By Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network
One of the top most directors of his times, Mehul Kumar is deservedly a respectable and highly renowned name in the film world. Mostly associated with making films which deal with the vices prevalent in our society, director - producer Mehul Kumar along with dialogue writer K.K Singh have together given us some memorable films that not only entertain but also enlighten. The film however that most cinelovers associate and remember them with is KRANTIVEER, starring Nana Patekar, Dimple Kapadia, Atul Agnihotri, Mamta Kulkarni etc. It was a major critical and commercial success; and became one of the highest grossing film of the year 1994, winning several awards, including the coveted National Award for best actor by Nana Patekar. The music of the film by Anand Milind and lyricist Sameer became quite popular too and the song 'Love Rap' picturised on Nana Patekar was a rage. Cut to 2010 and we have the charismatic director back with the sequel to the superhit , KRANTIVEER -THE REVOLUTION, starring talented newcomers like Samir Aftab, Aditya Singh Rajput, Harsh Rajput and Jahan Bloch along with experienced and seasoned actors like Ranjeet, Farida Jalal, Givind Namdeo, Mukesh Tiwari etc. The film once again deals with topical problems plaguing the nation. The music department is being handled by the very promising Sachin Jigar, along with the highly experienced Sameer, who have quite a few melodious albums to their credit but the one that comes to mind instantly is their runaway hit of last year, TERE SANG, by Satish Kaushik. So, lets see if Sachin Jigar will be able to emulate the KRANTIVEER success of Anand Milind and provide us with some entertainment in this highly charged and fiery drama .
Soft guitar strings, clicking fingers, bead sounds and sentimental croonings, a picture perfect start to one of the most romantic songs of the recent months, 'Khuda Mere Khuda' and who better than the queen bee and king of romantic numbers Shreya Ghoshal and K.K respectively to deliver the goods. The highlight of the track is the slow dreamy start that picks up pace gradually ending on the haunting crescendo that is rendered in K.K's own inimitable style. The music orchestration in the background comprising of guitar, flute, violin etc is in keeping with the soft, romantic mood of the song. The youthful freshness in the voices of the singers naturally suit the two talented newcomers who look absolutely refreshing on screen as can be seen in the promos. Sameer deserves kudos for some lovely lyrics and the superb feeling of that astonishing thing called love is conveyed brilliantly.
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We have heard quite a few celebration songs that mostly centre around marriages, parties etc. but birthday celebration numbers are quite rare in recent times. Of course if we go down the memory lane a few birthday numbers like, 'Baar Baar Din Ye Aaye', 'Hum Bhi Agar Bachche Hote'(all picturised on kids) do come to mind. But the next number 'Chhote Tera Birthday Aaya' will go down as a rare number that has an adult protagonist on whom the song is centered. Coming back to the song, it is zippy and zesty, and even though situational, the party mood is reflected effectively through some lively singing by Anushka Manchanda, Mika Singh, Hard Kaur, Ishq Bector, Neuman Pinto, Hrishikesh Kamerkar and Mahadev Krishna. Sachin-Jigar deserve credit for making the singers sing in their own typical style as can be heard through Hard Kaur's most loved rap and Mika's slightly nasal singing. Other back up singers provide the perfect support to make the song merry and one that can be identified by the youth of today . Some might get a hint of 'Maa Da Laadla'(DOSTANA) but that is only a coincidence as a few notes here and there and music addendums do appear similar but that's about all!.
Right from the opening sounds, one can feel goose pimples rise as 'Lau Jali' simply engulfs the listeners with its motivational and patriotic fervour. Hard rock is the base around which Sachin Jigar have built and structured this composition, and rightly so as this is a number that awakens not only the mind but also the slumbering soul. The track can be classified as a theme song too as the entire essence and sprit of the movie is summed up in this superbly crafted number that has been rendered to perfection by the composer Jigar himself. Once again old war horse Sameer does himself proud as he jots down lyrics that summarizes the theme of the movie and conveys to the audience what they can expect out of this Mehul Kumar film which once again deals with the social malaise that confront us on a daily basis. Here is a sample- 'Loot hai chharon taraf machhi loot hai, Jhooth hai aab-o-hawa mein jhooth hai, Sach ka soooraj hum ban jayenge, Parivartan hum layenge.'
Lovely sitar string sounds and other traditional instruments herald the beginning of a scintillating item/dance number, 'Firangi Paani', thus ending the album on a light note. A composition that will appeal not only to the front benchers but also to the discerning audience who had loved the raw raunchiness of 'Beedi Jalilyle'OMKARA) and 'Billo Rani'(DHAN DHANA DHAN GOAL). The reason being its classy lyrics by lyricist Sameer that are a superb heady mix of Hindi and simple English. 'O mister, Register karle complaint meri, Jahan jaaon bhar jaaye ladkon se lane meri.' And its just not the lyrics but the tune too that is instantly likeable. Just like 'Khuda Mere Khuda' this number too starts on a slow note gradually picking up steam and concluding into a 'zabardast' climax, that is the chorus. Anushka Manchanda is top class oozing naughtiness in her delightful slightly husky vocals. In fact the biggest compliment will be that we don't miss Sunidhi, the queen of item numbers here at all, so perfect is Anushka's rendition! Master Saleem too is superb as he matches Anushka note for note.
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Well, after going through the album there is not a hint of doubt that Sachin - Jigar have definitely lived up to the expectations of providing some good entertainment through some excellent compositions. They have gone for quality and not quantity and so even though there are just four songs in the album, all of them deal with different situations and moods. Our pick is naturally, 'Khuda Mere Khuda' and 'Lau Jali' . The album definitely has it all to hit the charts (in addition to bonus hit tracks from films like PAATHSHAALA, HOUSEFULL and ISHQIYA etc.) but it will generate better sales after the film hits the theatres on as most songs are situational and the audience will connect with the compositions after watching the film.
Rating - 3.5/5