Sanjay Dutt, Aishwarya Rai and Zayed Khan
By Ronak Kotecha
The countdown for December 31 2004 has already made a start and the year's biggest love story is yet to come. Pritsh Nandy Communication's (PNC) self-proclaimed biggest love story of the year "Shabd" is slated for release this winter. Class meets mass and it's a perfect match, as Aishwarya Rai meets Sanjay Dutt in "Shabd". Zayed Khan plays a frantic lover and precisely so, he looks like one. Direction lies in the hands of Leena Yadav who has also penned this movie. PNC kids Vishal-Shekhar compose the music while Irshad Kamil and Vishal Dadlani inscribe the songs.
Vishal proves his musical totality by executing "Sholon Si" rather adeptly also setting the elegant mood of the album. No one but Sunidhi could have done better justice to compliment youthful yet mature elements of Vishal's voice and the modern beat of this already chart-topping track. Irshad Kamil's simplified lyrics make the track absolutely likable. The Remixed version of the track is actually a fast forwarded version, but sounds so incredibly spirited and dance friendly that it's just fine.
All the beats and instruments rest for a while, as Sanjay Dutt verbalizes Irshad Kamil's free verse for "Khoya Khoya". The slow and steady flow of music returns along with Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan who get together for an intense duet. A track to grow on at its own pace will conclusively find its coveted takers.
The album advances with the similar feel, but with greater pace, as Sukhwinder Singh takes soaring pitches, which is so Sukhwinder. However, the track swanks of factors other than melody like Drum, Base and Guitar play by Siddharth and Warren Mendonca. Minus this and along with high techno beats, the remix version of the track is safely avoidable.
The theme of "Shabd" unexpectedly rolls up next and good it does, as the album tends to return to feats of melody and the veritable passionate musical experience.
The album continues to enrich this experience with "Chahaton ka Silsila". Udit Narayan utters, utterly meaningful lyrics by Irshad Kamil and with avid mature music by Vishal-Shekhar, the track sounds astutely melodious.
The track reappears as a duet between Kumar Sanu and Sunidhi Chauhan, but somehow, Udit Narayan's singular effort seems to be a little better than the Sanu-Chauhan not so hit combo.
Sanjay Dutt's free verse and Sonu Nigam revisit, but this time along with Shreya Ghosal. The track is again slow at pace and intensity propels through the consequential lyrics by Irshad. Shreya Ghosal's part of the pack is excitingly chirpy, Sonu Nigam is melodiously stupendous and Dutt fits in rather dexterously.
"Shabd" does have good music absolutely, but the extent of the likeness of each track with each other is so high that it is difficult to differentiate. Fortunately, PNC has opted for a varied and dearer star cast this time, which should help the movie and the music sail through at least for a few good initial days, weeks, months…Oh! Is that hoping for too much?