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Music Review : Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi

 Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi
Director :  Bela Bhansali Sehgal
Music :  Jeet Ganguly
Lyrics :  Amitabh Bhattacharya and Faraz Ali
Starring :  Boman Irani, Farah Khan, Kavin Dave and Shammi

August 4, 2012 11:26:38 AM IST
By Abid, Glamsham Editorial
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Close on the heels of the blockbuster success of their last venture, ROWDY RATHORE, comes SHIRIN FARHAD KI TOH NIKAL PADI, produced by corporate giants Eros International and SLB Films. While ROWDY RATHORE was a big budgeted 'masala' action drama, SFKTNP is a small budget, heartwarming, romantic comedy drama starring the highly versatile Boman Irani and ace choreographer-turned-director-turned-actress Farah Khan, as the highly unusual lead pair. The strange paring does prove that Bollywood is finally coming-of-age.

Music has always been a strong point in all Sanjay Leela Bhansali films, and the chartbusting songs of ROWDY RATHORE can still be heard, though (almost) two months have passed since the release of the film. So we do hope for some lovely melodious numbers from the talented, Jeet Ganguly, who has been assigned the task of composing music for the film. And helping him in the endevour is one of the most popular lyricist of recent times, Amitabh Bhattacharya, the new age Gulzar! So let's see if they can spring a surprise and come up with music that is memorable, especially as SHIRIN FARHAD KI TOH NIKAL PADI is director Bela Sehgal's (sister of SLB) debut venture, and so expectations are bound to be high!

The album opens with a totally romantic outing, 'Ishq Mein Tere Bina', and that is hardly surprising as the film is a romantic comedy drama, albeit the lead protagonists are not the typical Bollywood stereotypes. It's the highly talented duo KK and Shreya Ghoshal who lend their voices to this quick paced, breezy love song that has a nice tune attached to it. The musical arrangement by Jeet Ganguly has a Spanish feel (Salsa) to it and strong guitar stringing along with some amazing percussions make for a good first number, although one did expect the album to open with a chartbusting number, as is the norm these days. Amitabh Bhattacharya's lyrics are filmy and very routine.

The light romantic mood gets a further upswing with Shreya Ghoshal's whispery sweet vocals in 'Khatti Meethi'. And one must admit that it's Shreya who is the star of this song as she rises above the 'many times heard before tune' and puts so much feeling and emotions in the number that it sounds quite good. The musical settings are top notch with a great acoustic guitar and organ sounds and beads that enhance the romantic backdrop further. Amitabh Bhattacharya gets to redeem himself this time and his lyrics are quite unique and poetic as well and it is in keeping with the new trend of Hinglsih lyrics in mind.

Lovely guitar strums and piano notes kick start proceedings of 'Kaafir Andhere' , a sad situational number that has a haunting melody to go along side it. However it's the superb all out soft rock that transforms to hard rock in the 'mukhda' that is the highlight of the track. Although one tends to be reminded of Pritam's many a heartbroken rock laden number, and that is quite understandable as we all know that Jeet was once associated with Pritam. However it hardly matters as KK outshines just about everything and his vocals, which are full of pathos, agony and feelings just takes the song to the next level. He is simply superb in the amazing crescendo where he sings in his most loved high pitched style. Amtabh's lyrics once again are situational and in keeping with the sad mood of the song.

All out techno and electronica beats commence 'Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi', a track which has been heard many times during the promotional videos and trailers of the movie, and its infectious beat has caught the attention of the listeners. The song sounds similar to 'Woh Sikandar Hi Doston' (JO JEETA WAHI SIKANDAR) in the first few lines, however the rest of the composition is simply rocking, especially in the 'mukhda' which is so very rhythmic and breezy. And above all it has Neeraj Sridhar who is just superb in his characteristic most popular style that has made him the voice behind countless chartbusters.

Light guitar strums welcome 'Kuku Duku', a song that has a strong retro feel to it and reminds in parts of Kishore Kumar's 'Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhagi Si' (CHALTI KA NAAM GADI). It even has Kishore da's 'yodling 'in some parts. Mohit Chauhan's hauntingly carefree base vocals (at times he sounds like Anu Malik) and Amitabh Bhattacharya hilariously innovative lyrics are the USP of the song and as such it is quite a unique song in itself, although the situation - boy meeting girl- is very routine but Mohit and Amitabh have succeeded in making this an interesting composition.

Composer Jeet Ganguly has certainly saved the best for last, and it's vintage Usha Uthup at her 'masti' and 'dhamal' best in 'Ramba Mein Samba', that can climb the charts, especially if the film strikes rich at the box-office; all thanks to Usha's full on attitude, energy and zestful rendition which can indeed serve as a tutorial for all the young singers. Lyrics by guest lyricist Faraz Ali are zany, whacky and very humorous and at times quite ingenious and serve the purpose. Once again Jeet takes the retro root to success with the entirely situational club song that takes the listener back to the Geeta Dutt days. It's a sort of celebration number that will certainly look bombastic on screen and one does expect Farah (the choreographer) to give her inputs and make this a lively joyous affair.

In totality, the music album of SHIRIN FARHAD KI TOH NIKAL PADI is a mixed bag with songs that are more situational and in keeping with the script and story of the film in mind. Moreover there is no 'instant' chartbuster that can serve as a propeller for the album to make a mark. But thankfully the title track is slowly but surely becoming quite a hit, and with just the right kind of promotion songs like "Ishq Mein Tere Bina" and "Khatti Meethi"can also achieve popularity.

Rating - 3/5

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