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Music Review : Ishkq In Paris

 Ishkq In Paris
Director :  Prem Raj
Music :  Sajid-Wajid
Lyrics :  Priya Panchal, Prasoon Joshi, Kausar Munir, Kumaar, Jalees Sherwani
Starring :  Preity Zinta, Rhehan Malliek and Isabelle Adjani

October 12, 2012 11:15:34 AM IST
By Abid, Bollywood Trade Editorial
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It's not new for actresses turning to film production in Bollywood, but there are some good expectations from the charming, bubbly, vivacious , chirpy and woman of substance, Preity Zinta's PZNZ Media's romantic outing, ISHKQ IN PARIS.

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Since Preity has herself been the face behind countless chartbusting numbers, one does expect her to have a good ear for music. And with director Prem Raj whose last venture, MAIN AURR MRS KHANNA, did boast of some melodious music by Sajid-Wajid, we do expect something on the same level, may be even higher, as ISHKQ IN PARIS is Preity's debut production venture.

The hit duo of Sajid-Wajid, riding high on the success of their ventures like ROWDY RATHORE have been once again chosen to helm the music, and giving them company are a host of lyricists, five in total for five tracks! So let's turn on the volume and see if Preity's debut production venture does make us fall in love with it!

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Multi-talented Sophie Chaudry assures a perfect start to the album with some nice sounding French wordings that commence the first song, 'It's All About Tonight'. A nice club song that has a lovely dance inducing rhythm, and though it does remind one of Preity's very own 'Where's The Party Tonight', but that is only in spirit and situation. Sunidhi Chauhan holds fort in her characteristic bombastic no holds barred attitude with some zestful singing and Rahul Vaidya joins in only for a brief while in the chorus. Priya Panchal's lyrics which are a good mix of Hindi and English and serve the purpose well and will be appreciated by the youth.

Two great names, award winning lyricist Prasoon Joshi and the prince of 'sufi' songs, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, come together for a class outing, 'Saiyaan'. A heart wrenching fusion of 'birha' (separation) and superb 'sufi' in a semi-classical mould. Sajid-Wajid prove why presently they are best in the business as they provide the perfect Hindustani musical arrangements with some classy harmonium, 'tabla', 'sitar' , 'payal sounds' that is simply class apart. Rahat is mindblowing as his vocals convey a lot of feelings and emotions, his 'alaap' where he goes 'saiyaan' is just amazing and not to mention the 'sufi' parts of the song where he enthralls the listeners with a class act! Adding 'chaar chand' are some par excellent lyrics by Prasoon Joshi and especially in the sufi parts where some words are repeated thrice are the highlight piece of the track. 'Maala maala maala tori maala piya, Pyala pyala pyala tora pyala piya, Saiyaan, Kori kori ankhiyan tori huyi, Huyi na khabar kab chori huyi.' Simply exhilarating!

Next number is 'Jaane Bhi De', a soft, lovely all out love ditty that does transport one to romantic Paris with it's perfect musical backdrop . The slow drawl, light on the ears melody is the USP of the superb romantic track. The prince of romantic numbers, Sonu Nigam, holds mike here along with Sunidhi, and the two are a definite treat to listen to as they complement each other perfectly. The highlight of the song is the nice soft musical arrangements with just a bit of guitar, keyboards, beads and lovely chorals, and thankfully there is no cacophony as is the norm nowadays. Kauser Munir's lyrics are routine, well so is the situation!

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The song does deserve a repeat hearing and Wajid's solo rendition of 'Jaane Bhi De' does provide that and it's once again a treat to the ears!

The highly versatile Wajid makes a comeback to croon the all out 'bhangra' dance number, 'Teri Choodiyan Da' Crazy Crazy Sound'. A quintessential Punjabi 'Bhangra' pop that has adorned countless Bollywood movies, and this number is no different. The highlight of the track is the superb racy rhythm that continues throughout, and more so the musical arrangements that accompany the number are perfect with just the right instruments . The lyrics by Kumaar too are very good and at time very humorous with the mixture of Hindi, English and Punjabi.

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It's really good to have Sonu Nigam back in full form along with Shreya Ghoshal (and back up vocalists Neuman Pinto and Shazneen Arethna) as nostalgia galores with 'Kudiye Di Kurti', a song that brings back the good old NRI days of Karan Johar feel good romantic films. And so it's no surprise that Sajid-Wajid take inspiration from Jatin-Lalit 'Mahie Ve' (in parts only) for the above mentioned song. They are also inspired by their very own highly popular composition, 'Aaja Soniye' (MUJHSE SHAADI KAROGI), but on the whole the song is once again very rhythmic and the beats are infectious, the musical arrangements quite apt. Lyricist Jalees Sherwani does the needful here. Moreover it's picturision on super star and box office's favourite actor, Salman Khan, and Preity will naturally do wonders for its popularity, and seeing the way that the makers have tried to cash in on the song by extensively promoting it one is sure that it will help the film to open well at the ticket window.

On the whole, Preity's debut production album, ISHKQ IN PARIS, does live up to the expectations, and is quite in line with the kind of songs that made her one of the top stars of Bollywood during the early 2000. Deviating from their usual style, perhaps due to the demand and wish of the makers, Sajid-Wajid have composed songs that are more reminiscent of the Jatin-Lalit and S-E-L days, but more than that, the album is worth a buy, especially for Rahat-Prasoon's 'Saiyaan' which is our favourite and not to forget, 'It's All About Tonight' and 'Kudiye Di Kurti' which does have the potential to hit the charts and help the film open well at the box-office when it releases later month end!

Rating - 3/5

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