After “Dhoom”, it’s “Jhoom”! The triumvirate of esteemed Yash Raj banner, Bachchan’s and director Shaad Ali Saigal are all set for a cinematic holocaust in magnanimous JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM. Yash Raj’s most coveted project finally lands up in marquee with the musical expertise of versatile musical trio Shankar Ehsaan Loy (SEL). The album comes off as some kind of surprise as it forays four different styled versions of title tracks (“Jhoom”, “Jhoom Barabar Jhoom”, “JBJ” and “Jhoom Jam”). Besides three booty-shaking thumping title tracks, there is a blend of Sufi and Indi-pop that comes from the brilliance of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Neeraj Shridhar.
Shankar Mahadevan’s boisterously pitched Punjabi dialect and feverishly punched “bhangra” rock that rocked nation in “Pretty Woman” (KAL HO NA HO), “Nach Baliye” (BUNTY AUR BABLI) and “Rock “n” Roll Soniye” (KABHI ALVIDA NA KEHNA) strikes back with pompous thump in chartbusting “Jhoom”. Gulzar’s amusing lyrics voices out ethnic Punjabi “boliyan” (verses) that well describes the emotions of “happy-go-lucky” gypsy in a cheerfully celebratory mood. It’s a fun frolicking treat that sets equilibriums between Shankar’s “ragas” based vocals, fast paced “bhangra” beats and ear-splitting westernized percussions in setting pulsating tempo for a rollicking dance floor track. “Jhoom” works more like a title track and a youthful anthem than revamped or resurrected version of evergreen “Qawaali” “Jhoom Barabar Jhoom” (sung mainly by veteran Aziz Naza in 70’s and 80’s). This entertaining offering will be a visual spectacle where Big B’s ethnically designed European gypsy attire (costumes – Akki Narula) will be forming emblematic communion with acrobatic jiving choreographic skills (Vaibhavi Merchant) in pulling out a real chartbuster.
“Jhoom Barabar Jhoom” brings out a camaraderie of vociferously belligerent voices that rocks the floors in a blood racing concert show extravaganza. This title track version has scintillating multi-faceted spark where KK, Sukhwinder Singh, Mahalaxmi Iyer and Shankar Mahadevan voices out for the hot-shot bandwagon. It’s a gleaming amalgamation of racy vocals, Bagpiper tunes, keyboard rendered notes, electric and acoustic guitars strumming with thunderous and ear-deafening traditional “dhol” beats and loud thumps. Sukhwinder Singh and KK voice out the soundtrack in classical “alaaps” and folkish “bhangra” mode with dash of femininity in the shimmering vocals of Mahalaxmi Iyer. Shankar Mahadevan’s impressive rendition gives it a finale by summing up deliriously “chock-a-block” proceeding with fine blending of all voices singing out the “mukhda” to give it a euphoric touch. It’s an urbane delight contribution that has the credentials of hitting big in the marquee. Rock the floors!
“JBJ” is “yuppie” title track that promises to be teenybopper’s delight for its deliriously paced hip-hop rendition (Blaze and Shantanu) with reverberating “club” mix impact. SEL earlier composed “B n B” (BUNTY AUR BABLI) had the similar trendy emblematic feel that worked excellently as promotional tool. Zubin Garg enters SEL camp with this feverishly upbeat number where he is clubbed with Sunidhi Chauhan and Shankar Mahadevan’s screechy “n” booming vocals in churning out perky feel. “JBJ” can be configured as sprightly animated background score or visually alluring promotional track garnering promising opening for the film.
After “Baat Paaki” (JUST MARRIED) and “Bhagam Bhag” (BHAGAM BHAG), Neeraj Shridhar (lead vocalist of BOMBAY VIKING) makes another promising marketable hullabaloo in sluggishly paced chirpy soundtrack “Ticket to Hollywood”. It’s slothfully paced number about wooing French girl in bountiful of crispy and garrulous one-liners like “Oas Mein Gholi, Mint ki Goli, Niri Khushboo Beeba, Kanney se Kate, Manjhe ki dori, kattege tu biba…” Alisha Chinai’s resentfully “silky-smooth” vocals give it romantic shades while Loy Mendonsa’s vigorous voluble rap works aggressively in making it cult situational soundtrack.
It all started with “Mann ki Lagaan” (PAAP) and was carried out in soulfully pristine “Jiya Dhadak Dhadak” (KALYUG) and “Main Jahaan Rahoon” (NAMASTEY LONDON). Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s genius adds another gifted contribution in filmdom with “Bol Na Halke Halke”, a soft and verbose melody rendered in a mould of refined romantic duet. SEL imbues the traits of their everlasting melodic works “Tum Hi Dekho Naa” (KABHI ALVIDA NA KEHNA) and “Chup Chup Ke” (BUNTY AUR BABLI) into effective classical musical packaging. Gulzar’s poetic ebullience brings nostalgia of timeless romance in lines like “Umrein Lage Kehte huin, Do lafaz they ek baat thi, Woh ek din sau saal ka, Sau saal ki woh raat thi, Kaise lage jo chupcahap dono, Palpal mein puri saadiyan beetadein…” It can be well clubbed into “Best Lyrics” cadre and can be counted as one of the finest melodies of the year. SEL versatile genius enamors Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s vocal prowess that gets complemented well with Mahalaxmi Iyer’s smoothening and enlightening voice.
“Kiss of Love” is another fine example of comradeship and amity in musical fraternity as Vishal Dadlani (of Vishal-Shekhar fame) throats out again as a vocalist after Pritam’s “Dhoom Again” (DHOOM 2). Chopra’s-Johar’s favorite Vasundhra Das finally makes her presence in this pompous carnival track that can be worked out impressively as Salsa dancing track. This extra vociferous and boisterously composed reminds of tracks like “Dil Laga Na” (DHOOM 2) and “Ab to Forever” (TA RA RUM PUM) for its blood racing vigorous impact. It will be more visually enticing as the rollicking music will be enthralled in alluring choreographic skills.
The curtain falls off with an instrumental work “Jhoom Jam”, an emblematic presentation containing collage of all signature tunes mixed with thumping “Bhangra” beats. The loud drumming of “dhol” reminds of MOHABBATEIN theme music with metaphorical feel of JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM.
JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM triumphs back Yashraj banner to top slot in musical ranking after the shocking disappointment of TA RA RUM PUM and clubs itself with this year super hits like NAMASTEY LONDON and LIFE IN A…METRO. SEL, the most prolific composers of last year maintains their golden streak of success with JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM. The album promises bountiful of fun-loving entertainment and embark new anthem “Jhoom Barabar Jhoom” to Gen X listeners after “Dhoom Machale” from the esteemed banner in its trendy paced offerings.