Raghu Dixit may be a new name for Bollywood but is a renowned name in the Kannada music industry. He is making his debut as a Music Director and Lyricist for Y-Films (a youth wing of Yash Raj Films) Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge which has developed quite a buzz with the 'Dheon Dheon' track that has been quite popular among the youth. Expectations are not scorchingly high, primarily because there are no known faces (Actors) involved and more specifically the Music Director. Having said that, Raghu Dixit deserves a pat on his back for providing a fresh, young, peppy soundtrack that has in it all, from dance/club number to soft love song to some pure music pieces. With Anvita Dutt Guptan writing four songs out of five, the CDs contains 5 originals and 3 remix.
First in line is the highly addictive club number “Dheaon Dheaon” and the moment Vishal Dadlani name appears on the credentials of the track, one expects another roller coaster ride as in Dhan Te Nan (Kaminey) and the listeners aren’t disappointed at all. It's a fun-young-party number with some trademark South Style Drum beats which is justifiable considering from where Raghu Dixit arrives. Although Vishal Dadlani, known for his high pitched vociferous voice, sings this number in a completely different style but still the composition has the power to hook listeners in just one hearing with Brodha V and Smokey doing some impressive rapping portions in the interludes. The highly talented Aditi Singh Sharma stays head-to-head with Vishal Dadlani and makes sure that the four minutes results in a fun outing. The lyrics make an impact with them being especially written keeping in mind the youngsters and the theme of the movie. A scintillating start to the soundtrack!
To my disappointment, the song returns back as “Dheaon Dheaon- The Seeti Seeti Bang Bang Mix” and it feels unnecessary as the original have enough beats to make listeners dance and tap their feet, moreover the Remix by Raghu Dixit offers nothing extraordinary on the musical front except some added whistling sounds, the tempo remains at the same level. Original is far better.
"There is no shortcut to becoming a successful singer. The only shortcut is to be super-talented. You got to impress a composer in 20 seconds! I heard Shilpa Rao who was standing with her CV outside my studio. I heard her on the headphone and signed her for the Saiyya Re number in Salaam-E-Ishq. Today, she is the singing sensation of Bollywood." -Shankar Mahadevan.
Shilpa Rao will make you fall in love with the next song, “Uh-Oh Uh-Oh!” , courtsey of her saccharine filled voice and if that is not enough, Ash King ('Te Amo' fame) will surprise you by some radiant low notes. Any other day and it could have been easily a Shaan or K.K at the helm of the affairs. Kudos to Raghu Dixit for trying out Ash King, who provides a fresh-young feel to the composition with some carnival like arrangements being also heard in the interludes. Although Shilpa Rao reminds you of some compositions from her non-film album Rewind-Nine Lost Memories, but nevertheless when the 3.5 minute journey ends, it keeps you wanting for more. “Uh-Oh Uh-Oh 2.0” (Remix by Raghu Dixit) starts off with some robotic voice and then tries to pick up some pace but again it wasn't required for a sweet beautiful composition like this.
Expectations have gone up after the first two tracks and the good run continues with “Baatein Shuru” . It starts with Shefali Alvaris, who seems to be in the same mode as in 'Yeh Dil Hai Nakhreywala' from Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji, and is later joined by Joi Barua. It has a catchy tune and some apt lyrics by Anvita Dutt. One more antara could have added an extra zing to the composition but still it maked up for a decent hear.
Suraj Jagan who created quite a stir with his 'Jaa Chudail' (Delhi Belly), this time sings a motivational track in “Chhoo Le” which is filled with rock beats and electric guitar riffs. A good track that takes some time to settle down with some meaningful lyrics (that deserves attention) and trademark-energetic singing by Suraj Jagan. Although the musical arrangements reminds you of the iconic song-Summer Of 69 but still it should work well considering the how it is used in the movie. Not surprisingly though it has a “Chhoo Le- The Big Bang Mix” by Nawed Khan, Zoheb Khan and Nikhil Chinapa (I too was shocked reading the VJ's name) which has in it to make it to the discotheques and parties with added beats.
Remember the band Junoon and their composition 'Sayyonee' which created quite a buzz almost decades ago. Relive those moments in the next and last composition “Har Saans Mein” crooned and co-written by Raghu Dixit himself alongside Aslam Noor. A Sufi based track that is purely Indian at heart and lasts about seven (7) minutes. Some proficient Jugalbandi of Guitar riffs and Tabla beats can be heard for about one minute in the interlude which makes you applaud the talented composer. It has a high 'Repeat' value and is arguably the best of the lot. Talking about the 'Stop-Motion' technology used in it's picturisation, it has been first used (First as in Hindi film industry) in Y-Films debut venture Luv Ka The End that had a song named 'Freak Out' which had animation in practically every frame of its video and same is the case with Har Saans Mein where the same technology is being used and it’s looking even better and sharp this time. Looks like Y-Films have decided to popularise the technology in India. On the whole, the composition is a must hear with a brilliant video attached to it.
Ram Sampath did it for their debut venture Luv Ka The End and Raghu Dixit carries on the momentum with Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge. There is nothing groundbreaking or monumental stuff but it still offers something different and hatke from quintessential Bollywood outings. The choice of singers for each composition is a brave attempt by the debutant musician who could have played safe by roping in Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shaan and K.K for some of his tunes. All in All an intelligent, prepared and skilled soundtrack that should secure some place in the music directory of all the listeners. Go for it!