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The album starts with an all female track by Shreya Ghoshal and Richa.The song relies heavily on melody and can sound pleasant for most part. It does tend to get slightly repetitive. The title track by vishal himself is an instant chartbuster. Featuring extremely catchy lyrics and funky beats, this song will connect with the youth in a big way! Superhit. The album takes a more mature turn with 'Sadka Hua'. Sung by suraj jagran and mahalaxmi iyer, this one shpould play at an important situation in the film. The lyrics carry subtle sad overtones and the composition is nicely balanced. Rahat fateh ali khan gets to sing the male version of Bahara. the song isn't bad at all but somehow never appeals to me after a certain degree. My most favorite track of the album has to be 'Bin Tere' which is brilliantly sung by pakistani singer Shafqat amanat ali khan. The lyrics are sad and depicts the situation of the guy missing the girl, but the setting of the song is rather hopeful which adds a refreshing value to the song. And Shafqat is mighty impressive! Vishal brings himself on again for 'Jab Mila Tu' which sounds familiar to a few songs of the recent past. Probably the weakest of the lot. vishal shekhar's soundtrack has enough merits to make it a worthy album. The soundtrack will definitely find its targeted audience.
Mithoon weaved magic with the soundtrack of Anwar and it is an album that is even listened to now. Can he come up with something similar quality wise? Read on! 'Madno' featuring Mithoon's favorite Kshitji and Chinmayee is easily one of the finest tracks of the year! The composition is nothing short of brilliant and the ambience/lyrics are equally soul stirring. The perfect start! 'salaam zindagi' starts with kids talking in the kashmiri local language and you know you are in for an innocent journey. Both arun daga and mohammad irfan pair up for another fantastic track. The song has a lot of soul and appeals to the audience at a different level. 2 out of 2! Mithoon comes behind the mike and forms another formidable mohammad irfan for 'Rehmat Zara' which is a haunting track. The lyrics of the album has been constantly original and impressive. Rehmat zara crosses different genres and is a different experience. Once you see Mika's name in the singing credits, you expect a fast paced song. You'll be pleasantly surprised when Mika starts singing 'Saajnaa' in the softest of voices. The composition is same as Madno but the lyrics are a tad simpler. You realise that the composition is a real masterpiece, since the same composition appeals to you in two different versions. Dr. Palash Sen's Main Kaun Hoon is a male solo which switches between softness and hard hitting portions. Another quality song, Palash's voice suits the song perfectly. Kshitji Tarey sings 'zameen-o-asmaan', the last song of the album with a lot of devotion. The lyrics are sensitive and is a plead to the Almighty, and Mithoon's comppsition does complete justice! You will hardly come across a better soundtrack filled with such soulful songs. Straight 5 out of 5!
This was one of director Ram Gopal Verma's earliest films and this was what got him into the scene. Starring the impeccable Aamir Khan, beautiful Urmila Matondkar and actor Jacky Shroff, the film had music by A.R. Rahman which became a rage back in 1995. Munna(Aamir Khan), a lower middle class guy has nobody in this world and stays with Mili's family. Mili, a young female is interested to become a huge filmstar and things happen when she gets her first break and is befriended by superstar Raj(Jackie Shroff). As the film goes, we come to know that both the guys have feelings for Mili, and you're glued to see how the story unravels. From the writing point of view, the film is a winner. Not only are the characters beleivable and real, the ongoings are also very connectable by wide audiences. Ram Gopal Verma makes sure that the film caters to all audiences- the portions are well blended(there is a good mix of commercial and realistic elements). The major three characters are all unique and that's why it works better! The film takes a leap in the second half and gets more serious and mature. The characters go through a lot emotionally and that is brilliantly written and executed by the writing team. Here is a story that deals with human natures, ambition, love and practicality and actually explores them well. Some sequences later in the film are nothing short of brilliant and deserves to be applauded. Aamir Khan as the street smart Munna is a revelation. Before this no other established actor had the guts to take on such a role but with this Aamir had proved it thats it him who leads the way. Urmila as Mili was a phenomena accross India. She exuded a lot of freshness and gave the character a lot of life. Jackie as Raj was perfectly cast. Rangeela was Ram Gopal Verma's first shot at success and showed us a peek at his brilliance(which rarely comes accross in all his films). Watch this! Rangeela was the first reflection of Ram Gopal Verma's brilliance, which unfortunately comes out only in a few of his films(Sarkar series, Company
A couple of years ago we had soundtracks by Himesh Reshammiya every other week and now since he has signed a contract that he will only compose for the films he stars in, the number has gone down significantly(thankfully!) 'Mann Ka Radio' is a Himesh Reshammiya show all the way. The composition is nothing that you can categorise into any specific genre, but the song does grow on you once you listen to it a few times. Not a bad start Mr. Reshammiya! 'Zindagi Jaise Ek Radio' spoils the decent start and goes a long way to irritate you off. Himesh sounds his nasal best and that is very irritating. The composition, lyrics and everything else about this song is pathetic! Skip! 'Janeman' brings the album back to track. A soft, ghazal like romantic track featuring Reshammiya and Shreya Ghoshal, this track has a feel good attitude to it that works for me. The lyrics and the ambience does remind you of more subtle ghazals and Reshammiya controls his nasal features to sound nice for once! 'Piya Jaise Moti Choor wale' brings female singer Rekha Bhardwaj on board who is in supreme form yet again and she completely steals the show from Reshammiya who accompanies him. Rekha will make you weak in your knees, fantastic rendition! Reshammiya scores as composer, making a tune that borrows a lot of classical influences. The good omen continues with 'Koi Na Koi Chahe' which is simple yet lovable. Both Himesh and Shreya Ghoshal sound sweet and in love and the song somehow stays in your mind even after you're done with it. Among all the songs by Reshammiya and Shreya in this album, 'Teri Meri Dosti' is probably the best. Its again Shreya Ghoshal who overpowers Himesh in terms of vocal abilities. But Reshammiya scores high as a composer once again, composing a tune that will earn him a lot of respect and gratitude. 'Damadji Angana Hai' brings the interesting combo of Kailash Kher and Himesh together for the first time. As has been the case for most of the album, Himesh is overshadowed by his companion singers and Kailash is good yet again. I love the use of tabla here, it adds a lot of stability to the song. Himesh, stop the nasal abuse! 'Shaam Ho Chali He' is another pleasant track by Himesh and Shreya. Shreya must be happy with so many decent songs to her credit in the same album. Kudos to Himesh for coming up with such pleasant tracks! 'Rafa Dafa' is the last offering in the album. A solo track by Himesh himself, thank god it doesn't get irritating at any point. The composition is something new and has its punchy bits which makes it an interesting composition. Radio's OST is strong in terms of its compositions. My only problem remains to be Reshammiya's choice of singers, he could have easily used a few other male singers over himself in a couple of tracks.
With Pritam at the helm of affairs you can expect a soundtrack which is commercially viable and with Billu Barber he tries the same. 'Marjaani' makes quick inroads with its high energy quotient and upbeat attitude. Sunidhi Chauhan sounds renders a controlled performance and Sukhwinder is at his energetic best. The lyrics uses colloquial words and will certainly appeal to mass audiences. For the dance floors! 'Love Mera Hit Hit' continues where Marjaani left. Featuring singers Tulsi Kumar and the recent sensation Neeraj Shridhar, this has chartbuster written all over it! As meaningless as the lyrics might sound, it's the catchy tune and beats that steal the show! This is nothing legendary and will certainly not be remembered for years to come, but it sounds fun! Neeraj Shridhar gets another song in the form of 'You get me reeling and rocking' which belongs to the pop genre. The ambience has shades of lounge music but the music does get to you by the end of it and you're bored! K.K, Rana Mazumder and Suraj team up for 'Aa aa O' which is on the lines of a rock song. K.K is impressive in a song that does get monotonous due to its limited lyrics but the use of instruments is impressive. You'll like it if you like rock music. In comes Rahat Fateh Ali Khan who brings in a change of genre. 'Jaaon Kahan' is typical Rahat Fateh, with sad overtones. The drawback is that the composition isn't all that classy as his previous songs, and hence the song fails to make much impression. 'Billu Bhayankar' is a song that can only work as a part of narration. It is very weak audiowise and certainly nothing that you would want to listen to! 'Khudaya Khair' the last track of the album belongs to the conventional Indian film music and is sung by newcomers Soham and Rana Mazumder. Average affair. After a decent start(Marjaani and Love Mera Hit Hit), the album slides downwards and ends up as an average soundtrack.
With a film like Aladdin, the soundtrack is meant to be fresh and commercially appealing to teenagers. When singers like Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan team up for a song, you expect fireworks! 'Bachke O Bachke' has its moments as a foot tapping number which relies heavily on the vocals of the mentioned singers. The male singers are more impressive. Don't expect a chartbuster, but its not a bad track to get into the groove. 'Genie Rap' by Amitabh Bachchan and Anushka Manchandani is another groovy track aimed at the youth. Amitabh, at 65, is a revelation singing such a song. But once you take that out of the equation, the song is another ordinary track in terms of its lyrics, composition and tune. 'Giri Giri' brings in Sanjay Dutt himself to sing as the ringmaster of Aladdin. As scary as he tries to sound, the song falls short in terms of its composition and sounds repetitive halfway through it. Dutt is out of sync, and the lyrics are pretty meaningless. Could have been better! Rarely does Shankar Mahadevan become irritating but unfortunately that is the case with 'Tak Dhina Dhin' . With Shaan accompanying him, the song is another huge canvas full on song but which falls flat in terms of its quality. Plain average! When you see Vishal Dadhlani's name as the singer you are expecting a hard rock track but you will be surprised with 'You are the one'- a soft,cute romantic track that is impressive in terms of its treatment. The lyrics are simple, conventional but somehow connect with the listener. The composition is a feat and something completely new in Indian films. Two thumbs up for this track Aladdin is a mixed bag where the sole standout song turns out to be the last in the album.
Directed by young director Prem Soni, Main Aur Mrs Khanna brings together superstar Salman Khan and the very charming Kareena Kapoor. Along with Sohail Khan and Nauheed Cyrusi, the film also features Preity Zinta in a special appearance. Sameer Khanna is a melbourne based executive who fell in love with Raina a few years ago and later got married. Facing an axe from the job he had, Sameer is anxious of how to get back to his normal life and decides to leave for Dubai for a new job. He had wanted Raina to stay in Delhi for that period of time, but Raina never boards that flight and stays back in Melbourne itself. The story focusses primarily on that period of time, how Raina is living without Sameer, and how Akash, an indian cafe waiter befriends her and becomes a part of her life. Indian films have hardly explored the post marital problems in a realistic manner, and I had hoped to see something on those lines. But the film was a disappointment in more ways than one. Not only is the story very fluffy and unrealistic, it also transcends into surreality. Sameer vanishes abruptly and Akaash's entry into Raina's life is shown in the most impractical way. The ongoings are simply illogical and one loses interest since the film goes so far away from reality. The film turns out like any other typical comedy with a bit of romance involved in it, but the characters arent suited to a comedy! The best moments in the film come in the form of Salman Khan and Sohail Khan for the minute bit when they interact together. As actors, all three actors are left unchallenged and thats just a shame! Kareena is one of the best actresses of her times, but what is with her terrible choice of films? Salman Khan sleepwalks through another role that provides him no scope for innovation. Prem Soni's Main Aur Mrs Khanna is a dud, both commercially and critically. The only thing good about it is the fact that you get to see Preity Zinta in a racy number. And Kareena Kapoor looks good too! Rating:1.5/5
What Women Want is director Nancy Meyers'(The Parent Trap, Something's Gotta Give, The Holiday, It's Complicated) second film. Starring Mel Gibson, Marisa Tomei and Helen Hunt, this romantic comedy was released in 2000. Nick works for an ad agency where he has to work under a new female boss Darcy whom he slowly falls for. Nick undergoes an accident and is blessed with the power of listening to women's thoughts! Nick's life revolves around his profesional life and his daughter who hardly trusts on him, and he uses his new found power to solve all his problems. The idea is not something revolutionary in terms of the content of the story. You have to accept the fact that the film crosses the boundary of real world and transcends into fiction when the whole accident happens in the bathroom and he gets the new ability! What follows is a regular story, a romantic comedy at heart which never rises above the average mark and actually falls below it by the end of the film. I was quite disappointed with the film, especially because I was expecting a good film since it featured big names like Mel Gibson and Marisa Tomei. Not only did I find Mel Gibson underperforming, Marisa Tomei hardly had any role to herself. Helen Hunt remained to be the only saving grace of the film- she was a treat to look at and was good in a role that hardly demanded any heroics. What Women Want does have its share of moments, but they are few and spread out. If you are in the mood for a romantic comedy, you should choose something else. And just for the record, you can actually pick up the same director's The Holiday or It's Complicated, they are far better films!
When music director Pritam is asked to compose tracks for an out and out commercial action flick, you know there is a high chance of it working for wider audiences. For Race, Pritam composes 6 original tracks plus 6 remixed tracks. Sunidhi Chauhan and Neeraj Shridhar teams up for what they do best- sing a commercial chartbuster! 'Race Saanson Ki' is fast paced and full of energy- something that is perfect for the dance floor! The guitar solo in the middle is impressive too! Atif Aslam's name in the credits increases expectations, but 'Pehle Nazar Mein' rises up to the occasion and bowls you over with its appeal. Atif is in supreme form yet again, and Pritam's composition carries a lot of class. Put this on repeat mode and get ready to get addicted. Shaan,Sunidhi and K.K team up for 'Dekho Nashe Main' which is a below average fare! There's too much noise and the mixture of different sounds doesn't blend well at all!Skip this track! Taz,Apache Indian and Sunidhi make an appearance for 'Tujh Pe Jo Jadoo' which is worse than the previous song! The song holds no value-the lyrics are meaningless and the composition is lifeless. A new singer named Monali impresses with her vocal skills in 'Zara Zara Touch Me' which salvages the album to quite an extent. Zara Zara is peppy, youthful and perfect for the dance floors! The last track of the album 'Race is on my mind' is another version of the title track and emphasizes more on english portions. The remixed versions are the usual affair. Pritam dissapoints with the soundtrack of Race, one expected far better tracks!
Based on a novel by Nicolas Sparks(The Notebook), Dear John is directed by Lasse Hallstrom(The cider house rules, Chocolat, An Unfinished Life). The film stars hollywood hunk Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried. John Tyree, an US soldier falls for the beautiful Savannah during his vacation but has to live for his duties after spending 14 days with her. Through the year, they keep in touch through letters and the movie focusses on how fate plays its hand in their story. Its a classic long distance relation film, with its moment of smiles and tears. The story will remind you of The Notebook written by the same author. It focusses on distance between the lovers, and how that affects the way they feel for each other. The film also has a more human side to it, bringing in love of different kinds and deals with other relations other than the one shared by a girlfriend and a boyfriend. The film works primarily because of the love story and would appeal mostly to the youth. There's something very fascinating about sad love stories and this is a classic example. I liked how the screenplay unfolded, and the drama has a constant flow to it which never makes you disinterested. While the first half is more sweet and fluffy, the second half is rather mature and sensitive. Both the actors do a fine job with their roles. John and Savannah are perfectly cast and well acted by both Tatum and Seyfried. This film is for lovers of romantic films! Rating:3.5/5
Ghulam(Slave) was directed by Vikram Bhatt and stars superstar Aamir Khan and a young Rani Mukherjee. Released in 1998, the film was a commercial success and also got plenty of nominations in the awards. Siddharth is a local boxing champion who is affected by his father's death which he witnessed as a small boy. His brother Ronnie works for a local underworld boss and Sid is told to help take out money from local merchants at times. Sid meets Alisha(Rani Mukherjee) and falls deeply in love. Later, he meets Hari who reminds Sid of his dad's principles in live and when Sid comes to know of Hari's murder, he stands up for himself and tries to eradicate the petty crime of the locality. Vikram Bhatt's choice of subject is laudable and his screenplay makes a succesful blend of commercial and relevant piece of filmmaking. The romantic angle would ensure that is seen and liked by wide audiences. The middle class story will make sure that lot of people relate to the story. The film is an inspirational story and would do much good to the society, and its coming of age story would appeal to the youth. Ghulam could have been more hard hitting and could have done with a little less of the commercial trappings but I guess thats where it scores high- the entertainment value is not compromised. Aamir Khan as Sid is fantastic yet again. Sid isn't the hardest role Aamir has portrayed on screen, but he added a lot of his personal inputs to the character which shows! Rani Mukherjee looks the part and is quite impressive considering its one of her earlier performances. Ghulam is a fine film, a film that provides enough entertainment and has social relevance as well! Rating:3.5/5
Based on the blockbuster game of the same name, Prince of Persia is on its way to be a summer blockbuster of 2010! Mike Newell(Donnie Brasco,Monalisa Smile) is heading the ship as the director and the film stars acclaimed actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Sir Ben Kingsley alongside the 24 year old beautiful Gemma Arterton. Prince of Persia is about the royal family of Persia. When the king is conspired and killed by one of the family members, his adopted son Dastaan(Jake Gyllenhaal) becomes the prime suspect. To prove his innocence, Dastaan flees and with the help of Prince Tamina tries to solve the mystery of the king's death and the intention behind it. The story makes for an interesting commercial affair and director Mike Newell grabs the opportunity with both hands! Write from the beginning the film pulls you in with its brilliant visuals and mind boggling style! As the film unfolds, you realise you are having one hell of a cinematic experience. The film has its share of twists, its share of laughter and its share of enigma surrounding the myth/legend. The film does tend to bring in the commercial trappings but you shouldn;t really mind since you are in for the whole ride, the adventure! Since you already know that the story is from a video game, you need to overlook certain glitches in the story. Its great to see a critically acclaimed actor like Jake Gyllenhaal to get a role like this. He must have been over the moon and he does put in a mammoth effort here, enjoying every bit of the role. Gemma Arterton looks the part of the princess and adds more to the already brilliant visuals of the film. Ben Kingsley adds much mystery to the film. The other actors are good enough, especially the actor providing comic reliefs throughout the film! Prince of Persia is one fun ride that you won't want to miss! Catch it in theaters if its still playing, otherwise grab a copy of the DVD!
Director Garry Marshall(Pretty Woman,Princess Diaries-I and II) pays a tribute to love with the multiple stories about love set on a Valentine's Day. The starcast includes many known faces, from veteran Julia Roberts to recent crowd pullers like Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Garner and Ashton Kutcher! I won't go into the single stories of the film since they cover many different kinds and areas of love! The film covers everything from a first crush in school to love between an old couple. The characters are created in such a manner that they cross at some point in the film. So, does the film succeed in exploring the much complicated phenomenon of love? NO!! Valentine's Day is wannabe 'Love Actually' and makes a mess out of itself in order to create the same magic all over again. None of the stories stick to your mind after the film and they are not well structured at all. On the contrary, the film is like a puzzle which somehow puts all the character together, connecting it through weak links. The screenplay/story looks forced at places and the actors seem to try too hard to charm the audience! The stories are not segmented,so they run parallel throughout which hampers the impact of the individual stories. The film also brings back memories of the recent New York, I Love You which was well segmented(and showcased different directors, and so the audience was treated to different kinds of storytelling). Valentine's Day isn't a good film by any standards and remains as a wannabe 'Love Actually'. Better grab a copy of Love Actually or New York, I Love You! Rating:1.5/5
When music maestro A.R.Rahman, director Mani Ratnam and lyricist Gulzar teams up together, the result is always memorable. The same goes for the OST of Raavan. 'Beera Beera' brings african style into mainstream indian music and the mix is completely infectious and addictive! Singers Vijay Prakash, Mustafa and Keerthik combine their vocal qualities for this fantastically created song that could have only composed by such a genius! Gulzar's lyrics don't get much scope in such a song. 'Behene De' is exactly opposite of the previous track. Sung by Rahman's protege Karthik, the song is slower yet holds a mystique element to it. Gulzar's lyrics are top notch here and blends in poetic influences with realism. Karthik excels once again and his voice adds a lot of mystery to the song. Another fine composition here! Sukhwinder Singh is in his energetic best with 'Thok Di Killi' which might remind you of Omkara's title track. The song builds up and the last minute or so is nothing short of brilliant! Rahman's use of percussions and other instruments are of international quality and the background music is awesome! Gulzar's lyrics add a lot of edge to the song and Sukhwinder's rawness was all that was needed for such a song! As soon as the sultry voice of Rekha Bhardwaj starts crooning 'Ranjha Ranjha' you are bowled over and how! Ranjha Ranjha is certainly my most favorite track of the album and its Rahman's instrumentalisation, composition and structure that makes the song go beyond its reach! Javed Ali modulates his voice to step up against Rekha Bhardwaj and the end product is just brilliant! Seep yourself into this track! Remember Reena Bhardwaj who sang the melodious Yeh Rishta from Meenaxi? Reena gets to sing another track for Rahman. Its 'Khili Re' this time which creates a similar soothing effect on the listener's mind. In an album where songs are experimental and a fusion of different sounds, Khili Re stands out as a proper classical track which soothes your inner senses. Such diversity! 'Kata Kata'- the last track of the album is probably the most experimental of the lot! Bringing diverse singers like Ila Arun, Sapna Awasthi and Kunal Gunjawala and blending genres like folk music and african style,this is one track you will enjoy if you love different style of music! Rahman is a genius! Raavan is another landmark album from the Mozart of Chennai! Rating:4+/5
Bollywood has been seeing some new talents in the recent years and newcomer Vijay Lalwani is certainly one of them. Written, directed and co-produced by Vijay, Karthik Calling Karthik is a thriller/drama starring Farhan Akhtar and Deepika Padukone. Karthik is a hardworking guy working for a real estate agency for years without much appraisal for his work or effort. He is rather shy and reserved, and loves Shonali(Deepika Padukone) for years but can't tell her. One day when he's fed up of being the loser he is, he gets a call and the other person tells him that its Karthik(himself). He gets the call everyday which helps him to boost up his confidence and work his way with the job and the girl. When Karthik tells Shonali about it, she thinks he should consult a psychiatrist. And the story that follows is an interesting one. Such stories have hardly been explored in indian films and thats where Karthik Calling Karthik scores high marks! A psychological thriller with a decent amount of entertainment/romance/drama is always a good mixture for audiences. Vijay Lalwani's story is not too far fetched and stays within boundaries of realism. The love story portion is cutely portrayed on screen and makes the film adorable. The characterisation is well scripted too, and you can easily relate to the characters( both Karthik and Shonali who is scared of having another failed relation). I had no complaints with the climax of the film and it seemed quite logical to me. Both Farhan Akhtar and Deepika Padukone does commendable jobs. The film never required any heroics in the acting category but both of them were likable. Karthik Calling Karthik is a good film, a different film coming from India. Rating:3+/5