Everything about the film is novel. The cast is a bunch of newcomers (most notably Rinke Khanna). The director is a first-timer. The
trailors project a different feel. So, can the music by Vishal, Shekhar, and Salim be far
behind? Well, no - the music is definitely different. Different, however, is not always
At times "different" is INFECTIOUS! And this is exactly what happens in "Musu
Mush", the great reggae-esque track that will have you reaching for the
rewind button. Shaan (of Shaan-Sagarika and "Mast Must Show"
fame) makes an excellent debut in the Hindi film music scene with some great vocals here.
His other number, "Woh Pehli Baar" is also a great
track, and might just ensure that Shaan catches the ear of a few more music directors out
The reggae "thing" continues with "Lakhon Deewane",
which is a song where the youngsters affirm their immortality in the hearts of their
could-be fans (akin to "Fame", which the movie is based on). The singer, Krishan
Kumar, is passable. The other number in this genre is "Koi To
Mujhe Bata De", where the students dream again of becoming famous. This
one is definitely a situational number.
I liked the voice of Shekhar a lot in "Dil Se Mere",
a soft romantic number. Here is another Rafi-clone, but he definitely has his own unique
vocal quality which manages to escalate him to a step above a mere clone.
Mahalaxmi Iyer's airy vocals are right at home in the waltzy "Tumne
Na Humse", which is also a good track with great background
istrumentals. Her higher range is a bit of a strain on the ears, though.
The title song, which sounds very much like a leftover of the 80's soundtrack
"Star", is one of the more passe numbers on the album. We have Krishan Kumar
again, who is better in his higher range but still not a voice that warrants another
The most technically-proficient song is the final number - "Hum Naujawan
Hain", which is a good combination of lead vocals, chorus, and
instrumentals. The melody reminded me too much of the title track from the T.V. serial
"Ek Do Teen Char" for me to take it seriously, but the other elements manage to
make the number quite foot-tapping.
The big flaw overall on this album is that a lot of the lyrics by Vishal and Raj Kaushal
are weak. I understand that we can't have Javed Akhtar poetry flowing from the mouths of
young characters going to a performing arts school, but when some lyrics make you cringe,
this could be a problem.
I imagine, however, that once we see all of the beautiful new faces on screen, nobody will
really be listening to the music or lyrics. Still, this is a valiant effort on the part of
the new team of music directors, and they have produced an album that will probably go
down well with the younger crowd.