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All The Best
 
Producer: Ajay Devgan
Director: Rohit Shetty
Starring: Ajay Devgan, Sanjay Dutt, Fardeen Khan, Bipasa Basu, Mugdha Godse, Asrani
Music: Pritam
Lyrics: Kumaar
Singers: Rana Mazumder, Soham Chakrabarthy, Antara Mitra, K.K, Yashita, Clinton Cerejo, Suraj Jagan, Rupam Islam, Kunal Ganjawala
Audio On: T-Series    Number of Songs: 7
Album Released on: 07 September 2009
Reviewed by: Gianysh Toolsee  - Rating: 7.5 / 10
 
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His amount of energy to produce consistent music amazes many in the industry. With back to back hits in Billu Barber, Aa Dekhen Zara, New York, Love Aaj Kal and Dil Bole Hadippa!, the humble music director is no doubt the busiest in town. Credit ultimately goes to Pritam’s skills to turn average tunes into big numbers with beats, sound production, programming and a little of imagination. In spite of the controversies, Pritam keeps the focus on his projects and the results speak for themselves. Even for the recently released Love Khichdi which didn’t do well at the box-office, Pritam worked hard on ‘Jazeeren’ which was popular for some time.

After the success of Golmaal Returns, Rohit Shetty now directs another comedy for an Ajay Devgan production. It’s been a long while the famous music director has used his favorite singers in one single project. ‘All The Best’ merits mention because it’s an in and out Pritam’s venture; with no guest music composers! Lyrics are written by the increasingly popular Kumaar, who works regularly with Siddharth-Suhas and also delivered hits with Vishal-Shekhar in Dostana.

The soundtrack opens with a bang; Pritam style please, Dil Kare instantly exposes the fun factor, which is the main theme of the movie. He returns to his tested and successful rock sound at the very beginning of this peppy track. Backed with an easy-going and light tune, the composer entrusts the piece entirely to the highly proficient Suraj Jagan. As always, the singer explores the tune to the maximum, through the numerous overtones and captures the essence of theme. That’s what playback singing is all about! Roopam Islam who appears in the background, significantly aids in moving the highly entertaining track further.

From the drum opening to a stunning programming with a strong rock sound in the background, Pritam once again polishes the rock sound, he initially started off in Life In A…Metro. In addition to the impact the voice of Suraj Jagan creates, he makes effective use of the female chorus, thereby beefing up variety throughout the track.

Suraj Jagan, who has been consistently doing great work, in ‘Yeh Faasle’ from Rama Rama Kya Hai Drama, ‘Dekh Dekh’ from Hijack, ‘Zehreelay’ from Rock On!! and ‘Saanson Ka Rukna’ from Straight, will definitely be getting into the big league sooner or later. Suraj’ vocals express a sense of rebellion and impeccable timing. In a nutshell, ‘Dil Kare’ has the Pritam stamp all over it and is a trendy number.

A smashing rock guitar sound, as expected, opens the trademark K.K’s Haan Main Jitni Martaba – which progressively turns out to be a dashing romantic adventure, alongside the fresh voice of Yashita. The latter immediately makes an impression with her short rendition after the first interlude. The female vocals magnify the depth of the composition and are strategically placed, just after K.K’s brilliant performance. On his side, K.K doesn’t wait to reach the high notes in the ‘mukhda’ itself and displays his vocal ability throughout the song with so much enthusiasm.

K.K is a natural singer and his collaboration with Pritam, always brings an extra edge to the final product. ‘Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai’ from Gangster was one of the finest tracks from the singer-music director association and the best is yet to come! It is now widely known that the chemistry between the two artists is simply sublime.

Hate him for whatever reasons, but Pritam carries on with his unpublicized innovations once again as he keeps a similar Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ type of music in the background, while adjoining other rocks sounds. Another plus point is that there is a continuous flow with the singing and all the verses are skillfully blended into the music. Unfortunately, it’s a soft romantic guitar music which puts an end to this refreshing number.


Rhythm is again emphasized in All The Best with Rana Mazumder, Soham Chakrabarthy and Antara Mitra chipping in bits and pieces to shape up this song. The tunesmith’s regulars ensure that the number remains foot-tapping till the end. The heavy rock guitar sound is prevalent and keeps the theme of the movie alive. Another interesting feature of the track is that the prolific composer makes use of the title in a very simplistic way and creatively plays with the tempo of the track to keep it appealing. The song is more of a situational nature and is a fun adventure, with no ground-breaking sound or tune. One can easily say that these are the type of songs Pritam is signed for – his trademark sound which can gather the masses! ‘Vacancy’ from Golmaal Returns had this pumping effect and ‘All The Best’ falls into the same category.

A little surprise comes in the form of Kyon, which turns out to be a revelation of some sorts. Subtly starting with soothing and calm music, Clinton Cerejo enters the scene with a captivating voice, which will lead many to fall in love with this track. The piece is a blend of soft-rock and hard-rock sounds meshed with Pritam’s advanced programming. The singer tackles the ‘antara’ with ease, although it sounds very familiar to numerous 90’s songs. Nevertheless, the quality of the performance overshadows the flaws. Accompanied by the excellent guitar work, Clinton Cerejo sings openly of unrequited love, coming to grips with the fact that love is a long journey.

The echoing effect, after the verses add incredible value, furthermore showing that Pritam hasn’t done any rush-job here. What is the most rewarding is the sudden twist in the ‘mukhda’ when it suddenly changes into a more engaging tune. In addition to the timely orchestration and quality singing, ‘Kyon’ gets quickly promoted to one of the best composed songs of this year so far.

You Are My Love is a lost opportunity as there are too many singers involved and the song is not as exciting, as one expected. Kunal Ganjawala, Neeraj Shridhar, Rajesh, Alisha Chinoy and Megha are not given enough space to shine in this funky track. Only the energetic vocals of each of the singer are highly applauded. Pritam keeps the music very situational and laid-back, with the regular programming. Nothing really spectacular!

Haan Main Jitni Martaba (Remix) by K.K and Yashita is a pumping remix with a good dose of beats and progressive sounds. The rap pieces and upbeat music make it an instant winner.

Dil Kare (Remix) by Suraj Jagan and Roopam Islam is another carefully programmed remix with exciting beats.

Ajay Devan’s choice of music directors over the years, as producer, has been changing and he always chooses the happening ones. The fact remains that each of his music director stood by him and composed the right songs for the situations in his films. In Raju Chacha, Jatin-Lalit came with some memorable melodies which were appreciated at the time. Vishal Bhardwaj was also efficient in U Me Aur Hum, delivering a romantic score. Pritam does not disappoint in ‘All The Best’ as well. In fact, Pritam composes with the both the masses and the connoisseurs in mind and this is where he scores again!

It also demonstrates that when one composer is in charge of a soundtrack, one can expect consistency. In this particular case, the rock sound has been generously employed in all the songs; whether as background music or the main base of each song. And the music director never lets down the programming of his songs; ‘Haan Main Jitni Martaba’ is a clear example on how each sequence was expertly done. Overall, Pritam continues his unstoppable ride with ‘Kyon’ and ‘Haan Main Jitni Martaba’ as the highlights of this Diwali release.

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