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Music Review : Break Ke Baad

 Break Ke Baad
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Starring :
 Danish Aslam
 Prasoon Joshi and Vishal Dadlani
 Imran Khan, Deepika Padukone, Shahana Goswami and Sharmila Tagore.

By Abid, Glamsham Editorial Send to Friend

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Critic-turned-filmmaker Kunal Kohli, whose repertoire boasts of two hits in the form of Saif Ali Khan's first solo success HUM TUM and Aamir Khan-Kajol's FANAA, suffered a slight setback with his first part production venture, THODA PYAAR THODA MAGIC. The composers at the helm of Kunal's first two successful films, HUM TUM and FANAA were the melody kings of that time, Jatin-Lalit, and indeed they were excellent with most of the songs from the films turning out to be hits. In fact FANAA was also their swan song and its music remains a favourite amongst many die-hard romantics till today. After they parted ways, Kunal turned to the versatile Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for his THODA PYAAR THODA MAGIC, and the film as well as it's music (although classy) turned out to be dampener but that did not deter him from trying another hand at production, and for his latest venture, a frothy fresh romance, BREAK KE BAAD, starring Imran Khan and Deepika Padukone, Kunal has chosen the in form Vishal-Shekhar, who are really riding high with two musical hits, both youth oriented romantic outings, I HATE LUV STORYS and ANJAANA ANJAANI. Incidentally both the mentioned films starred the hottest new teenage sensations, the latest Bollywood stars on the block, Imran Khan and Ranbir Kapoor. This time around the man wielding the megaphone is debutant Danish Aslam and not Kunal himself. The album is quite unique in one way as it sees V-S teaming up with National Award winner, the intellectual Prasoon Joshi, who has earlier worked with Kunal in FANAA. Expectations naturally abound so let's get things rolling and check their latest musical offering.

Soft rock makes for an enchanting outing with the highly foot tapping "Adhoore" certainly not the kind of 'judaai' numbers that we are so used to in Bollywood over the years. Vishal Dadlani, who till now had mostly restricted himself to rendering songs with a hard rock touch makes an exception and comes behind the mike for this absolutely gem of a number and does a splendid job. The exuberance and energy in his youthful vocals certainly adds to a charm which will definitely translate on the big screen via Imran Khan's drop dead looks. He has Alyssa Mendonsa for company who impresses with her dew fresh husky vocals that will suit the lead actress Deepika to a tee. Amongst the many pluses one that deserves special mention is the highly infectious chorus (O.. adhoore tum, Adhoore hum) that leaves a long lasting impression as well as the 'mukhda', just the right precursor to a great number first up. The song becomes all the more special because of some great innovatively fresh lyrics by Prasoon, who sparks up the normally dull and boring separation/'judaai situation with his super lyrics . "Rishta ye kaisa jalti rait paaon ka, Rishta ye kaisa jhal jhal dhoop chhaon ka." A song that will mostly appeal to the youth in the big cities and metros, the real target audience of this film.
The "Adhoore' remix by Abhijit Vaghani has too much heightened tempo and rhythm but that does make for a more party/club friendly outing .

Once again just like the first number, Vishal-Shekhar come up with unconventional music for another very favourite Bollywood situation, the enticing 'padosan'(neighbour) who is the centre of attention of many young hearts! Kishore da's "Mere saamne waali khidki pe" (PADOSAN) and Mohd. Rafi's "Ye khidki jo band rahti hai" (MAIN TULSI TERE ANGAN KI) are a few tracks that remain a favourite till now. But V-S go one step ahead and adorn the second track "Ajab Lehar" with all out jazz -rock display complete with trumpets, amazing saxophone display (by Rhys D'souza) , brass band and beads and drum, the confluence of which really perk up the proceedings. And surprise surprise, it's Pritam's golden boy, Neeraj Sridhar, the voice behind countless chartbusters who gets to render this amazing retro number that takes us back to the Shammi Kapoor days of rock and roll. And he is superb despite omitting his trademark style! The back up English chorals by Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani too add to the festivities . The icing on the cake is once again the lyrics by Prasoon, who is in excellent as always, conjuring up similes and words that are so simple yet so apt and endearing and unimaginable! Just the 'mukhda' can tell exactly what we are saying, "Ajab lehar hai meri padosi, Ajab se chheete ajab ishaare". Who can imagine comparing one's beautiful neighbour to a wave, but he does that and succeeds in a big way!

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Clicking fingers and refreshing guitar strums commence light on the ears, soft soothing, the melodious , "Dhoop Ke Makaan", a semi-philosophically inclined number that talks about the journey of life and love. The tune may be slow drawl, especially in the 'antara' but never once does it get boring . The 'mukhda', which culminates in a sweet crescendo is the highlight of the track. Shekhar Ravjiani, who showcases his vocal prowess here sings like a trained singer and springs quite a surprise. Sunidhi croons like a pro. Additional vocals by Caralisa Monteiro and Mikey McCleary bring forth the feel good atmosphere . In fact it will not be wrong to say that this song sounds more like the ones Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy had composed for Aamir Khan's TAARE ZAMEEN PAR. May be Prasoon's lyrics which rely heavily on nature's bounties have also succeeded in creating that influence.

"Dhoop Ke Makaan" acoustic version is more like the unplugged version as the basic background music arrangements are kept to a minimal relying heavily on guitars (by Hitesh Sonik who is the programmer too) and keyboards and piano. V-S have put in lot of effort to keep the acoustic version different from the original. Shekhar's fresh vocals are a delight and the way he modulates and changes the tonality, is quite praiseworthy. It would be loved by all those who like their music soft, a song that can light up a dull silent night .

Guitar riffs commence "Dooriyan Hain Zaroori", which quite contrary to it's title is a racy rock based situational song that talks about how very important it is to provide enough space in relationship so that one does not suffocate the individuality of the other. The composition can also be called the theme song as the film is about a couple who break up willingly and go their separate ways for the betterment of each other and their relationship. The all out hard rock arrangements along with Prasoon Joshi's hard hitting lyrics convey the message well. A song which may be played as background score in the movie and also aid the flow and act as narrative. Vishal Dadlani as a hard rock singer has always emerged trumps, and even other composers like SEL and Vishal Bhardwaj have used him effectively in this genre. Here also he is at his eclectic best and giving him able support is Monica Dogra who too is effective .

One of the most promising singers, Nikhil D'Souza, who is slowly and surely making a mark in Bollywood (his "Mere Bina" CROOK is still popular) gets to render the inspirational "Main Jiyoonga". His vocals exude an energy that is required in these kind of songs. Mikey McCleary provides additional vocals and apt support. This is another rock based (although soft) number, although VS have fused it with a dash of reggae as well to so as to provide a new flavour and also the album does not get too rockish and single tracked. Gino Bank's drums are worth a mention . Prasoon excels in motivational poetry and the song provides just the situation he needed to showcase his magic.

The English version of the "Main Jiyoonga" titled "Don't Worry About Me" sung and written by Vishal Dadlani seems to highly inspired from Bobby Mcferrin's 'Don't Worry Be Happy" may be the over usage of the words don't worry and with subtle reggae touches thrown in as well have that effect.

Summing up, the success story that V-S wrote starting with I HATE LUV STORYS and ANJAANA ANJAANI this year will surely carry on with BREAK KE BAAD. The duo certainly know the pulse of the urban Indian youth and this album is another great attempt at grabbing the attention of the target audience. Although the only let down is the absence of a true blue romantic number, VS ishtyle, in the lines of "Ankhon Mein Teri"(OM SHANTI OM), "Falak Tak Chal" (TASHAN) or "Khabar Nahin" (DOSTANA) especially because BREAK KE BAAD is an all out youthful romantic outing so one expected an extraordinary love ditty from the masters. "Adhoore", "Ajab Lehar" and "Dhoop Ke Makaan" are our picks.

Rating - 3.5/5

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