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Producer: RGV Factory
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Jiah Khan, Revathy, Shraddha Arya, Aftab Shivdasani, and Rukhsar
Music: Vishal Bharadwaj and Amar Mohile
Lyrics: Munna Dhiman, Farhad, and Sajid
Singers: Amitabh Bachchan and Jiah Khan
Audio On: T-Series    Number of Songs: 2
Album Released on: 08 February 2007
Reviewed by: Gianysh Toolsee  - Rating: 7.0 / 10
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The unconventional theme of the movie means that a somehow distorted music is to be used in the background or lip synced by the actors. Amitabh Bachchan is essaying a new experimental role, which is daring and courageous. Newcomer Jiah Khan holds a pivotal role (a teenager as the major attraction) in this twisted Ram Gopal Varma’s romantic story. A wild life photographer and a bubbly teenager in a RGV film – well forget about the inspirations but let’s watch his treatment, the clash of the psychology of mature over young and over all, how love still proliferates at any age. Call him whatever names; at least RGV did one good job for signing Vishal Bharadwaj for one of the two songs. It should be recalled that RGV worked with Vishal Bharadwaj last in the film Satya.

Although Bharadwaj seldom disappoints, it is the impact of his compositions that is the fulcrum of his expertise. He is better in delivering music in small doses, as he emphasizes on quality. Rozana is the splendid track that emulates that ‘emphasized quality’ mentioned above. Bharadwaj and Varma didn’t look far while choosing the vocalist for this track. Actor Amitabh Bachchan returns as the singer. The genre of the song has been designed to accommodate the theme. Dark, thrilling and mysterious may be too weak to describe the song. Everything is unusual about the track; divergence from the stale romantic lines and sounds heard in Western orchestras. It is conceived around one word: Rozana. Big B renders this track seemingly effortlessly and that’s the beauty of this highly punchy and poignant tune. Big B could easily have himself a dual career in the music industry if he so should wish, as, even at his age, his vocals embody passion, prowess, and power. Going for the musical tri-fecta is newcomer lyricist Munna Dhiman, who’s emotional lyrics are anything but ordinary.

Obsessive, possessive and maturity resonate in the vocals of the singer. The voice is conveying a sense of sadness, sometimes anger and sometimes persuasiveness. The singing is straight from the heart. This is not a gimmick. Format wise, there is none. Boundaries are bound to be crossed. In fact, RGV doesn’t know about this word – boundaries and this is what makes his creativity shine. Yes it shines and it is also appreciated by connoisseurs. Amalgamating lower and higher musical notes with a very much Western approach is rare. Yet it develops into a dark piece with a somber background, which gradually depicts the mood of the singer. Finally it shifts into feel-good music, with soft rock elements added. ‘Rozana’ is perfect and transports listeners to the psychology of the character who is saying so much in so little.

The seductive vocals of Actress Jiah Khan excite the listener to the bare minimum. Amar Mohile designs Take Lite in the form of a strip-tease piece of music and creates a mood of a craving teenager trying to find a way with her desires (What? Yes teenagers do have desires). A pinch of attitude and breathy vocals portray Jiah Khan’s attempt at expressing her emotions and desires. The scope for singing is little. There is more of seduction, feminine vibes and laughter backed by mild techno arrangements, which swing among the high and low notes in the track. The siren sound remains a mystery. Purely situational, Jiah Khan is sure to provoke on audio and on screen with this piece. Watch out!

The soundtrack is complex, psychological and inconsistent. RGV advances in his creativity and delves deeps into the psychology and mind-sets of his characters. Both tracks have been camouflaged. How? Why? The desires of the characters are expressed deeply, sensually and sometimes in some erotic and lust fashion. Yet the lyrics render them unseen due to the tricky arrangements. Flawless ‘Rozana’ and sexy ‘Take Lite’ hide a vast amount of meanings with each breathing, each lines and each progression of the music.

(The album also contains 10 bonus songs from movies of Amitabh Bachchan)

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