Not only does the name Gulzar
evoke images of meaningful cinema, but it also has become synonymous with excellent music
and lyrics. Gulzar's last offering "Maachis"
introduced us to Vishal Bharadwaj, the young and talented composer whose
"Chappa Chappa" is still being hummed by the "bachcha bachcha's"
of the world. Now we have the music to Gulzar's "Hu Tu Tu", the oddly-titled
film that is supposed to show us how life is like a "kabaddi" game.
The infectious number here for those tired of singing "Chappa Chappa" is "Chai
Chappa Chai", one of the best numbers we've ever heard from Vishal. Hariharan
is perfectly suited to the fun and spirited number, but surprisingly, though I am a
die-hard Lata fan, she is grossly under-pitch when asked to hold out
notes in her higher range here. The same thing is more evident in "Itna
Lamba Kash Lo Yaaro" - another excellent Vishal composition with
meaningful Gulzar lyrics.
Lata is slightly better (and the notes are relatively comfortable) in the soft rock-esque
"Yeh Nam Aankhein", which again is another perfect
Gulzar-Vishal combination. This number is a bonus song, however, akin to "Ae Hawa"
of "Maachis". The other bonus number is "Nikla, Neem Ke Talese
Nikla", another spirited number rooted in Maharashtrian folk music. All
three singers - Anuradha Paudwal, Kavita Krishnamurthy,
and Roopkumar Rathod - seem to be having the time of their life!
The first side of the cassette ends with an incredible instrumental track blending the
drums, the sitar, the saxophone, and a host of other instruments
- easily one of the best tracks on the album.
The Marathi-titled, catchy tirade against the world "Ghapla Hai Bhai"
by Roopkumar Rathod is another folksy number with a lively beat. The number is very
well-suited to Nana Patekar and should be
even more appealing on screen.
The preachy anthem "Bandobast Hai" uses a similar
style of harmony to that we heard in "Goli Maar..." in "Satya". I found Roopkumar Rathod to be
incredibly appealing in this song. Mr. Rathod's best number on this album, however, comes
in the form of the other anthem "Jago Jago Jagte Raho",
which is again some of Gulzar's best lyrical work.
Lata Mangeshkar more than redeems her earlier blunders with the last song on the album -
the patriotic "Jai Hind Hind" (the mother of all
anthems on this album). Patriotism seems to be what Lata does best, and she does it with a
great amount of skill and intensity.
Vishal and Gulzar both have a history of music that perfectly compliments the film, and
this seems to be the case here. But unlike some of Vishal's earlier scores, this one is
also appealing in and of itself. There are some interesting snippets of dialogue to
introduce each song, and if these and the
music are any clue to what the film will be like, then we are all in for a treat!