Big B, the big sugar daddy of tinsel town gets into sugary ?n? spicy affair again after his infamous NISHABD in comical CHEENI KUM and this time the lucky gal is Tabu. Illaiyaraja, the South Indian musical maestro makes promising indentation (if not trendsetting) in Bollywood after his mediocre offering in RGV?s SHIVA. Illaiyaraja cadence?s out frivolously played rhythmical work in almost all soundtracks with dash of sentimentalism. The maestro excels to large extent in conceptualizing its satirically peculiar theme in fine sets of saxophone work along with finely tuned instrumental display.
?Cheeni Kum?, the hilariously conceived title track works more like a chirpy and bubbly ?t?te-?-t?te? of ?sugar-less? relationship culminating from peculiar love liaison. Shreya?s subtle vocal tones mellow superciliously with Illaiyaraja?s deliriously delivered pulsating orchestration. Big sugar daddy fixed in a ?sugar-less? commotion of affairs and the comically filled titillating beats deliver it all. This may not be prize-winning harmonic treat from Illaiyaraja?s experienced camaraderie but is reminiscent to Hrishikesh?s style of theatrical feel. It?s a spoonful dosage of ?syrupy? n hilariously packed musical work that sparks ?cold? but flammable love chemistry.
Shreya Ghoshal, the mellifluously pristine ?nightingale? amalgams her chirpy vocal dexterity with Big B?s hilariously tinge in another verbal combat of words in impressive ?Baatein Hawa?. This romantically cheerful t?te-?-t?te is filled with tattling sentimentalism where the heartfelt expressions come in juvenile admirations and assumptions (flowers, Robert Albert Hall concert, expensive jewelry etc) of delightful romantic evening. Shreya nurtures and enthralls her finest track of the album and by far the most amusing in terms of content and rendition. Illaiyaraja?s moderately placed melodic orchestration is filled with tantalizing percussions thrust plus rhythmically played saxophones notes reflecting romanticism. This bubbly vivacious number has the nuances, naughtiness in question-answer format that brings nostalgia of Lata-Kishore?s everlasting melodies ?Aankhon Mein Kya Ji? (PAYING GUEST) and ?Haal Kaisa Hai Jaaanab Kai? (CHALTI KI NAAM GAADI). It?s a delightful feminine solo offering and surprise package for Big B fans after sadistically romantic ?Rozana? (NISHABD). ?Baatein Hawa? catwalks into solo melodic offering by Shreya Ghoshal which minuses Big B?s chirpy one-liners and comes straight for all class listeners who treasures honey-coated melodies. Melodious to the core!
Amitabh as Buddhadev Gupta, is eccentric in the way he deals with his restaurant staff, his mother played by Zohra Sehgal and Tabu, his love interest. Only later you grow to love his character which actually is laced with lots of love. This aspect is pried open by his one and only ?sexy?, an eight-year-old neighbour who is dying of leukemia. The scenes between the two have flashes of BLACK. The maturity of the eight-year-old and the counseling sessions they have is something that is believable. And when he gets the news of her passing away just after Paresh Rawal agrees to let his daughter marry him, Amitabh is in his elements. Both emotions of elation and extreme sadness are captured well by the director and executed superbly by the graceful Bachchan. Zohra Sehgal who is witness to her son?s moment of truth, too, is captured brilliantly by the camera.
Scenes to watch out for: Between Amitabh and his mother Zohra Sehgal; Amitabh and the eight-year-old; Amitabh and Tabu; Amitabh and Paresh Rawal.
There?s a dash of sweetness (Tabu), the right amount of spice (Amitabh), a proper dose of lime (Paresh Rawal), perfect quantity of salt (?sexy?) and tadka (provided by Zohra Sehgal). A clean entertainer which can be watched by the entire family