This off-beat comedy thriller about the adventures of an Anglo-Indian hairdresser (hence the film´s title) in Bombay is director Sunhil Sippy´s first film. It stars former V.J.´s Sophiya Haque and Nikhil Chinapa, along with character actors Makarand Deshpande (JUNGLE) and Saurabh Shukla (SATYA).
The album contains (snip)pets (no pun intended) of dialogue that actually make one want to watch the movie! Unlike the dialogues on the soundtracks to PYAR TO HONA HI THA, DEEWANE and RAJU CHACHA which are just cringe-worthy. Particularly entertaining pieces of dialogue on this album are, "Where´s Monty?" and "You can call me Al". The ´wig´ conversation is hilarious. The dialogues are in Hindi and English, probably because leading lady, Sophiya is from England and can´t actually speak Hindi.
The songs follow the same format and are symmetrically divided into three Hindi tracks and three English tracks. The first song, "Aankhon Mein Sapna" is made up of flamenco guitars and Latin rhythms and has Sukhwinder Singh doing his best Enrique Iglesias impression - and he´s not bad at all! Sameer´s lyrics get a bit strange towards the end, talking about ´chikens´ and ´eggs´. The song must be picturised on Makarand Deshpande whose character delivers eggs for a living. The track is still an enjoyable one overall.
Sameer must have had his tongue firmly in his cheek when he penned the next track! "Gangster 420" is a spoof Bollywood number. The track isn´t bad, mainly due to Jaspinder Narula´s powerful vocals. The song has a ´James Bond´ feel to it and Jaspinder seems to emulate Shirley Bassey in parts. Backing vocals are provided by Candy D´Souza and Sheryl Balwani; I have no idea who they are but if the music company sees fit to credit them individually, then so will I.
The third Hindi track, "Love Kiya", is a scream! The music is a blend of modern western and classical Indian with an overall cabaret sound. Hema Sardesai sings as if she were singing for a young Helen, and Sonu Nigam matches her all the way. Those of you who have seen the promos for this film will have seen the hilarious picturisation of this song on Sophiya and Saurabh Shukla. Their height differences make them an as unlikely pair as Julia Roberts and Danny De Vito!
The first of the English tracks is "Whirl". An interesting song where the lyrics remind one of the story of ´Alice in Wonderland´, but this is no kids song. The song is credited to ´Smoke´ and Ravi ´Rags´ Khote. According to the CD jacket, ´Smoke´ comprises of the two music composers, Ashutosh and Dhruv; as for Ravi ´Rags´ Khote - your guess is as good as mine! The vocal style in this song is engaging and the music conveys the feeling of confusion and being lost. However, with a chorus consisting of the line, "..can´t do sh*t about it..." and several ´conversations´ going on in the background about sex and masturbation, you won´t exactly want this song blaring out of your car stereo on a family day out! Grandma would never recover from the shock (ha-ha)!
Mehnaz sings the second English track, "Dream Catcher" with real emotion. The song is unashamedly pop but I really liked it. A few ´Indian´ sounds are incorporated into the music making it more palatable than the conventional English pop song. Mehnaz´s English pronunciation wanes at times but overall she does a good job. I found myself rewinding this track a couple of times.
The last track is a big disappointment! "Secrecy" doesn´t really have any spark and sounds rather lifeless. Singer, Barbara Mendes tries but unfortunately the tune is really boring.The music company may have been aware that this song was a bad note on which to end the album. That would explain their decision to repeat "Aankhon Mein Sapna" at the end.
SNIP is an unconventional Indian film soundtrack that is surprisingly enjoyable. However, the film could not boast a similar outcome when it was released.