's stats. Well, a community that talks about 'Harman Baweja - Love Story 2050' boasts of 30,000+ members.

And this is not all, there are three communities of Harman Baweja's 'fans' with strengths of more than 16k, 14k and 9k.

Actually, these are stats which have surprised me. After seeing the stats I'm confused thinking what will be the outcome of Friday the 4th as previously I was thinking of Jaane Tu.. as a clear winner seeing the elements attached, especially Rehman's music, which is wonderful in the movie. But now it seems that with the number of Harman Baweja fans out there, it is impossible to guess the final result.

By the way, the main difference in the two heroes is that Imran is mainly popular due to his looks (till date) but Harman is popular for his Hritik like looks, body and Hritik style dance.

And probably that's where Imran is lagging behind.

After all, Pappu can't dance saala!

* : My Own Rating!!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Shahid's Kismat Konnection

If you think Neeraj Shridhar's super title song is the best Kismat Konnection has to offer, you may be very wrong.

Aziz Mirza, who once directed Shahrukh Khan in Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman and Yes Boss, and later in Chalte Chalte, has finally moved on, and this time, with a bang.

If Shahid rocked you with the first song Kismat Konnection Ho Jaye, Bakhuda Tumhi ho from Atif Aslam is something you are going to fall in love with.

No doubts about it.

The fact that Tips is quite hard on piracy this time has made it possible that all songs are not available online even days after official music release. This has made people more curious about the movie and the songs. Interestingly, till now, the wait has been worth it.

Kismat Konnection is where Pritam has worked with three band leaders in a single movie. Pritam has worked with Atif (previously Jal), Neeraj Shridhar (Bombay Vikings) and Mohit Chauhan (Silk Route) in separate movies to give super hit numbers.

Where Atif sang 'Pehli Nazar Mein' for Pritam in Race, Neeraj has sung two almost similar songs 'Hare Krishna Hare Ram' (Bhool Bhulaiyaa) and Ishq ka Kalma (Goal). Mohit Chauhan's 'Tum Se Hi' from Jab We Met was of course one of the biggest hits of the year.

So after listening to the first two songs, the song I am waiting for is Mohit's 'Is This Love'. Wish it comes soon, and so do other songs. But till then you can sing a few lines with me.

Bakhuda tumhi ho
Har jagah tumhi ho
Haan main dekhun jahan jab
Us jagah tumhi ho
Ye jahaan tumhi ho
Wo jahaan tumhi ho
Is zameen se falak ke
Darmiyaan tumhi ho
Tum hi ho beshubha, Tum hi ho
Tum hi ho mujh mein haan, Tum hi ho
Tum hi ho...
Tum hi...

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Yaad Teri Aaye

hmmmm.... hmmmmm....
hmmmm.... hmmmmm....

Ik pal mein kya se kya hua jaadu sa kya chala
Tujhse juda hua to aaj khud se juda hua

hmmmm.... hmmmmm....
hmmmm.... hmmmmm....

Ik pal mein kya se kya hua jaadu sa kya chala
Tujhse judaa hua to aaj khud se judaa hua

Aaye, yaad teri aaye.. o..o..o..
Jaaye, Jaan bhi na Jaaye.. hmmmmm...
Aaye, yaad teri aaye.. ooooo...
Jaaye, Jaan bhi na Jaaye..

Soona soona sa hai mausam bojhal si shaam hai
Tanha tanha sa har rasta tanha maqaam hai
Gumsum gum si lagti hai aayi hai jo hawa
Chhup chhup ke sab se chhup ke rota hai aasmaa
Bejaan dhadkane meri, aankhon mein hai dhuan
Tujhse judaa hua to aaj khud se judaa huaa...

Aaye, yaad teri aaye..
Jaaye, Jaan bhi na Jaaye..

hmmmm.... hmmmmm....
hmmmm.... hmmmmm....

Kisne socha tha aisa bhi aayega ek din
Khaali khaali honge, har pal chhin tere binn
bechaini hai betabi hai dil hai bujha bujha
Maara maara deewano sa phirta yahan wahan
Saanse ruki ruki meri, khamosh hai sada
Tujhse judaa hua to aaj khud se judaa huaa

Aaye yaad teri aaye.. hmmm...
Jaaye Jaan bhi na Jaaye..

(higher pitch from here)
Ik pal mein kya se kya hua jaadu sa kya chala
Tujhse juda hua to aaj khud se juda hua

Aaye yaad teri aaye.. hmmm...
Jaaye Jaan bhi na Jaaye..

hmmmm.... hmmmmm....
hmmmm.... oooooooooo....

singer: Mohit Chauhan
music: Anu Mailk
album: Ugly Aur Pagli

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Thodi Life Thoda Magic Music Review

In one word, it's Old. And it's not gold at least. With its music, Thodi Life Thoda Magic seems to be a movie of '90s. Even with some good tracks in the movie, it seems like the movie is behind its time.

The movie, which has its name conflicts unresolved with Kunal Kohli's Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic got it music launched by Amitabh Bachchan. The album has 5 tracks plus 2 remixes and a sad version, making the count go eight.

The first song, 'Thoda sa Gham Ho, Thodi Khushi Ho' starts with a music that may remind you of '60s or '70s, but once Sonu Nigam comes in with his typical soft touch, the song turns out to be a good soothing number.

The lyrics of the song are good too. And probably for the reason that the song is good, the composer Vinay Tiwari has tried to cash the song with both a remix and a sad version. The remixed version of the song starts off with some hope generating music and the final result is not very bad either. Even though the lyrics hardly match the pace of the song, the song is not bad for an age where every song reaches the dance floors with a remix version.

At almost 9 and a half minutes, the least that can be said about the sad version of the song is that it's too long. And before the song runs one fourth of its length, you realize it can only be good for background music, preferably in a saas-bahu serial. The great voice of Sonu doesn't help the song very much.

'Zindagi Zindagi Kaisi Hai Tu Paheli', the second song of the album runs for one minute and 18 seconds even with a dialog from Jackie Shroff. Though the song is not bad, it's hardly more than the length of a TV promo. Seems to be a late addition in the movie.

The third song of the album is again a slow number starting in the beautiful voice of Shreya Ghoshal. The song is very good from the point of 1990-95 era but the song will prove good in today's age is doubtful. The song has voices of Sonu Nigam and Vinay himself too.

'Tune Kahi Aur Maine Maani' of Kailash Kher is a typical sufi number and looks just like any Kailash Kher songs as long as instruments don't come into picture. But as they do, the song seems to be from Kachche Dhaage age, ten year old Sufi songs' era. In any case, Kailash Kher hasn't lost his touch to music and one can feel Kailash in the song.

The remix version of the song is comparatively an experimented with and the result is pretty good, at least comparatively.

The last original track of the album 'Maana Ye Aaj Humne' is again a song suitable for '90s. The song is sung by Shaan, Vijay and Swati. Well, the last two names are quite unknown to me too, probably not even winners of some show. Still, the singers have done a not-bad job.

Overall, Thodi Life Thoda Magic would have surely been a hit had it been released ten years ago. But for now, there are too many questions as the album looks stale. Still, some people may like it. Try it once if you still like to listen to '90s songs.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Ugly aur Pagli Music Preview

Ugly aur Pagli is different. But the difference which is seen in our dear old Anu Malik is something striking. In this latest album of his, Anu has roped in singers that are almost all relatively new and there is only one song featuring Shaan and Sunidhi. In fact Anu himself has appeared in only one song.

The album boasts of singers like Ishq Bector, Anushka Manchandani, Vasundhara Das, Mohit Chauhan, HardKaur and even Mika.

The album has five songs and two remixes. First song 'Talli' has already hit the TV and is quite likeable and expected too as it matches the 'doesn't-know-when-to-stop' character of Mallika shown in the first promo. The song has voices of HardKaur, Mika and Anmol Malik and has been also remixed later in the album.

The song Karle Gunaah is sung by Ishq Bector and Anushka and hence will be a fast paced song. Karle Gunaah also has a remix in the album.

The lyricist Amitabh Varma makes things clear with the lyrics of 'Shut up! Aa Nachle'. The song is sung by Vasundhara Das with Anu Malik and also has a new voice of Dibyendu Mukerji.

The song I am personally expecting the most from is 'Yaad Teri Aaye' sung by Mohit Chauhan (now of Tum se hi fame, previously the lead singer of Silk Route). Interestingly, this will be the first song of the choosey singer after Tum se hi. Before Tum se hi, 'Guncha Koi' (Main. Meri patni aur Woh) and Khoon Chala (Rang De Basanti) have been appreciated well among the few songs sung by Mohit for Hindi movies.

The only song with singers of typical 'love songs' is Yeh Nazar which is given to Shaan and Sunidhi and seeing the recent record of Shaan, the song can be expected to be good and maybe even great.

Overall, Ugly and Pagli looks like a promising album with not very long time commitments. The music looks as-long-lasting-as-the-movie type with probably one or two songs (mentioned at the end) having the capability of running for considerable time.

What is inside will be known only when the music is out. So keep waiting for the review and keep listening to the 'Talli' Mallika on your TV sets.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Summer 2008: Movies to Look For

2008 hasn't seen much in the name of hits. Where IPL became an instant hit with the ball crossing boundary line again and again, there were only two movies in the year, namely Jodhaa Akbar and Race, that crossed the boundary of hit. Nor have there been many movies that claimed critical acclaim, while 2007 had given a number of hits Guru, Chak De India, Om Shanti Om, Jab We Met and of course, Taare Zameen Par. Many of the movies were loved by critics also.

Well, that was the case with the movies released till now. But it seems that now there can be some change in the trends and I really hope for some good movies and hits too. Though Sarkar Raj hasn't brought very good results even after being good, there are a number of movies which must be good. So let's have a look.

Kay Kay Menon, Parvin Dabbas, Prashant Narayanan, Rajat Kapoor, Simone Singh, Sandhya Mridul, Sonali Kulkarni, Vinay Pathak. That's the cast of Via Darjeeling which is scheduled to release on June 20th. Whoever are the other people associated with the movie, the cast is expected to make a wonderful movie, which seems certain on seeing the promos of the movie. Though I do not expect the movie to be a blockbuster, it should be a great movie.

Next Friday, 27th June brings us Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic which is at least expected to fare quite good if not exceptionally well on the box office. The movie has a great soundtrack and the reviews have been good.

July seems to be the best bet with at least one movie every week to watch out for. The first Friday of July will see two long awaited launches -- Imran Khan, the nephew of Aamir Khan, in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, and Harry Baweja's son Harman Baweja in Harry's sci-fi flick, Love Story 2050. Music of both the movies is out and Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na seems to be leading the race till now as AR Rehman's music has helped Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na a lot.
The second Friday will be seeing Apoorva Lakhia's big budget project, Mission Istanbul. The movie has Zayed Khan, Vivek Oberoi, Sunil Shetty along with Abhishek Bachchan in an special appearance. Mission Istanbul is Apoorva's most ambitious project till date and Zayed Khan has even gained 11 kg for the movie. So it will be worth seeing if the hard work will result in the mission getting accomplished or not.

Kismat Konnection will be released on the third Friday of July. The movie is in hype since the day the promos have been launched. The first song of the movie has been getting wonderful response even before the complete soundtrack being released and with Pritam bearing the credits of music director, the movie is expected to have some wonderful songs.

The fourth and final week of July will bring hopes with Nagesh Kukunoor's Aashayein which was previously expected in May. Aashayein not only stars John Abraham but it probably has John as a singer too. Nagesh has been reported to have many 'Aashayein' from the movie after his last movie Bombay to Bangkok which was a disaster.

On the same day, there will be two more movies which have been in news a lot. First is money hai to honey hai which is directed by Ganesh Acharya. Second one is Ranveer Shorey-Mallika Sherawat starrer 'Ugly aur Pagli'. Ugly aur Pagli has started showing on TV channels and I must say I loved the first promo. Being a Ranveer Shorey movie, Ugly and Pagli is almost certain to have a certain part of audience but this will be worth seeing what results does his pairing with Mallika Sherawat bring.

The trend may follow for a few days as C Kkompany, Singh is Kinng and God Tussi Great Ho will be hitting theaters in August. So keep watching.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Music Review: Mission Istanbul

Mission Istanbul has a number of composers giving music for various tracks. The album starts with an average song, 'World hold on world hold on' in the voices of Kunal Ganjawalla, Gayatri Ganjawalla, and Raaj. The most striking feature of the song is the start it is given as it describes the setting of the movie to a good extent. After that there is hardly anything in the song except for the voice of Kunal who keeps the song lively.

The second number is 'Mission Mission', supposedly the title song. The song starts with a good note but it's probably the lack of experience of the composer Chirantan Bhatt due to which the song fails to make a great impact, at least in the first few hearings.

The third song is 'Jo Gumshuda' a treat from Anu Malik. No doubt when Anu gives music for a few songs in an album, it's good. Sometimes great. Here is an example of the same. Filled up with an interesting prelude and background voices according to settings of movie, it's a typical bollywood hit number in the voices of Shaan and Mahalaxmi.

As a bonus, the video of the song is good too, at least on one side of the screen. I case you haven't yet seen, go grab it at your favorite music channel.

The fourth song 'Nobody like you' is a brand Neeraj song. Neeraj Shridhar has been pretty good with his previous songs and here too he has left his mark on the song while singing with Anoushka. The song can be an instant hit once the video is there on music channels.

'Yaara Mere Dildara', the fifth song in the album, is something to look forward to. The song seems to be well set with the movie as the music has a touch of desert. The voice of Javed Ali suits the sufi song well. Sunidhi is good as always.

'Apun ke Sath' of Mika is a catchy semi-rap song and can be expected to run well as background with a fast paced movie.

The remix of 'Jo Gumshuda' is an album filler which is neither bad nor has something special to it. The remix of 'Nobody like you' is comparatively better mixed, which is likely from the past record of Neeraj Shridhar.

The last one, remix of 'World hold on', seems to be experimented a bit too much while remixed. But it all goes well with the voice of Kunal.

In short, it's average. Not bad, but not up to the expectations and hype of the movie. Still, as the music seems to have the same soul as that of the movie, the songs should catch up well with the movie, especially if the movie goes well.

So let's wait and see. Till then we can listen to the few good songs of the movie, especially Jo Gumshuda and Yaara Mere Dildara.