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Music Review : Maximum

Director :  Kabir Kaushik
Music :  Amjad Nadeem, Devi Sri Prasad, Daniel B George and Vikram Sawan
Lyrics :  Raqueeb Alam, Shabbir Ahmed and Nasir Ali Nasir
Starring :  Naseeruddin Shah, Sonu Sood and Mohan Agashe

June 20, 2012 05:09:56 PM IST
By Abid, Glamsham Editorial
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Director Kabeer Kaushik's debut vehicle, SEHAR, will be remembered as one of the finest cop stories of recent times and it received a lot of critical acclaim for its story, direction, execution and performances. In fact it still is considered as Arshad Warsi's best performance till date!

Even the music of SEHAR was of a high quality with some classy compositions that went along with the serious theme of the film, and was purely situational so it did not find universal acceptance.

His latest film, MAXIMUM, is also a cop story, though about an encounter specialist, and therefore there is not much expectation from the music of the film. Yet let us check out for ourselves whether this time the makers are able to bridge the gap between classy and commercial music, as there are a whole bunch of musicians and lyricists, some old, others relatively new!

''Aa Ante Amplapuram'' is a Hindi version of an old composition by renowned South composer Devi Sri Prasad just like his 'Ringa Ringa' (used as 'Dhinka Chika' in READY). The item number that is doing the rounds on many television channels does have that particular rhythm, the raunchiness and good 'masala' flavor (that is the demand) to attract its target audience. Sung by Malathy, the song will serve as nice a tension reliever, and as one can make out from the promos that it has been choreographed quite well and hot siren Hazel has done a good job. The lyrics by Raqeeb Alam are a bit strange sounding in parts but may translate well on screen.

''Ya Maula'', is a composition in the honour of Zille Shah, composed by Vikram -Sawan, and is reminiscent of ''Ya Rabba'' (SALAAM-E-ISHQ) in the beginning. The 'antara' has an uncanny resemblance to Pritam's chartbuster title track TUM MILE (''antara''). It has been sung by Shafqat Amanat Ali who is goes through the proceedings in a professional manner. A prayer number with traditional Hindustani arrangements and some good apt lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed.

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It's indeed a pleasant surprise to find a nice, light romantic track, ''Aaja Meri Jaan'' in this tense cop drama, and taking up the mike is Ritu Pathak along with Tochi Raina, one of the finest singers in Bollywood at present , though sadly he is highly underestimated and unutilized! Coming to the song, it is a lovely mix of classic Hindustani and western beats, the rhythm is extremely catchy, though at times it does remind of Tochi's very own chartbuster, ''Pardesi'' (DEV D). The auto tuning of vocals are a bit of a deterrent but thankfully it's just in parts. Tochi proves what we already knew, and that he can sing any type of songs and he is simply superb, and complementing him to perfection is another very talented singer, Ritu Pathak. The lyrics are very unique but easily comprehensible in simple Hinglish and quite humorous as well. A song that can hit the charts but needs some aggressive promotion.

Another composition that has the potential to climb up the charts is Amjad Nadeem's ''Sutta'', a unique club or dance track with a racy tune that does not have that heard before feel which is unusual nowadays, as music composers mostly rehash old tunes to satisfy their needs . Sung by Nadeem Khan who holds forte quite well throughout the whole song, except in between, wherein Tulsi Kumar steps in for a brief time. Tulsi gets to sing the hookline, ''Tota hi rah gaya'' which she does sounding quite nasal like the legendary Shamshad Begum. Shabbir Kumar's lyrics are a blend of Punjabi, English and Hindi and serve the purpose well.

''Namaami Shamishaan'', rendered wonderfully by Bandini Sharma, is a devotional track, in fact a Shiv Vandana. It is a composition to cleanse the mind and purify the soul. It has been composed by Daniel B George (also the composer of SEHAR).

''Man Kunto Maula'' is yet another devotional track and is composed by Wali Hamid Ali, Kamran and Saaji and is dedicated to Hazrat Ali and is based on the works of the legendary Ameer Khusro. The lyrics of this track though are credited to Nasir Ali Nasir. Almost every famous 'qawwali' singer including the iconic Maqbool Sabri and Ghulam Farid Sabri, late maestro Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and even sufi singer Abida Parveen have rendered this classy composition in their own characteristic style. And even though the talented Raga Boyzs have tried their level best but it's very difficult to match the legends such as those mentioned above and despite the classic 'alaaps', the track pales in comparison. But it's worth checking out for those who have not heard this number, especially the young generation. 

On the whole the music of MAXIMUM is on quite predicted lines. The tracks are purely situational and justifiably so, as there is not much scope for music in these types of films. Keeping that in mind the composers have done a decent job. The three devotional/sufi outings are classy and will be patronized by a select class, however ''Aa Ante Amlapuram'', Tochi's ''Aaja Meri Jaan'' and ''Sutta'' does have the potential to appeal to a wider section, as per the trend in the current music countdowns.

Ratings - 3/5

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