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Producer: Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd. and K. Sera Sera Production Ltd.
Director: Rohit Sippy
Starring: Ajay Devgan, Paresh Rawal, Arshad Warsi, Sharman Joshi, Tusshar Kapoor, Susmita Mukherjee, Rimi Sen, Mukesh Tiwari, Vrajesh Hirjee
Music: Vishal-Shekhar
Lyrics: Vishal Dadlani and Kumar
Singers: Shaan, K.K., Vishal Dadlani, Kunal Ganjawala, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sneha Pant, Shekhar Ravjiani, and Anushka Manchandani
Audio On: Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd    Number of Songs: 10
Album Released on: June 2006
Reviewed by: Aakash Gandhi  - Rating: 7.5 / 10
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Director Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal – Fun Unlimited is a soaring comic caper, which features music by ace composers Vishal-Shekhar, who are currently riding high with the success of Taxi No. 9211. Sometimes V-S will throw us a mixed bag of romance, techno, and hip-hop. However, there are no variations here, as the entire soundtrack is filled with pep n’ fun with a nostalgic twist added in for flavor.

All in all there are a whopping five tracks dedicated to the realm of Golmaal. Up first we have Golmaal Golmaal Everything’s Gonna Be Golmaal, rendered exquisitely well by ex-Viva member Anushka Manchandani. From the very get-go, V-S give us a taste of their signature style with the foreplay of guitar and electric violin, which blends into the 1-2-3 infectious beat and title rendition. Surprisingly, V-S keep the composition pretty low on the complexity scale such that it doesn’t interfere with the strength of the rendition itself. And midway we get to relish Vishal’s rap-o-reggae, which he limits wisely. V-S’s music smarts really come in handy as they create a vibrantly infused piece for the masses to savor. Enjoy!

The next title track, identified as Daal Mein Kaala, initially has traces of Dus Bahaane, but that myth is debunked quite quickly. The same cast of Shaan, K.K., and Vishal are featured together but hardly create the excitement and flare that took the nation by storm in Dus. Although the arrangements are characteristic of the two musicians, the songs drawback is in the synchronization of melody and harmony. Only if they had upped the pace of the tune, the piece wouldn’t have the semi-dragging effect that it does. Enjoyable to an extent, this title track pales compared to its fantastically orchestrated predecessor.

Golmaal’s Theme piece is up next and should sound familiar, as the opening whistles are all over the promos. Shades of rock linger throughout the piece with periodic Golmaal chants and the whistling interludes repeated throughout. It’s a regular theme piece that adequately embodies the masti of the film.

Next up we have the best track on the lot in the form of Aage Peeche. This one has been in the news for some time due to its unique look on screen. Centered on Paresh Rawal and Sushmita Mukherjee, the film has them dancing in black n’ white with everything from the sets to the costumes reminiscent of the last ‘50s! And if you think that would be challenging for a music composer then well guess again! V-S pull off a sensational performance while brining the golden era into the 21st century. Rendition by Sneha Pant is fabulous, not to mention Shekhar’s comical alterations in his voice to lend his nahi nahi support. Simply a flawless number in every which way! I’d go watch the film just to watch Paresh Rawal gyrate in b/w to V-S’s marvelous creation.

Reha Ja is the other highly publicized song from Golmaal. Rendered by Javed Ali, V-S go up North to create this piece, while adding a little hip-hop flavor throughout. All in all, the piece is a welcome into this happening group of songs but could have been tweaked just a bit more to reach optimal heights. Furthermore, Sunidhi Chauhan is credited but I can almost guarantee that the label made an error in that announcement. Yes, Sunidhi is present in the remixed version, but someone else is heard at the end in this original piece. Javed Ali’s performance is acceptable. One would have enjoyed the vocals of K.K., as his versatility leaks into this genre of song also. Moreover, Javed Ali has set the bar quite high for himself after his phenomenal work in Shandilya’s 2003 wonder Chameli.

Finally we reach the end, and unfortunately it’s a bitter one! Once again, we hear heavy traces of Dus Bahaane in the Kunal Ganjawala rendered Mast Malang. Possibly one of those extra tunes that wont be featured in the film, V-S over-do their arrangements to create an over-powering composition which doesn’t carry any fancy nuances or signature tunes. Kunal provides what’s asked of him but nothing extra. Verdict: Remove this from your playlist, as there are enough enjoyable tracks to listen to here.

Remixes: Each track has a featured remix barring Mast Malang. They’re good if you want that extra kick, but stick with the originals for as long as you can. Lyrics by Vishal and Kumar meld with the relaxed theme of the entire Golmaal project.

Overall, V-S really help Shetty in giving Golmaal a kick-start. Although by no means one of V-S’s best works, it goes to show that these guys don’t have to do their best to create a few catchy tunes. Go grab yourself a copy, if not just for a whiff of the 50s in

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