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Music Review : Vicky Donor

 Vicky Donor
Director :  Shoojit Sircar
Music :  Abhishek & Akshay, Ayushman Khurana
Lyrics :  Vijay Maurya, Akshay Verma, Swanand Kirkire, Kusum Verma, Juhi Chaturvedi, Rochak Kohli, Annu Kapoor and Ayushman Khurana
Starring :  Ayushman Khurana, Annu Kapoor, Yami Gautam and John Abraham

April 18, 2012 07:02:43 PM IST
By Satyajit, Glamsham Editorial
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Sperm Donor...Ab yeh kya hai! Bizarre subjects and socially amusingly concepts are the food and fodder of multiplex cinema and have managed to pioneer new formats and styles of cinema. VICKY DONOR, a hilarious take on taboo pertaining to infertility and artificial insemination is one such endeavor that promises to add one more chapter in innovative cinema. This Shoojit Sircar (of critically acclaimed YAHAAN fame) directed flick sounds humorous and comes in genre of rom-com with VJ Aushman Khuranna making multifarious debut (actor, singer, lyricist and composer) in it. Music...yes indeed important segment is presumed to be primarily situational with couple of lighthearted melodies embroiled in it. Abhishek-Akshay, upcoming composer duos are the leading musical men of this album with the likes of contemporary Swanand Kirklire, Vijay Maurya, Juhi Chaturvedi and actors like Annu Kapoor and Ayushmann Khurrana in the lyricist segment. Sounds interesting... will they together click as a team? Let's find out!

Quizzically "desi" and volubly germane, the first offering "Rokda" (meaning "cash"), brings out the myriad shades of the materialistically bound caricatures of the flick in contemporary soft-rock ballad format. Akshay Verma's minty "yuppie" voice has a typical Indi-Pop singing breeze that makes a "cool" concoction with equally fresh sounding Aditi Singh Sharma in the backdrop. Akshay Verma's articulately teasing lyrics ("Yeh bhi laa do, Woh bhi laa do, Paison ki yeh holi hai, Jo bhi laa do kum padega, Aasmaan se badi jholi hai...") promises fun-frolicking on-screen moments and delivers the desired needful. It's a trendy cool start for a multiplex friendly musical toil and promises more from this talented composer duo.


For a delightful and colorful romantic evening, love blooms and prospers with enchanting voices and soothing melodic decorum in soulfully composed "Kho Jaane De". Pitched and targeted at uber-cool urbane listeners, it brings out the mellifluously vibrant voices of Clinton Cerejo and talented Aditi Singh Sharma in tandem. Light-hearted and relaxing in its entire rendition, under-rated Clinton's voice is simply delightful to the ears as he ushers out beautifully Juhi Chturvedi's "easy-on-the-ears" lyrics. Aditi Singh Sharma's nimble-touched rendition is another revelation that draws attention and makes this a delightful romantic offering, all it desires is a deserving promotional campaign and promises to be a sparkling situational musical piece in light moments of the flick. Enchanting!!!

Connecting well with garish ambience and glitzy DJ setting of a vibrant Punjabi festive setting, Abhishek-Akshay pelt out their catchiest offering of the enterprise in hugely promoted "Rum Whisky". Helmed on-screen by actor-turned-producer John Abraham with the lead actors, this pep-fizzy "bhangra" track packs a solid drumming "dhol" punches with loud synth-beats, creating a ruckus on the floors. Akshay Verma sings this in roguishly frenzy tone, a genre that so far has been mastered by Mika Singh and delivers out a really rollicking dancing track. Kusum Verma's massy Punjabi lyrics are spicy and give a colorful Punjabi pop-album feel. This time Abhishek-Akshay have caught the nerve of the demanding audiences and cooked up a really hot spicy "item-song" sort of frolicking treat that is surely going to benchmark the presence of this laugh riot in marquee, a thumping "club-remix" is much desired commodity that is missing from the credits. Go for it!

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 Rabbi Shergill's peculiar Punjabi Sufiyana flair was a rage that worked comprehensibly for his pop-albums and later in track like "Tere Bin" (DELHI HEIGHTS (2007)). Lead actor Ayushmann Khurranna shows his multitalented facade in recreating this genre of music this time by turning into a vocalist, composer and lyricist for track titled "Pani Da Rang". The song is truly impressive (if not chartbuster), an appreciable soft-toned voice, appealing lyrics and above all well-orchestrated composition that exudes every expression with ease. In tender tonality of mushy romantic ballad, it has strong Punjabi affixation and comes in slender feminine chorals, sauntering stringed arrangements that connects well with Ayushman's soft-hued voice. Sukanya Puryakashta's melancholically deep-toned voice sings the "female" version of the track. It's reasonably somber, morose, and intrinsically poignant in mood and narrates the distressed state of the beloved. Sukanya's folksy flair impresses in modulating tones and gives a semi-classical musical feel in its gloomy sounding melodic decorum. Overall speaking, it's a decent effort in all ways, and should be a notable feature in the narration of the flick.

The season of romanticism enters into terrains of contemporary Bollywood's mushy moods in "Mar Jayian". The number comes in accepted genre of Sufi-rock where "qawalli" format is mixed in optimum proportion in latter stages of the track. Vishal Dadlani's soft crooning maneuvers and likable Sunidhi Chauhan's vocals deliver it in streams of light-hearted soft-rock ballad orchestrations. Like "Pani da Rang" and "Kho Jane De", it has upbeat musical feel and has a typical Vishal-Shekhar style of composing touches ("Khuda Jaane" (BACHNA AE HASEENO)) that works well and adds to the love-chemistry of the lead pair. Volubly affluent and sentimentally dark, new talent Bann (sounding more like Papon) sings out the "sad version" of this track. It has that typical MTV unplugged concert feel where the instrumentals can be heard individually at intermittent phases, and connects well with Bann's impressive voice. Like "Jeene De" (Coffee Version) (TERE NAAL LOVE HO GAYA), its one soloist loving track that would be finding many takers amongst aspiring musicians and singers. Inspiring!!!

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Realistic humor is flamboyant and it encapsulates the chirpy one-liners, impish singing shades and above all a satirical tone that connects sporadically with the theme of the track. "Chaddha", a frivolously loud number is one such soundtrack that carries hilarious tones connecting with one of the lead character (Dr. Baldev Chaddha (Annu Kapoor)) of the film. As predicted by the mischievous nature of the track, it has Mika Singh behind the mike singing out witty wordings about funny situations and characters of the film. Catered to deliver out the socially relevant feel of the film, it sounds analogous to tracks like "Chak De Phatte" (KHOSLA KA GHOSLA) and "Super Chor" (OYE LUCKY LUCKY OYE) and gives a musical space of laughter.

VICKY DONOR turns out to be surprise donor of a reasonably good sounding album, an engaging surprise that should bring smile (if not cheers) to listeners and producers. Abhishek-Akshay composing skills are at par with market demands and delivers the needful (a rollicking "bhangra" number, couple of impressive Sufi-rock ballads and a decent unplugged version). As far as the commercial viability is concerned, fun-loving "Rum Whisky" is the brightest of the lot followed by "Pani da Rang" while soft numbers like "Kho Jaane De" and "Mar Jayian" should impress urbane listeners. It would be really difficult to predict a grand musical success but music is surely a positive feature this time, all thanks to the combined team efforts of musicians, technicians and singers that connect well together as a unit.

Rating - 3/5

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