It has been quite a bit of time since we´ve seen a Sunny Deol starrer, though the one with excellent music that comes to mind is Dillagi, disasterous as the movie may have been. The latest Sunny Deol flick, Farz, alongside cutie Preity Zinta, sports music by Uttam Singh, of DTPH fame, so expectations are high....
The album starts off with a duet by Lata Mangeshkar and Udit Narayan, with the song Dekhen Bhi To Kya Dekhen. Lata´s voice sings of age, which makes Udit´s young, spirited voice sound especially fresh and vibrant. The music is very typical Juhi/Madhuri-like, curly hair flowing as they dance on the side of a mountain, though the beat does not quite match the pace of the singing (the latter being too slow). The song makes a pleasant listen, the song is nothing special or different from the run-of-the-mill love songs. Decent listen
Bichua Bichua is a solo by Anupama Deshpande and Ila Arun-like beginning was a huge turn-off. The fascination of Bichuas in hindi songs has grown exponentially in the last few years, hasn´t it. One song is fine, two, maybe, but please, not too many. The song falls in the ordinary bichoo songs, though it still delivers....uhhmm excitement? Maybe the song will pick up in the film, but for now...pass. Okay
Mohabbat Ke Din Ho (composed by Anu Malik) really sounded more like an Aamir Khan song rather than a Sunny Deol one (likely due to the Udit Narayan- Alka Yagnik combo). Har Subah Yaad Rakhna gives Punjabi Jatt Sunny his chance at the micophone, even if it is to accompany Lata Mangeshkar and Udit Narayan with dialogues. Though it is good, but a little too much Amitabh-like, and picking up on the Ajay Devgan trend. The funniest part is hearing the contrast of Sunny´s gruff voice and Udit´s singing (Sunny´s "song" voice). I am really tired of Uttam Singh´s irritating tendency to make the pace of the music too fast for the singing...is he just hard of hearing, or do voices register a little faster than do music instrument sounds? Both songs are okay, but nothing special. I suspect most of these songs will pick up pace/popularity with the picturization of the movie. Good, though ordinary
Jadoo Hai Yeh Kaisa rendered by Sonu Nigam and Anuradha Paudwal is ruined by the too fast beat. The singing is wayyy too slow and throws the entire song, which had potential, off completely. A waste of Sonu´s talent. Okay
Aelo Aelo Ji (sung by Udit Narayan & Alka Yagnik) picks up the album´s pace with a more disco-like beat which sounds almost ridiculous when imagining Sunny dancing to this song. This song had lifts from past 70´s and 80´s movies, one being Namak Halal. The song is cute in a silly way, okay make that ridiculous, but Preity Zinta can pull off this sort of song easily. Will pick up pace with movie picturization.
Jhanak Jhanak Baaje (composed by Aadesh Shrivastava) is a quick, catchy song that brings in a pop angle to the album. The fresh voices of Sunidhi Chauhan, Richa Sharma, and K.K., in combination with traditional and modern beats with a Punjabi twist, makes this song a possible Top 10 song and definitely a song that will be hitting desi nightclubs and remix albums. This song is one of my favorites of the album, because it breaks away from the typical love songs and gives something fresh and energetic. Hit!
Dhola Dhola picks up a more catchy Bhangra beat, the dhol a must (as is a must in the Deol movies). A duet by Sonu Nigam and Anuradha Paudwal, this song provides for a definite Top 10 song. An interesting mix of traditional and modern Bhangra beats, the song is fun and will be a treat on-screen. Catchy ! Hit!
This album lacks creativity on the whole part and I am beginning to believe that perhaps Uttam Singh just got lucky with DTPH (which wasn´t ALL that great). I suspect that the songs will pick up with the release of the film, but on its own, it is hardly a masterpiece. Personally, a CD investment is in store for me since I like Dhola Dhola and Jhanak Jhanak so much on first listening.
Favorites: Jhanak Jhanak Baaje, Dhola Dhola