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Producer: Nawman Malik, Salman Malik
Director: Raj N Sippy
Starring: Mimoh Chakraborty, Zulfi Syed, Aashish Vidyarthi, Ehsaan Khan, Rati Agnihotri, Vikas Kalantri, Rahul Dev, Shakti Kapoor, Nilofer, Gargi Patel, Pooja Singh, Vallabh Vyas
Music: Anand Raj Anand, Bappa Lahri, Vijay Verma
Lyrics: Ranbir Pushp, Virag Mishra, Anand Raj Anand
Singers: Shaan, Anand Raj Anand, Debojit Saha, Kailash Kher, Vijay Verma, Kunal Ganjawala
Audio On: Venus Records & Tapes    Number of Songs: 7
Album Released on: 13 April 2008
Reviewed by: Gianysh Toolsee  - Rating: 2.0 / 10
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Mimoh Chakraborty's debut soundtrack is unforgiving. The three culprits are Anand Raj Anand, Bappa Lahiri and Vijay Varma. The case here is straightforward. It is not that these three music directors were busy with other projects. In fact, they barely have work!

A collaboration between music director Anand Raaj Anand and lyricist Ranbir Pushp should never happen again. The efforts result in work like ‘Why Not Jimmy’, ‘Aaya Houn’ and ‘Zaamane Se Keh Do’, rendered by Shaan, Kunal Ganjawala and Kailash Kher respectively. If a choice needs to be made, the first one is much better. Still, Shaan is completely wasted. Why use Shaan? Why not someone else? Three talented singers lending their voices to songs with no direction. The man in charge of the music tries to add some trendy feel along with Shaan’s energetic and lively voice. It does not work. The music is dated, the tune is incomprehensible and the chorus is atrocious. The music produced can sound funny with the lines written by Ranbir Pushp. Everything put together does not fit. The mix is wrong!

On the other hand, having Kailash Kher in a cacophony does not help either. The music sounds like a rip off of these failed pop stars’ albums released in the early 80's. These synthesizers are creating more noise than music. The supreme voice of Kher fails to get attention due to the poorly structured musical piece designed by Anand Raaj Anand. Kunal Ganjawala’s twisted ‘Come on baby, you are the one for me’ translates into the extended laziness of the music director in constructing an average number. Taking different forms with the sudden high-pitch notes and the campus-feel music leave one wondering what is Ganjawala singing.

Anand Raaj Anand decides to sing, compose and write for ‘Jeevein Bulliyaan Pe’ – which projects a feeling of déjà vu. Considered to be one of his forte in composing, Anand Raaj Anand makes no minimum effort to impress. In fact, the sheer lack of interest results in a dragging number with odd vocal effects and wrongly used classical pieces. The scary male chorus, which opens and closes the track, is a detriment. The lethargic female chorus is depressing to the core, creating a heavy atmosphere throughout the piece. Music is limited to a few beats and a programmed track with bits of sitar, tabla and piano. As far as the singing is concerned, the high-pitched renderings do not add value to the progressively sleepy piece.

Bappa Lahiri does not show any potential in the two songs composed and lyricist Virag Mishra’s lyrics do not help further; ‘Do Minute Mein’. Is this a song title or a line written for a script? Shaan approaches the song vividly, not knowing that the same tempo is repeated till the end. The Punjabi chorus in the prelude with the flute music is a teaser because the rest is quite repetitive with regular beats and the loud chorus. Bappa tries to be trendy with the whole song but the pace is too slow. ‘Marhaba’ with Debojit Saha is another number with no direction. A fine singer like him is given such a poor song makes things worst! Bappa makes the same mistakes by incorporating repetitive sounds. The singing goes over the top and 'Debo' tries to sound so cool. It all falls flat.

Vijay Varma has a tune which could have given this soundtrack an alternative dimension. The mistake is that he renders the song himself – where there is no sign of singing ability. ‘Ye Hai Meri Dastan’ was the joker among the tunes in this soundtrack. However, the final product should be off the shelves. The long prelude with Vijay Varma singing is simply atrocious and unbearable. Cacophony at its best with the solo violin, the programmed sounds and the standard beats found in all Yamaha keyboards. Vijay Varma has a quasi-interesting tune and has also quite well-improvised verses but they do not form a structure with the voice and the music. A sad state of affairs!

When Anand-Milind, Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen and Tabun were asked to compose a B-Grade movie, they knew what they are doing. Jimmy is not in this category. Unfortunately, Mimoh does not deserve such a soundtrack for a debut. The music company also didn’t credit many of the female vocals. Anand Raaj Anand who has previously worked for Raj.N Sippy in ‘Koi Kissi Se Kam Nahin’ in 1997 produced better tunes like ’Hum Ko Hone De Sharabi’ but creates alarming tunes this time around. Bappa Lahiri could not produce even one decent number, compared to what Bappi Lahiri did for Sippy in the past. Even Bappi Lahiri was overworked, there was still some meat in the songs he composed. As for Vijay Varma, he should concentrate on producing tunes only.

Composing for a Raj.N Sippy movie is not an easy task. Combining less attractive tunes with music is still an art – which others are doing well at. It is understood that no music directors want to waste a chartbusting tune. But these music directors should have understood that this is Mithun Chakraborty’s son debut movie. Mithun and disco were synonymous at one point in time in the history of Bollywood. Sometimes it is hard to imagine that such soundtracks are still released in Bollywood. Avoid!

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