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Anu Malik, like Naresh Sharma, Nikhil – Vinay, Ram Sampath
Rahat Indori, Sameer, Sanjay Chhel
Dino Morea, Bipasha Basu, Irfan Khan
By Raunaq Kotecha
Optimum utilization of the available resources is the mantra that is staunchly believed by most of our Bollywood film makers, more than ever by the novice ones who dream of striking a fortune with their very first (and in most cases the last) attempt to lure the unpredictable cinegoers. Dilkhush Doshi is one such producer who has ventured into this gamble with sky rocketing hopes and similar budgets. When I say sky rocketing budgets, by no means do I mean that Chehraa is an expensive product, but is enough to drain the resources of the neophyte producers like the one in this case. Produced under the banner of Khawaish movies, Chehraa is now complete under the "able" direction of Mr.Saurabh Shukla, a character artiste whose character has always been one that of a Don and his "Kallu Mama" character in Ram Gopal Verma's Satya has given birth to God knows how many such anti-social elements.
Relating back to the optimum utilization resources bit, I would comment further that after Raaz, this is the nth attempt to recreate the Dino-Bipasha magic, which is obviously not working any longer, but as mentioned earlier, it is difficult to convince makers who feel otherwise. Anu Malik is the primary composer with others like Naresh Sharma, Nikhil - Vinay and Ram Sampath composing a track a two for the album.
The opening track "Mausam ki ijazat" unleashes the lackluster feel of the entire album and ensures that you don't get any worth for your money. Kunal Ganjawala and Shreya Ghosal have always sounded different and ecstatic, but this one is an exception. A muffled square sort of melody with no great lyrics fails to make an impression. Nikhil-Vinay's first attempt thankfully proves to be the last for this album.
Moving on, you can lend an ear or two to "Kabhi khamosh baithogi". A soft mellow number has the golden Anu Malik touch and feel to it. Babul Supriyo's youthful voice along with Mahalaxmi's extremely engaging vocals elevate the potentials of this track. Rahat Indori's soulful lyrics and an equally soulful melody lift this track beyond an average level although like other tracks it too suffers from the No Novelty Syndrome.
Channel [V] may have deserted them or vice-versa, but Viva is still committed to entertain its few yet loyal aficionados. Anu Malik ropes in the only girl band of India to do some real time screaming. "Chilake Chilake" is a group act by the vivacious four but is just not as vivacious. It does have an express tune, but the track in its totality isn't peppy at all. Perhaps Anu Malik should have tried concentrating more on the melody than trying to impart the track a typical pop feel due to which the track sounds like a flat dialogue. One thing that might definitely entertain the audience is Sanjay Chel's amusing lyrics. VJ Nikhil Chinnappa stretches his skills to that of a DJ and mixes the track, after listening to which, you will earnestly wish that he quits both.
Ever since Anu Malik has kissed and made up with Alisha, he just cannot do without her (in the tracks). "Tabahee Tabahee" is a solo item track by Alisha who has gone for an absolute voice transformation for this one, which sounds so fabricated. Dev Kohli lives up to his name by etching some of the most hollow filmi lyrics to engross only the frontbenchers.
The album garners some sensibilities with "Khhushboo Khayal hoon". Alka Yagnik's placid vocals are plausibly uplifting and the track has a gentle melody that is much better than the preceding disaster tracks on the album. Zamir Qazmi and Anu Malik should get equal credits for prudent lyrics and good music respectively.
The album maintains the decent flow and continues playing sensitive tracks.Sonu-Shreya combo undoubtedly wins attention and the quality of the track is positively superior.Ram Sampath's music is extremely alluring and Sameer has penned momentous and apt lyrics, which does augment value.
On the final track, the album seems to be completing a full circle by reverting to the 80's erstwhile ambiance with "Hadh se jyada sanam". This one is a regular duet, but Sonu and Shreya have at all times been more than just impressive. For a first timer like Naresh Sharma, the melody of the track deserves applause and same goes for the sagacious lyrics by Dr.Deepak Sneh.
From production to direction and from star cast to music, Chehraa has nothing to boast of. It is rather niggling to notice how the new and low budget filmmakers are hooked on to a particular star pairing or a definite genre of movies. It is high time that they realize the changing requirements of Hindi cinema and capricious yet smart stances of today's audience, as when it comes to Success there are no set rules.