Thursday, November 27, 2008

Song by Song: music review, Behka (Ghajini)

If you think Udit Narayan is the best suited voice for Aamir Khan, think again. After listening to Behka of Ghajini. Karthik sounds almost Aamir Khan in the song and if you don't know who is the singer, you can for once think it's Aamir himself.

As far as type of the song is concerned, it's difficult to put the song in a category other than only-Rehman-can-do-it songs. Though the song reminds me of Rangeela, especially Yaaron sun lo zara, but still, it's exactly not a 'tapori' song but to some extent a love song, at least on the basis of lyrics.

Karthik does complete justice to Rehman's music and chorus adds a lot to the song. The song has its high notes and in the second half, Karthik does a mini-breathless too, but the song still seems to be going at a fixed speed as it remains at the same level most of the time.

In short, I feel the song is a bit experimental, a lot new, quite good and may even be a hit. Try to get 'Behka'. Hope you like it too.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Song by Song: music review, Lattu (Ghajini)

May be Aamir Khan's greatness is proved once again by his Ghajini, but AR Rehman's greatness is already proven again. After Jodhaa Akbar, Jaane tu ya jaane na, Ada and Yuvvraaj, he is out there once again with Ghajini. While, in the meantime he created music for SlumDog Millionaire too, a movie mentioned in two articles of 23rd November's ToI edit page. And still, quantity hasn't affected quality of Rehman's music.

I have already written about Guzarish from Ghajini and now it's Lattu that is on a roll. With Lattu, Shreya Ghoshal seems to excel in a completely different area of music than she is a master of. Truly speaking, I didn't think it could be Shreya and kept wondering who-is-the-singer until I came to know who it was.

Lattu is a dance number, almost yet another Pappu, even though it's completely a new song. The song starts with some strange voices and then Shreya gets into a fast tune almost with the first note. The song has typical background sounds and vocals as Rehman puts in every dance number. Just like dirigidi-dada da-da-daa of Pappu, some 'maza hi maza re maza hi maza re simba ve' is the Rehman's signature here.

Prasoon Joshi has tried to make the normal lyrics interesting with his PJ's (PJ = Prasoon Joshi). Remember Zinda-bad-Zinda-good in Be-a-Rebel? It's almost the same feeling when one listens to 'masti mein bee - wo hai, Jeene mein Jee/G - wo hai, Seene mein See/C - wo hai, dhak dhak dhak dhak har dhadkan mein wo'. Though it doesn't add much to the song, it generates interest in the lyrics as the listener tries to understand the unusual lyrics.

Whatever, one thing that is sure is that the song is really 'catchy' and is going to rule music charts very soon, especially the FM listeners will feel the presence of the song very soon. Get ready to go lattu.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Song by Song: music review, Guzarish (Ghajini)

Last two months of this year are certainly going to be interesting. Salman Khan's Yuvvraaj, Shahrukh Khan's Rab ne Bana di Jodi, and now Aamir Khan's Ghajini. It's just absolutely wonderful. Especially in terms of music.

It rarely happens with AR Rehman that two movies with his music are being promoted at the same time. This time it's not just happening, but it's happening on big scale. Songs from Salman Khan's Yuvvraaj have not even passed their peak and you can listen to Ghajini.

Well, here I'm going to give you a review of the only song I have got from Ghajini. The song is called 'Guzarish' and is sung by no-Sonu-Nigam and Sonu Nigam. I mean, it's Javed Ali and Sonu Nigam together. The problem with Javed Ali is that you think it's Sonu Nigam and then you think it's not. It's the most effective way to identify him. But confusion comes in when Sonu Nigam is also there as he was in Nagada (Jab We Met).

Anyways, the song has some wonderfully simple and simply wonderful music by Rehman and I very much hope you'll be humming the track after listening to it once or twice itself. The song is the sweet romantic type quite like O ri Chhori of Lagaan, though the lyrics are not that good as of the latter. Actually the lyrics aren't bad but the name of Prasoon Joshi gives your expectations quite a rise which isn't completely matched with this song.

At the same time, one quality of the lyrics is their simplicity. 'Tu Meri adhuri pyaas pyaas, tu aa gayi man ko raas raas, ab to tu aaja paas paas' are really simple and you can remember the song even when yo listen to it for the first time. In short, the song is quite addictive as Rehman grips us all once again.

Hope we see more magic from Rehman and Prasoon in further songs of the movie.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Music Review

Finally, the wait is over. Aditya Chopra's next movie is all set for a release and the music is out there. Though the small number of songs, a total six, that is, with an instrumental and a slow version included, might be a bit disappointing, I hope you wouldn't be disappointed when you listen to the songs.

It might be a bit surprising for some people that the music for the film is not composed by the top three composer/duo/trio of India. (namely AR Rehman, Vishal-Shekhar / Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for me) But if you see the track record of Yashraj's past few movies, you will find that Chopras have been trusting Salim-Suleman for some of their largest projects.

And once again they prove they deserve it.

Well, the album has four songs with no remixes, a relief I guess, a small slow version (remember Chalte-chalte of Mohabbatein?), and a medley. Out of the four songs, two are typical Aditya Chopra songs, meant to be hit and preserved in your collections, one is a not-that-long-lasting hip-hop and one is too good that you will surely enjoy, a lot if you're well familiar with old Hindi songs.

Starting with the songs individually, the first song Tujh mein rab dikhta hai is a wonderful song sung by Roop Kumar Rathod that anybody will like while listening for the first time itself.

One interesting thing i found with the song that when the song starts it reminds me of Veer Zaara, with the very first note played, and then it takes a turn to a complete new song. Roop's voice also generates a sense of Veer-Zaara as you see him singing for SRK yet again.

The second song, Haule Haule is already a hit I guess. The song comes with the power of Sukhwinder Singh and is a bit faster than the first one. The song has a bit of hip-hop flavor attached to it but all of that is prepared in typical Indian instruments. This song goes high in some places and Sukhwinder Singh sounds absolutely fantastic in those places.

Also, the lyrics of the song are quite lovable and you might like some lines a lot.

Third song Dance pe Chance maar le is a Sunidhi Chauhan song which is a complete hip-hop, a typical Sunidhi number. The song doesn't sound very good in the first listening, but history proves that Sunidhi's songs rarely fail. I guess this one is not going to be an exception and somehow, people will love this one too. Also, the voice of Labh Janjua is used for the song which might help in making the song more popular.

The fourth and last original song of the movie is Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte. (I don't know why I wrote Original) This song is some wonder by Salim Suleman and in fact Sonu Nigam as well. The song goes something like this, it opens with the background music of Awara Hoon, and mentions almost all Raj Kapoor hits in one para. Then we have Dil ka bhanwar kare pukar, jiya o jiya kuch bol do, pal bhar ke liye koi humein pyar kar le in second para, Yahoo and others of Shammi in next, then Rajesh Khanna, Dard-e-dil and some more for Rishi Kapoor. The mukhda of the song goes as 'Hum Hain Raahi Pyaar ke, Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte', which if you see a bit closely, are movies of Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, and Shah Rukh Khan respectively.

But I guess that is not all about the song. You need to listen to it yourself to enjoy the magic of the composers and Sonu. Special credit to Jaideep Sahni for the wonder-wonder lyrics.

The fifth song, a female version of Tujh mein rab dikhta hai is sung by Shreya Ghoshal and she has finely rendered the few lines given to her even though there is not much in store for her here.

The album ends with a medley which is not very good and feels like an extra addition. Or maybe it's here just as per the tradition. Whatever the reason be, overall Rab ne Bana di Jodi is a good album. So better buy it and put to your collection.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Haule Haule, Rab ne Bana di Jodi

Aditya Chopra’s next movie Rab ne Bana di Jodi is all set for a huge release on 12th December and the music has already hit various FM channels. Well, it’s not all the music but just one song that is playing right now. But that gives some idea of the movie’s music, in fact about the movie too.

The one song that is on air, ‘Haule Haule’ is a beautiful track sung by Sukhwinder Singh that brings out the best of Salim-Sulaiman once again. Salim-Sulaiman have already given some wonderful music for Yashraj productions’ movies, Chak De India and Aaja Nachle. And this first song from Rab ne Bana di Jodi has the soul of O re Piya and power of Chak De, latter probably because of Sukhwinder’s voice.

Whatever the reason be, when you listen to Haule Haule being rendered by Sukhwinder, (Yes! Rendered, Sukhwinder has sung this song quite haule-haule) you just love it. When I listened to the song for the first time, I knew it was going to be a hit. I hope you love it too.

So find the song somewhere as soon as possible. And if you have already heard it somwhere, maybe these lines help you hum the song again.

Haule Haule se hawa lagti hai,
Haule Haule se dawa lagti hai,
Haule Haule se dua lagti hai,

Haule Haule chanda badhta hai,
Haule Haule ghoonghat uthta hai,
Haule Haule se nasha chadhta hai,

Tu sabr to kar mere yaar,
Zara saans to le dildaar,
Chal fikr nu goli maar yaar hain din zindagi de chaar,
Haule Haule ho jayega pyaar chaliye haule haule ho jayega pyaar...
Haule Haule ho jayega pyaar chaliye haule haule ho jayega pyaar...