Veteran producer Pahlaj Nihalani returns with a terrific soundtrack again for his film KHUSHBOO. This score can and will be counted as Adnan Sami's best in days to come. Lyrics by Javed Akhtar exemplify the energy and innocence of youth and his versatility.
Adnan starts off the album like a magician with a flourish, with the song Kyon Hai Mujhe, sung with all the effervescence of youth by Shreya Ghosal and Adnan himself. The tune is magical and the use of the spanish guitar, violins and saxophone and the flute in the beginning of the song transports one immediately to snowy peaks and misty clouds rolling by. The lyrics too support the magic created by the tune. Reminiscent of songs of yore like Main Chali, Main Chali from PADOSAN or Suhana Safar ye Mausam from MADHUMATI etc., kyon hai touches on the innocence and idealism of youth perfectly. Very soon, this song will be like an anthem on every young boy and girls lips.
Dil Ye Kahe, the second song, starts with zingy savoir faire. With its groovy salsa beats and lyrics perfectly suiting the song talking about the abandonment and total freedom which the youth of today will absolutely relate to, the song doesn't have a dull moment in it. Perfectly capturing the spirit of the youth today are the singers Sunidhi Chauhan and Shaan. The Notes Sunidhi has hit along with the rising crescendo in the end of the song are enough to win her many awards. The exuberance of this song will definitely become a dance floor favourite.
The third song, Kya Hai Sochati Tu, is a combination of some fantastic singing by Shankar Mahadevan and Shreya Ghosal, witty lyrics by the ever imaginative Javed Akhtar and fun composition by Adnan. This song reminds one of the funny Main Agar Kahoon from LAKSHYA but a peppier version. The originality in this song really stands out. One can see this song being played at every Sangeet, Baraat and Shaadi.
The fourth song is a soft romantic number sung again by Adnan Sami and Mahalaxmi Iyer. Its softness and gentleness of melody will make it a perfect song for a man going down on one's knee and proposing to his love. A perfect song to sing if a man forgets his anniversary! Mahalaxmi Iyer is right now a fairly underrated singer, but this song should take her to new heights of success.
Badi Albeli Hai Tu, or the Gudh song as I like to call it, is the raunchy and naughty item song in the soundtrack which is sure to get very popular with the masses and youngsters. Sung with his characteristic fun and effortless style, Udit Narayan has obviously enjoyed singing this song immensely. And ably supporting him in this venture is Sunidhi again, showcasing her versatility. The naughty lyrics by Javed Akhtar show his immense talent and also a witty and mischievous side to his personality. Very upbeat and catchy song.
The very original and beautiful song called Paake Tujhe starts with a beautiful and soulfully sung qawaali and graduates surprisingly into a very rock like melodious tune. This bonus sad song has been composed by Bappi Lahiri and lyrics are by Dr. Deepak Dhusia. The lyrics have been written in a very poetic and evocative way. Though sad in its feel, the tune is sure to catch on with the youth. The sound of heartbreak has a rock like quality and KK has proven yet again why he is one of the finest singers in our country today.
Next in line are the remixes, which I first thought were just fillers for the album. Then as I heard them one by one, I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The first remix by DJ Kiran and G&Earl, a hip-hop mix of Kyon hai mujhe, changes the tone and colour of the song from romantic and wistful to fast, fun and danceable. This will be a sure fire hit with the genX.
The second remix also by DJ's K&G, is just like what they say... Sounds Gud, Gud. A fast paced racy not Gud but Great mix. A great mix of grass root India and western tunes.
The third remix of Dil Ye Kahe is a club mix by DJ Amyth. Sunidhi's singing is perfectly suited in this number. A cool, rocking dance number which will surely have people grooving on the dance floor.
The fourth remix is the Paake Tujhe Lovers mix by Eric Pillai and it is one of the best remixes ever heard. He has used the beginning of the song so beautifully that one does surrender to the BEAT. A great dance number with groovy electronica, techno lovers and all dance lovers will find this a great number to rock on.
The final song is a bonus track not in the film, composed by Adnan and sung with great gusto by Amit Kumar. Kisme Kitna Hai Dum seems to be a perfect song for cricket matches especially the highly competitive India-Pakistan or India-Australia. It talks of competition and the musical arrangement has been done in a very assertive way filling the song with a huge dose of testosterone and adrenalin pumping energy.
All in all a very complete album with a great deal of emphasis on melody. Also a great album for Adnan Sami fans. One gets to hear a new and unexplored Adnan who not only surprises but excites.
A must-buy album.
Rating : 4/5
(The writer is a music lover who has studied classical music and plays piano)