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Music Review : War Chhod Na Yaar

 War Chhod Na Yaar
Director :  Faraz Haider
Music :  Aslam Keyi
Lyrics :  Faraz Haider, Bebak Amrohi and Azeem Shirazi
Starring :  Sharman Joshi, Soha Ali Khan, Jaaved Jafferi , Sanjay Mishra, Mukul Dev and Manoj Pahwa

October 1, 2013 12:56:09 PM IST
By Rafat, Glamsham Editorial
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WAR CHHOD NA YAAR, is certainly first of its kind film in India, a war comedy. Directed by Faraz Haider, assistant to Dibaker Banerjee for OYE LUCKY! LUCKY OYE! starring stars of the caliber of Sharman Joshi, Soha Ali Khan, Jaaved Jafferi , Sanjay Mishra, Mukul Dev and Manoj Pahwa, the film is produced by AOPL Pvt. Ltd, a known name in the south film industry. Sending a noble message of peace and dealing with a serious issue like war in a light hearted manner, the music of the film is helmed by fresh talent, Aslam Keyi. So let's check out the soundtrack of India's first war comedy.

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Say no to war, the message behind the film is evident from the nice , racy title track, 'War Chhod Na Yaar' and is rendered by the new item crooner of Bollywood, Bappi Lahiri , in his mast lovable style. Aiding him in his effort is Rimi Dhar and Candy D'Souza who provide the interesting back up and rap vocals. The highlight of the track are the lyrics, which despite dealing with a very serious issue are light hearted and humorous, keeping in mind the storyline of the film.

The 'sureeli' Shreya is back to her melodic best with 'Main Jagoon Aksar' in the enchanting love duet where she is supported superbly by Javed Ali as both the singers complement each other fully. The 'qawwali' chorus (Ali Aslam) is the USP of the track and the song is a sure fire hit for Sharman-Soha.

There is another version of 'Main Jagoon Aksar' and here Shujath Ali Khan replaces Javed Ali and is a nice departure from the original.

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'Phat Gaya' appears to be a typical army 'fauji' song of camaraderie (slightly inspired in parts from the evergreen number, 'Yeh Desh Hai Veer Jawano Ka') but it is not patriotic as it has high political overtones and is a situational number that deals with the nitty-gritty of war and its fall out. And no one better than Daler Mehdi, whose robust and energetic vocals are ideally suited for this situational number. The lyrics are once again the winner here as they successfully convey the message and add as a narrative to the plot.

The patriotic 'Mharo Desh Mahan' is rendered by Kailash Kher in his popular and well loved high pitched and full of emotions style and is a nice number that talks about India, though mostly rural. The use of Hindustani musical arrangements and Rajashthani flavor enhance the rustic/ 'desi' flavor.

'Mharo Desh Mahan' ethnic mix is well done.

After 'Zinda' (BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG), we have another anthem 'Khawabon Si Jo', a superb inspirational and motivational number that has many shades of pop, soft rock and rock and roll. Naresh Iyer does well in his modulating vocals (at times soft, at times high pitched) and is ably aided by a superb chorus. Lyrics are top class as the make belief world of the protagonist with dreams taking form is portrayed effectively through some nice, simple words.

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Ali Azmat and Sujith Kumar join hands for the second version of  'Khwabon Si Jo, and they both take the song to a totally new level with respective class acts.

Army sounds herald 'Jai Jawan', a racy, situational song that talks about the army 'jawans', the unsung heroes who guard our borders. Sung by Sukhwinder Singh in his very own high pitched, zestful, trademark manner as he pays eulogies to the 'faujis'.

Sonu Nigam is at his eclectic best with 'Kurban', which may sound at first like a love ballad but takes the shape of a nice, patriotic number and is aided by Javed Khan as back up chorals. The number is situational in nature and may be used as a background score, and stands out for Sonu's excellent rendition.

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Another number that talks about army 'jawans' is 'Fauji', although this time its a more contemporary hip hop number that is aimed at the Gen X and sung by Mika Singh along with Marriane D'Cruz and Brijesh Shandilya . Rapper Luv O Trigger provides the interesting but apt rap, and overall the song is definitely a unique effort on the part of the team and needs to be lauded.

Although the original version was good enough the club mix of 'Fauji' is a good job done and is more club and disco friendly.

A superb love song with addictive and infectious rhythm, 'Ishq Mein Tere', is sung by Divya Kumar, Tripti Sinha, Vardan and Deepali Sathe. The soft melodic arrangements and clicking fingers and lovely chorals add to the romance.

The audio of WAR CHHOD NA YAAR is overall a good, and surprisingly pleasant hear. Both the versions of 'Main Jagoon Aksar' and 'Khwabon Si Jo' are classy and they are our picks while the rest of the songs are situational. The album needs aggressive promotion and more time to make a mark, as it was released just a few days back, (23rd September), while the film is all set to hit the screens on October 11.

 Rating : 
3.5/ 5 stars

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