Music scores over movie
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- Published 2.10.13
Ranbir Kapoor was excellent but Nargis Fakhri was NOT and the film too fell short. The songs though, mostly sung by Mohit Chauhan, were some of Rahman’s very best. From Kun faya kun and Phir se udd chala to Tum ho and Naadaan parindey to Sadda haq and Jo bhi main, it was a buffet of brilliance.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra went round and round and didn’t know where to end in this contemporary take on social divides but Rahman gave it his all in a soundtrack that had a Masakali, an Arziyan, a Rehna tu, a Dil gira dafatan, a Genda phool, a Bhor bhaaye. Phew!
Rahman reserves the best for Mani Sir, but Mani Sir has not always been in great form in recent times. While the Abhishek-Rani track worked, the rest of Yuva was very ho hum. The songs flowed though — from Fanaa to Anjaana anjaani, Kabhi neem neem to Badal.
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007)
Shaadi Ali must have spent most of the time counting the colours on Big B’s coat rather than the script. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy were busy sweating it out in the studio though, creating some rocking tracks in Jhoom, Bol na halke halke, Ticket to Hollywood.
Habib Faisal’s desi take on Romeo and Juliet had a very regressive second half but Amit Trivedi’s soundtrack kept it up right till the end. Whether it was the title track or Pareshaan or Jhallah or Chokra jawaan, there was never a dull moment when the songs arrived.
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009)
Okay the film was a hit but this was easily one of the silliest hit films made in the last decade and just underlined the star power of Ranbir-Katrina. Pritam’s soundtrack did play a big part in the film opening big and the songs — Tu jaane naa, Tera hone laga hoon, Prem ki naiyya — still pack a punch.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali officially turned music director for the first time and he certainly did a far better job than Sanjay Leela Bhansali the director. Using a very eclectic bunch of singers, SLB created some unforgettable melodies in Tera zikr, Sau gram zindagi, Udi and Saiba.
No one’s still got the film — or what Anil Kapoor says — but Vishal-Shekhar’s soundtrack hit all the right notes. Dil haara, Falak tak, Chhaliya, Dil dance maare, Tashan mein... almost every song got the foot tapping and the head banging. Then, the film released.
Anjaana Anjaani (2010)
Siddharth Anand had the then hottest pair in his film but managed to make a turkey of a movie. Vishal-Shekhar ensured that at least Ranbir and Priyanka could lip-sync and dance to some great numbers like Anjaana anjaani, Hairat, Aas paas khuda and Tujhe bhula diya.
Okay the film wasn’t bad but you have to agree all you remember from the Othello adaptation was the limping and abusing Langda Tyagi and Vishal Bhardwaj’s best soundtrack till date. Beedi jalai le, Namak issak ka, O saathi re, Jaag jaa, Naina... the film couldn’t top this soundtrack.
Vishal Bhardwaj the composer again getting better of Vishal Bhardwaj the filmmaker. While the movie went all over the place, the songs got better with every hearing. From the chartbusting Dhan te nan to the fun Fatak to the playful Raat ke dhaai baje to the soulful Pehli baar mohabbat.
Bhansali’s ‘blue’ film had a fantastic soundtrack by Monty (only Thode badmaash was credited to SLB) including the title track, Jab se tere naina, Masha-allah, Yun shabnami, Chhabeela.