started life with the title RAFTAAR, and a star cast consisting of Sunjay Dutt, Akshay Kumar and Tabu.
Along with the subsequent title change, Sunjay has been replaced by Sunil
Shetty. These facts will probably not make a difference to the music of
the film which is disappointingly average.
Anu Malik churns out what seems to be one of his stock formula compositions
for the opening track. "Mujhse Milti Hai Ek Ladki Rozana"
is quite engaging and Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik are
in fine form. However, the song lacks freshness and meanders along to a predictable
ending. This song will probably rise to the top of the charts but in years to come, it is
likely to be confused with sundry other Anu Malik love songs.
Udit and Alka work their magic on "Sunzara" as
well, and make it worth listening to. Anu Malik is certainly being bold with this
composition: he has ripped off the same English tune that was pilfered by Bappi Lahiri two
decades ago in the film ARMAAN. Did Anu think we
wouldnt notice?! I guess Anu is living by the words of his hit tune, "Chori
mein bhi hai maza
Anu does redeem himself somewhat with "Jab Bhi Koi Haseena".
This track makes you sit up and take notice! Great arrangements with an array of different
musical styles, from pop to Latin American, make this song a winner. Pity about
Sameers weird lyrics, "Chhana chhan chhana nanoo" (????),
whats that all about! Newcomer, K. Krishna Kumar doesnt let
the inane lyrics ruin his fun (and neither should you), as he sings with total conviction.
Kumar sounds like a cross between Abhijeet and Shankar Mahadevan, which is definitely a
What was Sameer thinking with the next track, "Main Ladki Pom Pom Pom"
? The lyrics here are not just inane, theyre positively cringe-worthy! Anu stoops to
stealing tunes from the 50s (particularly, "Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu"
and "Eena Meena Deeka") to create a mild rock n roll
number. Kavita Krishnamurthy does her best Geeta Dutt impression while
Abhijeet travels down the Kishore Kumar path. Unfortunately, this
path leads the listener straight to the fast-forward button!
Abhijeet, Hariharan and Vinod Rathod team up for two
tracks. The first is "Denewala" in which the trio sing
for joy because its raining money (I sense thats supposed to be a
metaphor). The second track once again displays Sameers talent for
inventing new languages and carries the hideous title, "Humba
Leela". Exercise those nimble fingers ladies and gentlemen and hit
those fast-forward buttons as hard and fast as you can!
Lalit Sen and Bally Sagoo then treat us to two versions of "Tun Tunak
Tun". Both versions are rhythmic and layered with various percussion
instruments creating striking arrangements. Sadly, the singing by Richa Sharma
is very mediocre; all the more disappointing as Richa was most impressive in "Ni
Main Samajh Gayi" from TAAL.
I hope Priyadarshans film has a mind-blowing story because the music is not going
to be its strong point. Priyadarshan has come up with some memorable films in the
past such as GARDISH and VIRASAT,
but based on the music I doubt HERA PHERI will be as powerful.