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Month: July, 2009

Music Review:Phir Kabhi(Shantanu Moitra)

Bhai Re is probably the one song that evokes the strongest sense of déjà vu in this entire OST.It’s cadence-so remarkably similar to that of Kaisi Paheli Zindagani that you wonder how happy Vidhu Vinod Chopra would have been had it been composed for Parineeta.Having said that,Shreya Ghoshal sounds as trippy as ever and If not for the nagging sensation of overfamiliarity,this would have probably ranked higher up in my pecking order.Moitra attempts something different in Dekhoji Dekho.The tune isn’t exactly new per se but it is an unchartered path for the MD.It is passable as long as it lasts.(Apologies for the mistake;Dildara is a song from the OST Welcome To Sajjanpur and is not a part of Phir Kabhi OST)Same is the case with Dildara,though it is immensely benefited by Sonu Nigam’s expressive vocals that lavish an extra nuance or two on every lyric they chance upon.Moitra triumphs more than ever in composing the almost ethereal Jheeni Jheeni.A song for the late evenings if not for damp ones,the song has certain striking qualities that make it eminently listenable-like the Indianising of what is essentially symphonies of ball room music and couching it in a dreamy innocence-Something the song also acquires through Hamsika’s dainty rendition.In light of this,the title track’s not too wise attempts at silliness didn’t wash with me.The wordplay is indeed appreciable but somehow the sum doesn’t satisfy.

Phir Kabhi’s soundtrack has all that we have come to expect from Shantanu Moitra-simple tunes,mellow yet freewheeling orchestration and all of it wrapped in saccharine sweet mushiness.A caveat though-Savour it at leisure lest you might call it a drudge.

My Picks-Jheeni Jheeni
My Rating-Two Cheers!!

PS:The Album also comes with a few songs from Moitra’s previous OST’s like Welcome To Sajjanpur and Lage Raho Munnabhai.Hence the mistake of reviewing Dildara from Sajjanpur as well.

Music Review:Josh(Sandeep Chowta)

Diridiri Diridi in typical Chowta style assiduously strikes a balance between grungy vocals,blaring techno and short shrifts of electronica.Beginning rather promisingly it looses it’s way petering out meekly in the unpunchy hook lines.Sirivennela who is ordinary throughout manages satingly cheesy verses like-

Mana force crime avutundaa,Bofors laaga….

The too generic a tune of Neetho Vunte spoils the show bogging it down.Even Karthik’s sprightly vocals sound laboured.Aawara Hawa is the other rotten apple-loud,shrill and disinteresting.Marginally better,Bad Bad Boy is let down by it’s trite hook line and assembly line packaging.Chowta though redeems himself in the melodiously structured Evvariki.It’s problem though is the presence of non telugu singers who mar the show through their cringe inducing enunciations.So the word raagam(symphony) becomes rogam(disease) in Ujjaini’s mushy vocals.The lively College Bulloda is just the right song to break into an impromptu jig.The killer though are the ambiguous two lines at the end.Queer! Sung in ostensibly mock tones,the bit songs are,at once,likeable the best being the hilarious Me Me Meka.

Sandeep Chowta’s Josh is largely underwhelming something not associated with the man.

My Pick-Evvariki

My Rating-One Tear!

Movie Review:Oy!(Anand Ranga)

It is not always the incremental unravelling of the plot that arrests the viewer’s attention.It is rather the development or treatment of the narrative that brings a movie to fruition.Included amongst the mix are performances by the lead and supporting casts,music,photography,locales et al.So when I went to watch Anand Ranga’s Oy,it was with a desire not so much as to decipher the storyline but as to the treatment lent to the plot.Having read a dozen reviews of the movie the story was already laid out as clearly like in a crystal gazer.The tepid reviews were not so very encouraging but I reassured myself that at worst I would have the 30 minutes of Yuvan’s music to sustain myself on.In the end,going with minimum expectations was not such a bad idea as I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.Yes the film had minor inconsistencies and blemishes but drawing attention to each one of these would be like deconstructing a rose,which is beautiful as a whole i.e. until you come across the thorns.Also it is ostensibly Anand Ranga’s tribute to Erich Segal’s Love Story as is mentioned in the opening credits.

Uday(played by the wondrously endowed Siddharth) and Sandhya(earnestly played by Shamilee) are as different as chalk and cheese as their names allude to.So while Uday is a prodigal with profligate manners Shamilee is too mature for her age already making her retirement plans etc.Thair paths criss-cross,as is the wont,during a New Year cum BDay bash(Uday’s BDay happens to be on 1 Jan) of Uday.Intrigued by her indifference and passiveness,Uday slowly gets drawn towards her and settles in as her paying guest(Bheemili,Vizag).Now it so happens that unknown to herself,Sandhya is afflicted with cancer which is revealed at a brilliantly imagined sequence towards the interval.The rest of the movie is about how Uday comes to terms with the situation.Udays decides to fulfill all her wishes before she passes away and so the two of them undertake a sojourn through the hinterlands of Uttar Pradesh ,Bihar etc.

Script writing is efficient with some notable dialogues sprinkled all through the film.Cinematography deserves a special mention for imbuing the film with a lot of vibrancy.The travels scenes capture the hindi heartlands in it’s myriad hues but where it shines through most are the stunning dusk shots in Povodhe Prema with the Bheemili beach as backdrop.Never seen a more gorgeous sunset anywhere.Oy scores the most through the stupendous audio score by Yuvan,songs and BGM included.Lyrics for most part are good while verses such as-

Vekuva lo sandhya valipotonde,cheekatilo udayamundi poyinde… From povodhe prema are remarkable.

Siddharth is phenomenal,mixing boyish impishness(first half) with dignified maturity.He lives the role.Shamilee is not far behing with her sedulous performance,restraining herself aptly.Sunil as the insurance agent is hilarious.The bamma episode albeit interesting in parts is cringeworthy and totally avoidable.

Anand Ranga deserves a pat for crafting such a heartwarming story.Take for example,the exceptional 12 gifts scene a perfect follow through to the Hitchcockian tradition of film-making.Gut wreching is the word,for in both the instances you augur something ominous about to happen.And sure it does happen.That is a classic example on how to milk audience emotions.Also watch how the song I’m Waiting For You Baby is so beautifully integrated into the scheme of things.It’s a song that is apparently placed to depict the joy of the protaganist at being accepted by his lover and yet it has this overarching pangs of pain(The heroine is being diagnosed with cancer).Brilliant choreographed as well.Anand Ranga,Take a bow for handing out such a wonderful film.

My Rating-Three Cheers!!!

For Oy! Music Review.Click Here-

Music Review:Teree Sang(Bappi Lahiri,Anu Malik,Sachin-Jigar)

With  charmingly simple strumming and buoyant(Clinton & Dominique) singing I’ll Be There For You is a nifty little song that you can keep in loop mode while you go about your chores.Not only do Sachin-Jigar compose Morey Saiyan well but also top it with their own inimitable Paki flavoured vocals.The riveting electric guitar and zitar(Niladri Kumar?) that soar beautifully in the interludes reminded me of Pritam’s Alvida(Life In A Metro) which possesed similar guitar flourishes.Meanwhile the composer duo have another winner on their hands in Maula Mila De.Paced and sung well it is one of those songs that would have walked into any OST by Jal.Things slow down considerably in the lovely melody Rab Milya with Jigar’s soulful vocals holding centrestage.Bappi Lahiri’s lousy but thankfully short Miss Baabloo(whatever that means) brings the proceedings to a grinding halt.The argument that Bappi Lahiri is well past his sell by date only gains traction with this imbecile effort.Somebody rein him in before he commits more crimes against humanity.Anu Malik’s Chal Mera Haath Pakad Le with pedestrian orchestration and affected vocals only exasperates.Sachin-Jigar pull back the track from abyss through the leisurely Leja Leja.Saleems holds forth with consummate ease while Jahnvi’s delicate like a beanstalk voice impresses.Though Anu Malik has lifted many a song in his composing career one can’t just fathom why he would lift the riffs of the more than popular Paathshaala(Rang De Basanti;AR Rahman) track.Considering this,one can’t even attribute it to mere fortuity as Mr Malik must have been living in a cave if he says he hasn’t listened Rahman’s almost anthemesque Masti Ki Paathshaala.Fortunately the similarities end at the beginning while the track caves in rather miserably.By the way it even has Malik himself doing a chintzy rap monologue aided suitably by some cheesy lyrics by,who else, Sameer.Coming from Bappi Da,Tere Bin is unbelievably good.This is the only song from Bappi Lahiri in the recent future that can be listened to more than once without getting a splitting headache.

While the veterans fail rather miserably,it is the composer duo of Sachin-Jigar who perform stupendously well.For debutants,they have an impressive oeuvre already.Take a bow Sachin-Jigar.

My Picks- Morey Saiyan,I’ll Be There For You

My Rating-Three Cheers!!!

Music Review:Agyaat(Bapi-Tutul,Imran-Vikram)

Sometimes intentions do matter.So when you listen to Agyaat’s soundtrack not only do you feel let down,miserably, but also feel you have been taken for a ride.In hindsight,I should have realized that I was dealing with a soundtrack of an RGV film-A director who,surprisingly,has scant respect audience sensibilities and even more surprisingly has delivered good music by way of Rangeela and Satya.Names like Bapi-Tutul and Imran-Vikram don’t help either.These guys try hard enough and they are not to blame.It is RGV and UTV who are to blame for assembling an utterly pathetic soundtrack and having the guts to go on and release it.
Any which way,the less said about this album the better.It is the worst of the year in all it’s congregated might.
Agyaat, in a sense, rakes up the larger issue of whether horror movies require a soundtrack in the first place.Well,that I leave it for you.But heed my warning,don’t even wander anywhere near this nincompoop of an album.

My Rating-Four Tears!!!!

Music Review:Life Partner(Pritam)

At the very outset let me clarify one thing-I’m not going to post song by song review of this album.Suffice to say it is a listless soundtrack with little or no life in it.Probably, like every diligent music composer out there Pritam saves his best for the biggies leaving out the slag to entities like Life Partner,Dhol,Naksha et al.Looks like the OST seems to have been thrown in for mere perfunctory interest.

Love Aaj Kal is what Pritam is capable of and Life Partner is what Pritam is capable of,but shouldn’t be doing.

My Rating-Four Tears!!!!

Life Partner & Love Khichdi Soundtrack Listings

You must be amazed why I’m posting the OST listings of such little known films.The point is their soundtracks are composed by Pritam.

For Love Khichdi OST listing.Click me.

For Life Partner OST listing.Click me.

Hoping that they release soon…..

Agyaat Music Review Soon

Currently listening to Imran and Bapi-Tutul’s Agyaat.Will post the review if time permits.

The Longest Tweet In History!

Here’s one for the twitter junkies.Taylor Buley,a reporter for Forbes,has apparently posted a tweeeeeet that is 247 characters long.Ostensibly,twitter only allows 140 characters in one tweet.But Buley seems to have found a way out.Go figure!

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PS:I’m not particularly fond of twitter,though.Blogging  keeps my hands full anyway!

PPS:It’s been a dull week so far.I’m still plugged to Kaminey,though I prefer Love Aaj Kal anyday.With not much happening on the music scene,lets hope things brighten up for the coming week.

Music Review:Kaminey(Vishal Bharadwaj)

Borrowing admirably from film noir brand of music Vishal Bharadwaj creates a track of infectious quality in Dhan Te Nan.Note how the MD builds up the momentum till the hook line.Predictably tantalising.Vishal Dadlani and Sukhwinder,for one,make an utterly mismatched duo,atleast on paper.But Vishal,the MD,uses them to brilliant effect.Notwithstanding Gulzar’s funky lyrics it is the racy tune that is predominantly dominating.Fatak is more the Vishal Bharadwaj brand of music and though it is more mod in the arrangements the rustiness of Sukhwinder and Kailash trickles down to delicious effect.Both create an upbeat jugalbandi of sorts with quick repartees and intercuts.The ending,in true Gulzar style is a touch dramatic and sanguine.Transcendental in every aspect,the title track stumps you from the word go.Never did I imagine or expect a softly orchestrated,delicately rendered song to be the title track of a Vishal Bharadwaj movie,especially that of Kaminey.Enchanting.Raat Ke Dhai Baje brings on an ensemble cast of singers on board and each of them do their bit adding their unique timbre and tenor to the rather staid tune.Of all Rekha Bharadwaj’s sui generis innocent yet barnyard vocals stand out.Gulzar more than ever in this OST takes centerstage with his masterful Pehli Baar Mohabbat.Mohit Chauhan is well disposed for such songs and he excels.Finding him in the OST though,is like finding a diamond inside an oyster.The retroly imagined Go Charlie Go theme is neatly done.

Vishal Bharadwaj’s Kaminey was,to state the obvious,destined to do well and the only uncertainty that remained was the measure of it’s success.Let there be no doubt-Kaminey is delectably sassy in a loony-goony way!

My Pick-Kaminey,Dhan Te Nan

My Rating-Four Cheers!!!!