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Music Review : Talaash - The Answer Lies Within

 Talaash - The Answer Lies Within
Director :  Reema Kagti
Music :  Ram Sampath
Lyrics :  Javed Akhtar
Starring :  Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor and Nawazuddin Siddiqui

November 20, 2012 06:18:25 PM IST
By Satyajit, Glamsham Editorial
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From the eclectically massy rock feel of DELHI BELLY to the soul-healing groovy touches of Aamir Khan's much acclaimed TV show 'Satyamev Jayate', composer Ram Sampath has showcased his range of talent that has connected well with the audiences.TALAASH, a nerve-racking 'edge-of-seat' thriller, brings out perfectionist Aamir Khan in a 'khakee' uniform as the lead protagonist, as now he solves a car investigation mystery that leads to many strings of unsolved mysteries and crimes. Sinful suspense as its core element, it moves into the realms of Mumbai underbelly with aplomb and paints a spectacular cinematic treat of its kind. On the musical front, music is presumed to be fuelled with daunting melodies, sensuous jazz, and metaphorically loud motivational tracks with a strong upbeat feel. To be concise, this Ram Sampath's composed album deliver a baggage of five original soundtracks and one remix track, a pack of musical numbers that are tailored to perfection for every situational need.


Intimidating, groovy and sensuous! The tangible sensuous vocals of Suman Sridhar sprinkles aroma of delightful allure in breezy jazz musical feel in impressive sounding 'Muskaanein Jhoothi Hain'. Titillating in percussive sounds, soft drums and cello sounds, this soundtrack brings out a sensuous 'Moulin Rouge' theatrical feel, exuding out a 60's enchanting aura of romanticism. Suman's sly to slender tonality is malleable, delightful and sassy, a strong feature that will surely raise the mantle of this genre.


Sampath's composition delivers an intense rhythmic intensity that handles the varying and modulating phases of vocalist with great dexterity, a great effort to revamp the 'jazz' in shimmering B-town musical offerings. 'Jee Le Zaara', a lively musical piece brings out a range of tender melodic expressions needed for a well-etched melodramatic thriller. This Vishal Dadlani's deep throatily crooned track creates a passionate, rhythmic and driving background score feel that is not only theatrically resounding but also thematically affluent. The rich and resonant percussive cum brass dominates throughout the track, a sparkling upbeat move that always has been a pivotal feature of every successful Hollywood suspense thriller.

Sampath's touches the romantic feel with a blend of technically sharp arrangements and lyrically coherent works and makes this as one of the finest 'daunting melody' of this year. 'Jee Le Zaara (remix)' scores well for party-animals, as now the romantic moods takes a U-turn to dancing floors. Racing DJ spins and beat-juggles adds to the groovy feel, as now the killer-party decorum takes the full-control and make mood merrier.

For every spirited Indian classical musical lover, the fusion feel of 'Jiya Laage Na' will come out as fresh whiff of air, a meticulously crafted experimentation that tries to captures every melancholic romantic shade. Sona Mohapatra's earthen folksy voice in delightfully classical singing mode makes a beautiful amalgam with electronically tuned sounds, followed by a lounge musical spells, creating out a perfect 'fusion' feel. To add more to its lovable hues, there is Ravindra Upadhyay's throaty rendition (similar to Sukhwinder Singh) adding to the passionate cum intimidating theatrical feel. Conceived for varied shady situational moments, it delivers sufficient melodic substance and spice up the mood with a unique classical 'fusion' musical feel, an effort that needs to be lauded.

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Revitalizing back 70's action thriller feel with spectrum of techno-breezy beats, sounds and rhythms, the next track 'Hone hai Kya' brings out the gist of TAALASH. Ram Sampath's oils his vocal chords to hi-pitches (similar to R.D Burman singing) to captivate out the scheming, conniving and compelling moments of this hi-voltage thriller. As far as belligerently loud musical mood is concerned, it has shades of 'Aaj Ki Raat' (DON -THE CHASE BEGINS AGAIN) and utilizes the gruffly Vishal's voice well in the contours of electro-funky beats. In this four minute plus track, it entails out a picture of fatal attraction, lost-paradise and a quest to solve a mystery, as the track gyrates out sporadically loud in techno-beats. Sampath's fires out a fiery ballistic missile this time and succeeds potentially in delivering out a racy theme track.

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Ram Sampath's soul-healing soloist avatar ('Hauley Hauley') in TV show 'Satyamev Jayate' was bliss for ears. The similar sounding comforting feel returns with 'Lakh Duniya Kahe', a soundtrack that brings out a poignant westernized 'soul' singing to fore. It brings out a soothing decorum of MTV Coke Studio live-performance, where one expects a delectable soft-rock ballad going well with set of well-synchronized orchestra. Rich in emotional quotient and experimentation, this Ram Sampath's sung track is a 'viraah' song and mellows well with expressions and consoling lyrics.

TALAASH is a richly nurtured album that brings varied shades of genres and expressions with great results. After the super-success of DELHI BELLY, Ram Sampath excels again and proves his mettle again as a resounding upcoming composer. Do expect soundtracks like 'Muskaanein Jhoothi Hain', 'Jee Lee Zaara' and 'Hona Hai Kya' to be catching fast among masses while 'Jiya Laage Na' and 'Lakh Duniya Kahe' has a strong classy appeal. To be precise, its one of those 100% entertaining album that lives up to the expectations and adds to the show, overall a great listening experience.

Rating: 4.0

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