In the 90s, great filmmaker Mukul Anand began his dream project, Dus. Due to his untimely death, the movie was shelved. After so many years, another story is developed, this time as a tribute to Mukul Anand. Obviously, some people may compare the cast, the movie, the music, etc. but its really a new production directed by Tum Bin’s Anubhav Sinha. Can he succeed from romantic drama to real drama? We’ll have to wait for the movie to wait and see, let’s take a look at its music.
The techno masters Vishal-Shekhar and new lyricist Panchhi Jalonvi have created one of the best albums of 2005.
The album begins with a bang with Dus Bahane sung by Shaan and supported by K.K. The western fusion is all over this song as well it sounds like something a boy-band might sing about how a girl stole a guy’s heart. A remix Dus Bahane is also included, its longer and an extension to an already great hit number. Shaan is probably one of the most underrated singers in Bollywood, hopefully he is recognized for this song or Le Chale from My Brother Nikhil.
Next we have the new queen of singing, Sunidhi Chauhan. She ruled 2004 and Deedar De is another track that should get her popularity soaring even higher. From the very start the Arabic beats hit you. It may sound like a item number, but the lyrics are just right to have you rocking and tapping your feet. A remix Deedar De is heard later in the album which is just as good with the heavy techno beats (music by Ranjit Barot).
Chham Se is the next track that sounds like a group number from the 80s. The song had hit potential if it got annoying with english rap lines such as: “Who’s that girl?” Lyrics are purely average with a bit of punjabi and hindi mixed together. Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan dominate the first half with their good singing; Babul Supriyo, Sapna Mukherjee, and Shaan are pushed to the second half as a mere special appearance. Overall an average track.
Unse Poochen, the next track sung by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik is an above average track that’ll have you pushing rewind after a few listens. These two have sung love duets so often, that it seems effortless for them after so many years. Good song!
Saamne Aati Ho is probably one of my favourites from the album. Its sung to perfection by the Sonu-Sunidhi duo who also sounded this good in Chhup Jaa from Waqt. The lyrics make this song work well about the pining one feels when love occurs. Hopefully its put in the film and not edited out. Verdict: instant hit for romantic duets
Jaaniya Ve is the next sung by Hariharan and Mahalaxmi. It starts off slow and ends up being boring from start to finish. In terms of music and lyrics it seems very out of place in a rocking album. Pass.
Zalzala is the final song by Sukhwinder Singh (Music by Ranjit Barot; Lyrics by Mehboob). It is an unimpressive track. As much as I love Sukhwinder Singh´s voice with that mix of punjabi flavour, he seems to be shrieking in this song, the music is simple and the lyrics are purely average. Pass for me!
Dus is filled with not only remixes, but also instrumental/rock pieces. Vishal-Shekhar are creating a good niche for themselves as techno wizards who know how to mix the right western and indian beats together.
The first instrumental: Adrenaline Nitrate is the perfect track for a Sunday drive with friends. Its obvious that it has a rock influence with the bass guitar as the main star of this track. It sounds like this track will be part of the background score of Dus where we hear sirens as well. A winner all the way!
Alternate Trance is the track by music director Caralisa Monteiro. The singing is something out of an opera with a nice mix of violins made for repeat listen.
Make some Noise is purely for fans of hard rock who love going to concerts. Personally, I loved the fact that it gets you pumping, good for workout sessions or for going crazy in happiness.
Get into my car is a great english mix that could also work well when going for a drive and you blast your car radio and tap the steering wheel or bop your head to the beats. Caralisa Monteiro, Nandini Srikar and Earl D’Souza are featured in this track. The drums are the highlight of this track. Good stuff!
Overall, Vishal-Shekhar and Panchhi Jalonvi (with contributions from others) have created a great album that will have you listening to most of tracks again and again. A definite must for all music lovers and one of the best movie soundtracks of 2005.