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Music Review : I Love NY

 I Love NY
Director :  Radhika Rao, Vinay Sapru
Music :  Pritam Chakraborty, Falak Shabir, Anupam Amod, R.D.Burman.
Lyrics :  Mayur Puri, Sayeed Quadri and Falak Shabir
Starring :  Sunny Deol, Kangana Ranaut, R. Madhavan, Prakash Raj and Reema Lagoo

April 2, 2013 10:05:25 AM IST
By Rafat, Glamsham Editorial
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The only true blue audio giants, T-Series, have always been associated with excellent quality and memorable audio, and the films they produce too has music which has always been hugely popular. It was due to their efforts that directors Vinay Sapru and Radhika Rao were instrumental in providing some absolutely class compositions via composer Adnan Sami in their debut film, LUCKY NO TIME FOR LOVE, starring Salman Khan and Sneha Ullal.

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This time a host of composers have been chosen with Pritam leading the pack, followed by a song each from budding talents like Falak Shabir and Anupam Amod and includes a gem by RD Burman. So let's check out whether these bunch of extremely talented composers succeed in carrying out the needful and providing a new comic, romantic image for macho man Sunny Deol and the (new) tragedy queen, Kangana.

The album gets a rollicking start with ''Gud Naal Ishq Mitha'' (hook line traditional), an eternally and extremely popular Punjabi folk based 'Bhangra' dance track given a zany hip hop touch by Anupam Amod and sung even better by Tochi Raina. Lyrics by Mayur Puri incorporate the theme of the movie and provides the perfect intro of the lead protagonist.

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The second version by Sukhwinder Singh is as good as the first and makes for pleasant repeat.

There is also a remix of Sukhi's version by Dj A-Myth which is well crafted.
It's Pritam and Sayeed Quadri at their eclectic best with absolutely the best romantic song of the year so far with, ''Aao Na'', sung by none other than the original king of love ditties, Sonu Nigam, and complemented perfectly by Tulsi Kumar.

The second version is the ''Aao Na'' remix by Dj Chetas and MYK which makes it more club and disco friendly.

It's Falak Shabir's all-round excellent performance as singer, lyricist and composer that impresses as always with yet another typical (Falak Shabir) separation composition aptly titled, ''Judaai.'' A sad and somewhat somber but still highly addictive number that will surely make a mark at the charts, courtesy Falak's escalating popularity.

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The ''Judaai'' remix by Dj A-Myth dilutes the addictive appeal of the original.
The unplugged version of ''Judaai' relying entirely on Falak's canorous vocals and minimal music arrangements is excellent.

Soft, frothy and light hearted romantic propositioning track, ''Halki Halki'', by Pritam, with apt Hinglish lyrics by Mayur Puri, sets up a good number. Sung by Shaan in his ever youthful vocals and accompanied by Tulsi's sugary sweet voice, it has youth appealing abilities with nice rap and soft musical arrangements.
Kiran Kamath does a good job in the remixed version of ''Halki Halki''.
The album comes to a close with RD Burman's classic love composition, a gem of a number indeed, ''Aaja Meri Jaan'' (by SP Balasubramaniam), that featured in quite a few films and also the theme track of SAGAR. In this album it has been remixed by DJ Phukan and sung by Mauli in her modulating inebriated vocals. The song suits the mood of the film, although it's not a patch on the original number sung brilliantly by the master SP himself.

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The remix version of ''Aaja Meri Jaan'' by Dj Shiva with broken vocals and added pace and rhythm makes for a good dance track.

The audio album of I LOVE NY does carry the hallmark of excellence associated with a T-Series film, by way of some lovely music that is as varied and universally appealing as it should be. Our picks are all time favourite, ''Gud Naal Ishq Mitha'', ''Aao Na'' and ''Judaai''. The good music should help the cause of this all out romantic film which opens world-wide on 26th April.

 Rating : 
3.5/ 5 stars

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