Bhatt camp affixation and infatuation with Paki pop sensation takes a back seat with their latest outing SHOWBIZ, a film about the dark side of show business. Lalit Pandit gets his second major endeavor in the marquee by improvising his potential as solo composer. The veteran composer, who cherished amiably with the brand name of Jatin-Lalit, tries to rehash and rejuvenate Pritam’s magical “rock-mania” charms successfully in two hot-shot rock soundtracks but later album sinks without any trace. After modest DHOKHA, Bhatt’s SHOWBIZ proves too insufficient in terms of style as well as substance for the standards they have set up in their last few chartbusting offerings.
Lalit Pandit carries forward the enthralling soft rock music aesthetics set up by flamboyant Pritam as he chooses his favorite man KK to flourish with the most sparkling singing offering in ostentatiously chartbusting “Tu Mujhse Jab Se Mila”. This “full of life” concert bonanza tries to strike chord with KK previous hits like “Kya Mujhe Pyar Hai” (WOH LAMHE) and “Alvida” (LIFE IN A…METRO) for its vigorous guitar sauntering passions where hi-pulsating electronica music makes it even more merrier. Lalit Pandit strikes his first major blow as solo composer in this Sayed Quadri’s well penned track after delivering moderate hits like “Hum Khushi Ki Chah Mein” and “Vallah Vallah” (LIFE MEIN KABHI KABHI), his introductory solo album. The second version comes in trendy “hip-hop” rendition where Earl does all emceeing with slightly sluggish tempo and chilled-out orchestrations. This happy-go-lucky version is likely to be hotter than the original version, so get into the groove with its infectious beat patterns to shake a leg with its invigorating hip-hop thrust.
KK proves to be “rock-star” of the album as he chills out with another heart-throbbing soft rock trailblazer in sentimentally penned “Mere Palak Ka Tu Hai Sitara”. This extra high on “tempo” racy number clubs trendy electronic arrangements, enthralling orchestrations with KK’s rip-roaring vocals sensationalizing it with its peculiar yore and yell. Pandit’s rises above from mediocrity from his last works and delivers some fine hard rock musical works in its interludes while maintaining the tempo of this flashy emotional number. The “unplugged” version has euphoric shades of “Hum Khushi Ki Chah Mein” with drop-dead silent piano notes, nimble flute notes and mild percussive works supporting KK’s promising vocals. Its sentimental hues depict the eternal strength and wisdom of the innermost sentiments depicted through inspiring writing and heart-warming singing.
KK’s third and final solo offering “Duniya Ne Dil Toda”, a typical Bhatt camp styled sentimental track proves to be another 90’s “run of the mill” number with no major surprises. Its melancholic feel is hardly soulful and the wordings prove too ordinary to lift its tempo for a genuine emotionally (“Why you did this to me?”) melodramatic treat on big screen.
In this “rock-star” stylized number filled album, “Kaash Ek Din Aisa Bhi Aaye” comes out as the only duet with promising Shaan along with versatile Shreya Ghoshal holding the centre-stage. It seems mediocrity has finally plagued the album’s prospects and Lalit Pandit’s music again proves too insufficient to make any promising vibes for the communion of eternal love in this sloppy track. The lackluster melodic flow, mediocre singing and routine lyrical works make this an apology of affair.
Shreya Ghoshal’s mesmerizing vocals emotes out the eternal soulful outcry of beloved in a slow tempo soft sentimental brief number “Meri Ibtida”. This one is more akin to the cinematic needs and one expects some effective theatrical works by new sect of acting talents.
Lalit Pandit stature as solo composer rises to few yards but still the magic is restricted to two heart-throbbing rock concert stylized soundtracks. It has its highs in tracks like “Tu Mujhse Jab Se Mila” and “Mere Palak Ka Tu Hai Sitara” while rest of the numbers proves too mediocre to entertain. Unlike AWARAPAN, GANGSTER or WOH LAMHE, this Bhatt camp album with music based subject will be churning out an average success in coming weekends.