Force is Harris Jayarajâ€™s only second bona fide Hindi soundtrack post the Gautham Menon Minnale rehash Rehna Hai Terre Dil Mein (lovingly called RHTDM by the public and the initial posters), and while people may argue that there was a certain Aparichit somewhere around 2006, I would counter-answer with the fact that the songs were only dubbed disinterestedly for the dubbed Hindi version, which didnâ€™t make for a good listen, and which made me go back to the 2005 Tamil original Anniyan, which sounded far better on the ears for me. I had even written down Rahmanâ€™s soundtracks of Sivaji: The Boss and Endhiran/Robot in their dubbed Hindi versions because the lyrics sounded so tacky and â€“ random, for any Hindi flick. But that accounts for another story altogether, so letâ€™s retrace our steps back to Harris Jayarajâ€™s second Hindi album Force (which is a Hindi remake of the Gautham Menon action-drama Kaakha Kaakha), teaming up here with Javed Akhtar â€“ and donâ€™t start assuming right before listening to the soundtrack that the lyrics would be out of this world, because we all know what a talented lyricist like Swanand Kirkire did to Robot, donâ€™t we? Letâ€™s get straight down to the reviewing then!
For those people who are hardcore fans of Jayaraj, Khwabon Khwabon might not be much of an opener for them, as this aggressively promoted track in itself is a dubbed version of the Kaakha Kaakha original Uyirin Uyire, but open ended fans and those people who arenâ€™t much into Jayarajâ€™s Tamil music might just like this! This song has a certain class to it, what with some exquisite arrangements, and to top them all, brilliant mixing and mastering. Javed Akhtar has given the lyrics a different finish altogether, and the good part about the track is its very universal feel, as though one might connect the semi-classical pieces in the song to a more regional feel, itâ€™s an overall universal song, and though the track in its original language was released almost eight years ago, in 2003, it doesnâ€™t sound dated for any reason, which is a good thing for a current soundtrack trying to find itâ€™s way in the charts. At the risk of repeating myself here, blind Jayaraj fans will reject this song outright and hail the original Uyirin Uyire any day, open ended fans and people who arenâ€™t well-connected with Tamil music will love this one, as not only is this one a song with a romantic lyrical underlay, itâ€™s peppy enough for a drive-time or for upping the mood. Worth the listen.
And for those who have already written off the whole album as a dubbed Hindi version, Chaahoon Bhi comes in as a surprise. Bombay Jayashree (remember the heart stopping Zara Zara?) comes back to sing in Hindi after a pretty long time for this easy-on-the-ears song thatâ€™s for a lazy walk, or even if youâ€™re curled up in your sofa reading a magazine. Javed Akhtarâ€™s lyrics are smartly written (Chaahoon Bhi Toh Main Kaise Kahoon/Saari Jo Baatein Dil Kehta Hai/Leher Sapnon Ke Kaise Ginoon/Dariya Behta Hi Rehta Hai) for a honey-dipped romantic song. The musical piece before the second stanza featuring Karthik makes for an absolutely gorgeous hear, reminiscent of Rahmanâ€™s early compositions in Roja and Bombay. Soft, and not progressive in nature, this song is not just for the die-hard Harris-Jayaraj fans, but also for music lovers and romantics alike, all of whom will put this one on loop in their iPods once theyâ€™ve gotten the hang of it! And I have to say this once more: what a gorgeously composed and written song, this one!
So what next? Weâ€™ve had one Tamil rip-off, and one beautiful original. Where does the next number take us? Well, Lalit Pandit takes over Dum Hai To Aaja which is a complete tangent from the previous, and Mahua Kamath (of Viva fame) comes behind the mike to croon for this rock track, which reminds us of the 80s and the 90s. This one is more of a situational track that doesnâ€™t need another listen. Iâ€™d still advise Lalit to get back with his brother Jatin to compose classier music than this confusingly annoying song, which will find a good place as a prop in one of the action scenes in the movie. Or by some chance, if thereâ€™s still place for the tacky item number that featured as an irritating speed-breaker in the Tamil original, this oneâ€™s going to be it. And I sincerely hope that isnâ€™t the case. Skip this one by all means.
When I first the second trailer of Force, the one thing that grabbed my attention (apart from Genelia Dâ€™Souza being absolutely ravishing) was the song that went like this:
This is one song I ended up waiting for from the moment I heard the background pad and the gentle synth-composition. The song, now called Main Chali, is centered around the central character Maya in the film, or so the lyrics give away. Shreya Ghoshalâ€™s terrific vocals give the whole song a dreamy feel that Harris Jayaraj was probably looking out for in the feel of his composition, which has been successfully enhanced, thanks to the interestingly placed synth-arrangements, backed by solid mixing and mastering. Naresh Iyerâ€™s energetic vocals boost the other side of this song â€“ an absolutely energetic one at that. This oneâ€™s a beautiful marriage of the peppy and the romantic, and though itâ€™s a situational track, the writing and composition make it a song you can hear at all times. Very uniform in itâ€™s structure, the song has a perfect start, a well-packaged middle and a smooth end, making it yet another worthy listen and bringing it out of the rut that the previous song would have put the soundtrack into.
Which is what brings us to the final song, bringing together a strange mix of singers â€“ like Neha Bhasin and Vijay Prakash â€“ together, along with Shalini Singh. Yet another romantic track that goes slow moving, in the mode of the earlier Chaahoon Bhi, this too works for the way itâ€™s composed, and it will make you sway your head from side to side. Vijay Prakash shows his versatility by slipping into the shoes of new-age fusion vocals, Neha Bhasinâ€™s her own rocking self and Shalini Singhâ€™s sweet-saccharine vocals brings in a completely new level. Harris Jayarajâ€™s classy composition makes this song yet another beautiful render, that is a gentle reminder of the age of indi-pop (when bands like Aasma and Viva were a rage) and Nazrein Milaana Nazrein Churana from Jaane Tuâ€¦ Ya Jaane Na. A decent closer, and an even better track when heard individually.
As a soundtrack, Force might not work, as it has all but five songs, and one is still searching for that â€śchartbusterâ€ť element, which Khwabon Khwabon might barely provide, followed by Main Chali, which needs absolutely aggressive promotion. But for an action film, most of the songs do spell quality and work individually, and must be given a thumbs-up for what itâ€™s worth. A decent hear.