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Tezz
 
Producer: Ratan Jain
Director: Priyadarshan
Starring: Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgan, Kangna Ranaut, Zayed Khan, Boman Irani, Mohanlal (Cameo), Sameera Reddy
Music: Sajid-Wajid
Lyrics: Jalees Sherwani, Shabbir Ahmed
Singers: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Mohit Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal, Shaan
Audio On: T Series    Number of Songs: 12
Album Released on: 30 March 2012
Reviewed by: Mitesh Saraf  - Rating: 4.0 / 10
 
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After a very dull score in Housefull 2 recently, Sajid-Wajid get a chance to make amends this time for an action thriller Tezz, honestly there are minimum expectations from the music considering the promotions and the star cast and more importantly, Sajid-Wajid have mainly given hits only when Salman power is associated with them. To much surprise, there are as much as twelve (12) tracks and shockingly only four (4) original numbers with Jalees Sherwani (a more of a regular with Sajid-Wajid) and Shabbir Ahmed handling the lyrics (two each). Without wasting any more words on the number of Remixes and Reprises, let’s see what the composer duo offers this time!

The counting starts with the melodious "Tere Bina" by the most bankable artist Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. It’s one of those songs that will grab attention on the first hear but would soon fade out especially due to the same old RFAK and the average lyrics by Jalees Sherwani. Although both the antaras are high on melody and one that one would hum around easily. All in all a good if a little typical start! If there is one versatile female singer today, that is Shreya Ghosal, from infinite romantic love numbers to “O La La” to “Chikini Chameli”, she has been an immense talent. This time she handles "Tere Bina (Female Version)" which is a pure gem and an excellent alternative to the original.

Then there are three more versions by RFAK, "Tere Bina (Remix)” by Kiran Kamath wasn't required at all and nor the English vocals which are sound forceful. "Tere Bina (Sad Version)" is more of an unplugged version with an absorbing violin and piano. Some change in lyrics are most welcomed. The last version "Tere Bina (Indian)" starts off in a trademark sufiana andaaz with sitar and the alaaps. Apart from this, the rest is same as the original. Could have been more Indian at heart!

Suddenly an effort to pump some adrenaline into the soundtrack is tried through the title song "Tezz" where Sunidhi Chauhan disappoints and so does the lyricist Jalees Sherwani. The arrangements are completely outdated and have nothing to boast about. May look a bit good on screen with the action sequences but I have even very few hopes from the movie. Disappointing! Adding to the disappointment is a Shaan version "Tezz (Male Version)" which is slightly better than Sunidhi's, although that feeling is short lived for the starting 1.50 minutes. A vociferous voice like Vishal Dadlani or Suraj Jagan, who knows, may have done some damage control. Anyways, two Remixes follow, "Tezz (Female Remix)" and "Tezz (Male Remix)" both of which are yawn territory.


The BIG name Mohit Chauhan appears for the third track "Main Hoon Shab" and one keeps the fingers crossed wondering if Sajid-Wajid would do full justice to a talent like him? It's gorgeous, it’s melodious and a certain template that one would relate to Pritam and S-E-L. Some beautiful piano sets the mood at the start and Mohit's voice simply touches the soul at first strike. Shabbir Ahmed lyrics are good for once. The arrangements are dynamic with terrific combinations of Harmonica, Guitar and Piano in the interludes and as well as for the whole duration, a special mention for the pretentious Jugalbandi of Piano and Harmonica in the second interlude from 3.00 to 3.24: WoW Man! The only disappointment is that there is no mention of the voice that supports the chorus part with Mohit, should have been credited.

Then comes a torture "Laila" by Sunidhi Chauhan whose video has been rolling on for quite some time now and looks an attempt to re create the “Jalebi Bai” with Mallika Sherawat which fails completely. Don't waste your precious five minutes on this number which suffers from some real bad/usual item number lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed and some really poor arrangements: 3.05 to 3.14. If still not convinced, go risk your life! It has a "Laila Remix" also...Skip Skip Skip!

Sajid-Wajid’s disappointing run continues, Miley Na Miley Hum, Housefull 2 and now Tezz. It has the same usual tunes that we have heard before and far too many average remixes. “Tere Bina” and “Main Hoon Shab” are the only saviours in this dreaded stormy night and that too for a very short while and none will enjoy a very long shelf life. With Jannat 2 already ruling the charts and fresher soundtracks on the horizon (e.g. Ishaqzaade by Amit Trivedi), I don’t think it will get many listeners and it doesn’t deserve to either. Get your act together Sajid Wajid !

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