Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Ab To Har Roz (Mithoon)

There is one thing quite interesting about Mithoon. He gave music for some hugely popular songs of Atif. And then, he started singing the same type of songs. In almost the same voice. Ab to Har roz is one more such song which features in his album, Tu hi Mere Rab ki Tarah hai.

Ab to har roz reminds me of Kuch is Tarah from Atif's Doorie. For those who don't know, Kuch is Tarah was the only song of Doorie composed by Mithoon. And now when I listen to Ab to har roz, I can find the touch of that music in this album too.

Ab to har roz is a very slow, romantic and touching song, though not as much as Kuch is Tarah was, only because the lyrics, though very good, fail to reach that level. Mithoon starts rendering the song in an ever slow tune just like Atif (talking of kuch is tarah again) or to be more precise, slower than that. The other difference between the two songs is that Atifism - by which I mean the high pitch that comes in 'Jo bhi gham hain ye tere, unhe tu mera pata de' and 'Sun meri Guzarish inhe chehre se hata de' in Kuch is Tarah - is absent here. Mithoon sings the entire song at a lower note and doesn't go for very high ones, not as high as those taken by Atif at least.

Overall, the song is good but it takes a lot of time to register the song with the ever slow music. Still, the lyrics are good and if you have patience and time, there are good chances that you love the song.


ab to har roz yahi soch ke hum uthte hain
tera chehra kahin ik baar nazar aa jaye
aur har shab hum yahi soch ke ab sote hain
tu dabe paon khwab mein kahin chala aaye

jis ghadi tujhse pehli baar aankh takrayi aisa laga mujhme zindagi aayi
hath phir zehen mein hathon se tere takraye
der tak ab jism se mere teri khushboo aayi
dil ne yoon tujhse mulaqat ke saare lamhe
tujhko maaloom hi nahi...
kitni baar dohraye

ishq ne tere hame jeene ka dhang sikhlaya
ik naye andaz mein khud humse humko milwaya
in dino jab bhi kabhi maine aaina dekha
apne chehre pe kahin kuch noor sa paya
ab to maalik se ye din raat dua kare
noor chehre pe ye saari umr ko bas theher jaaye

ab to har roz yahi soch ke hum uthte hain
tera chehra kahin ik baar nazar aa jaye
aur har shab hum yahi soch ke ab sote hain
tu dabe paon khwab mein kahin chala aaye

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Tu hi Tu Har Jagah (Mithoon)

Mithoon is a composer who has been in the limelight ever since he composed his very first song for a movie. His first movie as a composer ruled the charts, and finally he's here with his first album. And he proves that the limelight he has been receiving is falling in the right place.

If the first song of his album, Tu hi mere rab ki Tarah hai was good, Tu hi Tu, the second of the album, is great.

Tu hi Tu, or Har Jagah mein tu samaya, as the song has been listed in the album, is a song that once again makes it clear that Mithoon is a composer of high stature, quite near A R Rahman in his approach to certain qualities of music and his singing makes the comparison all the more inevitable as he sings on higher notes with a voice that sounds quite like that of Rahman.

For now, I don't have much to say about the song, except that it's a must listen song for every Hindi music lover.

Here are the lyrics.

Har Jagah Mein, Tu Samaya Hai
Har Disha Mein, Tu Numaya Hai
Har Jagah Mein, Tu Samaya Hai
Har Disha Mein, Tu Numaya Hai

Subaha Mein Meri Shaam Mein Tera Zikr Hai, Tera Saya Hai
Mera Haath Jo Tu Thaam Le, Phir Jahan Ka Karna Hai Kya
Tu Hi Tu Har Jagah, Tu Hi Tu Jeene Ki Wajah
Tu Hi Tu Har Jagah, Tu Hi Tu Jeene Ki Wajah

Meri Subaha Mein Meri Shaam Mein Tera Zikr hai Tera Saya Hai Mera Haath Jo Tu Thaam Le Phir Jahan Ka Karna Hai Kya
Tu Hi Tu Har Jagah
Tu Hi Tu Jeene Ki Wajah
Tu Hi Tu Har Jagah
Tu Hi Tu Jeene Ki Wajah

Tu Roshani
Tu Hi Chandani
Tu Hi Ped Hai
Tu Hi Chhaaon Bhi
Tu Hi Raasta Tu Hi Hai Safar Jahan Pahuchna Hai Woh Gaon Bhi Mera Haath Jo Tu Tham Le Phir Jahan Ka Karna Hai Kya
Tu Hi Tu Har Jagah
Tu Hi Tu Jeene Ki Wajah
Tu Hi Tu Har Jagah
Tu Hi Tu Jeene Ki Wajah

Yaar Tera Saath Jis pal Pa Liya Jisne
Usko to Phoolon Ki Tarah Raahon Ke Khar mile
Oo Subah Mein Meri Shaam mein Tera Zikra Hai Tera Saya Hai
Mera Haath Jo Tu Thaam Le Phir Jahan Ka Karna Hai Kya

Har Jagah Mein, Tu Samaya Hai
Har Disha Mein, Tu Numaya Hai
Main Tere Nashe Mein Hoon Choor Sa

Teri Justazoo Mein Hai Zindagi
Mera Haath Jo tu Thaam Le Phir Jahan Ka Karna Hai Kya
Tu Hi Tu Har Jagah, Tu Hi Tu Jeene Ki Wajah
Tu Hi Tu Har Jagah, Tu Hi Tu Jeene Ki Wajah

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Mohabbat Aapse (Aa Dekhen Zara)

Aakriti Kakkar has not been very famous for singing typical, slow, soft, romantic songs. But after listening to Mohabbat Aapse of Aa dekhen zara, I feel there might be a change of opinions, that is, if the song gets popular.

In Aa Dekhen Zara, the next flick of Neil Nitin Mukesh, where he has also sung the title song, Aakriti Kakkar gets what is probably the best song of the album, a song that is slow, soft, romantic, that one would have thought of giving to Alka Yagnik or Shreya Ghoshal, but Aakriti Kakkar, the singer of generally fast and furious type of songs and a favorite of Himesh Reshammiya, gets this one, and sings the song with the same beauty with which Shreya or Alka might have sung. Maybe even better.

The song, Mohabbat aapse, gives a feel of older times, that is the '90s, but a setting of the 2000s is enough to tell that the song actually belong to this century even with a composition simulating those of the '90s. In fact the song reminds me of Akele Tanha of Darling, a song with a '90s touch I'd quite liked.

Besides being good, Mohabbat Aapse is the only typical new song of the album Aa Dekhen Zara, in which one song is derived from the original Aa Dekhen Zara, the other - Let's rock the party - is almost a copy of Let's party from God Tussi Great Ho, and Paisa hai Power is the 'different' song of the album, a good number, though the composer couldn't find much 'different' in the 'different' song.

Coming back, Mohabbat Aapse is a song based on good music and beautiful, soft singing. The lyrics are all sweet-syrupy and there is not a lot to be expected on that front. But overall, the song is likeable and those fans of the '90s songs would probably love the song. Try it, and I hope you wouldn't be disappointed.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Aasma Odh kar (13B)

Shankar Ehsaan Loy as composers. And Shankar himself singing with Chitra. What can one expect from such a combination except a beautiful melody. And Aasma odhkar is just the same, with a lot of instruments playing in the background though.

I can't exactly find the genre of the song, but it's something like Tere Naina which is fast and still melodius. Also, the music reminds me somehow of Roja, probably because of the jingling instruments used, as there is nothing to suggest that any music or style is copied.

I don't remember Shankar singing along with Chitra for a Hindi movie before this. The experience is surely great as both the singers are almost at their best which is something not very common, especially nowadays.

Lyrics of Neelesh Misra are good. If you get past the skies, stars and clouds, you even find the meaning and it sounds pretty romantic. Though the song is so fast that in the first time, you won't find time to search for the meaning.

Technically speaking, there was one thing I found wrong with the song. Instead of Orh kar, both Shankar and Chitra pronounce the word as Odh kar, that is, if you can understand, as it's not possible to clear this in Roman script. In fact, once or twice Chitra sounds almost a foreigner for a moment as she makes 'Audh kar' of the Orh kar or odh kar.

Overall, the song is almost back to '90s for a lot of it. And that too the way A R Rahman used to compose in those days. Still, those songs are loved by all even now, and I guess this one will be liked, too.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sufi Tere Pyar Mein (Jai Veeru)

Well, if you have heard the song or going to listen soon, it's my job to tell you that this song is not composed by some Pakistani guy or band, or even Mithoon. Sufi tere pyaar mein is a composition of Bappa Lahiri, the already known son of Bappa Lahiri.

The song is a good composition but is clearly influenced by Pakistani composers. The start of the song goes exactly like Tera Mera Rishta Purana, from Awarapan. The singer, Saim, has sung the song almost like Atif, or in better words, almost like a Pakistani singer and I guess that would have been the demand of the director and composer.

The song, though a duet, is almost a solo song by Saim, just the way Atif had Bakhuda Tumhi Ho. In the start, Tulsi gets to sing even less as she doesn't get past two lines at a time but in the last one and half minutes she gets a major share of the song before Saim gets to finish the song.

As far as lyrics are concerned, the song is not exceptionally good, but Sameer goes a step better than his usual with the mukhda that is Sufi tere pyaar mein ban hi gaya and stays just a step behind Sayeed Quadri, as comparison becomes obvious.

Overall, Sufi tere pyar mein is a song which doesn't have much new to it but the composition is good and the so is the singing, and hence the song can be well accepted by the audiences, depending on the promotion.

Dev D: movie review

There are two types of reactions to masterpieces. Either you absolutely love them, or you absolutely hate them. So before you go for the movie, see the promos and decide which side you are on.

It was really confusing when i saw one star to dev d by Taran Adarsh and five stars by Nikhat Kazmi of ToI. But when i saw the movie, i found both the reviews were correct from different points of view depending on the viewer, though it was unpleasantly surprising that Taran opined quite like a person without pragmatism, something i don't expect from a reviewer of his stature.

Anyway, i was almost sure on which side i would be and it turned the same. I just loved the movie in all senses of word. New story, new style of telling, natural acting (at least by abhay deol and maahi gill), beautiful cinematography, and a wonderful soundtrack which has one background for everything happening in the foreground. And still it works almost perfectly. Hats off to Amit Trivedi.

Besides Amit, people who have done some wonderful work are, Amitabh Bhattacharya for lyrics varying from emosanal attyachar to saali khushi, abhay deol for being a natural again, rajeev rai for a superb choreography, and of course Anurag Kashyap for not just making the movie but for daring to make it and put his heart and soul and mind in it.

Finally, the result is the same as i told in the first line. Dev.D is almost a masterpiece which you can love or hate. If you feel it's your type, just go for it, and if you don't have that feeling, there is very little chance you'll like the movie.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Dev D: Reviewing the Reviews

I haven't yet seen Dev.D. But still, there was an urge to see the reviews and so I started with my favorite, Taran Adarsh from IndiaFM, or BollywoodHungama now. It was disheartening to see there was just one star and Taran described the movie as No Smoking II.

Well, that was something I cannot agree with. After a disaster, it's rarely possible to make another disaster, until you are Ram Gopal Varma. And my guess is that there is only one Ram Gopal Varma on the earth. Until I see Dev.D, I won't believe it's No Smoking II, or that there are two Ram Gopal Varmas.

Anyway, done with Taran, I decided to go for the reviewer I almost despise. That is Nikhat Kazmi, the reviewer for the Times of India who said Dhoom 2 was a great movie, and compared it to Hollywood flicks. The interesting thing is that Nikhat Kazmi gives the movie a five star rating and calls it Critic's rating.

Well, to be true, I have never seen such extreme reviews of any movie till date. So I went for more and saw the review on Passion For Cinema. Here, Pragya Tiwari writes 'Dev D is a lot of fun'. Whereas Nikhat Kazmi calls Dev.D a 'brilliant breakthrough for Bollywood'.

At the end, the only thing I can say is that Anurag Kashyap is surely a man of extremities. His Paanch didn't come out due to extreme violence, his Black Friday was an extremely wonderful film, so much that I felt it was too good for Indian audiences many of which won't understand the movie anyway. His No Smoking was an extreme disaster, and Dev.D is something touching the extremes from the very day when Emosanal Attyachar was out. And now, these extreme reviews of the movie. I don't really know many people who are so much to the extremes.

And as a final sentence, I'm waiting for the Sunday when I'll have three hours to watch the movie. Till then, confused between the extremes. :)

Monday, February 2, 2009

Lottery laga de maula (Lottery)

Our film industry is strange. Here anybody becomes anybody. Actor becomes director, director becomes singer, and singer becomes actor. After Aamir Khan and Farhan Akhtar's change of field, it's Aapka Abhijeet Sawant, India's first 'Idol' who is turning a hero from a singer.

But that's not all that's strange. Here comes more to that. Abhijeet, being a singer does sing songs for his own movie, but what comes as interesting to me is that it's Sukhwinder Singh who sings the title song of Abhijeet's acting debut, Lottery.

The song, lottery laga de maula is a song that has Sukhwinder Singh as it's OSP, that is, it's only selling point. It's a mediocre song with a limited life which would find it difficult to survive had Sukhwinder not been the singer. Now that he is there and that he has sung the whatever-it-is with quite an energy, i'm getting a feeling that the song might click. Basically, the main tune of the song is a bit catchy, and Sukhwinder's voice may help the cause of the song. Lyrics, however, are quite hopeless and there is hardly anything worth thinking about. Still, somehow i think that the song might find it's share popularity due to the singer of Golden Globe winner, Oscar nominated song. Fancy words for Sukhwinder Singh and Jai ho. :)