Music Critic: Mukul Kumar Sharma
Music: Jeet Ganguly, Pranay, Sangeet Haldipur and Siddharth Haldipur.
Lyrics: Sayeed Quadri and Kumaar
Director: Vishal Mahadkar
Producer: Mahesh Bhatt (Vishesh Films)
Cast: Kunal Khemu and Amrita Puri.
Mahesh Bhatt’s movies are always looked upon with bated anticipations for the music they weave. The last film that came out of Mahesh Bhatt’s Vishesh Films was Murder 2 last year. With a mediocre response to the soundtrack and an average acceptance of the film, Mahesh Bhatt had treaded on a new path this time. A territory that was untamed few years back has suddenly gained a hiatus in B-town. All thanks to Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and others who have been making films adapted from the South. Today, there is an increasing amount of hysteria over tracks that are belted and carved out of regional movies. Be it Dhinka Chika (from ‘Riinga Riinga’) or the peppy Chikni chameli item (from the famous foot tapping Marathi ‘Kumbri Pallali’), regional music is rocking charts this season. And how could ace producer Mahesh Bhatt not cash in on that?
He did exactly what he should have, making an album with an artistically and creatively gifted Music composer from Bengal, Jeet Ganguly to enhance the flavour of the season. Most of the songs from the album are upbeat and most importantly carry the essence of the popular Bengali soundtracks, composed by Jeet himself.
From the power packed concoction of the Sufi and rock with Chaahat, and the rythmatic ‘Gunaah’ to the peppy ‘Jo Tere Sang’, Mahesh Bhatt has finally struck gold after a Murder 2 lull. Kuddos to Jeet Ganguly for that. His music is refreshing as well as unique in its flavour and choice. Trust me, a new star is reborn!
The album launched on the 19th of February has an array of seven songs to the platter, with five original and two remixes. A menacing list of singers from the melodious Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, to the rockstar Mustafa Zahid and the biggest bet Clinton Cerejo, this album is all set to rock and how!
Let’s decode the album, now:
- Chaahat [xrr rating=3/5]
The album opens up with this soulful Sufi-meets-rock number and trust me folks, this is such a rock solid combination! Adapted from Jeet’s composition, ‘Ek Mutho Sopno Cheye’ for a Bengali film titled 100% Love, this one’s sure a chart topper! Listening to the song can take you on a trance. This 4 and half minute number can elevate you to an extraordinary plane with Romance. Sayeed Quadri’s mystic lines, “Main toh bas teri chahaat mein chahu rehna saada” eventually stands out as an epitome of Love and Romanticism.
- Gunaah [xrr rating=2.5/5]
Pakistani rock band singer Mustafa Zahid has always been an absolute favourite of the Bhatts. From making a splash from his Awaarapan days, he is the perfect find for the voice required for such a song! The moment you hear the chords right at the inception, you can be rest assured that this song is capable of giving many a rock song a run for its money! ‘Dil Phirse chaahe, teri panaahe, phir mar na jaaye, kaisi hai yeh bebaasi’ underlines the pangs of worry and sorrow the movie is etched with!
- Teri Yaadon Se [xrr rating=3/5]
The third item on the song list is Teri Yaadon se, again sung by the amazingly talented Mustafa Zahid. It acts as the base for the painful scourge that the protagonist goes through in the film and is a striking emotionally enriched track. ‘Yeh woh baarish hai, deti banjar hai, Bheegke hoga kya haasil’ are lines that amplifies the agony and pain that one goes through post a heartbreak. Brownie points to depict the angst of the character so poignantly through music!
- Jo Tere Sang [xrr rating=4/5]
The chart-buster of them all, this one is the peppy and upbeat number which is also a Jeet Ganguly creation originally titled ‘Khujechhi Toke Raate Berate’ from a Tollywood film. The beats are high; this tempo-uplifting song certainly raises the temperature. Jiving on the dance floors with such a high octane number becomes easy and a thing you can’t do without. This track stands out in the various mix and match amalgamations available on the album. Mustafa Zahid’s rendition is fully complimented by the right fervour and attitude. This one’s a sure winner!
- Arzoo [xrr rating=3.5/5]
When it comes to Fusion in Bollywood, no one does it as accurately as the man who has rendered the famous ‘Dil toh Bachha hai ji’. After the recently mesmerizing fusion of Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Ekla Cholo Re’, Clinton Cerejo can keep you wanting for more. This song is certainly one of the TRP toppers for this season. Without a doubt! Arzoo is a feel-good song and can cheer up a depressed soul within a fraction of few seconds. Clinton Cerejo uses his free spirited soul to its best to deliver such a soothing track! Someone we can never get tired of listening to!
- Gunaah (Unplugged) [xrr rating=3/5]
This is a slower version of the original track which brings in more flexibility and calmness to the setting, as well as the album. When Rana Majumder’s voice goes, ‘Ankhe hai nam, dhadkan madhyam’, it can track many with nostalgia and is reminiscent of anyone’s past. If this doesn’t take you on a flashback, nothing will! Strong with expressions, the unplugged version of Gunaah is a mediocre track! The barometer reading for this one might just be a little lower than average! But keeping the plot in mind, this slow number can turn out to be the best bet, who knows!
- Teri Yaadon Se (Remix) [xrr rating=3/5]
The last track on the list, this song is such a fast-forward motion of its original, with little to deliver and fails to create any impact. Unlike other remixes, this one fails to impress even though the beats are effective! Considering a comparison between the original and the remix, you might select the Remix when it comes to dancing and grooving to it, but when quality is concerned, you can’t help but choose the original track! Mustafa Zahid’s voice has been used with consummate ease and his range is terrific! Way to go!
The songs are edgy but are definitely nothing that can take one by instant surprise. Overall, this is quite an average album with not much to bank upon and nothing much to cash in! If you consider all the seven songs, Jo Tere Sang stands out as a clear winner of sorts followed by the beautifully blended Arzoo and the soulful rendition by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Mustafa Zahid is out and out the man of the show! Clinton Cerejo connects effectively with just one song, something that he’s unmatchable at! Rana Majumder’s Gunaah unplugged version provides the album with durability and a little viability. Nothing more! Overall, comparing the album to previous Bhatt films, this is quite a good one. But if you compare it with all, the songs might be forgotten within days! Jeet Ganguly tries definitely hard to bring out the best in words penned by Sayeed Quadri. Pranay and the Haldipur duo lend immense support to Jeet and hopefully, they will taste fame with their two renditions. Whether all their blood and hard work pays off, that can only be decided by the returns! Blood Money, anyone?