UTV Motion Pictures and UTV Spotboy have always come up with some fresh and innovative movies in the recent past. Starting with Aamir (2008), the flow kept on going with the likes of Welcome to Sajjanpur (2008) after which came Dev.D (2009), which turned out to be the biggest success of all. Musically as well, all the movies under UTV and UTV Spotboy have managed to create an impact. With Aamirâs music turning out to discover a new talent, Amit Trivedi, Shyam Benegalâs Welcome to Sajjanpur also had Shantanu Moitra who struck a chord with the listeners. And nobody needs to have any introductions about Dev.D do they? It has already managed to create a huge impact both musically and film-wise. And now, with their latest production being Aagey Se Right, one actually expects quite a bit from the soundtrack. And why not? What with a whole new team (new music director Amartya Rahut, a relatively newer guest composer, and new lyricists), you shouldnât expect anything, right? Well just think, who had heard of Amit Trivedi before Aamir?
So, expectations or no expectations, what does one get in the end? On the plus side, the listener will find it a fairly decent, honest attempt by Amartya, brimming with energy and a variety of genres. And on the minus side, the listener grudgingly finds the number of situational songs outweighing the better songs here.
Nevertheless, the album starts with an all out winner in âMaahiyaâ which really connects with the listener on first listen. A song that falls in the pop-rock/commercial rock genre, it deserves more than the meager promotion it is receiving. Clinton Cerejo who was last heard in âKya Karoonâ from Wake Up Sid (2009), pumps up the energy levels in the song, while Shilpa Rao provides the ample sultriness it needs. Some interesting lyrics are penned by Hitesh Kewalya but it's the chillaxin' music that really hits home. A song that everyone may like from the word go because of the freshness and good-feel it provides, this one deserves more than a listen, as well as a very aggressive promotion campaign.
Guest composer Ram Sampath comes up with an amazing set of beats and synth loops to start the song âDaav Lagaâ, but once Sona Mohapatra comes behind the mic to pep up the proceedings, you wonder where this song is heading. After a few listens though you might find yourself in love with this, though relative to âMaahiyaâ, this one comes second for two distinct reasons. One is the fact that avid Bollywood listeners will find it to be of the âheard it beforeâ ilk (and might even link it to one of Sampathâs previous compositions, âQatra Qatraâ from the disastrous 2005 movie Family), and the other would be the strange combination of raw, husky vocals against a totally urban hip-hop styled music backdrop. Overall, itâs undoubtedly a vibrant listen which could have been even better had Munna Dhimanâs lyrics been a little more unique than they are.
The fun is back with the official theme song (and the unofficial title song) of Aagey Se Right, âHippie Tu Jhoomâ. As well as a quirky title it has a unique set of lyrics and an even stranger set of beats, something that might find itâs own set of admirers and detractors. But the lighthearted, fun lyrics (by Hitesh), coupled with some amazing beats, and the most energetic singers (Sunidhi Chauhan & Kirti Sagathia) make the song click in such a way, that after several listens, you tend to smile and tap your feet in acknowledgement of itâs charms. For those who have liked it during the trailer, this one will hold immense appeal. And for those who hated it, well, they need to hear it a few more times in order to get the feel and the overall âzingâ of the song. It happened with âSoni De Nakhreâ from Partner (2007). Now itâs time for âHippie Tu Jhoomâ to have an extremely divided set of opinions.
âHippie Tu Jhoom Remixâ sounds pretty cool though overall, you feel that it turns out to be a case of simply being âlouderâ than the original, which was energetic anyway!
Retro spoof is back with the Bappi Lahiri sung âLove Flashbackâ. This one is very situational in nature, the reason being the lyrics and the oddball composition by Amartya Rahut (who also provides supporting vocals with Suzanne DâMello). Quintessential listeners will connect it to the older Bappi Lahiri / Asha Bhonsle duet âPyaar Bina Chain Kahaan Reâ. But unlike that, the lyrics here (by Hitesh Kewalya) really donât impress. Plus, the song turns out to be an overdose of retro, which might not work for all listeners. But itâs worth a try.
Blues as a genre makes a sudden entry with âMore Piya", which turns out to be the best song of the lot! This one comes in two versions, one called"Tapori" and the other, "Bar". Though the lyrics (by Shadab Akhtar and Manish Hariprasad) penned for K.K. Menon make the song situational, the quirky "Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein Khayaal Aata Hai" element gone wrong leaves you in splits. Deepikkaa Bhattacharya is easily the most impressive singer from the soundtrack, her controlled vocals are a delight on the ear! The Bar version is (as you guessed) without the shaayari. Both versions stand out on their own. Whilst the Tapori version is more situational, and more concerned at making the masses laugh out loud, the Bar version only justifies Rahutâs talent at making good music.
As hinted earlier, Aagey Se Right is a good enough soundtrack to warrant purchase, particularly if your forte is energy-inducing numbers. However, the nature of the movie forces the composer to create some strictly situational numbers which can only be elevated on screen. On the plus side however, it is time to welcome a talented new music composer on the block â Amartya Rahut, and the newest, quirkiest lyricist on the block â Hitesh Kewalya.