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Music Review : Ferrari Ki Sawaari

 Ferrari Ki Sawaari
Director :  Rajesh Mapuskar
Music :  Pritam Chakraborty
Lyrics :  Swanand Kirkere, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Guru Thakur and Satyanshu and Devanshu Singh
Starring :  Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Vijay Nikam , Nilesh Divekar and Vidya Balan (special appearance)

May 18, 2012 01:51:31 PM IST
By Abid, Glamsham Editorial
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Just recently filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra completed thirty glorious years in the Hindi film industry, and a Vidhu Vinod Chopra film festival was organized to celebrate it. The fest showcased Chopra's large and illustrious work over the years and saw massive attendance from most top Bollywood biggies highlighting the love and respect that Vidhu commands. A rank outsider with no godfather whatsoever, Vidhu made it big in Bollywood by sheer dint of talent and labour.

In his long career span, VVC, as he is fondly referred to in the media, has been associated with innumerable memorable films belonging to different genre; commercial, offbeat or just plain entertaining cinema which belongs to no category but is loved by all.

Music has always enjoyed prima foci in all VVC films and no wonder films like PARINDA, 1942 A LOVE STORY, PARINEETA, the MUNNA BHAI series and not to forget 3 IDIOTS, all had memorable music to boast of. His latest offering, FERRARI KI SAWAARI, the brain child of debutant director Rajesh Mapuskar, assistant of Rajkumar Hirani, is a heartwarming film about three guys trying to make it big, a comedy but no laugh riot, as per lead actor Sharman Joshi. It's a situational comedy with loads of emotional family drama and sentiments, and so there is a lot of scope for some light hearted situational fun filled numbers. With numero uno composer Pritam at the helm of affairs, aided by lyricists of the caliber of Swanand Kirkere (a must in most VVC movies), and Amitabh Bhattacharya et al, one does expect that a fun filled joyride is in store! So lets us just turn on the ignition switch and get set go on a Ferrari ride!

Indeed our expectations of light hearted fun filled numbers is fulfilled with just the first composition, ''Life Yeh Mausambi Si'' rendered by K Mohan, the lead vocalist of the famous Indian rock band, Agnee. A semi philosophical number about how life is, spun around some lovely crafted words and similes by Satyanshu and Devanshu Singh, and hinges totally on sixties style of lovely rock and roll and predominantly jazz music that makes it such a fun and frolic number. The whistles, trumpets, chorals and bead sounds bring forward a superb blend of excellent musical arrangements which when entwined with K Mohan's full throated sonorous vocals is a delight to listen to and may well fit in as a nice background score in the scheme of things.

The start of ''Maara Re'' may sound somewhat similar to ''Jumma Chumma'' (HUM) but it ends right there as the song unfolds into a totally bombastic, 'masti'-cum-inspirational number that has it's root in Marathi music with lots of usage of Hindustani musical instruments. A whole lot of singers like the highly talented Rana Majumdar, Sonu Nigam (who comes in briefly), Aishwarya Nigam and Ashish lend their vocals to this 'dhamaal' number. The entirely situational number is quite fast paced with a raucous feel, and since the film is about a young cricketer (most probably a batsman, as is evident from the lyrics) this all out sports song will be loved by the cricket crazy nation. Furthermore its appeal is enhanced by some highly apt and humorous lyrics by the multi-talented Swanand Kirkere, who has shown his writing artistry in many of the recent VVC films. The way Swanand urges the lead protagonist to go on and score runs by using lots of cricketing lingo like hook, bouncer, sixer, fielders, umpires etc is fantastic, and the song will definitely come alive when portrayed on screen, and the audience too will enjoy it wholeheartedly.

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''Rusy's Theme'' is a lovely brief jazz outing, an instrumental with superb soft musical arrangements, that has lots of serenely smooth violin, bead sounds, bandoneon, piano and it's lovely melody is definitely a collector's item for all those who love to hear instrumentals. A must for those romantic candle dinners.
Next up is the item number, ''Maala Jau De'', that has been grabbing headlines ever since its announcement. And why not as this superhot 'lavani' dance number features none other than the latest 'Ooh La La' girl, Vidya Balan, a rare find by VVC (PARINEETA). The item number is sure to set Mumbai and rest of Marathi belt screens on fire as it has all the right ingredients for that special spicy 'masaledaar' number. First and foremost is the superfast pulsating rhythm that never lets go, very much in the same league as ''Chikni Chameli''. Secondly it has been rendered by Urmila Dhangar, a famous and popular 'lavani' singer who specializes in such numbers, and needless to add, she is just par excellent! Thirdly it's lyrics by Guru Thakur, which are in keeping with the spirit of the movie. They are cute, decent, humorous, never lewd or cheap or vulgar, and the name Ferrari makes an appearance here as well! In fact it appears from the promos that ''Maala Jau De'' is a song which celebrates the arrival of the Ferrari. And last but not the least, one is sure that Vidya Balan is bound to set the screens alight with her 'lavani', 'latkas' and 'jhatkas', and the item number will surely provide the front benchers and single screen 'junta' as well as all the fans of Vidya a new thrilling experience.

Little singing genius Shyamantan Das, another find of the television singing reality shows renders, ''Ae Mere Mann''. Lovely soothing piano notes and church like chorals welcomes one to the 'sach ki dagar', a superb situational, philosophical number that is a throwback to the legendary prayer song, ''Teri Hai Zameen'' from THE BURNING TRAIN (1980) and ''Itni Shakti Hamein Dena Daata'' from ANKUSH (1986). This number will surely rank right up there because of its excellent overall packaging. Superb rendition by the 'Chhote Ustad' Shyamantan Das and chorus, lovely and easy to hum melody, supreme arrangements that remind of school choir like musical arrangements and chorus singing and above all highly inspirational and motivational lyrics by Swanand Kirkere. ''Ae mere mann, Karna tu aise karam, Chalna tu har ek kadam, Sach ki dagar, Sach ki dagar mushkil ho chahe safar, Tujhko lage aur darr, Ooncha ho sar!'' Hats off to all connected with this amazing number that is fit enough to find a place in the morning assemblies of schools.

Soothing 'jaltarang' sounds herald ''Goodnight'', and as is evident from the title itself this is a lullaby (a 'lori') sung by Priyani Vani Pandit. Once again a situational number that is highlighted by some lovely apt lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya, soft whispering singing by Priyani and light musical arrangements that end on a high note in an amazing crescendo that is absolutely mind blowing. Lovely orchestrations one must add!

The album ends with a nice feel good effect with the title song, ''Ferrari Ki Sawaari'', and is a mirror into the whole movie as it encases the mood and spirited flavour of the proceedings. The song itself is retro in its mood and it is definitely a throwback to the good old Kishore Kumar times. Shaan is absolutely mind blowing and in his elements as he breaks up words and spells them with a dexterity that is so very hilarious yet in total 'sur' and 'taal', very much a la Kishore da. One just has to hear the title song to believe what an amazing job Shaan has done. Giving him able support is Boman Irani (who makes a brief appearance) and Aayush Phukan. Amitabh Bhattacharya once again uses his imaginative creative writing skills and puts it to good use.

Summing up, the music album of FERRARI KI SAWAARI is indeed a joyous ride (like a visit to the theme park Ferrari World!) that provides music patrons with a such wide variety of songs that is indeed quite rare these days. Pritam proves why he is the numero uno as he has composed music that is very much in keeping with the script of the movie, yet the commercial constraints have been taken care of. In fact throughout the album it is difficult to imagine that it is the same composer who gave us RACE, DHOOM series or innumerable sufi chartbusters (especially for Emraan Hashmi). Just shows his versatility and range. In fact one can even mistake it for a Shatanu Moitra album, and for that Vidhu needs to be commended as well. All the songs are good and our picks are, ''Life Yeh Mausambi Si'', ''Maala Jau De'' and ''Ae Mere Mann''. With premier music production house, T-Series, handling the promotions, we are sure that the album will surely make its mark, and more so ever (since most of the songs are situational) after the film hits the screens on June 15th.

Rating - 3.5/5

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