Subhash Ghai has become a rather prolific producer lately. His latest production offers an unconventional story-line and more importantly, unconventional music too. Tabun Sutradhar does the honours as composer. Better known as an arranger (Yaadein, Aap Ki Asha), Tabun did compose the soundtrack for the little known film,
Yash, back in the nineties. Yash boasted of some really good tunes, and it is commendable that Ghai has offered Tabun a chance to spread his wings once more. This truly is an eclectic album, incorporating a wide range of musical styles.
"Ishq Hota Nahin Sabhi Ke Liye" starts the album off on a depressing note, with the lyrics suggesting that some people are doomed to live life without love. However, there is no denying Tabunâ€™s excellent fusion music for this ghazal, sung eloquently by Adnan Sami.
Subhash Ghai turns lyricist for "Kabhi Paa Liya To Kabhi Kho Diya", which is more upbeat with itâ€™s reggae style and philosophical lyrics.
Usha Uthup does a great job singing the number with her trademark voice. Usha also sings the English version, "Oh My Heart", for which she has also penned the lyrics. Usha sounds remarkably like Shirley Bassey, a fact exploited fully by R.D.Burman when he chose Usha to sing his â€˜James Bondâ€™ styled theme song for Shaan.
"Badi Nazuk Hai Yeh Manzil, Mohabbat Ka Safar Hai", has ghazal king,
Jagjit Singh, telling us all about the fragile path of love. This track has such an endearing tune that youâ€™ll feel the urge to repeat it several times. Tabunâ€™s piano and tabla arrangements in the song are incredibly impressive.
Usha Uthup steps up to the microphone again for the frothy, "Joggersâ€™ Park". Despite all the obvious effort put into this track, it just sounds really cheesy, especially the English lyrics by Neisha and Usha Uthup. However, the fusion arrangements and the catchy tune are worth listening to.
The Middle-Eastern arrangements of "Habba Habba Hui" make this â€˜belly danceâ€™ number one of the most attractive tracks on the album. Thankfully, Tabun ropes in the only singer who can meet the challenging vocal exercises required by the tune, the inimitable
Asha Bhosle. Repeat!
"Dil Jalta Hai" is a futile attempt at a remix. Taking an age old song like this was not a good idea. The song sounds out of place with the dance beat and the English rapping. Sudesh Bhosleâ€™s impression of the original singer is more mocking than tribute; purists beware! Skip it.
There are two instrumental tracks on the album. One is titled, "Theme Piece", which is merely an instrumental version of "Ishq Hota Nahin". The second is "Jennyâ€™s Theme", which is an instrumental version of
"Kabhi Paa Liya".
Joggersâ€™ Park is an interesting blend of musical styles, singers and even languages. Subhash Ghai has certainly attempted something new and Tabun Sutradhar has emerged as a talent to look out for in the future.