Well, well. It has been over a year since Aap Kaa Surroor: The Movieeâ€”The Real (hmmm, or maybe not so real) Luv Story was released on Himesh Reshammiyaâ€™s motherâ€™s birthday. And, now the sans cap Himesh is back with more hair and of course a brand new OST: Karzzzz (did I leave out any zâ€™s?). Just to clarify, there will beno comparison to the original Karzâ€™s OST because that would result in a music review devoid of nice things to sayâ€¦remakes very rarely seem to live up to the original, whether it be films or music.
First up is Lut Jaaon Lut Jaaon. This is definitely the best song in the entire OST. We are greeted with a flute at the very beginning of the song. Percussion instruments soon join us, as well. And then, waah, kyaa baat hai, we hear one of HRâ€™s trademark alaaps followed by Harshdeep Kaurâ€™s (Red, Salaam-e-Ishq, Rang De Basanti) deep and melodious voice crooning, â€śTumsey mohabbat kar loon jee bhar ke.â€ť Of course, Himesh canâ€™t resist staying away from the mic for long and quickly interrupts, rattling off a laundry list of things love has put him under â€śkarzzzzâ€ť for. This song is very catchy, deserves multiple listens and, needless to say, is a hit.
Next up is Hurry Home, I mean Hari Om Hari Om, although it really sounds like he was shouting the former. It is quite funny to hear Himesh uttering some dialogues with pauses in between in which we hear the sort of sound used for Jaadooâ€™s entry in Koi Mil Gaya. Too bad the song doesnâ€™t end with just the dialogues. No, no, how could we be so naĂŻve to hope for that? As soon as the dialogues are over we are in for an unbearable composition of club beats, shouting and English phrases thrown in every now and then. The choice of instruments also resembles that of Jhalak Dikhlaja (Aksar) to a certain extent.
Were you just about to eat a Tandoori Prantaa, Tandoori Roti or Tandoori Chicken? Chances are youâ€™ll soon lose your appetite after listening to Tandoori Nights. The addition of the words â€śTak-Tanna-Na-Naâ€ť before â€śTandoori Nightsâ€ť is just hilarious. This is the perfect song to play at a dhaabaa. Or, even better, next time youâ€™re at a dhaabaa you can musically place your order: ek plate tak-tanna-na-na tandoori roti and ek plate tak-tanna-na-na tandoori chicken. Or, maybe once youâ€™re through with this song the very thought of tandoori food will make you shudder. Neither Himesh Reshammiya nor Sunidhi Chauhan make a good impression, the rap by Earl is unnecessary and the lyrics are superficial.
After hearing Himesh sing for four tracks in a row, one would hope heâ€™d hand the mic over to another male singer. What ever happened to giving â€śrotiâ€ť to other singers? Anyway, we get to hear Himesh, yet again, singing Dhoom Tere Ishq Ki. The combination of the flute, tablaas, sarangis and harmonium is rather beautiful and this semi-classical, slow number seems to be very enjoyableâ€¦that is until Himesh starts singing, and that, too, nasally. Oops, heâ€™s not nasal, heâ€™s just singing â€śhigh-pitched.â€ť This song would have been AMAZING had he used a singer like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Jayesh Gandhi, Javed Ali, Krishna, or even SaReGaMaPa ex-contestant Mussarat Abbas. On a side note, this composition will remind you of Aawan Akhiyaan from Ahistaa Ahistaa (a GREAT OST and film, by the way).
Sisak Sisak Ke is another pathetic song with equally as pathetic lyrics. Iâ€™m warning you to stay away from this song, otherwise, youâ€™ll end up uncontrollably crying sisak sisak ke and bilakh bilakh ke.
Tere Bin Chain Na Aave is a nice, semi-classical, romantic composition bringing together the tabla, violin, Himesh Reshammiya (and his alaaps) and Tulsi Kumar. Unlike with the other songs, the repetition of the phrase, â€śTere Bin Chain Na Aaveâ€ť further enhances and reinforces the concept of longing for oneâ€™s beloved. While the song is very similar to Aashiq Banaya Aap Neâ€™s title track, Tulsi Kumar is no match for Shreya Ghoshal.
Ek Haseena Thi is the last track. Both Himesh Reshammiya and Shreya Ghoshal do a nice job of singing. More than that, though, Iâ€™m thrilled that Iâ€™ve managed to get through the entire CD.
Iâ€™m not even going to bother getting into DJ Akbar Samiâ€™s remixes. While I used to be impressed with how heâ€™d come out with catchy remixes of even Himeshâ€™s slow numbers, the remixes in Karzzzz are useless. Neither your dil wants to dance maare and neither does your body.
Now what to say about lyricist Sameer? I know he is a man full of talent as he has given us wonderful lyrics in the past for films such as Raaz, Saajan, Raja Hindustani, Saawariya, Aashiqui, Dil, Baabul, Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein, etc. He is certainly capable of penning down powerful lyrics, but for some reason he fails to do so and has been failing to do so for quite some time with HRâ€™s last few projects. Perhaps HR is dictating the nature of the lyrics? I remember Himesh saying on Koffee With Karan that he has a formula for lyricsâ€¦that he will repeat a phrase or word over and over in a song so it becomes easy for people to remember and they end up singing it, even against their will. And, for the most part, this technique does work as many people have been telling me that theyâ€™ll catch themselves humming a few of his songs, even the ones they donâ€™t like.
It is sad to see Himesh copying elements of his own past songs in Karzzzz even though he had so much time to work on this OST. It is also sad to see him waste the female singersâ€¦in the few songs female singers are present, they are only given a few lines. Does Himesh really need to dominate so much? Many of the compositions had the potential to be memorable if Himesh had used another male playback singer. Hearing the same voice singing in the same, loud style for 19 tracks in 2 CDs is tiresome. I give Karzzzz a 5.5 out of 10, knowing that despite my review, people are still going to buy the album. Heâ€™s created a strong fan-following for himselfâ€¦that is the power of â€śBrand Himesh.â€ť If only â€śqualityâ€ť was a value I could associate with this brand.