By Faridoon Shahryar, Bollywood Trade News Network
It’s a pity that Jatin-Lalit won’t be a couple after FANAA. For, they saved their best for the last. Like the first snowfall in the Kashmir Valley, the melodies of this Aamir-Kajol starrer, cleanses the dust of sadness from your pure-music-deprived heart. The programming by Salim-Suleiman and music arrangements by Dhrubajyoti Phukan ensures that the music of FANAA is blessed with the best production values. Prasoon Joshi’s lyrics are a refreshing change. And, in an era when the original musician has been swept into obscurity, the extensive use of actual instruments makes for a pleasant picture for ears. After FANAA, live whistling will be in fashion. Big time!
Chand Sifarish Jo Karta Hamari Deta Voh Tumko Bata
Sharmo Haya Ke Parde Gira Ke Karni Hai Humko Khata
Zid Hai Ab To Hai Khud Ko mitana, Hona Hai Tujhme Fanaa
An alaap conjoined by a Tabla-at-a-dargah, spiced by electric guitars and devotedly followed by Kailash Kher going Subhaan Allah in a high pitched plea. A whistle pieces together the love poetry of an unusual couple. Shaan immerses in the déjà vu verse of passionate romance as if he had been desperately waiting for a song that will take him to a different level. There’s a pristine rabab, hint of a sitar indulging in a long-distance romance with strings ogling from a distance. The choice of a whistle melody is the highlight of this song and it ends with that too. Yash Chopra films have a penchant for whistles (Remember Dil To Pagal Hai) but this one has more meaning to it. Somehow it doesn’t enunciate flaky romance. There’s more depth and honesty in it.
The Club Mix of Chand Sifarish by DJ Aqueel is called Fanaa For You. The English hook line repeats continually while the fillers of keyboard generated electric guitar pep up the tempo. It’s a good idea to make the seriousness of Fanaa reach the dance crazy hipsters. The production quality of this Club Mix is much better than most of the remixes that are done for the heck of it.
Mere Haath Mein is like a delectable woman that looks stunningly sensuous even when covered from head to toe. Tere dil mein meri sanson ko panaah mil jaaye, tere ishq mein meri jaan fanaa ho jaye whispers Kajol. Aamir replies assuredly: Adhoori saans thi, dhadkan adhoori thi, adhoore hum, magar ab chaand poora hai falak pe, aur ab poore hain hum. The verse wedded to its equivalent in terms of music. A rabab piece makes for an interesting alibi as love is shaping up. A middle-eastern Dhuff rhythm loop is complimented by an abyss of silence. Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan will always be proud of this number for their voice sounds magically honest. It’s not merely a song. It’s a special moment frozen in brilliance.
The hard-to-miss whistle of Chand Sifarish returns as the base of the upbeat Chanda Chamke. Based on the tongue twisters relished by both the young as well as the old, it’s a fun song that brings a smile on your face. Both Aamir and Kajol add vivacity to this situation-based song with their sharp sense of humour and spontaneity. Khadak Singh Ke Khadakne Se Khadakti Hai Khidkiyan or Pake Ped Par Paka Papita. Well, you’ve heard it before. And that makes the nostalgia-quotient ripen up again. Babul Supriyo and Mahalaxmi Iyer are aided by Master Akshay Bhagwat in making this one helluva fun ride. Like Lakdi Ki Kathi, Chanda Chamke has the capacity to become the kiddie anthem of the nation.
Hava kuch hole hole zubaan se kya kuch bole
Kyun doori hai ab darmiyaan…Dekho na
Prasoon Joshi continues to saddle himself on the top of poetic flight. In Dekho Na, it’s the sheer poetry that impresses along with the uncompromising melody arrangements that don’t compromise a tabla for an ordinary western loop or a classical sitar piece for sundry guitar arpeggio. Piano fillers add a pinch of mystery that’s so delightfully pacifying. Each line is a gem while Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan do full justice to this emotion enthused number. I can’t wait to see it’s picturisation on the big screen.
Des Rangeela is the only loophole in an otherwise music album. Somehow, the patriotism of Veer-Zaara reflects in this song where Mahalaxmi Iyer desperately tries to colour the picture of the glorious nation that is India. The Chopras shouldn’t have tried a Shahrukh flavour in the master stroke called Aamir. The Bhangra beats spoil the show. Maybe Kunal Kohli should have put his foot down. The National Anthem closure reminds one of the superficiality of Karan Johar’s Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. It’s not really a bad song, but considering the absolute novelty of other compositions, this one’s a let down.
Destroyed in Love is an instrumental lounge mix that adds to the feather in the cap of FANAA. It is an instrumental version of Dekho Na and the flute and piano replace the vocals while guitars also do the talking. An earthy western rhythm continues unabated while the seasons of love and longing reflect on the canvass of life. The sound of the wind livens up the ambience. The music arrangements and the production value are excellent. A class act!
FANAA, like PARINEETA, is a music album that’s going to stay with you much after the hype surrounding the movie has dampened to an extent. If you fancy classic melody, then grab your copy today.