It?s Sanjay Leela Bhansali?s aesthetical innuendos in SAAWARIYA with scintillating glimmer and profound Indian classical musical base that forms its indomitable forte and repertoire. After classically refined Ismail Darbar?s prowess, the stage is set for Monty Sharma (prodigal background scorer of BLACK) genius that?s amicably harmonized to perfection with bunch of superlative prodigious talents (Shail Hada and Parthiv Gohil), conferring it to be the ?music of the year? with estimated promising results. Against all odds, it serenades out to be a refreshing breather for its rhythm divine structural base and welcome relief from inspired earsplitting and vociferous hip-hop?s, rap?s and reggae?s.
If Shreya Ghoshal was the find of DEVDAS, then SAAWARIYA showcases youthful yore and yell of Kishore Kumar?s 70?s yodeling into new power house named Shail Hada in delightfully mesmerized title track ?Saawariya?. Monty?s tantalizing rhythm arrangements complimented with briskly guitar strumming forms enchanting chemistry in making it a chartbusting ?yuppie? track. Ironically, it was Shailendra Singh?s vocal finesse in Rishi Kapoor?s debut BOBBY (1973) that stormed and now it?s again Shailendra Singh (alias Shail Hada) making big news for his son Ranbir in this outstanding track. Shail Haida?s modulating baritones are reminiscent to Abhijit?s vocal textures as it pounces back with the decorum of contemporary concert rock feel amidst loud cheering and whistling in ?Saawariya (Reprise version)?. Do expect big ovation when it storms charts and undeniably one of worthiest numbers of year 2007. CHARTBUSTING!!!
Monty?s melodic voyage gets into typical Laxmikant Pyarelal-A.R Rehman mold as one hears delectable sitar riffs, rhythmic drumming, supple percussions and loud chorus pitched thunderously in textures of soft echoing vocal tones in ?Jab Se Tere Naina?. Shaan?s volubly supreme effort makes it laudable while it?s traditional arrangements and contemporary wording gives it an enchanting euphoric romantic outlook. Worth-a-hear!
?Masha Allah?, a rhythm divine romantic track is typical ?chorographer-art director? elemental work where serene aura of eternal love in natural surroundings concocts appealingly with volubly soothing romanticism. Kunal Ganjawala?s soulful vocals create magnetism while Shreya Ghoshal?s mellifluous tinge in interludes adds more shades into it. Rhythm divine!
Surprise! Sanjay Leela Bhansali holds baton from Monty and gets his favorite Shreya Ghoshal into solo singing with her stylized ?Bairi Piya? (DEVDAS) baritones contorted in sluggish tempo in ?Thode Badmash?. Nusrat Badr?s wording may not be poetic delight but Bhansali?s harmonic intellect and Shreya?s supple vocals serenades desired mushy ambience.
After vibrant Shail Hada, surprises are in store in the form of prodigy named Parthiv Gohil for his synchronized vocals emanating out the variable modes of meeting soul-mate in soul-stirring ?Yoon Shabnami?. This verbally captivating track has transcendental modes as it swivels from its soft serene feel in its prelude to thunderous ?qawalli? flows gleaming out the arrival of ?chand? (moon) in the form ?saawariya? (eternal soul-mate). Sandeep Nath?s lyrical wordings are outstanding and its ?rubaiyya? styled prosaic binding enlightens up the romantic flare with sheer innocence. Parthiv Gohil?s impressive intense singing has glimpses of Hariharan?s vocal flair and with added ?Saawariya? signature tuneful notes, it justifies itself to one of all-time Bhansali?s nostalgic outings. ENCHANTING!!!
As for Sonam, she matches Ranbir, step for step. A gorgeous looker, she carries off her role with aplomb as the one who is looking for her love to return. Her huge eyes portray her emotions and her confidence is personified in every frame; whether she is playfully fooling around with Ranbir or anxiously looking out for her Imaan (Salman Khan) to return. It looks like these two were born to act. The chemistry between the two is awesome.
Rani Mukherjee as Gulab the prostitute is very good; better than her Laaga Chunari Mein Daag act. It?s a small but meaningful role, central to the theme of the movie. Zohra Sehgal is simply adorable. You just want to reach out and hug her! Cinematographer Ravi Chandran freezes the frames to give moving, picture perfect images.
Only a master craftsman could have dreamt of a film like this and worked towards putting it together exactly as he saw it in his mind?s eye. Take a bow, Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Like Rani Mukherjee keeps saying in the movie, 'I likes it'! Ratings : 4 / 5
Movie Cast & Crew
Actor: Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Salman Khan, Rani Mukherjee.
Lyrics: Sameer, Nusrat Badr, Sandeep Nath.
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Music Director: Monty Sharma, Sanjay Leela Bhansali