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Manorama Six Feet Under
Producer: Ketan Maroo
Director: Navdeep Singh
Starring: Abhay Deol, Raima Sen, Gul Panag, Sarika, Vinay Pathak, Kulbhushan Kharbanda.
Music: Jayesh Gandhi and Raiomond Mirza
Lyrics: Surendra Mishra, Jayesh Gandhi, Manoj Tapadia, Irfan Siddique and Rowdy
Singers: Jayesh Gandhi, Roop Kumar Rathod, Mahalaxmi Iyer, Kailash Kher, Richa Sharma and Zubeen Garg
Audio On: Shemaroo Audio    Number of Songs: 6
Album Released on: 03 September 2007
Reviewed by: Atta Khan  - Rating: 6.5 / 10
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There is a lot to be said for fresh talent on the Hindi music front especially when you are stuck with the same stuff composed by the same directors album after album; with all due respect, Himesh Reshammiya and Pritam are two culprits that spring to mind! Unfortunately, there is also a stumbling block for fresh talent, which is actually getting an opportunity at this level!

Well new composers Jayesh Gandhi (see additional information below) and Raiomond Mirza (UK) are two of the lucky ones that have got that chance here with the music production of Navdeep Singh’s noir thriller, Manorama Six Feet Under. It is to the credit of the people behind the movie (including Shemaroo Entertainment) for backing new talent; now let’s see if they reap the rewards.

The soundtrack opens with Jayesh Gandhi’s delightful Woh Bheege Pal. Things start off slow but eventually the track kicks into a peppy but subdued rock anthem that rekindles the glorious past of someone who has been in love. The catchy arrangements are well put together with a good cocktail of drums, synthesized beats and strings including the violin and guitar. In between the chorus you have a welcome break from the rock beats with interludes filled with semi classical music. However Jayesh leaves a lasting impression with his emotionally rendered singing that is outstanding throughout; in particular his high pitched and often stretched vocals are a listening marvel! The fitting lyrics are penned by Surendra Mishra and Jayesh himself. The track is lengthy (6.49 minutes) but does not drag which is a hallmark of quality. Repeat value is good.

(Additional information: As many of you will appreciate, Jayesh Gandhi is not new to the Hindi music scene. He has been a playback singer at the top level since 2004 and is a favorite of Himesh Reshammiya amongst other music directors).

And the composer must have realized he was on a winner because not only do you get a good Remix by Akbar Sami but also a third version of the original this time sung by the talented Zubeen Garg. Both these versions make a very good listen.

The second track, Tere Sawalon Ka, is one of the most beautiful love duets to come out of 2007 thus far! Composed superbly again by Jayesh Gandhi, the music rings slowly and softly in your ear, allowing your mind to relax, whilst the vocalists perform their magic on you, eventually providing a gateway to cloud nine. It’s always a pleasure listening to Roop Kumar Rathod, an eternal treasure long forgotten by current music composers but here he shows why he is still a match for the best! Some of his high pitched vocals have the potential to touch you deep inside. With such a performance you feel that his talents are wasted! One cannot forget the contribution by Mahalaxmi Iyer who provides excellent support with her saccharine vocals. The fresh lyrics by Manoj Tapadia are perfect. The track flows through your body like a soothing river which you will want to return to time after time. Highly recommended!

Note that is the end of Jayesh Gandhi’s contribution to this soundtrack. In short it is a brilliant contribution! We now move onto his co-producer Raiomond Mirza (UK).

Dhundla Jo Sama Bhanda is the third track of the album composed this time by Raiomond Mirza. It greets the return of the unique Kailash Kher after a period of absence and what a performance he delivers! Unfortunately the arrangements that support him lack inspiration, rhythm and freshness and as the song progresses you get the feeling it’s a background score. One feels the lyrics by Irfan Siddiqui deserved better here. Overall it is worth a listen but don’t expect to return to this track very often.

The final track of Manorama Six Feet Under; Dhokha, is definitely a background score with a commentary interlude by Abhay Deol which describes the current state of affairs in Rajasthan; the location of the movie. Unfortunately from an audio point of view, the music and singing (Richa Sharma) are average at best. Leave this one strictly for the movie!

Considering the noir theme of the movie (with expectations that music will have little relevance or importance), Manorama Six Feet Under is a good music production for debutant composers Jayesh Gandhi and Raiomand Mirza. However, with only four original songs, Jayesh Gandhi’s contribution significantly outweighs that of his co- producer. In short, ‘Woh Bheege Pal’ and ‘Tere Sawalon Ka’ are a must listen. One hopes he will get more opportunity in the future along with other new faces; this soundtrack proves that fresh talent can work!

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