Music Critic: Subho
Producer / Director: Samir Karnik
Cast: Tusshar Kapoor, Kulraj Randhawa
Music and Lyrics: Various
Samir Karnik’s Char Din Ki Chandni is a romantic comedy where two ‘Singhs’ of the opposite sex – a Rajput boy (Tusshar Kapoor) and a Punjabi girl (Kulraj Randhawa) fall in love with each other. Set against the colorful backdrop of Rajasthan, the film offers myriad opportunities for mirth and laughter with its seasoned supporting cast that includes Om Puri, Anupam Kher, Johnny Lever, Farida Jalal, Chandrachur Singh, Mukul Dev, et al. However, its music is full of peppy dance numbers.
Char Din Ki Chandni has no single music director or lyricist although most of the songs are indeed original compositions. But what stands out is its overriding techno-Bhangra sound. You may say it’s almost on the same lines of Samir Karnik’s last film Yamla Pagla Deewana – even when it comes to music with its loud Punjabi influence brought in by music producers RDB, and his predominantly Punjabi croon-cast – Nindy Kaur, Parichay and Lehmber Hussainpuri (Awfully misspelled ‘Lumber’ on the Saregama CD jacket).
A word or two about RDB and his lead male singer Parichay is critical here (it may appear confusing to listeners of the Chandi era) as neither has any connection with RD Burman or Gulzar. RDB, short form for “Rhythm, Dhol, Bass,” is a UK-based troika of Punjabi Sikh brothers Kuly, Manj and Surj (KMS – how would that sound as the name of a music director?). Since 2000, the three brothers have created a new and raw style of British Bhangra that sounds very urban and contemporary; they have experimented wildly with South Asian music mashing it up American Hip Hop, giving rise to a new sound which is distinctly their own. The trio is joined by female vocalist Nindy Kaur – who sings one of the numbers of the film’s soundtracks. In two of the tracks, you also meet Parichay, the UK based R&B singer of Indian-descent. Parichay is known for his Rap, R&B, and Bhangra Pop, who also collaborated with RDB in Yamla Pagla Deewana. The other Punjabi male singer featured here is Lehmber Hussainpuri, who you may have heard before in ‘Sadi Galli’ (Tanu Weds Manu) and ‘Mallo Malli’ (Mausam) famous for his Bhangra Hip-Hop Style.
Let’s check out the music of this film.
Chaar Din Ki Chandni (Club Mix)
This is the title track, and easily the best song of this otherwise average album. Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan sing to Abhishek Ray’s tune with aplomb. Abhishek, who shot to fame with his first album Udaas Paani with Gulzar, salvages the music of Chaar Din Ki Chadni with this memorable number. The Shaan-Sunidhi combo is too good in this song written by Sandeep Srivastava. Some great lines here: “Char din ki chandi mein doob ke jeena / Khushiyon ki hai boonda baandi, bheeg ke jeena – literally sums up the plot of the film.
Chandni O Meri Chandni
This is a remake of the immensely popular 1990s song from Shiv-Hari’s blockbuster musical Chandni. This version-recording is remixed by Eric Pillai and rerecorded by RDB. You will enjoy how Sunidhi does a Sridevi – which actually makes the song get a second, more musical life. You will also like the voice of Parichay, who improvises on Jolly Mukherjee’s original to make it sound like a fresh new number of our generation. But what you’ll love most is how Sunidhi relives Sridevi’s famous lines from the Chandi song – “Shona, shona, shona, pakdo, pakdo, pakdro, ouch…” – a very enjoyable and equally well-done remake of Anand Bakshi’s famous song.
O Meri Chandi (House Mix)
In this House Mix version full of Bhangra overtones, Nindy Kaur replaces Sunidhi. Nindy’s voice is specially treated to sound like a robotic chick! The only original addition to the song is the refrain – “Aja meri Ban Ja,” finally ending with a relief “Haan, Teri Ban Gayi…” Oh what a relief, when it ends!
Kangna Tera Ni
This is nothing more than a Bhangra dance number just suitable for Punjabi weddings. Dr. Zeus’s special effects pepper Lehmber Hussainpuri perfect singing with some great Beat boxing, Rap and electronica.
The fourth dance number of the album – “Radha Rani Nache, Nache Re” is by Sandesh Sandhilya and Shewta Pandit – well executed by both, but not a memorable Radha Rani song. Shweta’s sultry “sau sau thumke” lends a special sensuality to this otherwise average dance number. Thankfully, the perennial techno-influence in this album doesn’t overpower this typical Bollywood shaadi number written by Sandeep Srivastava and composed by Sandesh himself.
DJ, Play That Song
This again is a dance number that’s, you can say, dedicated to all DJs! Anaya Brahma’s maiden solo ‘DJ, Play That Song’ needs special mention as this is her debut song and has the potential to be a hit pop track that progressive DJs may find a foot-tapping addition to their selection of songs for the dance floor. Jaspreet Jasz’s Hindlish lyrics are most suitable for party animals that want to ‘just party all night long.’ This ‘freaking song’ also includes some impressive rapping by Jaspreet himself. Newcomer Anaya croons away coolly and confidently to composer DG’s peppy tune.
Bottom Line: As most of the songs of Chaar Din Ki Chandi are dance numbers, this album is for the hip-hop loving funky crowd high on spirits (pun-intended). If one song stands out in this predominately techno-sounding album, it’s the title track by Shaan and Sunidhi. That and perhaps Anaya’s DJ song make the shelf life of this album slightly more than the number of days mentioned in its title. Buy it strictly to add it to your party music collection… It’s indeed rocking – as long as it lasts!