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Music Review : Mausam

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 Pankaj Kapoor
 Irshad Kamil
 Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Adam Smith, Callum Fuller, Herry Tangri, Janine Ballantyne, Joseph Andrew Mclean, Ken Matthews, Supriya Pathak

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MAUSAM marks the debut of Pankaj Kapoor (one of the most awesome actors that Bollywood has seen in present times) as a director, and since the film stars his own son, teenage sensation and a star in his own right, Shahid Kapoor, we have high expectations from the music of the film. Shahid himself has been associated with countless memorable and super hit compositions, and with melody king Pritam at the helm of affairs, along with his trusted aide, Irshad Kamil, who together spelled magic with JAB WE MET and delivered a couple of chartbusters in BADMAASH COMPANY, things only get more exciting. And now let's check out if Pritam & Co. can indeed repeat the magic of JAB WE MET once again!

For all those who thought that the melodious side of Pritam was last heard in Imtaiz Ali's LOVE AAJ KAL, and it was just a one-off thing, they are indeed going to be proved wrong with the first track of MAUSAM, "Rabba Main Toh Mar Gaya Oye". Sung in the most heartwarming manner by Shahid Mallya, a relatively new but highly promising singer, this song is right up there with the best of the lot and can even challenge Pritam's very own, "Aaj Din Chadhaya"(LAK), the musical arrangements of which seem to have inspired this number as well. Soft, charming, lilting melody with lots of emphasis on harmonica and percussions this number has the capacity to captivate the listener and usher in the old world charm last heard way back in VEER ZAARA or even further back in GADAR-EK PREM KATHA, and one must keep in mind that both these films were traditional period love stories. Simple Punjabi and Urdu lyrics add to the rustic local flavour and are well penned by Irshad Kamil. A sure shot super hit number that will enjoy a long shelf life.

There is double delight in store for those who might feel that a seasoned singer like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan would have done more justice to this type of track as Pritam throws the mike to the prince of 'sufi' romantic numbers , who is excellent as always and makes this number truly special with his characteristic rendition!

Rustic Punjabi flavour intact, the fun continues with "Sajh Dhaj Ke", and Mika the man behind many crazy, naughty numbers, especially with a Punjabi touch is certainly in his elements as he renders this celebration mode number in his much loved style. The song is in the same corridor as Dilip Kumar's legendary number "Sala Main To Sahab Ban Gaya" (SAGINA) or more recently from Pritam's own, "Bhootni Ke" (SINGH IS KINNG)". Although the tempo which began with the absolutely rocking 'mukhda' does take a beating in the all too familiar and heard before Punjabi 'bhangra', 'antra' but nonetheless the song is highly entertaining and will be loved and appreciated by all. The lyrics, which are a mix and match of English, Punjabi, Urdu and colloquial Hindi, are absolutely top class as they bring out the situation perfectly and add as a narrative rather than a stopover.

The song is featured twice as remixes. The first "Club Mix" and second, "Desi Mix", both by DJ Tiger Style. Must add that both are space fillers but since the song is so very entertaining the idea behind the remixes works as the songs are just right to be enjoyed dancing to in clubs, discos and parties.

The heart rendering sonorous 'alaap' by Ustad Sultan Khan followed by a couplet- "Tera shaher jo peeche chhoot raha kuch ander ander toot gaya, Hairan hain mere do naina yeh jharna kahan se phoot raha"- is just the right precursor for a sad song that dwells on a situation like heart break and separation, a 'birha' composition, and "Ik Tu Hi Tu Hi" has the highly talented Hans Raj Hans behind the mike. However as we get into the main 'mukhda' it has such a striking resemblance to the first line of A. R. Rahman's iconic patriotic number, "Ma Tujhe Salaam" that one instantly asks why, but thankfully the similarity ends there and Pritam's gets into his own after that and on the whole it is a very good number, though a tad morose and even slow in parts and will appeal to a select audience.

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The song features twice, first as reprise version by Shahid Mallya and secondly as "Mehfil Mix" by the very famous and popular 'sufi' 'qawwaals' Wadali Brothers. Shahid showcases his talent further with the reprise version with his deft handling of a difficult to render track, but naturally it is the Wadali Brothers whose 'jugalbandi' provides the icing on the cake with their stellar performance. The music arrangements too are different and lots of harmonium and 'tabla' provides just the right sound for a perfect setting.

The feeling continues further with another sad situational number, "Poore Se Zara Sa Kam Hain" and it's maestro Ustad Rashid Khan who has been assigned the task of rendering this classy track and will certainly be appreciated by the audience that knows what good music is. Irshad Kamil's "Yeh Dooriyan" still remains a standout example of excellent poetry and with "Poore Se Zara Sa Kam Hain" he showcases his brilliance further with some superb lyrics that convey the feeling of love in a manner that is so very novel, simple but so very effective and pleasing as well.

The melancholy feel to the album is perked up with "Aag Lage Us Aag Ko" and the all Punjabi flavour to the album now gives way to Gujarati as Karan Sagarthia lights up the proceedings with a lively, spirited and intense rendition. A song fit enough to be played and danced to during the 'Navratras'. This 'Garba' may not find the same universal acceptance as "Dholi Taaro" (HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM) due to its very rustic and highly localized Gujarati flavour but will certainly find its patrons especially amongst its target audience. Pritam's use of traditional Hindustani instruments is a delight to hear and savour.

Prtiam rounds off the album with a definite chart scorcher in the form of "Mallo Malli" sung by Tochi Rana with some cool rapping by Hard Kaur, and it comes as quite a surprise as one did not expect to find an all out westernized, funky dance number in this predominantly traditional album. However it appears that keeping in mind Shahid Kapoor's immensely popular dancing skills this song has been composed and though it may appear out of context, we certainly don't mind as this highly rhythmic dance number does turn out to be extremely likeable and will definitely provide what the masses (especially youth) may be missing here in this classy album.

The two remixes of the composition, the first by Lehmber Husasainpuri ("Saddi Gali" from TANU WEDS MANU fame) is definitely more superior as Lehmber's highly energized vocals suit the tempo better. The other is a simple remix and that too is pleasant on the ears and not jarring as the tempering is not overboard and over the top as in most cases.

As we round off, the music album of MAUSAM is definitely a connoisseurs delight with some soul soothing, intellectually gratifying and classy numbers and at least three songs, "Rabba Main Toh Mar Gaya Oye", "Sajh Dhaj Ke" and "Mallo Malli" will definitely hit the charts. The album may not turn out to be another JAB WE MET for Shahid, Pritam and Irshad but will surely rank amongst the team's best. With MAUSAM Pritam proves his detractors wrong once again and showcases his versatility and class and also answers the question as to why the best in the business choose him!

Rating - 4/5

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   Mausam Movie Song Lyrics
▪ Rabba Main Toh Mar Gaya Oye

▪ Ik Tu Hi Tu Hi

▪ Poore Se Zara Sa Kam Hain

▪ Sajh Dhaj Ke

▪ Mallo Malli

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