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Good Boy Bad Boy
 
Producer: Subhash Ghai (Mukta Arts)
Director: Ashwini Chaudary
Starring: Emraan Hashmi, Tusshar Kapoor, Isha Sherwani, Tanushree Dutta, and Kabir Sadanand
Music: Himesh Reshammiya
Lyrics: Sameer
Singers: Himesh Reshammiya, Akriti Kakar, Himani Kapoor, Vinit, Alka Yagnik, Sunidhi Chauhan, and Zubeen Garg
Audio On: Tips    Number of Songs: 8
Album Released on: April 2007
Reviewed by: Samir Dave  - Rating: 2.0 / 10
 
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I am at a loss for words for this album (and not in a good way). Usually the Mukta Arts banner releases decent soundtracks for their films such as Aitraaz , Iqbal, 36 China Town. Unfortunately, this release lacks any soul, melody or creativity.

The shine is wearing off on the golden music director with the nasal twang. Himesh Reshammiya, what were you thinking? Here is a music director that claims to “create” a dozen songs a day. The only problem with that is the fact that these dozen songs sound very much alike. He also claims that he has over a thousand songs in his music bank. I shudder to think how many more years of mediocre songs we have to suffer through. Granted, the Capman had two recent hit soundtracks with Namastey London and Shaka Laka Boom Boom, but each soundtrack after that has been pretty much the same in it’s levels of mediocrity. Tacking on repetitive lyrics and adding a drum ‘n’ bass dance rhythm to a slightly Sufi-Rock sounding dance track does not make a memorable song. Sure, these songs are well received by the alcoholically imbibed club scene (dancing under the flashing lights), but do you want to listen to these songs over and over?

So, let us pull out our slightly tattered baseball caps and give the songs a play. I warn you, though, think twice before putting any of these on your playlist.

The movie is produced by Subhash Ghai’s Mukta Arts and stars a bevy of B movie stars. Emraan Hashmi (Bad Boy), Tusshar Kapoor (Good Boy), Isha Sherwani (Good girl?) and Tanushree Dutta (Bad Girl?) star in this comic caper directed by Ashwini Chaudhary.

The soundtrack boasts of four songs and four remixes. If I were Mr. Ghai, I would ask for my money back from the music director. It’s time to let new talent like Mithoon and Amrit Sagar into the playing field. New talent will be the only way to keep the Hindi film scene fresh and exciting. This is not to say that Himesh Reshammiya is not a capable music director. He has come up with some memorable soundtracks, but it’s obvious by the lack of quality on this soundtrack that he needs to take some time away to get his creativity back.

The first track titled, “Good Boy Bad Boy” has vocals by the “great” capped one himself Himesh with female vocalist Akriti Kakar. There’s not much I can say about this song. It has a typical melody, typical vocals, and starts out with an annoyingly un-sexy female voice exclaiming, “You’re a good boy! You’re a bad boy!” By the end of the song, the good boy/bad boy lyrics by Sameer have gotten so redundant that you don’t care which one is which. Seems like Himesh has sleepwalked through the song and it follows a painful sameness that is creeping into all his compositions. On top of all that, the keyboards and percussion that are used in this track sound outdated, as if older synths were pulled out of the 90s closet and plugged into the garage outlet. Technical production on this track is very poor. A total FLOP track.

The second track on the album is titled, “Meri Awargi”. Himesh returns to do the vocals in this duet with Himani Kapoor. It channels the spirit of Himesh’s Zara Jhoom Jhoom. The lyrics by Sameer are not impressive. The best part of this track is Himani Kapoor’s vocals, but that is not enough to save this typical dance floor song. Musical arrangements are the kind that we have heard many times before. Again the keyboards and percussion sound out dated. It’s not a total FLOP, but is just an AVERAGE track.

The third track on the album is titled, “Aashiqana Aalam Hai” and features vocals by Himesh, Vinit, long lost Alka Yagnik, and Sunidhi Chauhan. By this point in the album, I have been tempted to press the stop button many many times. One would think that all these vocalists would lift this song onto another level, but they don’t. I wonder how a singer the caliber of Alka Yagnik got roped in to being essentially a backup singer for Sunidhi on this track. The track is not bad, just another average number that lacks any sort of freshness. The lyrics by Sameer are again very banal. This one is another AVERAGE track for this soundtrack.

The fourth track on this mercifully short album is titled, “Dard E Dil” with vocals by Zubeen Garg. I had to stop this song and play the classic song by Mohd Rafi from “Karz”, to gather my strength to go on with this modern namesake. Is it just me, or does Zubeen Garg sound very much like a cross between Babul Supriyo and Shaan? He tries his best to elevate the song above the common composition, but doesn’t succeed. A classic title for a decidedly instantly forgettable track. There’s really nothing worth mentioning about the lyrics or musical arrangement. This track is another total FLOP.

So let’s take count here. There are four songs on the album. Two songs are totally forgettable and two are average. Himesh sings on all but one in the same style as he always does. Sameer writes the lyrics with no depth whatsoever. The music is basically Reshammiya redux. The movie is produced by the director of such classics as Karz, Hero and Khalnayak. If you think that last sentence doesn’t fit with the rest of this paragraph, then you feel the same way that I do. One always hopes that a veteran director/producer like Mr. Ghai would put out quality product, but that might be hoping for too much. On top of that, this soundtrack is unfortunately another nail in the coffin for TIPS music, arguably one of the giants of the music industry during the 90s.

The remixes by DJ Suketu and DJ A_Myth take the songs and pump them up with heavy synths and percussive beats. They pull out all the stops to make sure these songs get some club play and actually do improve on the originals. I give the DJs lots of credit, since the songs they had to work with were sub par to begin with. Still, a remix does not a song make, and can only go so far in covering up the fact that Himesh needs to stop signing all these movies just for the money, take a break from the music scene to reinvent himself, get a new baseball cap, and come back to stop this slide into mediocrity.

If you are in the mood for some of the Capman’s music, listen to Namastey London, Shaka Laka Boom Boom, Aap Ka Suroor or even 36 Chinatown. Skip this album, don’t buy the cd, don’t download the tracks, and spare yourselves from a soundtrack that will quickly be forgotten. Still, the sad thing is that the remixes will probably all but guaranteed the soundtrack a place on many top ten countdowns. How sad is that?

The soundtrack lacks soul, melody, and any creativity. Be good, be bad, be whatever you want but do yourself a favor and SKIP this soundtrack.

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