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Music Review : Blood Money

 Blood Money
Director :  Vishal Mahadkar
Music :  Jeet Ganguly, Sangeeth Haldipur and Pranay
Lyrics :  Saayed Quadri and Kumaar
Starring :  Kunal Khemu and Amrita Puri

March 12, 2012 01:08:34 PM IST
By Satyajit, Glamsham Editorial
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Under the aegis of the Bhatt camp, Pakistani rock talents have not only propelled but also flourished in B-town, and this journey continues with their next venture titled BLOOD MONEY.

Following the successful trend of officially rehashing regional soundtracks into Bollywood sensibilities (A.R Rahman rehashing almost half-dozen tracks of VINNAITHAANDI VARUVAAYA (Tamil) for Bollywood's EKK DEEWANA THA, "Ringa Ringa" (AARYA 2 (TELUGU) by Devi Sri Prasad to "Dhinka Chinka" (READY) and "Kombadi Pallali" (JATRA (MARATHI) by Ajay-Atul to "Chikni Chameli" (AGNEEPATH)), Bhatts try to incorporate the flavor of Bengali Rock this time in this spin-chilling action thriller. Jeet-Ganguly (of Jeet-Pritam fame), a renowned name in Bengali cinema and music makes a swashbuckling appearance as solo composer.

In this album, Jeet rehashes some of his most strikingly youthful Bengali compositions with the vocal supports of Mustafa Zahid ("To Phir Aao" (AWAARAPAN)) and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. As far as musical aesthetics are concerned, Bhatts' choice for new talents and trends has always been a winning factor for their film. Furthermore, the musical department is also credited with a track apiece by upcoming composers, Sangeeth Haldipur and Pranay. So will this conglomerate of "hot n happening" talents be churning bagful of MONEY for their producers and also entertainment for their listeners! Let's find out...

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Mercurially high in promotion and melancholically romantic in nature, bankable Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's classically synchronized voice gets into the undertones of calm and composure expressions of everlasting love in sensitively composed "Chaahat". Composed for a comforting romantic situation of a typical Bhatts crime-thriller, it has their stylized format of arrangements where the rock-musical feel invigorates high in pitch and tempo, as the track progresses. Jeet Ganguly makes finest of his brilliant composition "Ek Mutho Sopno Cheye (100% LOVE (Bengali)), and incorporates elements of Sufi-rock in it with expressively prosaic wordings (Sayed Quadri) as its strong support. For its intrinsically poignant shades and effective rendition in somber tones, this track is likely to be a pivotal narrative factor in the light moments of the flicks. As far as composition is concerned, "Chaahat" is like a "Sufi version" of the original Bengali composition and gleams for its quality singing, a likable attribute by vocalist for his fans. Impressive!!!

Acrimoniously rocking to the core, the sinister designs of evil minds gets ferociously loud vocal maneuvers in hot-headed "Gunaah", a rock metal base track that exudes the mindset of the protagonist. Riding high on the catchy rocky tunes, it has that typical South Korean rock band breeze in peppy "Oh-ho-ho" choral and racy distorted guitar riffs that connects well with "yuppie" filled voice. Mustafa Zahid (lead vocalist of Paki band ROXEN and of "To Phir Aao" (AWAARAPAN) fame suave toned voice, (sounding more like KK) delivers it with a belligerently punched hard-rock instrumentals, epitomizing out the distressed sentimental shades, an archetypically rocking Bhatt camp stylized number that has been their style for almost a decade. Once again, Jeet Ganguly rechristens one of his catchiest composition "Khujechi Toke Raat Berate" (JOSH (Bengali)) into a typical Sufi-rock format with impressive set of verses. Mustafa rekindles his "fusion" style of singing with perfection and gets an amiable supports of equally befitting composition. "Gunaah (unplugged)" is tender-paced "unplugged" version by Rana Mazumdar, a well-emoted situational compelling background musical piece with dark melodramatic shades attached to it. It has a series of mellowed piano drills, mandolin and violin notes accompanying it, outstretching the over-sappy romantic feel to almost five minute plus duration.

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Painful excruciation of "lost-love" is again the melody base for the emotionally enriched track "Teri Yaadon Se", a solitary composition by upcoming composer Pranay, that brings flair of Paki rock music. The song reminds of Mustafa's last few tracks ("To Phir Aao" (AWAARAPAN) and "Khuda ke Liye" (RUNWAY)) where the distressed sentiments are excruciated in varying tones and are ably backed up with expressively penned wording. It has predominantly "Roxen" band feel with added Indian classical feel and Mustafa's voice gleams again to perfection with Sayeed Quadri's sensitively penned lyrics ("Tere bina main tanha hoon, Waqt se toota lamha hoon, Aise naa mujhko sazaa de tu, Meri khataayein bhula de tu...") emoting out well. Despite low on innovation, Pranay's archetypically hard-rock composition bestows the aggrieved emotions with great compassion and suitably finds a good concoction with Mustafa's energized voice. For all "club" music lovers, this belligerently compassionate tracks gets into racy zones of dancing in "Teri Yaadon Se (remix)", a well orchestrated DJ track that pumps oodles of energy. The ferociously accelerated disco-beat fillers, loud electronic synth-beats along with DJ spins gets well into the rocking ambience of the track and fuels out a zealously loud dancing feel on the floor. Rocking!!!

As anticipated, Jeet Ganguly comes back with a vengeance for the third and final time, and now it's all about losing out "Jannat" of aspirations in thematically oriented, "Jo Tere Sang". BLOOD MONEY (originally titled as JANNAT 2) finds a "Jannat" of happening ("Woh ghar kyun bhool gaye, Tod gaye chhod gaye, Jannat jo tha...") in the musical section for the first time, as now the lyrics gesticulate it well in loud streams of hard-metal rock. This time Jeet gets inspired from his outrageously loud composition "Ferrari Mon" (SYSTEM (Bengali)), and once again converts it into a splendid Sufi-rock rollicking soundtrack. Presumably speaking, it justifies the punch-line (When dreams turn into nightmares) to a great extent and infuses a strong element of Bengali rock in peculiar stringed arrangements. Mustafa Zahid screams out loud to evocate out "lost-paradise" feel as his vociferous outrage unveils the "gamble of life" with narrative set of wordings ("Main hoon woh khiladi jisne sabko maat di, Nahin hai mujhsa koi, Maine jo mitti chhui, Haan woh bhi sona hui..."), overall a very well-defined background score number that not only epitomizes the dark theme of the flick but also delivers a bagful of entertainment for rock-music lovers.

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Revitalizing the anthem-ic spirit of one of the Bhatt camps' most cherished track "Kya Mujhe Pyaar Hai" (WOH LAMHE), guest composer Sangeeth Haldipur sizzles out with a "feel-good" rock track in "Arzoo". Clinton Cerejo's soothing voice is a great "yuppie" friendly factor that works well with a likable "Ho-Ho-Ho" chorals and together they gel well with finely thrived rock arrangements. Kumaar's "easy-on-ears" lyrics are equally spirited in this pretext and serenades out a typical Bhatt camp's musical feel. Haldipur's composition may not be enterprising or classy but surely is an entertaining musical piece that should be going well in the light-hearted moments of this nerve-racking crime thriller.

BLOOD MONEY can be termed as a fine assortment of "Sufi" version of Jeet Ganguli's impressive Bengali rock tracks that not only has the Bhatt camp signature musical feel but are also quality listening feasts. On innovative grounds, the album fails to deliver anything new or ground-breaking and has stuck to the tried and trusted formulaic methods. Jeet Ganguli makes an impressive entry as solo composer in B-town, and it will be really interesting to see the fate of his three composed soundtracks. Both Pranay and Sangeeth Haldipur, upcoming guest composers, also live up to the expectations in delivering out one potential soundtrack each. Going with the present market trends, soundtracks like "Chaahat", "Jo Tere Sang" and "Teri Yaadon Se" are likely to be catching fast with the listeners.

Rating - 3.5/5

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