A Venus Records & Tapes and Satish Kaushik presentation, GANG OF GHOSTS, is truly a unique effort, a paranormal comedy thriller set in bygone (as well as present) era, boasting of an ensemble star-cast. Two relatively fresh and young music directors Dharam - Sandeep who have earlier composed for some Ramgopal Verma films, have been entrusted with the task of handling the music which promises to be as unique and novel and interesting as the film and its concept.
A Marathi folk based item number could not have got more-zanier than this, a real 'mast
' rhythmic dance track, 'Naach Madhubala
' sung by Aishwarya Nigam is hilariously and outrageously funny. The lyrics are sidesplitting and etch out the mood and give an insight into the zany film.
Recreating the golden era of Geeta Dutt, the next number, 'Nahin Dungi
' is another totally retro style number that is simply hilarious but well executed in terms of musical arrangements and lyrics and equally well sung by Rupmati Jolly. CHECK OUT: GANG OF GHOSTS - Songs Lyrics
The evergreen 'ghazal
' by the 'ghazal
' maestro Ghulam Ali, 'Dasni Sharab Di
' (lyrics by legendary poet late Qateel Shafai) has been remixed here and the makers (Satish Kaushik) have roped in none other than Aamir Ghulam Ali, the talented son of the living legend to rearrange and render the number. And one must add that he has done well in company of Malkoo, A.K and Deepali Sathe. The addition of rap and added beats and synth and techno sounds make this more contemporary and youth friendly.
Superfast rhythm and racy rock orchestral arrangements with lots of drums, guitar, trumpets, and plates build up a superb Hindi-Punjabi/ Haryanvi pop dance number, 'Ishq Behn Ka Dinna
' , a song which talks about the fallouts of love. Once again it's the lyrics which are the highlight, apt and funny. Vikas Kumar and Vishvesh Parmar render the number with zest and zeal.
S D Burman's classic Dev Anand number, 'Jayen to Jayen Kahan
' (TAXI DRIVER) gets a makeover of a different kind; in fact it gets even more retro with nasal vocals of Sanjay Misra getting into the act.
The dark humour of ghosts fighting for their rights (house) and pleading their case and the apathy of the government is conveyed through some superb lyrics and KL Saigal like singing.
The raunchy item 'lavni
' number 'Rimco
', despite some spirited singing by Malini Banerjee and Aishwarya Nigam fails to recreate the desired effect mainly because of the lyrics which although novel but are inappropriate. The 'Beedi Jalaile
' inspiration falls flat but might appeal to the target audience.
There is also an interesting parody where not so very old songs have been used as per the situation with the help of artists like Sudesh Bhosle, Aishwarya Nigam, Manoj Misra, Abhishek Nailwal and Aditi Paul. Satish Kaushik showcases his writing skills here and needs to be commended for a good effort.
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The sad separation number that talks about heartbreak, 'Sheeshe Ka Dil
' has been very authentically recreated to give it that required retro touch. Even the singer, Rupmati Jolly, who was quite funny in 'Nahin Dungi
' succeeds in expressing the pain of a broken heart, la Shamshad Begum style (nasal twang et al!). It's been after a long time (since ANDAZ APNA APNA) that such a superb recreation has been achieved.
The audio of Satish Kaushik's GANG OF GHOSTS is bag full of a variety of retro tracks with a tadka of contemporary. Most of the songs are situational types and some are totally retro in nature keeping in mind the storyline. 'Sheeshe Ka Dil
', 'Ishq Behn Ka Dinna
' and 'Nahin Dungi
' are our picks. Go for it due to the nostalgic appeal! The songs may find patronage after the film releases all over on 21st March, 2014.