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Hum Tum Shabana
Producer: Sunil Chainani, Sameer Srivastava, Subhash Dawar
Director: Sagar Ballary
Starring: Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade, Minissha Lamba
Music: Sachin-Jigar
Lyrics: Sameer
Audio On: T-Series    Number of Songs: 7
Album Released on: 31 August 2011
Reviewed by: Ankit Ojha  - Rating: 7.0 / 10
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Now this is one composer duo that always ends up composing winning tracks, but the films of the soundtracks they compose for lose fizz and the soundtracks – and their songs – disappear from the charts, unless there are avid music lovers who keep listening to them. Right from the heavily underrated Tere Sang, which boasted of brilliant compositions like 'Rab Milya', till the musical extravaganza F.A.L.T.U, in which each song boasted of solid replay value, we’ve gotten terrific stuff from them. And who can forget 'Saibo' from Shor In The City? And now, this very duo is back to impress, with Musik Bandh Na Karo already making it’s impact in the airwaves, and Sagar Ballary coming back after the half-baked sequel to his own masterstroke Bheja Fry for what looks like his first big commercial comedy Hum Tum Shabana. Whether or not the movie will work at the box office – and with audiences as a result – will be another story, but for now, let’s analyze the music of this one.

The music starts with an opener that’s already been promoted with a stunningly shot and edited music video of Musik Bandh Na Karo, which from the very first milli-second manages to hook you to listen to it further, and once the beats start, you find your head bobbing to the music, which has a very new age blend of R&B, Dance and Hip-Hop, designed to sound absolutely fun on the ears. Right from the terrific synth-midi arrangements to the mixing and mastering, making for a slick finish, the song makes you shout and groove to Sameer’s mukhda (Yeh Musik Bandh Na Karo) all night long! This song will be a hot favorite on the radio airwaves, what with the energetic vocals of Abhishek Nailwal, Dr. Palash Sen (of Euphoria fame) and Anushka Manchanda making you completely forget your surroundings to groove to the music! The remix will be popular among the DJs, who will use it in their sets and mix tapes for clubs! Must hear!

Ever heard of international Indian-Origin Canadian Raghav Mathur? Sure have, haven’t you? If you haven’t heard of him or his tracks (Can’t Get Enough, Let’s Work it Out from Storyteller; Angelina from Identity), hear him now in the second of Hum Tum Shabana’s seven-track soundtrack, titled Hey Na Na Shabana, by far one of the most grooviest tracks of this album, and arguably the best track so far, upping the replay level of the soundtrack! Highly addictive, with Raghav’s smooth, mellifluous vocals completely captivating the minds of the listeners who listen to it in the first listen itself! True world sound (R&B/Hip-Hop again) with a terrific baseline and drums that will get you moving by the end of the listen! The whistle and the tch-tch add to the groove level! Sameer’s lyrics are romantic and simple to understand, thus making the masses even more addicted toward the song! Such is the song that you don’t regret the remix as an additional version to extend the fun the song provides, what with the added infectious bass line that’s absolutely killer! Don’t skip this one for anything!

Now that you’re already two songs down, the expectation meter for the rest of the songs has shot way, way up! And when you read Mika’s name in the credits of Thank You Mr. DJ’s vocals, you know you’re in for something hardcore and commercial! Reminding you somehow of Bas Ek Kinng, but this one has a lot more grunge, and has an experimental ring to it. This is what makes it far different from its reminiscence, apart from the higher energy, which is where the duo succeed yet again! Sameer’s lyrics suit the mood and the flavor of the song, which doesn’t sound either tacky or wannabe from any angle! The beats take the song to another level altogether, making it the potential chartbuster which will attain its status like the two previous tracks only if this one counts for equal aggressive promotion! As an afterthought, don’t you think that the beats have a We Will Rock You ring? Yet another winner in the kitty, and definitely a chartbuster in the making!

And all this while, while some of us are looking for hardcore quality from Sachin and Jigar, and this is where Sameer’s intensity is shown through his writing in Piya Kesariyo! This song is heavily reminiscent of the duo’s previous Maula Mila De and Le Jaa Tu Mujhe. The unique combination of Jigar and Anushka Manchanda becomes a winner, and coupled with a mind-blowing composition, backed by substantial mixing, giving it that finish that’s made the song what it is. Rustic, semi-classical and having a sufi touch in parts, this intense romantic underlay in parts, this song makes a huge impact, and falls right in line with the other terrific songs in the album, as it manages to blow your mind right away, though in comparison to the other songs, this manages to grow on you with a couple of repeated hearings, making this yet another one of the best of the album.

Tochi Raina, who already has several critically and commercially acclaimed tracks (Pardesi, Iktara, Gal Mitthi Mitthi and Saibo) in his kitty, arrives in this hardcore commercial closer Kaari Kaari, which yet again has the power to hook you right in the first listen itself! Sachin and Jigar have yet again proved that if there’s anyone who can take the takkar with hit-maker Pritam, because not only do they have a good ear for commercial music, they also know how to add a certain uniqueness to the conventionalism they present, thereby upping the ante here! Tochi’s powerful rendering complements the powerful bass and beats which do the job rightfully. Absolutely well worth the hear (and many more)!

Now this is one album that doesn’t contain a lot of songs (five originals and two remixes) but the one thing that makes it a cut above the other soundtracks (especially those of comedies) is that it has a blend of both quality and commercialism. Worth the buy, and especially for tracks like Hey Na Na Shabana and Piya Kesariyo, apart from the infectious dance numbers Musik Bandh Na Karo and Thank You Mr. DJ!

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