Planet Bollywood
De Taali
Producer: Ravi Walia
Director: E Niwas
Starring: Aftab Shivdasani, Ritesh Deshmukh, Ayesha Takia, Rimi Sen, Satish Shah, Saurabh Shukla
Music: Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani
Lyrics: Vishal Dadlani, Abbas Tyrewala
Singers: Sunidhi Chauhan, Anushka Manchandani, Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal, Shekhar Ravjiani, Raja Hasan, K.K
Audio On: T-Series    Number of Songs: 8
Album Released on: 18 May 2008
Reviewed by: Amanda Sodhi  - Rating: 5.0 / 10
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After the disastrously scary music score of Bhoothnath and the style-less music score of Tashan, one can’t help but feel pessimistic when getting ready to listen to the Vishal-Shekhar duo’s latest musical endeavor—De Taali. Is De Taali the music score which will redeem the V-S duo which seems to be running out of creativity? Is the music score of De Taali really worth any taalis (and, of course, money)? These are just a few of the many questions I was faced with as I got ready to blast V-S’s six original tracks and two remixes on my speakers. So, come along with me guys, as I take you through the eight De Taali tracks!

Everybody Put Your Hands Together is one of those loud, upbeat dance numbers heavy on percussion instruments and Hinglish song lyrics. I guess it’s the type of music V-S feel most comfortable creating. This masti filled song brings together Sunidhi Chauhan, Shaan and Anushkha Manchandani (who sang title track in Golmaal)—this is definitely one of the catchiest songs in the album, and is probably why the music video to the song is being used (over)extensively to promote the film on television.

Sunidhi and Shaan unite once again for the title track, De Taali (maybe Vishal and Abbas didn’t think they used the phrase “de taali” enough times in the last song…). The OST for this film would have been better off without this pathetic track—percussion instruments plus a guitar plus English lyrics every now and then does NOT automatically equal a hit song. Oh, and suddenly resorting to the harmonica doesn’t give you extra brownie points, although it does make me remember Amitabh’s performance in Sholay. Great! Just when I was beginning to get over the lyrics of Dance Maare I had to listen to this song which takes the term “senseless” to the next level…here is a small sampling of the ever-so-innovative lyrics:

“Mar seeti seeti maar, life is just a party yaar”

“Bin tere kho jaata, bore main ho jataa, life hoti ek dum khaali re”

“Tu mere life ki shining hai, whining hai. dining hai, ho kale badal to tu silver lining hai.”

Well, at least we can all rest assure that the De Taali lyricists are fluent in English…Next time when working on the lyrics, Vishal, thodda sa “rehem karey.”

The remix version of this hopeless song is by DJ Nikhil Chinapa, DJ Nawed and Zoheb and is titled The Clap Trap Mix. It should actually be titled The CRAP Trap Mix. Don’t even bother listening to this remix—end the CD on the 7th track, since this remix is last track on the CD.

Aaj Main Boond Hoon features Shreya Ghoshal and Shekhar Ravjiani. While Shreya tries to sound chirpy, this song isn’t too special. Interestingly enough, it reminded me of Aaj Main Upar from Khamoshi: The Musical—a much more thoughtful and enjoyable composition. There isn’t much to be said about Shekhar’s voice—neither is it romantic like Sonu’s, melancholic like K.K.’s, youthful like Shaan’s, soulful like A.R. Rahmans, nor husky and energetic like his buddy Vishal Dadlani’s. If this was a Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar episode, I’d give Shekhar a 6 out of 10 for his vocal skills.

Hone Lagi sung by Anuskha Manchandani and Shekhar Ravjiani starts off on a catchy note, and Anushka’s voice is deep and sonorous enough to make getting through the entire song a viable task. However, the song is a bit too chilled out to the point that it sounds lethargic. The use of the guitar and the sitar is clever, though.

The remix version of this song is by Chor Bazaar and is titled Jump Into Bed Mix—let me expand a little more upon this remix title, Jump Into Bed and FALL ASLEEP DUE TO BOREDOM Mix.

The SaReGaMaPa Challenge 2007 first-runner-up Raja Hasan who showed a lot of promise as a singer throughout the entire competition does an excellent job with Maari Teetri (The Butterfly Song). This song with a Rajasthani folk touch crooned by the talented lad from Bikaner is one of the few songs in the entire album which makes you want to “de taali.”

Sunidhi Chauhan, Shaan and K.K. have all got the blues in Tooti Phooti (She’s Gone). Shaan ironically (or, perhaps by habit) sounds a bit too happy in this song. Sunidhi sings in falsetto. K.K. is great as usual. Another “tooti-phooti,” I mean, average, number from V-S.

Everybody Put Your Hands Together, Maari Teetri, Hone Lagi and Tooti Phooti—only 4 out of the 8 tracks are worth listening to. Thus, I give this album 5 taali’s, I mean points, out of 10!

They say bad luck comes in three’s. Bhoothnath, Tashan and now, De Taali—here’s hoping that V-S’s bad luck is now over and that Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, Dostana and Bachna Ae Haseenon will offer high-quality compositions.

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