"It took him 24 years and 18000 feet to find himself". Well yes, the promos suggest that rather interestingly. Farhan Akhtar asserts that his second film 'Lakshya' is not a war film. War just serves as a backdrop. Once again, Hritik is paired up with the ever-bubbly Preity Zinta and its always refreshing to see the two together on the silver screen. Preity looks fresh and different in every movie, even if it just a change in hairstyle. Her cropped hair, works very well to the film's advantage as Preity plays the role of a journalist. Hritik too has donned a new look in the film. His new Hairstyle and attitude are extremely impressive. And for once, he has moved away from his clichéd dance steps and done something so different that all others pale in comparison to Hritik. Full Credit must be give to Farhan Akhtar and his entire team. Farhan's father, Javed Akhtar, has composed the lyrics of the film and one can only expect work of the highest quality. The promos have already initiated a lot of curiosity.
Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy, having worked with Farhan earlier on his debut film 'Dil Chahta Hai', have composed the music of 'Lakshya'. The music of the film is an impressive mélange of catchy tunes, contemporary beats, and Indian melodies. The music score by the famous trio is extremely innovative and original and they are one of the best music directors we have today. Prabhudeva has choreographed the first song of the film "Main Aisa Kyon Hoon", and he has done a commendable job. This song makes your head nod from the very first beat. The more you listen to this number, the more you like it. Sung by Shaan, this number has traces of rock and the guitar backdrop keeps your feet tapping for a long time. Everything about this song is perfect, from the lyrics, to the music, the voice, the choreography and the black and white Background. This number is a personal favourite. Some might not like the unconventional tunes, but Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy have done a brilliant job. The next Number, "Agar Mein Kahoon" is comparatively slower but in no way is it slow. Once again, the guitar is made use of and the song has a romantic and sensual feel to it. Just when the pace gets faster, in the next instant it gets slower, only to reach a peak. The harmonica used in the song works effectively as it gives variations to the song. The song transcends into something new at every level. The lyrics are not mushy. And on listening to the song, one thinks of Rishi Kapoor's famous train song "O kaanchi '. One can trace the slightest similarity between the two. Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan compliment each other when singing the song together.
The third number "Kitni Baatein" is a slow, sentimental song. However, Sadhna Sargam's voice fails to create any magic. It does not seem to compliment the mood of the song. Hariharan is best at singing slow numbers that are soothing and yet have a haunting effect. The fourth song" Lakshya" has an Indian feel to it where tablas play in the background. Shankar Mahadevan has experimented with his voice. This number highlights his versatility as a singer. The lyrics are motivating and inspiring. One can imagine Hritik marching alongside soldiers. Javed Akhtar has to be complimented for his Lyrics that suit any situation so well. The next song "Kandhon Se Milte Hain Kandhe" is sung by various artists like Sonu Nigam, Shankar Mahadevan, Hariharan and others.
This number has nothing extraordinary to it. Though it has been sung well and the lyrics are good too, the song does not manage to make a lasting impression. Like 'Lakshya', this song too has motivational lyrics.
The next musical piece is "Separation", which is an instrumental number. This is an extremely soothing number when the piano tunes float softly. 'Separation' is an amalgamation of eastern and western tunes. Blending of two different tunes is done subtly. Separation is a perfect relaxation number. 'Kitni Baatein' follows once again. Somehow this number does not seem to fit twice in the album. 'Kitni Battein' is followed by "Victory", which is the last number of the album. 'Victory' is an instrumental version of 'Lakshya'. And the number manages to hold its own, however in comparison to 'Separation', this number pales. On the whole, 'Lakshya', produced by Ritesh Sidhwani boasts of a fine star cast, which easily makes it one of the most awaited films of the season.