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Chhota Chetan
 
Producer: Appachan
Director: Jijo
Starring: Satish Kaushik, Shakti Kapoor , Urmila Matondkar
Music: Anu Malik, Anand-Milind and Sharath
Lyrics: Nitin Raikwar, Sameer and Aroon Bakshi
Genre: Comedy
Recommended Audience: General
Reviewed by: Mukul Deshpande  - Rating: 8.0 / 10
 
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Chhota Chetan is a remake of a more-than-a-decade-old film with the same name. Even though the old version was made for children, the adults too enjoyed the 3-D fantasy. The sequel is certain to draw adults, in addition to children, considering it has a well-known cast comprising Satish Kaushik, Shakti Kapoor and - surprise, surprise - Urmila Matondkar! The new look Chhota Chetan made almost Rs 25 million in Kerala, so Nitin "Prithvi" Manmohan and Jhamu "Rangeela" Sughand must be enthusiastic to release the high-tech film in Mumbai.

The album opens with "Ek Jaadu Hone Wala Hai", a peppy number that will definitely make it to the various countdowns. Shankar Mahadevan, along with a bunch of kids, does justice to the song. The versatile singer has finally come to the fore after loitering in the background for a long time.

The real magic, however, is in "Jo Tum Kaho", which is in two versions, both being equally enjoyable. The first one is rendered by Anuradha Sriram (who impressed me by virtue of her tender voice, unlike the way she crooned in Gharwali Baharwali), Shrinivasan and Ve. Chandran. It is about a confrontation between the good and the bad when a child (possibly "chhota" Chetan) is trapped by an evil "raakshas". The good concoct a plan whereby a magician (possibly Urmila Matondkar) casts a spell on the "raakshas" that will make it sleep, thus allowing the child to escape ... In the second version, Dominique, who sang "Disco Rap" (Grahan) and many Rahman songs, fulfills the wishes of Aditya Narayan and Anmol Malik (Anu MalikĀ“s son?).

ItĀ“s time to rejoice! Chitra and the bunch of kids are celebrating the return of "chhota" Chetan. A pleasing title song with the distinct "dandia" beat.

The next two songs are ideal forward candidates. "Jantar Mantar" is a rap song sung by Aroon Bakshi (who is also responsible for the crazy lyrics), with ???music??? by Sharath. "Bombai Ban Gayi Mumbai, Tum Kab Sudharoge?..." is a lackluster tune composed by Anand-Milind and has lyrics by Sameer. Aditya Narayan tries to maintain the superior standard of singing set by the children in the first three songs, but without any success.

They are young, they want their freedom, they want to have "masti" ... "Ringa Ringa Ro" is a playful ditty sung well by Shankar Mahadevan and the kids. On this particular day, they are having a lot of fun ... and we are having fun too!

Nitin Raikwar has given simple lyrics that go with the situations of the songs. One canĀ“t expect him to write profound lyrics for songs that are primarily meant for children. The songs are likely to be a visual treat with a lot of special effects. Chhota Chetan provides a refreshing change from the routine slow romantic melodies or fast-paced party stuff.

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