The team of 'Awara Paagal Deewana' returns with 'Deewane Huey Paagal', which when launched was supposed to be a sequel of the hit original. Though the promos currently on air hardly give an impression of DHP being a sequel, the starcast and the crew of the movie is practically the same. Picture this: Firoz Nadiadwala as the producer, Vikram Bhatt as the director, Akshay Kumar, Suneil Shetty, Paresh Rawal forming the principal starcast (along with Shahid Kapoor and Rimmi Sen) and music & lyrics by Anu Malik and Sameer respectively. Now that's the closest one could get to the original! While the songs in APD were average that gained popularity after the movie's release due to their innovative picturization, let's see what's in store in DHP.
Well fasten your seat belts and get ready for a funky ride of your lifetime because out of in-total 8 tracks in the album, 6 tracks are sung by none other than, hold your breath, ANU MALIK. First to come is 'Maar Sutiya', a definite chartbuster from Note-1, which is highly entertaining, despite Rishi Rich's 'Dil Mera' [Kya Kool Hai Hum] being its reference point, right from the beats to the use of guitar strings to the chorus. But still it is all to the credit of Anu Malik who in fact sings the song quite well and comes up with a foot tapping song that should be the flavor of this festive season. Chorus plays an integral part of this racy song and adds on immensely to the final product. Add to it some eye candy choreography and you have the USP of the album ready to be served.
There was a time in the 90s when Anu Malik used his whistle to a great extent in mushy romantic tracks. The same effect is reproduced at the beginning of 'Meri Jaane Jigar' that is quite melodious with contemporary arrangements that are IN with the youth today. An English chorus in the background enhances the appeal of the song while Anu Malik's controlled singing could challenge any emerging pop star of today. One wonders why has Anu Malik being lynched over the years for his singing because he does quite a good job in this second song of the album and justifies his presence. This song is bound to create a good visual appeal knowing Nadiadwala's penchant for leaving no stones unturned when it comes to picturizing songs in his movies. This track is yet another HIT track in the making.
It seems the kind of rhythm that Pritam, Salim-Sulaiman and Vishal-Shekhar have brought with them has made Anu Malik also accept the trend since 'Tu Hai Tu Hai' is the third song in succession that follows a similar route. Sung by Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan, this romantic track has a similar rhythm attached to it while the essence of Anu Malik's melody is kept intact. It’s again the musical arrangements and the chorus in the background that make the song stand tall. Belonging to the style of 2005, it makes for yet another entertaining song. An instantly catchy number, it should sound simply great in the state of art music system. None of the songs so far may be classics in the making but they have in it to be popular with the masses and the hip youth pretty soon.
Remember 'Mere Paas Aayo Mere Doston' from 'Mr. Natwarlal'? Track 'Sutradhar' [coming in Part I and Part II] belongs to a similar genre as far as rendition of the song in a narration mode is concerned. Anu Malik holds the mike once again for this lengthy entertaining track that primarily gives a good enough preview about the movie. It introduces all the principal characters in the movie in a musical fashion while narrating the overall storyline. It’s quite hilarious at moments with Anu Malik again being in good form yet again. The track has an international feel to it and makes for an interesting musical piece in the album that should appeal to children and adults alike.
As soon as 'Chakle Chakle' begins, you know that it’s a Firoz Nadiadwala song more than anything else. The laughter of a woman accompanied by heavy bass beats and the way is paved for a foot tapping number to follow!! Anu Malik goes solo once again for this 'shake you neck' and 'jump on the dance floor' kinda track that is a guaranteed success in the making for the masses. Don't worry much about Sameer's lyrics though as the musical arrangement and the rendition make the track easy to be hummed and enjoyed while it is on! Purists may not have too many good things to say about the song but in today's world of Bollywood where such music is selling like hot cakes; it won't come as a surprise to see DHP also doing well. Remix of the track follows soon which is even groovier than the ones preceding it and is an amalgamation of remixes of all other songs preceding it.
One song. Three singers. Different styles. 11 and half minutes of duration. And 'Aisi Umar Mein' is born! A mix of different styles of music and singing to reflect the different characters in the movie, this song by Shaan, Kunal Ganjawala and Krishna has a good dose of melody and rhythm that makes the listener sit through an entire duration to enjoy the song to the fullest. Inspite of a lengthy duration, one in fact looks forward to the progress of the song with every passing minute to see what's in store next. An experimental song that reminds of Anu Malik's similar effort in 'Ishq Vishk', it leaves a listener highly satisfied with the end product.
If one looks at the past record of music from Firoz Nadiadwala movies starting from Ram Shastra, Kartoos, Hera Pheri, Awara Paagal Deewana to Aan, each of them had a good song or two but none of the albums were blockbusters in spite of lavish amount of money being spent in their picturisation. All this may change with DHP that is a good album in totality with number of tracks that are potential hits. In an age where 'rhythm' is the key word for an album to sell well, DHP scores heavily on this account. Add this as yet another successful album for Akshay Kumar after 'Garam Masala'.