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Music Review : Luck

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Starring :
 Soham Shah
 Shabbir Ahmed and Anvita Dutt Guptan
 Sanjay Dutt, Mithun Chakraborty, Danny Denzongpa, Imran Khan and Shruti Haasan

By Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network Send to Friend

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There is no doubt that the music of KAAL, (under the banner of Karan Johar's Dharma Productions SRK's Red Chillies Entertainment) and in particular the title track picturised on SRK and Malaika, succeeded in giving the film a huge initial. It therefore comes as no surprise that director Soham Shah has once again opted for Salim-Sulaiman to repeat the magic of KAAL. This time around their team of lyricists just has Shabbir Ahmed and Anvita Dutt Guptan as Anand Raj Anand (who also composed a song) and Kailash Kher have been dropped. So let us evaluate the outcome of the audio album of the team's latest offering, LUCK, this time under the banner of Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision.

The album gets a pulsating start with the title track, ''Luck Aazma'', which can be classified as the theme track as it contains the essence/spirit of movie. A sort of an inspirational song that urges all to go ahead and try their luck and be fearless. Naturally, the king of inspirational numbers, Sukhwinder Singh is the perfect choice and he delivers as usual and is well supported by Satya Hinduja. The beauty of the track lies in its sweet melody which despite a rockish touch to it appeals instantly. The credit for this goes to Salim-Sulaiman who are also excellent arrangers. The lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed go with the situation and the theme of the movie. A background composition that will naturally come during the tense/thrilling part of the movie before all the action takes place.

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The extremely talented and beautiful daughter of ace actor Kamal Haasan and actress Sarika, Shruti Haasan, making her debut with LUCK, also gets a chance to try her luck behind the mike, with the next version, ''Aazma-Luck Is The Key''. And true to her reputation of an excellent singer, she comes out with flying colours. Shruti sings like a pop diva, her vocals strong, accent anglicized and with just the right attitude. Clinton Crejo does well with the English parts. This version is a bit on the slower side as far as the rhythm is concerned and more emphasis is on the Western musical arrangements.

The remixed version of ''Luck Aazma'' is faster and racier and its Sukhwinder's version (which had a more Indianised touch to it), that has been chosen for the purpose. The programmed arrangements are excellent and in the coming days it would not be surprising to find a promotional music video of the same, featuring all the actors (just like for KAAL).

Salim-Sulaiman's FASHION still remains as one of his favourites albums and may be that is why the start of the next number, ''Khudaya Ve'', is inspired heavily from the background signature tune of FASHION. However, do not expect another one in its league. This number is more of a mix and match of two compositions, Vishal-Shekhar's ''Dil Haara'' (TASHAN - slower version) and ''Pehli Pehli Baar'' (SANGHURSH). Salim sings with feelings but his diction is simply pathetic. The 'alaap' and the Western arrangements confluence is good. The number is a sad one and naturally the rhythm is slow, but not too morose and that is the only bright part! The lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed are too filmy and nothing to write home about.

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The remixed version of ''Khudaya Ve'' is similar to the original and not much care has been taken to impart it another flavour. In fact one has to strain their ears to distinguish between the two.

The Radio Remix of ''Khudaya Ve'' brings the duo, Salim and Sulaiman Merchant together and despite their presence the it does not turn out to be a great composition, as it does not have that something 'extra' to it.

Superb guitar strummings and soothing flute notes commence ''Jee Le'', arguably the best song of the album and is naturally picturized on the JAANE TU...YA JAANE NA star, Imran Khan, and the hot new sensation Shruti Haasan, and the two look like a charming couple on-screen. Salim-Sulaiman are superb as they churn up a good rhythm supported by some great arrangements. The metalic flute and percussions scintillating, and the rendition by Shruti Pathak and Naresh Kamath superb. The back up vocals and rap (English) too need mention as they add to the charm and go with the flow of the narrative. Anvita Dutt Guptan gets to pen this number and she is good.

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The remixed version of ''Jee Le ''is good, although the heightened pace is a bit too much.

Since the film revolves around self betting we have a whole new track dedicated to this called ''Laga Le''. A pulsating, fiery paced track that makes us nostalgic as its rhythm makes us remember the late Feroz Khan's evergreen classic track from JAANBAAZ, ''Pyar Do Paya Lo'', picturized on the ageless Rekha. Interestingly just like in LUCK, Anil Kapoor in JAANBAAZ too betted with his life via Russian roulette. Coming back to the track, it may not sound great at the first hearing but in the context of the movie, it is quite a well composed, arranged and rendered (Anushka Manchanda, Robert 'Bob' Omulo) number. Its placement in the film will surely be at a very important and tense juncture.

To sum it up, the soundtrack of action packed films like LUCK do not rely on melody. The emphasis is on deadly rhythm and fast paced adrenaline pumping beats, which Salim-Sulaiman have succeeded in incorporating. Numbers like ''Luck Aazma'' and ''Jee Le'' (along with their versions) are the pick of the lot. However, given the high standards that Salim-Sulaiman have set for themselves (via recent films like CHAKDE! INDIA, FASHION and RAB NE BANA DI JODI), the album as a whole, may disappoint their hardcore fans.

Rating - 3/5

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