Sachin-Jigar with Anu Malik and Bappi Lahiri (guest composers)
Sameer and Virag Mishra
Ruslaan Mumtaz, Sheena Shahabadi, Satish Kaushik, Sushmita Mukherjee, Rajat Kapoor, Neena Gupta and Anupam Kher
From TERE NAAM (2003) to TEREE SANG (2009), director Satish Kaushik has shown persistence in making musically sound films that have mixed fate at the box office. TEREE SANG, a film about teenage pregnancy, comes out as ''A kidult love story'' with promising composer duo Sachin-Jigar (former Pritam assistants) making their first solo commercial presence in the marquee. Despite zilch expectations for its bleak face-value, the genre of teenage love stories has always been substantially high on melodic quotient. Kaushik makes wise move by experimenting out these ''new kids on the block'' and coming out with a new breed of music. Can this be another ''ice-breaker'' in the league of small budget films? Will Sachin-Jigar be the surprise package of this deal? Let's be precise in our discussion and start reviewing music of this ''kidult'' love story...!
Sachin-Jigar makes peppy-fizz start to this bubble-gummer's special album with vibrant guitar strums, youthfully crooned signature tune (''Aa-ee-Aa-Oh...'') in somber ''n'' supple friendship track ''I Will Be There for You''. Clinton and Dominique Cerjo voices makes ''cool'' splash of madcap gush of communion with snazzy chorals adding up to this feast. The soundtracks works impressively as signature track for this flick and draws strong semblance with tracks like ''Jaane Kyun'' (DOSTANA) and the ever famous theme track ''I'll be there for you'' (FRIENDS –TV serial), in its trendy arrangements and flows. Sachin-Jigar's composition blooms for its vibrant guitar strumming that lifts the spirits and gets appreciated manifold through vivacious Indi-Pop singing attire of lead vocalists. It's likely to be new ''make-cool-buddy'' factor in campus circuits and if promoted well then do expect it to be running back-to-back on all radio channels. Youthful!!!
The hot-headed rock-mania of popular Sufi-rock comes out with vociferous rigorous thump in impulsive sounding ''chase'' love track ''Morey Saiyaan''. Sachin and Jigar comes behind the mike and race up to extreme with eclectically paced electric guitar strumming and racy percussions. It's a fully charged rock number that fuels up with energy as it progresses from its middle interludes to its last verses. After Sharib-Toshi (JASHNN), Sachin-Jigar matures up to be second among list of new composers of this year of making strong impact as competent rock-music composers. This one goes out especially for those who have cherished Pakistani rock numbers in last few years and one expects more from this promising duo. Brilliant!!!
''Maula Mile De'', another belligerently aggressive Sufi-rock number follows it later and this time its Suhail's voice gracing up with fine tuning of instrumentals in the backdrop. It's a double whammy for all rock-lovers and this one too has perfect melodic aesthetics of being crowned as perfect rock number. Sameer's poetic lyrics find the perfect concoction of orchestral flows and Suhail's youthful voice and together they culminate out perfectly well with finale of wonderful guitar jamming. Racy!!!
After three terrific youthful tracks, the expectations grows for something rollicking stuff but the anti-climax comes with album's finest solo love ballad in ''Rab Milaya''. Unlike previous peppy numbers, it has quintessentially country western musical backdrop with playful acoustic guitar riffs and somber-toned arrangements holding centre-stage in mild pace. Jigar scores perfect ten for his immaculate singing that enamors landscaped charms with sheer melodic poise in its subtle arrangements. ''Rab Milaya'' classifies as one of the finest heard solo ballads in recent months and follows select sect of bright sentimental numbers like ''Yeh Dooriyan'' (LOVE AAJ KAL) and ''Tune Jo Na Kahan'' (NEW YORK). Outstanding!!!
After making enormous impact with four beautiful numbers, the mood turns situational with ''filmi'' numbers striking big and the first to strike is average sounding ''Miss Baabloo''. Bappi Lahiri makes mischievous vocal gestures with frenzy rap singing and comes out in ''teasing-pleasing'' way, well suited for comical situation in the film.
Anmol Malik (daughter of Anu Malik), last heard in ''Talli'' (UGLY AUR PAGLI) matures substantially to croon out typical pop-diva stylized number in ''Chal Mera Haath Pakkad Le''. Anmol impresses in peculiar Alisha Chinai's flair of pop singing that adds to youthful pep factor of the album. This girlie special number by Anu Malik lacks the frothiness in its composition and falls smoothly average in its complete rendition.
Sachin-Jigar makes another generous move by lauding up another proficient singing talent in Jahnvi Shrimankar along with Master Salim (of ''Maa Da Laadla'' (DOSTANA) fame) in tranquil-paced love duet ''Leja Leja''. Sameer's lyrics come with mix and match of Hindi and Punjabi verses and get amalgamated in typical semi-classical instrumentals flows. The composer duo shows their brawny sides by being experimenting with classical elements with modernity by ushering out hilly region feel in its relaxing lounge appeal. Do enjoy some brilliant lounge musical impacts (hilly region aura) and Jahnvi's penetrative voices that soothes to core in its supple textures. Serene!!!
''Lal Quile Ke Peechey'', a fun-filled track about panoramic overview of famous places of Delhi comes in garish overtones of Anu Malik rap-singing (eerie sounding...!). This time it's a sheer disappointment as it comes out to be poor impersonation of ''Paathshala'' (RANG DE BASANTI) with average singing by Shaan and Anmol Malik. The clamoring of rap, electronica and pop rhythms collage to make it weird and Anu's emceeing make it even worse for ears.
The concluding offering of this album comes in the format of ''viraah'' (sad and separation) song in the voices of struggling Raza Hassan and Sumedha in pleasant sounding ''Tere Bin''. Bappi Lahiri makes decent presence as guest composer by serenading out contemporary soft rhythms in tuneful setting of piano, violin and percussion to evoke pathos for the protagonists. This comes out as above-average listening affair and is likely to be adding to the substance of this ''kidult'' love saga rather than becoming prize element of the album.
TEREE SANG comes out to be biggest surprise package of year 2009 so far where Sachin-Jigar can easily be crowned to be ''discovery'' of the year. Undoubtedly this composer duo makes terrific start with this album that promises successes in soundtracks like ''I Will be There for You'', ''Morey Saiyaan'', ''Maula Mila De'', ''Rab Milya'' and ''Leja Leja''. For all teenyboppers' listeners, this album comes out as new listening delight in campus circles. TEREE SANG comes out as fresh whiff of air and proves to be good news for all involved budding music talents. For its quality musical display, it deserved to be promoted aggressively and is expected to be winning preposition for its connoisseurs in coming weekends.