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Director : Music : Lyrics : Starring :
Naseeruddin Shah, Arjun Rampal, Priyanka Chopra.
By Runaq Kotecha
After experimenting and failing desolately with the catastrophic Pyaar Ishq aur Mohabbat, Rajiv Rai is back to his original self. Learning the hard way that soft mushy love stories are not his cup of tea, Rajiv Rai is now primed with his latest Action Packed High Voltage Musical Drama called "Asambhav". Apart from Nasseruddin Shah, the film also stars Arjun Rampal and Priyanka Chopra in the lead roles. Sameer has set the lyrics for the tracks composed by an ardent Rajiv Rai loyalist - Viju Shah. Produced by Gulshan Rai under their illustrious banner - Trimurti Films, Asambhav is a crucial juncture in the career of not only Arjun Rampal (who has been struggling for a Hit ever since he has made his debut) but also for Rajiv Rai whose previous release was a complete disaster at the box office.
Asambhav has a total of just 5 tracks with an instrumental for each track and a theme called Asambhav Theme. Composing an instrumental for every track is a very unique and a rare style of presenting music, which has seldom been attempted earlier.
The album opens up with "Ratein badi hai" and "Ratein Badi hai" opens up with Nayan Rathod and Rajiv Rai himself bursting out on the word Boom. Sung by Hema Sardesai, this one is an emblematic Viju Shah number with electronic fast paced beats and an express tune, which is far from being melodious. Probably the track is highlighting the pace of the movie and will move along with the story like witnessed in other Rajiv Rai flicks. Nasseruddin Shah does attempt to recreate his Tridev magic by shooting the breeze in the middle of the song, but fails miserably.
"Teri Dekh Dekh Ladkaiyan" is a major trump card and manages to hit the bull's eye without ado. While, initially it might sound like a typical item number, but it gradually grows on you as you listen to it time and again. If promoted well, the track certainly has a potential to pull it off just like other Rajiv Rai and Viju Shah hit combos like "Tu cheez badi hai mast mast". Udit Narayan and especially Kavita Krishnamurthy Subramaniam have successfully and effortlessly recreated their Mast Mast Magic and more. The tuning between the two is paranormal and Kavita's divine vocals provide the much needed class appeal. A tune so rich on melody, equipped with invigorating brisk paced musical instruments is a definite winner. Shah deserves every bit of applause for this one.
Synchronized with the strong and fleeting velocity of the album, "Mashuqa Rubi" rolls up next. Anuradha Sriram is a brilliant pick for such a swift item number, as her vocals at least facilitate the track to be striking from the usual Sunidhi Chauhan brigade of item numbers. Sriram executes an impressive task in singing this one with the requisite crisp and rate of knots, yet maintaining the melody. Viju Shah's instrumental and enlivening musical backdrop is something to look forward to once again, but the tune is just about acceptable. Lyrics (by Sameer) couldn't have been better for such a vigorous track, but Shah could have safely avoided Nayan Rathod's and Viju Shah's rather strident "Booms".
"Main Sada Hoon" is yet another track that is rich on musical arrangement, but a big let down on tune. Kay Kay is his usual self, excelling in rising from low notes to high soaring pitches. Sameer's appropriate lyrics cannot lift the track above a certain level, as the tune is not good enough. Kay Kay's formidable singing effort, Viju Shah's staggeringly gripping contemporary beats and Sameer's thoughtful lyrics all get easily mired due to a passable tune.
To offer more electrifying (musical) shocks than you might have ever asked for, Koi Aayega arrives next. This time it is Sunidhi Chauhan who exhibits her natural or rather default talents for this item number. Compared to the previous two, Koi Aayega has a superior tune, which ascends from dawdling to swift and back and Sunidhi handles it really well like she always does. Lyrics are also in tune with the requirements of the track and one should have no complaints on that.
The rest of the album is filled with an instrumental for each track and all the 5 instrumentals are just as good as their vocal tracks. The Asambhav Theme is an addition, which is something to look forward to. Not only because it has been very aesthetically composed, but also because of a brief Dialogue between Nasseruddin Shah and Arjun Rampal, which is quite impressive. It might be reminiscent with Rajiv Rai'sGupt Theme, but the originality dwells in the capricious tempo of the theme.
The music of Asambhav once again confirms thatViju Shah is certainly one of the best composers that we have when it comes to delivering expeditious racy tracks with ultra modern electronic beats. However, in the midst of all the upbeat technology and heavy duty musical instruments, the tunes seem to be taking a back seat. As of now we can only hope that Viju Shah takes this as a healthy feedback and Rajiv Rai leaves no stone unturned in promoting the music, as Asambhav lacks the massive star support that his previous hits savored to the fullest.