From its trailers, RGVâ€™s â€śGayabâ€ť promises to be a hell of an entertainer. Yet another production branded with the Factory stamp, this one too promises to be fresh meat for those canâ€™t stand mushy stuff like â€śHum Tum.â€ť Like previous specimens churned out by The Factory, â€śGayab"â€™s soundtrack too is a mixed bag. Though it has some goodies, a couple of tracks are bound to send you into splits. But what makes this CD a must buy is its special, â€śbonusâ€ť track â€“ â€śEk Hasina Thi (Remix)â€ť â€“ More on that later.
â€śGayab Hokeâ€ť does a fine job of setting up the mood of this film. Sung by Kunal Ganjawala, it has an upbeat rhythm and simple, but effective lyrics by Taabish Romani. The track may not be exceptional, but is one of those enjoyable ones that can really get stuck in your head after a couple of hearings. Ajay-Atul have carefully ensured that their music adds tinges of the RGV spookiness factor to the song.
â€śTanhaâ€ť sung by Sonu Nigam is a slow, melodious track that heavily draws inspiration from slow ballads of A.R. Rahman and Sandeep Chowta. Portions of it take us back to â€śAasman Kehta Haiâ€ť from the film â€śMastâ€ť, while the beat is reminiscent of â€śEh Ajnabiâ€ť from â€śDil Seâ€ť. The flute interludes, though highly complimentary to the track, seem like they have been lifted straight out of Rahmanâ€™s library. A pleasant listening nonetheless.
â€śDilkashâ€ť is another thoroughly enjoyable track. Kunal Ganjawala and Shweta Panditâ€™s vocals with their youthful zest provide a perfect foil for Ajay-Atulâ€™s heavy orchestration. While many a composer may have been tempted to have this song sung by Sunidhi Chauhan, Ajay-Atul wisely go for the restrained Shweta Pandit.
Talk about the devil and there she is. An RGV album without Sunidhi Chauhan? Impossible! Ms. Chauhan makes her entrance into this album with â€śYou are my Superman, you are my Spiderman.â€ť It seems impossible to fathom what Taabish Romani was thinking while writing these lyrics. I hope, in the best interests of everyone involved that this track is seriously meant to intentionally be laughed at. Ajay-Atul nonchalantly include portions of the â€śJames Bondâ€ť and â€śThe Good, The Bad, and The Uglyâ€ť themes, sans any credits to the originals on the CD cover. But RGV need not worry because after listening to this track, Monty Norman, John Barry, and Ennio Morricone would be embarrassed to even file for any sort of copyright infringement.
â€śMain love tumseâ€ť defines lyricism idiocy. Nitin Raikwar alternates his words between Hindi and English with utmost annoyance. To add to its lunacy, Amar Mohile lifts the tune right out of A.R. Rahmanâ€™s â€śYeh Jaan Leâ€ť from â€śDaudâ€ť which incidentally was also sung by Vinod Rathod. Skip this track before it drives you to shoot yourself!
The album redeems itself from this slump with Amar Mohileâ€™s â€śRampage Notesâ€ť, the filmâ€™s energetic theme track. Mohile carries forward the style of his score from â€śRoadâ€ť yet again, using subtle chants and laughs in the background. This time however, he psychotically drives this track through noisy percussion and orchestration. Psychotically awesome!
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