Music to our ears! Rejoice everyone, as always expected something out of the Ram Gopal Varma camp will always have experimental and ear pleasing music! Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya is no exception in any way what so ever! 2001 has been a year of excellent soundtracks, Zubeidaa, One Two Ka Four, Kasoor and now Pyar Tune Kya Kiya joins those in what will hopefully be a long list of great soundtracks this year. Sandeep Chowta who seems to be a new RGV favourite composes some modern and catchy tunes for the audience and as a result what we get is a very contemporary and innovative album.
The album starts off with the instantly likeable Kambakt Ishq. The song brings together
Sukhwinder Singh, the
awesome vocal capacities of Asha Bhonsle and Sonu Nigam. The song is the best on the album, kind of a techno infused
qawali. The singing is done with a lot of verve and energy. Sonu Nigam dominates his parts very well, and his singing is
experimental in a way, he sings from deep within. Asha Bhonsle sounds as young as ever and shines in the song! Itīs no
wonder that she won a lifetime achievement award. Her singing in this song is completely spellbinding. Sukhwinder Singh as
always is dependable and accompanies Sonu and Asha well, although he is somewhat outshined he holds his own against the
other two. The singing for this song in total is done extremely well and the effect canīt be described in words, you have to
hear the song to see what I mean. The music is an interesting mix of soft techno and soft melodies. The composition is
qawali flavored but doesnīt use any qawali based elements. The violin use is very effective in the bridges. Lyrics are
also written with the theme in mind. Nitin shows us that on rare occasion he can give us some great poetry, this is a fine
example of that!
The title song comes next, Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya is a track that catches you off guard. It starts off slowly with
us into the track, but quickly changes into a techno track with heavily synthesized beats. Something we might hear from Viju
Shah perhaps. Alka as always pleases and suits the track very well. Her singing is very soft but hits all the right notes with
ease. Sonu Nigam doesnīt put as much energy into this one as he did for the first song but his vocals are carried well in the
track. Lyrics are more romantic here and put the title of the film into context. People who have been confused by the titles
meaning will definitely learn to appreciate it with this song. The music is the same style as
Kambakt Ishq, a slower
trance/techno back base. The synthesizer is used particularly well before each verse in the bridges.
Next up we Have a Sonu Nigam solo, Ku Ku Ku. The opening music is easy on the ears, the violins compliment the soft
percussion very well. The flute use is trademark Chowta style, very soft and lifting and itīs use in the verses creates an
uplifting effect to the singing. In total, the music is experimental, it is modern but uses a lot of traditional instruments and the
composition is written with an eastern feel but the use of more western instruments leaves you with an interesting track to
listen to. Sonu Nigam holds up well in the track, always dependable he glides through the track effortlessly. His singing in
the verses shows his versatility. Lyrics for the track are semi situational, Nitin writes for the mood of the track. As a result
we will have to see the picturization of the song to understand the complete feel of the track. Itīs lyrics are somewhat
reminiscent of Aiyo Aiyo Rama from Jungle.
Up next we have a great surprise! Alisha Chinai returns to the hindi music scene with the oddly titled
Roundhe. The mood
of this track is very dark and melancholy. The music uses heavy violin to blend with the synthesized beats. It follows the
same style as Sandeep Chowtaīs background music for
Jungle. The heavy percussion sets a foreboding tone to the song.
Drums and violins completely dominate this song and create a gloomy mood very well. Alisha Chinaiīs singing is excellent,
you can see that she is one of Bollywoodīs brightest talents and we really do miss her. The style of the song is
very commanding and requires her to sing in a very low octave and she does it with ease! Itīs amazing what she can do with
her voice and this songs taps her range and capacity in vocal ability. Lyrics are very good although the title of the song is
kind of obscure to me, but the lyrics create a very vivid picture describing her feelings. Listen to them in the verse and youīll
know what i mean. The only complaint is that we wish the song was longer so that we could hear Alisha some more. It is
very short, only one verse.
Next Up is the title song but in a different style. Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya sung by
Chitra is a more slow version with different
music. This one is more melody based with an interesting use of natural sounds. The water drop effect in the chorus is
pleasing and the flute compliments the track. Sandeep also uses bells scarcely but well in the track giving a much more
tranquil effect. Unlike the first version this one is more slow and not a duet, it is a subdued version of the original. Lyrics like
the first version are still enjoyable, they follow the same lines, and are generally poetic. Chitraīs voice is another rare
occurrence in the hindi film scene. She does an excellent job in this track alone. Her soft vocals match well with this softer
version of the song and she carries the track well. Like Udit Narayan she too sounds as if she is smiling throughout the
Janaa follows with the vocal talents of Sonu Nigam and Kavita
Subramaniam. This song is the only one on the whole album
which I personally didnīt thoroughly enjoy. It is okay at best but not great. Sonu Nigam gives us another flawless rendition
and has general done very well in the album. Kavita Subramaniam, who we know as Krishnamurthy also does a good job.
She has more scope to sing in this track, and hold her own. The music itself is slow paced with good mix of guitar and
synthesized beats, but it seems to have a bit of a Rahman hangover in parts. Lyrics are nice and poetic, they fit the romantic
mood of the song, and like most other songs on the track they are well written.
Next up is another treat, the Kambakt Mix! Itīs a remix of Kambakt Ishq but with livelier beats! Personally the original
version is a lot more pleasing but the remix isnīt that bad. The music is different from the original version. There is a lot
more synthesizer used in this track and the arabic guitar is used well. The lyrics like are alike to the original, and there are no
changes. Singing is also done well but tends to get semi drownded out by the heavily synthesized beats. Overall this is a
more joyful version of the original, and shorter to boot.
To end the album off we have an encore of Roundhe sung by Sowmya. Sowmya who is a Rahman favourite sounds
suspiciously alike to Alisha Chinai in parts. Her singingg is also good, but compared to Alisha itīs okay. Still she slithers
through the track with ease. Music is more subdued this time, there is not as much percussion used here, but the piano
substitutes with dark and gloomy melodies. The effect is a little more creepy. The violin is kept in tact and flows more freely
here and is not bogged down under the percussion beat like the original. This version is much shorter and there is no verse.
So there you have it. This Album is a surefire winner and someone has to like something or the other on the album. Sandeep Chowta gets very experimental here and strays from his usual style of composing. What wasnīt really pleasing was the fact that of the eight songs only five are originals and we have many repeats. To compensate Chowta changes the compositions of his repeats so we get something fresh from each track. Something else Chowta needs to pay attention to is his sythesizer dependant compositions. He may use different beats but in the future he may want to consider more natural instruments just so his tracks donīt get tiring and repetitive. The songs are very original and very ear pleasing! With the exception of Janaa and to some extent Ku Ku Ku the other songs are hands down winners. Kambakt Ishq being my ultimate favorite of the year thus far! So give it a listen cause this one is sure to win most of you over!