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Music Review: Ghajini is full of energy

Movie:
Ghajini
Director:
A.R. Murugadoss
Cast:
Aamir Khan, Asin, Jiah Khan
Music:
A R Rahman
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Not in a long, long time has one heard an album that’s so alive and full of energy while containing its romantic melodic rhythm. The album encompasses essentially romantic and dancy tracks; but in both the varieties, the mood is joyful and upbeat. This is Rahman’s fourth album in the year, and is on par with Jodhaa-Akbar and Jaane Tu’s music, albeit very different in temperament. You don’t want to miss this one!

Guzarish
The first song in the album is a romantic one with accent given to its melodious tune. The star of the song is singer Javed Ali. After singing Jashn-e-Bahaara in Jodhaa Akbar and Tu Muskura in Yuvvraaj, it appears that Javed will be a permanent fixture with Rahman.

And one hopes so, as he puts in a wonderfully spirited rendition of the song, infusing life into every word. (Sonu Nigam as the guest vocalist only hums, and has no words to perform.)

The mood of Guzarish changes from being pensive to the middle upbeat portion. Words like “Tu meri adhuri pyaas pyaas; tu aa gayee mann ko raas raas”, are simple yet memorable. A wonderful, melodic start to the album.

Aye Bachchu
The song begins with the sound of claps and the distorted guitar. You’re going to love this track if you let yourself go for it uninhibited. Singer Suzanne is untiringly feisty as she blazes through the song singing in her no-holds-barred style.

The lyrics match the song’s madness with words like “Masti ki wine mein, jeene ka hai chaska”. Suzzane’s singing reminded me of the unaffected nature of my personal favorite Alainis Morissette. A great song that can be enjoyed again and again.

Kaise Mujhe
Benny Dayal (also sang for Jaane Tu…Na Jaane Na) and Shreya Ghoshal were last heard in Tu hi to meri dost hai from Yuvvraaj. In this album, they sing the third song -- Kaise Mujhe.

The first half of the song is only Dayal singing and the mood is breezily romantic. His singing in some portions reminded one of AR Rahman’s style. The piano bestows a calming effect.

Towards the second half of the song, the familiar strains of Shreya Ghosal’s voice appears. A pure, heart-felt mush song.

Behka
The star of the album, according to me. Bekha has been sung splendidly by Karthik. The music has several hooks and plays around with varied music genres like pop, hip-hop and jazz. You can hear the saxophone at one moment, the drums in another, and the violin as well. It makes for a wonderful medley that must be relished again and again.

Lyrics are wonderful; but it’s not so much the words as how they are rendered that sets the song apart. Bekha reminds one of the songs from Rangeela, especially Kya Kare (what a coincidence for both to be picturised on Aamir Khan).

Latoo
You double-check the cover to confirm the singer is indeed Shreya Ghosal. For this song is anything but vintage Ghosal – it’s not romantic in the conventional sense and not mushy. Latoo is the kind of song you’d expect only Sunidhi Chauhan could do justice to. But Ghosal surprises the listeners with her upbeat rendition.

A sure-hit at shaadis and parties, Latoo is a super-dancy number with the beats and all. Lyrics are fun with lines like “pani mein pa who hai; dhani mein dha who hai.”

Kaise Mujhe (Instrumental)
A calming end to the album, with wonderfully serene music. There are no lyrics, but Shreya Ghosal’s aalap while singing the `theme tune’ adds to the haunting quality of this piece.

Verdict: Three-and-a-half stars

 

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