Reclusively excluded post-Kaante, Anand Raj Anand has not done anything much noteworthy this year. His compositions were limited which is relatively a surprise since he had previously been signing project repetitively. The team of Kaante has opted to repeat him, and Vishal Shekher who composed the tapori number in Kaante, for Plan, the latest offering. From the looks of it, Plan can be considered the part two of Kaante, with a young aged cast and the patriarch Sanjay Dutt and of course the sizzling heroines who wiggle their waist. Music wise, there’s not much to wiggle your waste at or run to the store for, unlike Kaante, the music for Plan is a little more on the average size attempting to appease listeners briefly.
Like “Ishq Samundar”, Anand Raj Anand has lent both his vocals and musical talents to the opener in Plan, “Pyar Aaya”. The song is equally as entertaining, intriguing and well composed. The lyrics are less appealing, mainly for their lack of innovation but Alisha Chinoy still gets into seduction mode aptly and wonderfully enough make the song work. She is, arguably, the best part of the mass appealing song (as is seeing Priyanka Chopra gyrate to it).
It’s nice, but rare, to see Kumar Sanu in soundtracks these days. Seeing his name on the label could mean that a composer has taken the time to utilize him or that they got bored of the use of typical singers. From the sound of this song, the latter is the case. Poor lyrics that repeat the same verse over and over again do not work well for Sanu and Sunidhi Chauhan. Vishal Shekhar has been roped into to compose “Hota Hai, Hota Hai”, but fails to make himself standout as a guest composer. The song is boringly unlistenable irrespective of how hard the singers try to overcome the bad lyrics and the poor composition.
Adnan Sami joins in the fun with Sunidhi in the romantic number “Kaise Kaise”. Though it is Adnan’s song and it is he who separates from everything else, the song is familiar to what we’ve heard from him before. Ranjit Barot, who has assisted with the musical arrangements, is heard a little more in this song as the arrangements stand out. While Sunidhi sounds like her usual self, the lyrics are average and the overall affect is not ever lasting making this one another average attempt.
Given that that the film follows in the lead of Kaante and features a slew of male leads, the tapori number was of course, inevitable. “Aane Wale Pan”, features a long list of talented singers reciting boring lines in a boring composition. Names like Abhijeet, Shaan, Udit Narayan and Babul Supriyo feature with Anand Raj Anand and Zubin in the purely situational song. Certainly not one to hit the repeat button on, which is unfortunate, since the song re-appears towards the end of the soundtrack.
Sanjay Dutt sings “Aim Kam” with Anand Raj Anand. Like “Aane Wale Pan” the song is a mix of tapori and situationalism and is just as boring. Songs like these bring a soundtrack down in my opinion. They certainly don’t give either singer a chance for the best male singer award.
Just as the soundtrack was going down, Alisha Chinoy re-appears to save it. Her rendition in “Mehboob Mere”, a title oft reused makes the song scintillatingly appealing, pacy and enjoyable. It’s certainly one of the better songs on the soundtrack.
Knowing very well that Kumar Sanu’s earlier track wasn’t worth the time of day, Anand Raj Anand utilizes him for his known talents in “Kal Raat Se”. This is the first duet Sanu has had with budding singer Shreya Goshal and though it is enjoyable, the lyrics are plain and ordinary and retract anything much outstanding from the song. The song is your typical romance fare.
Overall, I sincerely doubt the plan for Plan was to create a mind blowing soundtrack, which may have been the case with the extensively over budgeted Kaante. The turn out for the music is overall average and nothing much worth buying.