Shankar Ehsaan Loy (SEL) adds more dimensions to their eclectically supreme filmography by venturing into new genre of cross-cultural cinema through soulful love saga MARIGOLD. Unlike their commercially thriving albums, it caters mainly to the international diaspora with a global feel. Set against the exotic locales of Goa, it construes the love chemistry between compassionate Bollywood choreographer (Salman Khan) and na?ve Hollywood starlet (Ali Larter) with mixed-mash blend of Indo-western musical outburst. SEL delivers their finest soft rock ballad of this year in ?Yeh Pyar Kya Hai (seven stages of love)? but thereafter the album disappoints as it shapes itself into decayed style of Bollywood music in the bunch of situational soundtracks. These soundtracks are speculated to be a spoof or parody on Bollywood?s hypocritical attitude and professional insincerity as it bounces back to yesteryears format of musical displays in a sardonic and derisive way.
The colors of love can?t be so impetuously sentimental refined as ?seven stages of love? masquerades itself into blend of over-sappy emotions in soulfully delightful ?Yeh Pyar Kya Hai(Seven stages of love)?. Shaan?s immaculately pristine vocals unravel the delightful bon-voyage of lovable emotions with the magnetism of his mystifying volubility that penetrates charmingly with soul-stirring orchestration. It reminisces back the charisma of his everlasting ?Aksar? (Album ?Aksar) with dash of minimal guitar strumming that forms mesmerizing chemistry with subtle piano and violin notes. Javed Akhtar?s ?full of joie de vivre? lyrical flow expressively recites the ?seven stages of love? concurrently and builds up a castle of eternal love in utmost mystifying way. SEL comes up with their finest soft rock ballad of the year and they splendidly re-live the magic of their everlasting tracks ?Jeene Ke Ishare? (PHIR MILENGE) and ?Pal? (ROCKFORD) with subtly poetic expressions.
Shaan gets into groovy shades as he extols out a racy dancing soundtrack ?Yeh Pyar Hai (that?s love)?, a delightful beach song that mesmerizes about the surreptitious endeavors of love. This furtively penned work by Javed Akhtar is shades parallel to dreamy journey of ?Yeh Pyar Kya Hai? but works coherently with the youthful sentiments. It?s an average gleeful offering that should find the trapping of conventional Salman Khan solo track in his ?Casanova? dancing attire. SEL?s vigorous arrangements bring the fervor of Goan delightful fest and its animated percussive orchestration works in tandem with Shaan?s modulating voice in delivering a concert feel to the track.
Vikas Bhalla (?) A sub-standard actor who tried his fortune as pop songster decades back (album ??Dhuan Dhuan?), rises from ashes and now makes a formidable appearance as lead vocalist in conventional Bollywood yelling treat ?Paagal Si Saari Lehrein (Beach Blanket Bollywood)?. This can?t be anything contemporary SEL stuff as they shed their wizardry in nurturing out a sarcastically situational number with stereotyped musical aesthetics. Alka Yagnik?s synchronized mellifluous display proves lucky escape for Vikas Bhalla?s gullible vocal display but overall its slapdash presentation makes it a disappointing affair. It?s moreover a flaccid tribute to 80?s and 90?s style of musical work where composers tried to invigorate the desired feel to match its situational needs.
Nihira Joshi made promising vibes in SAALAM-E-ISHQ and now SEL trusts on another fresh talent Nikita Nigam in pollinating a tenderly communicative ?Saccha Pyar (The meaning of love)?. Nikita?s vocal tonality is quite analogous to Hema Sardesai and this number comes out in conventional western classical mode with middling impact. Javed Akhtar?s receptive lyrics are well synchronized into soft and supple orchestrations but the amiable outcry sounds sloppy and faded. Like Nihira, Nikita shows enormous promise and deserves better outing as this may go unobserved.
Mediocrity plagues again in the album as Vikas Bhalla makes his second occurrence along with Alka Yagnik, Sneha Pant and Nihira Joshi in lethargically romantic track ?Tan Man (Marigold Erupts)?. This loosely packed number makes notable dent for its outdated 60?s feel that comes with folksy flavors with bountiful of stereotyped Bollywood notes and rhythms. Skip it and wait for its cinematic display as it will find more authenticity in its visually illustrative display.
After ?One Love? (RAKHT), Shaan makes another affable bondage with foreign musical talents as actress Ali Larter along with ?Truth Hurts? (American R n B singer Shari Watson) teams up imposingly in nerve-racking and daunting love track ?Listen to the music?. It?s slow and pulsating westernized concoction with dash of classical ?ragas? cadre?s it in fusion genre but it flourishes moreover as a background score for the film than an amusing track.
MARIGOLD is a musical romantic comedy about a young American woman who travels to India and finds that her life is transformed in the most unexpected ways by her experiences and adventures there.
American actress Marigold Lexton (Ali Larter) arrives in India with no luggage and a bad attitude.
Stranded in Goa when financing for her low-budget Hollywood movie falls apart, Marigold finds herself cast in a small role in a Bollywood musical. Eager to prove herself, she enlists the aid of Prem (Salman Khan), the film's choreographer. After several false starts - Marigold is most definitely not a natural dancer - she experiences renewed confidence and a growing love for Prem.
In rapid succession, Marigold discovers that Prem is not only descended from royalty but is also pacted in a rapidly-approaching arranged marriage to a beautiful Indian girl, Janvi (Nandana Sen). Unable to deal with this development, Marigold angrily departs Prem's family estate. But she is urged back by Janvi who confesses that Prem doesn't love her and never will. Another complication - in the form of Marigold's boyfriend, Barry (Ian Bohen), who arrives in India unexpectedly - finds Marigold emotionally drained but still very much in love with Prem.
Love does ultimately triumph as Marigold and Prem are brought together and Janvi and Barry embark upon a romantic journey of their own.
Prem - Salman Khan
Talented and hard working, he's left his privileged life behind to follow his dreams. Then he meets Marigold who drags him back to the family he's left, little knowing what cataclysmic consequences this will have for both of them.
Marigold - Ali Larter
Beautiful and bad tempered, she suffers no fools and nobody can suffer her attitude. But then she meets Prem, who's different from anybody she's met before and loses her heart and her foul temper.
Raj - Vikas Bhalla
Handsome hero, conceited man, he genuinely believes every woman he meets is his for the asking. But Marigold brings him back to earth with a tight slap.
Shazia - Simone Singh
She's the undisputed diva, yet so insecure that she does her best to get Marigold's role chopped and changed to nothing.
Rani - Suchitra Pillai
She's got her head firmly on her shoulders and is one of the first persons in India to befriend the foul tempered Marigold.
Mahendra - Vijendra Ghatge
His stern, unyielding exterior hides his love for his only son. He wants nothing but the best for him and truly believes that only he knows what's best for him.
Nandini - Kiran Juneja Sippy
She, more than anyone else understands Prem's love for Marigold. She, more than anyone else will do her best to make him marry someone else.
Janvi - Nandana Sen
This pretty girl has spent years away from India, studying in the U.S. But her heart still beats for everything that's Indian, including Prem.