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Starring :
 M.F Hussain
 A.R. Rehman
 Rahat Indori, Sukhwindra Singh.
 Tabu, Raghuvir Yadav

By Purva Desai

Two distinct people. Two distinct identities. One common passion. Art!

One a painter, the other a musician. Artistic in every sense of the word, M.F Hussain's Meenaxi brings forth sights and sounds that captivate the mind. And the music of this film is as unconventional as the film itself. A.R. Rehman caters to the subject of the film, not straying from its essence. The first song, "Yeh Rishta'' sung by Reena Bhardwaj, transcends us into the world of Meenaxi (played by Tabu). The story revolves around Meenaxi being the central character of a novel penned by Nawab (played by Raghuvir Yadav). The song is extremely melodious and soothing. The song gives a very rural feel and one is reminded of Mehendi Hai Rachne Wali from "Zubeidaa", but in no way are the two songs familiar. In the midst of the song, water is used as music which marks the unconventionality of A.R. Rehman's style. And we hum along the lines of Yeh Rishta Kya Kelhata Hai. The second song "Chinnamma Chilakkamma" has us swaying to the tunes before the song even starts. This song also has a very rural feel to it. Partly Tamil and partly Hindi, this song sung by Sukhwindra Singh, is extremely peppy and is novel, something that hasn't been heard before. The lyrics add to the mood of the song. And the musical magic continues with the song " Do Kadam" breaking the rhythm of the second song. This song sung by Sonu Nigam, is a more romantic, slow song.

The voice takes over the instruments and we get hypnotized by Sonu Nigam singing "Do Kadam Aur Sahi". Extremely rhythmic, the next song "Dhuan Dhuan" is sung by the very versatile Asha Bhosle. There is a very sensual feel to this song; something one cannot help feeling when it is Asha Bhosle singing. Her pitch and the rhythm of this particular song takes it to its crescendo. The fifth song, "Rang Hai" compromises of different instruments. The song is rhythmic, and more folk like. The music of this song compliments Alka Yagnik and vice versa. A very sweet, and soft song, the song is as colourful as it's name suggests. The sixth song "Noor-Un-Ala-Noor" is written by M.F. Hussain. A Qawali number, it reminds us of the Qawali's of the 70's and 80's. In the voice of Murtuza Khana and Qadir Khan, we instantly start clapping our hands and move the Qawalli style. A very kotha style effect to it, pretty images of women in colorful garbs start dancing before our eyes. The song speaks for itself. It is one of the best-composed songs. The next song "Cyclist's Rhythm" is a rare combination of cycle bells and matkas being tapped in the background. Folk India is brought very vividly to the ears.

Yet it satisfies the urbane sensibilities. Somewhere the drums play in the background and the drum and cycle used simultaneously has us lost in its rhythm. The final piece of music "Potter's Village" which is again a no-lyrical song like "Cyclist's Rhythm", is very distinct form it. One beat plays on and in between that beat is broken with instruments and music. Each song has its own identity. In no way is one similar to the other, except in the passion with which they all were created. To speak of A.R. Rehman and M.F. Hussain would be to speak nothing at all, because their work does the speaking. The lyrics have been composed by Rahat Indori, except for song number 2, penend by Sukhwindra Singh and song no 6, penned by the artist himself. This music is a must in your collection.

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