Garam Masala

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 25, 2005 09:41 hrs

When Akshay Kumar, John Abraham and Paresh Rawal come together in a high voltage comedy, it should have been aptly titled 'Mirchi'. But then the makers chose to give it an alternate name and here we have 'Garam Masala' joining the season of comedies that are all working in a big way. With Priyadarshan at the helm who has behind him a hat trick of successes with Paresh Rawal [Hera Pheri, Hungama, Hulchul] aided by three gorgeous women making their debut [Daisy, Neetu, Nargis] and Rimmi Sen as a part of the starcast, GM promises to be a fun ride all the way this 'Diwali'. Remake of Priyan's own Malayalam hit 'Boeing Boeing', GM has music by Preetam and lyrics by Sameer.

Album begins on a superb note with a rollicking track 'Ada' that has Sonu Nigam at his youthful best. There is a distinct 'chanak' in this full of life 'running behind the girls' genre of songs that works due to a racy rhythm, some funky musical arrangements, a signature tune and catchy lyrics. Inclusion of a bit of rap within the song only enhances the effect of this visually appealing track that is HIT from the word GO. Add to that the hunks Akshay Kumar and John and there is no doubt left about the song turning out to be a chartbuster. Seemingly an 'introduction' song of the male leads, 'Ada' also appears in a remix version by DJ Suketu and continues the feel of rock and roll. A winner!

Party continues with 'Chori Chori', a western pop - punjabi bhangra fusion that should soon be a dance floor favorite. OK, so there is nothing new about the number but then how different can a 'bhangra' dance number get after all? 'Chori Chori' also works due to its groovy effect aided by sensual vocals of Hema Sardesai and energetic rendition by Sukhwinder Singh. Rest assured that the song would be lavishly picturized; it makes for a decent listening, though one looks forward to something newer and better. Another version of 'Chori Chori' comes in the vocals of Labh Jajua (Punjabi MC) and throws in a surprise as this version sounds much more authentic and enjoyable due to rendition by a new singer. There is liberal dose of rap'n'reggae thrown in, that actually adds on the song.

It's Adnan Sami's turn to pump up the jam in 'Kiss Me Baby', the beginning of which clearly makes the feel of the entire album quite clear. Yet another foot tapping rhythmic track, it can be termed as a title song due to the lyrics - "Kiss Me Baby... Tu Hai Mera Garam Masala'. Though the tune is nothing exceptional and the overall appeal too is just good but nothing out of the world, the song should get popular in days to come as a promotional music video is being made out of it and would star the handsome duo.

Yet another track that begins on a funky note is 'Falak Dekhun', a rhythmic love song by Sonu Nigam that is written by Mayur Puri, a regular with Pritam. A likeable number, it is well sung by Sonu Nigam who seems to be thoroughly enjoying his stint behind the camera in this track. This is yet another track that is expected to be picturized beautifully. It won't top the charts but would be liked nevertheless. There is one more version of 'Falak Dekhun' that could be termed as a ’de-mixed' version of the original due a mellowed down approach with Udit Narayan coming behind the mike this time around.

K.K and Sunidhi Chauhan come together for 'Dil Samunder', the last number in the album, which again relies on beats, pace and rhythm. But more than 'Dil Samunder', the words 'Dooba Dooba' define the song as it is at this point when the song really becomes interesting. Second best track in the album after 'Ada', it has in it to be popular.

Garam Masala maintains a constant pace throughout with not a single dull moment throughout. Yes, the tunes are not exceptional [leaving aside 'Ada'] but overall the album is still much better than Priyadarshan's other comedy films like 'Yeh Tera Ghar Ye Mera Ghar', Hungama' and 'Hulchul'. Festive season during which the movie hits the screens coupled with lavish production values that are visible in the picturization of songs should make the music of Garam Masala a decent success.

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