Walt Disney Pictures' and Anil Kapoor Films' official remake of the 1970's classic cult comedy family drama, the Hrishikesh Mukerjee directed KHUBSOORAT, had some memorable music that one can still hum. 'Saare Niyam Tod Do
' became an anthem for the disgruntled youth, 'Qayeda Qayeda
' was for the kids, 'Sun Sun Sun Didi
' for the ladies and 'Piya Bawri
' for the classical connoisseurs. So one does expect that the remake, starring Sonam Kapoor should at least be fun, light and entertaining, because matching up to the standards of the original is always difficult. So let's check out the Sneha Khanwalkar and Badshah offering.
The album is off to a 'chhuk chhuk
' start with the fun dance number, 'Engine Ki Seeti
' (by Sneha Khanwalkar) inspired by the same famous Rajasthani folk tune (lyrics too, though mann becomes bum!) that inspired Anu Malik's number (MAA-1991). The presence of abundant double meaning lyrics (especially in the antaras) by Ikram Rajasthani is a deterrent and since this is a family drama the lyrics which are meant to scandalize leave a bad taste. Original item song girl, Sunidhi is first rate and Reshmi Sateesh provides support.
Badshah (with Aastha) comes up with the party dance number, a song that is touted to be the party anthem, 'Yeh Toh Bas Shuruat Hai
. The song as stand-alone is alright but the problem is that it carries a heavy hangover of Yo Yo's party anthem song, 'Party All Night
' (BOSS) during the rap 'antaras
', and even the lyrics are highly inspired from the same.CHECK OUT: KHOOBSURAT songs lyrics
Sneha Khanwalkar's 'Baal Khade
' sung well by Sunidhi is another folk inspired situational song that is meant to take a dig at the lead male protagonist's (who essays the role of a strict prince) royal demeanour. The heavy folk inspiration makes the number less universally appealing and lyrics are incomprehensible in parts but humorous all the same. Baal khade jaise daamar laga rakhe'
(daamar-tar or bitumen).
A cheerful personality, Milli is this bindaas
sort of girl, who speaks her mind out and has no ulterior motive in anything she does. All she looks for is the benefit of the other, in every action of hers.
But she too is being weighed down by Shekhar's adamant behavior and is considering leaving the palace when she learns the reason for him doing what he does from one of their trusted servants. She is now sure she can help the old man and enlists the help of his son Vikram, who reluctantly agrees to speak with his dad.
While all this is happening, Vikram, who is engaged to be married in a few months, slowly begins to get closer to Milli and her wild, untamed ways. At the back of his mind, he seems to be sick and tired of the royal front that he has to put up at every occasion. Secretly, he admires Milli's spirit. But as fate would have it, even though he knows he is in love with Milli, he tells her that they have nothing in common.CHECK OUT: KHOOBSURAT Music Review
She leaves for her home and suddenly everything is morose in the Royal Palace. The end is what any fairytales are made of.
Sonam Kapoor is in her elements as this care-free girl. Maybe it is just the extension of her normal self. You know what I mean!
She is cute, likeable and does full justice to the role.
I was particularly impressed by Fawad, Aamir and Ratna Pathak Shah who give a standout performance. Fawad speaks a lot with his body and eyes in all the scenes. Ditto Ratna, who has to take over the empire after her husband's accident.
Certainly worth a watch: especially for Gen-X.