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We now return you to our original programming, as we are back at the rocking PB music beach house â˘ blasting the soundtrack to âLuckâ through the sub woofer atmosphere! The movie marks Imran Khanâs third appearance on screen, following the excellent âJaane TuâŚYa Jaane Naâ (with the girl next door Genelia DâSouza) and the not so excellent âKidnapâ (known more for Minissha Lambaâs revealing her body, than for the actual story of the film). Imran was also seen as a child actor in âJo Jeeta Wohi Sikandarâ and âQayamat Se Qayamat Takâ (uncle Aamir Khanâs debut Bollywood film).
Over the last few years, weâve seen the preview of what could be generation nextâs batch of superstars amidst a hype/hysteria that hasnât been seen since the Khan trio first hit screens (Aamir, Salman and Shah Rukh). Now, Imran has been roped in by director Soham Shah (âKaalâ) to star opposite Sanjay Dutt, and debutante Shruti Haasan (daughter of famous eccentric actor Kamal Haasan), and this film will be a true test for Imran after the mega flop âKidnapâ.
Now that all of that is out of the way, letâs get to what we are here for, the music! Salim-Sulaiman follow up their super hit soundtrack to Aditya Chopraâs Shah Rukh Khan starrer âRab Ne Bana Di Jodiâ with their latest, âLuckâ. The talented Shabbir Ahmed and rising star Anvita Dutt Guptan write the lyrics. So, on this hot ânâ heavy beach, letâs blast the music and get down to the beat!
First up is, âLuck Aazmaâ which starts off with some chilling electric guitar backed by a techno bleep ânâ bloop beat. The ever-reliable Sukhwinder Singh is the saving grace of the track that raises it above the slightly mediocre melody. Sounds good when you play it loud, but ultimately isnât catchy enough to immediately hit repeat (though it has the potential to grow on you). I can see this song played in the background during a montage of scenes. Lyrics are just about ok. I was expecting more, but this track is not a great start to the album. Am I out of luck?!?!
Can our lucky streak continue? Letâs head on over to the next track, âJee Leâ, which kicks the album into overdrive! Shruti Pathak and Naresh Kamath provide the sizzling vocals. The track starts out with the flute and guitar in a nice jugalbandi style. Then the vocals begin, and the song just takes off from there. Thereâs a lot of interesting synth work being done by the programmers, and if you listen closely you can hear the layered synth programming. The flute solos throughout the track and the aggressive rapping really add to the song. The singers go back and forth from English to Hindi smoothly and the Hinglish doesnât sound out of place at all. A track that gets hotter each time you listen to it, go ahead and hit the repeat button, because you are sure to get lucky!
Whew, letâs look at the scoreboard. One so-so track and two really good ones, which is not so bad considering the current state of Bollywood music, most soundtracks are lucky to have one good song with the rest being instantly forgettable.
Luck be a lady, as we move to track four, âAazma (Luck is the Key)â with vocals by Kamal Haasanâs daughter Shruti Haasan who is an accomplished singer/songwriter. In fact she started out as a singer/composer, before moving into acting. Look for her music in the Tamil version of the hit Bollywood film, âA Wednesdayâ which is titled âUnnaipal Oruvanâ. The track starts out with some nice guitar work, which is followed by Shrutiâs throaty voice. Her voice is more in the mold of the natural deep-throated voice that Western singers have, the kind that is leagues away (and different) than the traditional fragile tones of previous generationâs singers like Lata Mangeshkar. Clinton Cerejo who provides some rapping midway through joins Ms. Haasan and adds his panache to the song. Shruti gives the track itâs oomph and in many ways, this moodier more aggressive version is superior to the Sukhwinder Singh take that opens the album. Another memorable track, and you will start believing that luck is the key!
Now, brace yourself for the final original track, âLaage Leâ which is quite simply mind blowing in its energy! A hard-hitting techno song with layered synths, âLaage Leâ demands to be played loud. Salim-Sulaiman really craft a tune that will shoot adrenaline throughout your body. Anushka Manchanda simply brings the house down. Bravo to her, and the music directors for creating a melodious aggressive dance track that has some depth to it. You can almost imagine this track being in a Sanjay Gupta film as his films usually have the hard techno dance tracks sung huskily by female singers. Luck be a lady indeed!
Of all the songs that I dreaded the remix for, itâs the exquisite âKhudaya Veâ, but the radio remix manages to add a soft, slightly faster percussion rhythm and still maintain the integrity of the original song. Worth a listen, or two, or three, orâŚyou get the idea!
âLuck Aazmaaâ redux by DJ Amyth is interesting as the remix artist has taken the original and taken it to another level, giving it a dhol beat that pounces on the track at the right moments.
Amyth also works magic with the remix for âJee Leâ which again is not your standard dance track, but rises and falls with the melody of the music. The best part of this track is that the synth work doesnât overpower the vocals by Shruti Pathak, as there really is no hard core percussive beat, with soft synth chords and an echoing slight flute to drive the track forward.
Inexplicably the album rounds out, not with remix of the obvious âLaaga Leâ, but with another mix of âKhudaya Veâ. Amyth starts out with the synth sounding iron drums of the Caribbean, and moves on with an almost reggae like beat. It works well, and I can see this being played in clubs for some romantic dance ânâ grind with that special someone in your life.
All in all âLuckâ is a soundtrack that is worth your time to listen to and enjoy. The entire album can be listened to without hitting the skip button, and thatâs something that is quite rare in todayâs Bollywood music scene. Salim-Sulaiman have done a very good job in composing tunes that will have you hitting the repeat button. So dear readers, after listening to the album, youâll certainly feel like musicâs lady luck has paid you a visit.
Till next time, live from the rocking PB music beach house â˘, remember to blast that Bolly music and get ready to get lucky!