By Ronak Kotecha
Many thought DUS would never see the light of day. However, it was the sheer passion and devotion of a man (Mukul Anand) whose dream project was this movie that he lived until his last breath. After ruling the countdowns and music charts for its captivating music and power pack videos for months together, DUS suddenly seemed to disappear into the thin air only to make a comeback after almost five years with some of the most happening stars of today's times. The new look of DUS is nothing short of a reincarnation and this time with twice as vigor and star power. Created under Nitin Manmohan's illustrious banner, DUS is director Anubhav Sinha's first ever stint with high voltage action drama with a star cast that ranges from Sanjay Dutt, Suniel Shetty, Shilpa Shetty to Abhishek Bachchan, Zayed Khan, Esha Deol, Raima Sen and Dia Mirza. The music director duo Vishal-Shekhar and lyricist Panchhi Jalonvi make an ideal pick for carrying forward the feisty legacy of the music of DUS that made the heads turn, bodies' groove.
"Dus Bahaane" is the quintessential vigorous dance track with all the required zest and pep in the right places. No wonder the track is being lapped up by the youngsters on the mobile phone caller tunes and ring tones. Also, a definite play at the pubs, the track naturally finds its place in the collections of the cell phones and blasting car stereos. Quite reminiscent to the Tata Young version of "Dhoom Machale", "Dus Bahaane" too has a video with the seductive boyish charms of Abhishek Bachchan and Zayed Khan on screen while that of KK and Shaan off the screen. And if you thought that wasn't enough, you have the extended version of the track that only adds value.
The album only gets better with the next track "Deedar De" where Sunidhi Chauhan adeptly ensures her eon for this year too. From western instruments to pacing beats and from vibrant singing to a buoyant tune, the track has all it takes to transport the party mongers to the seventh heaven. Again, there is a Nikhil and Naved's "Z mix" version and "Ranjit Barot mix version" - you sure can't get enough of this, can you?
Taking a break of sorts from the high power thumping music, the album moves into a trifling tangent with "Chamm Se", but keeping in tune with the contemporary ambiance, this one too has some intermittent Angrezi lingo fusing well with the ethnic Dhol, Baaja and Shehnai pieces. Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Babul Supriyo, Sunidhi Chauhan and Sapna Mukherjee sing in total harmony off screen while the young couples cohesively gyrate to their tune in the milieu of lavish sets, designer costumes having whole of India taking a crack at simulating the signature steps at various social functions if the track hits the bull's eye.
The fleeting velocity of the album comes to a screeching halt with "Unse Poonche" where Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik get as romantic as they can. The congenial duet has an average tune that need not be skipped, but cannot be repeated either, one can wait until it plays another time.
The briskness continues to dawdle at the same pace but with a unique modern treatment in "Saamne Aati Ho". The track has an upbeat orchestration with vocals of Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan generating considerable interest for the youth. Moreover, Vishal-Shekhar's gentle yet intense musical arrangement renders the track diverse and more viable in today's times.
Fanaticism only intensifies in "Jaaniya Ve" with Hariharan and Mahalaxmi, both known for their extremely velvety and expressive vocals. The track sounds quite divine and appealing with a zealous musical backdrop and great vocalization.
The typical Hindi movie tracks are done and the album now moves into total hard rock domain with different mixes and experimental instrumentals with an influx of high density electronic music and a sanguine loud orchestration.
To begin with, the "Adrenaline Nitrate" is an instrumental that captivates the atmosphere with loud and uninterrupted play of numerous strident instruments that could generate unprecedented energies within the veins of the restless youth.
Sukhwinder Singh is let loose on the spirited track "Zalzala" composed by Ranjit Barot with ascending rate of knots. With lyrics by Mehboob, the track can count on the foot tapping beats and a passionate performance by Singh.
"Make some noise" does make quite a lot of noise, but Ranjit Barrot can do better than making the anxious singers scream their lungs out. The musical setup only gets too hard bearing.
Just then, in time, comes the soothing 2 minutes and 20 seconds long "Alternate Trance" by Caralisa Monteiro that thrives on cavernous singing and an apt usage of a few required instruments.
"Get into my car" marks the end of this compulsive youth album. With the likes of Caralisa Monteiro, Nandini Srikar and Earl D' Souza, the track tries to strike a balance between the indo-western tastes with a hinglish fusion, but does not necessarily impress.
After a great start and a great shelve, the only way to make a comeback was to reinvent itself with a bang and make such thunderous noise that no one goes unheard and this is precisely what DUS did. With every effort to entice the urbane audience, the music of the movie follows the footsteps of its inspiration Dhoom and Musafir and manages to secure at least eight on DUS.