Once the reigning composer of Bollywood, it was Himesh whose songs were heard in every nook and corner of India , and Himesh emerged as a true rock star. But since the excess of anything is bad and so it was with Himesh , who instead of trying to change his monotonous (although much loved ) style was just making hay while the sun shines and ultimately people got tired of his nasal singing and his last outing, Satish Kaushik's musical offering KARZZZZ turned out to be a debacle . So after lying low for quite a while, Himesh is back with another musical offering in form of RADIO. Will RADIO prove to be another similar sounding nasal crooning songs or will Himesh get his act together and show us his vintage touch of TERE NAAM, KYON KI etc ? Well, lets get on and see what Himesh has on offer.
First strums of the guitar and Himesh's opening prelude announcing the commencement of the first song of the album, ''Mann Ka Radio'' are a precursor to what an amazing theme song lies ahead. Composer, singer Himesh, the one man army, steals the show with a superb all round performance. As a singer he reinvents himself by singing in a very normal tenure, only later in the 'antara' does he go nasal, but that too only for a short while. The rhythm is haunting, the arrangements mindblowing. What an eclectic mix of synthesizers and guitaring that mark this song of broken dreams and hearts. A number which is slightly in a 'hat ke' league and will definitely take a while to grow. Lyricist Subrat Sinha is a class act, the lyrics may appear a bit funny at first , but if given a careful hear, they have an inherent message attached which is an entertaining way of inspiring and making people forget their worries and blues. 'Kya hoga kya nahih hoga yeh upper wale pe chhod de, Aaj is pal mein tu zindagi ko jee le zara, Tujh ko akaash ki vaani ka hai aasra.'.This will certainly appeal to the GenX.
The remix version of ''Mann Ka Radio'' has been reworked, and it shows in its careful mixing of added beats and rhythm which makes it more dance oriented.
The next number ''Zindagi Jaise Ek Radio'' is based entirely on the extremely popular Punjabi folk, ''Baari barsi khatan gayasi'' that has been incorporated into many Bollywood numbers and so this song has nothing new to offer. The only novel aspect in the song is the hilarious and at times philosophical lyrics by Subrat Sinha. ''Zindagi jaise ek radio, Alag alag dhun sunati hai, Kabhi happy karde, Kabhi sad banaye.' Himesh sings in his vintage nasal style and the background musical arrangements are fast paced with lots of synthesized rhythm.
The remixed version is not much different from the original and comes just as a space filler.
So if you all thought that the Himesh of TERE NAAM and KYON KI, who thrived on lilting melody is lost forever after AASHIQ BANAYA APNE, here is a good news. He is certainly not a gone, as he proves in this gem of a love ballad, ''Jaaneman.'' It is pure and unadulterated melody that reigns ever since the first pluck of the guitar, which commence the song. An absolutely brilliant number sung excellently by Himesh and Shreya . The minimal music arrangements make this soft romantic number all the more likeable. Mushy lyrics add to the advantage and the song will surely rule the hearts and charts.
Vishal Bhardwaj's talented wife, after a super successful ''Raat Ke Dhaai Baje'' (KAMINEY) comes back to sing for Himesh in a semi-classical based number, ''Piya Jaise Ladoo Motichoor Wale''. And needless to add that she is brilliant as these types of songs are her forte. Who can forget her immensely popular ''Genda Phool'' (DILLI 6). 'Shehnai' sounds commence the number that will appeal to the elite audience. Keeping up with the classical touch the use of instruments like 'tabla', 'sitar', 'shehnai' and harmonium has been generously used. Himesh comes in briefly to add pep and zip to the number and the overall effect of the song is mesmerizing. Take a bow Himesh Reshammaiya!
''Piya Jaise Ladoo Motichoor Wale remix'' -There was absolutely no need of remixing this classy number as the originality that lay in its pure version is lost and so is the charm.
Eighty percent of the movie is shot showing R J Vivan (Himesh) in the Radio Mirchi Studios. All they could have done was pick up a hit segment from their own radio station. Considering there was no genius in the plot, they could have upped the USP of their most famous RJ, the very eccentric but lovable, Jeeturaj.
As for the story, Vivan is an RJ working with Radio Mirchi. He has just divorced his wife Pooja. Shanaya enters his life quite by accident and that?s where things get complicated. Rating - 1/5