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Producer: Ronnie Screwvala
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Amole Gupte, Deb Mukherjee, Rajatabha Dutta
Music: Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyrics: Gulzar
Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Vishal Dadlani, Mohit Chauhan, Kailash Kher, Vishal Bhardwaj, Rekha Bhardwaj, Suresh Wadhkar, Sunidhi Chauhan, Kunal Ganjawala
Audio On: T Series    Number of Songs: 8
Album Released on: 06 July 2009
Reviewed by: Jaykumar Shah  - Rating: 8.5 / 10
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Here comes the baap of albums to have arrived this year. This for sure, is the one everyone had been waiting for and this is the one that would not disappoint. It has experimentations with both music and lyrics. Even if the album is not played often and remembered in the long run, this would stand as one of my favourites of the year- it makes me feel elated!

Lyrics by Gulzar are particularly awesome. I don’t know who else could write a poetic song on AIDS or use poetry with the word "Kaminey". Vishal Bhardwaj reserves his best music for Gulzar's films and Gulzar reserves his best lyrics for Vishal.

The soundtrack starts with a very upbeat "Dhan Te Nan". The song starts with a solo trumpet and then the beats carry it into a beautiful flow, the moment when they utter "Dhan Te Nan", you feel like smiling! It is sung brilliantly by Vishal Dadlani and Sukhwinder Singh. It’s wonderful how they complement each other. As for the lyrics, they speak for themselves:

"Aaja Aaaja Dil Nichode,

Raat Ki Matki Phode,

Koi Goodluck Nikale,

Koi Gullak To Phode."

No one could have used English and Hindi in such a nice sync as Gulzar does. It’s evident also in his thoughts when he says life is like a "one way" and there is only one chance. Also in the second stanza (3:50) there is one part that I particularly like: "Kai Kabre Hai, Kai Khabrein Hai...". This song is a blast for sure and the Remix version which appears later on (by Aftab Khan from Blue) pumps more rap into the proceedings!

Next track on the list is "Fatak". Just like the song before, you can see how well Kailash Kher's voice blends in with Sukhwinder's, in fact at times I forgot who was singing what! The song has a striking sound of the whip, "Fatak" and solid drums playing in the back ground. This is what makes Vishal Bhardwaj's music so special.

"Oh Bhanwara Bhanwara Aya Re,

Gun Gun Karta Aya Re .... "

The way Sukhwinder extends the "re" makes it typically beautiful. And the “Bhanwara” here refers to AIDS. I could not think of any other lyricist who could have turned a message on AIDS into such a poetic song. Especially listen to Sukhwinder (around 2:20) followed by Kailash kher: "Jitna Bhi Jhooth Bole Thoda Hai, Keedo Ki Basti Ka Makoda Hai .... "

At the end Gulzaar saab tells us what “Bhanwara” is through the most famous sher "Yeh Ishq Nahi Aasan, AIDS Ka Khatra Hai ..."

Then comes the "GO Charlie Go" theme and I assume that this will sit well with the story for Shahid Kapoor. It sounds a little like a background score of a thriller / mystery movie. Midway, it starts with the "Dhan Te Nan" extension and it sounds very much like the 80s thriller after that. This will look better on screen.

Then we have one of the most beautiful compositions of the entire soundtrack - the title track "Kaminey". Vishal Bhardwaj's vocals suit the song in a very poetic and painful way here. It somehow reminds me of the songs from his music for No Smoking. I wish he could have composed another one here with his own voice. The lyrics are simply wonderful. This is the best bit of poetry from Gulzaar saab . A few very-Gulzaar touches:

"Kabhi Zindagi Se Maanga, Pinjare Mein Chaand Laado,

Kabhi Laal Ten Deke, Kaha Aasman Pe Taango,

Jeene Ke Sab Karine, The Hamesha Se Kaminey".

Poetry can be seen to be written with two lines rhyming and impact felt in the second half of the second line. But I like Gulzaar saab who uses the third line with the word "Kaminey" and it makes for even better poetry. Hail Gulazaar saab, hail Vishal for not just composing this beautifully but singing it in such an intoxicating way. It’s not full of pathos, but it’s full of the feeling of pain and betrayal that can come from one’s heart and can make the word soothing.

Next comes something for the Mohit Chauhan fan club, "Pehli Baar Mohabbat". I like this song although it is very much the usual romantic song in between an extraordinary album. Vishal uses the background score to make the song linger in your mind and the voice of Mohit Chauhan seems apt for the song. I am sure it will look good on screen with Shahid kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. Pick of the lyrics in this song would be:

"Tujhe Gudgudana, Satana, Yunhi Sote Hue,

Gaal Pe Tipana, Michna, Bewajah Be Sabab.....

Yaad Hai, Pipal Ke Jiske Ghane Saaye The,

Hamne Gilhari Ke Jhoothe Matar Khaye The,

Ye Barkat Un Hazrat Ki Hai......Pehli Baar Mohabbat Ki Hai..."

Last song in the series would be "Raat Ke Dhai Baje" which looks like a celebration mix for Pehli Baar Mohabbat. It is sung by a number of singers (Kunal Ganjawala, Sunidhi Chauhan, Rekha Bhardwaj, Suresh Wadkar, DJ Earl) and is a lively song that is bound to be played in celebrations / parties / clubs along with "Dhan Te Nan". Whilst the singing is not too special, the composition makes up for it. As for the lyrics, the following are the highlight:

"Ishq Mein Jalte Hue, Saans Tezaabi Lage,

Chikne Chikne Lachhe Hai, Reshami Se Phande,

Chupdi Chupdi Baaton Mein Bhole Bhale Bande,

Tanhai Ne Fursat Di Hai.... Pehli Baar Mohabbat Ki Hai..."

Note there is a crazy Remix version later on in the soundtrack by Aftab Khan from Blue. Be sure to check it out!

Vishal Bhardwaj happens to be one of my favourite personalities in the world of cinema, and I await his work in all faculties. It is like listening to someone who worships the medium. And Kaminey just confirms your adulation for him. You might be tempted to compare these tracks with his earlier works in "Omkara", "U Me Aur Hum" or even "No Smoking" and "Maachis" but in truth, all his work stands out from the crowd and each one has it’s unique attractions. They are like different human beings. You cannot say one is better than the other. As for Kaminay, well it’s a Vishal Bhardwaj- Gulzaar Album, and as such, no review is required to persuade you to grab this one. It’s sure to please everyone!

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