|There is no stopping for Shabbir Kumar and it seems that the singer is already in talks for more songs. Kites doesn’t make it this week because the songs sound out of the place with the new releases and has music which would work in the 90’s but not anymore. Rajesh Roshan needs to reinvent himself. |
Last week music releases
Music: A.R Rahman, Lyrics: Gulzar
Ratnam, Rahman and Gulzar bring a decent soundtrack, but nothing mind-blowing. A highly over-rated album from Rahman after Blue. ‘Khili Re’ is a smooth piece from Reene Bharadwaj, ‘Ranjha’ starts off well but loses steam in the middle and the rest is very much world music meets semi-classical material, which are mostly situational and is exclusively for Rahman fans. The soundtrack has high production values and is an honest effort from Rahman.
It’s A Wonderful Afterlife
Music and Lyrics: Various
Another power-packed soundtrack with a range of songs, some originally composed and the rest from from albums and Hindi movies. ‘Ghum Suhm Ghum Suhm’ is the best of the lot, while the remaining ones are of Bhangra types which range from disco, remixes and old Punjabi numbers from well-known artists like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Bally Sagoo, Hans Raj Hans, Malkit Singh, Neeraj Shridhar, Taz Stereo Nation and Panjabi MC. Recommended and value for money!
Music: Jawad Ahmad, Lyrics: Ahmad Anees, Dr Amanullah Khan
A very good soundtrack with powerful singing and a good set of remixes. ‘Yaadan’ by Jawad Ahmad, ‘Mein Tenu’ by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Farah (which comes in three versions) and ‘Vaisakhi’ by Jawad Ahmad (which comes in two versions) are definitely worth a listen and combine an excellent mix of singing, melody and orchestration. The rest of the songs are equally good. Recommended! Do check this one out!
Music: Liyaqat Ajmeri, Lyrics: Tauraz
‘Maula Maula’ by Krishna is a good composition, which works thanks to the concise singing and music. ‘Dubbo Dubbo’ by Sunidhi Chauhan is an item number which should do the trick on screen, ‘Kiska Yakin Kare’ (two versions) by Parvez and Harshdeep is a failed attempt. ‘Arz Ke Saye’ by Tarannum is another item number heavily influenced with Arabic verses, which again will manage good business on screen only. Overall, an average product!
Music: Vijay Verma, Udhbhav Ojha, friedbrainmusic.com, Lyrics: Jalees Sherwani, Mantham
Surprisingly, ‘Shaam Ki’ is a pleasant romantic duet from Shaan and Shreya Ghoshal, which carries a 90’s melody from the school of Jatin-Lalit and Anu Malik. Where is Shaan these days? ‘Ankahi Si’ by Vasundhara Das is a raunchy number. ‘Get Set Go’ by Wajid is a fast paced track. The remixes are fillers. Not bad overall for a small-budget movie!
Music: Amit Trivedi, Lyrics: Shellee
A full fledged soundtrack from Amit Trivedi with a campus-feel flavor. ‘Roshni’ by Shruti Pathak saves the soundtrack, while ‘Meri Rooh’ has a strong ‘Iktara’ hangover. The rest are fillers with a rather good dose of orchestration, which is never neglected by the music director. The only remix ‘Aasman Ke Paar’ is bland.
Bumm Bumm Bole
Music: Azaan Sami, Tapas Relia, M.G. Sreekumar, Lyrics: Irfan Siddique, Satish Mutatkar, Sameer
In a nutshell, an average soundtrack with ‘Rang De’ as the USP. The other three songs are feel-good numbers which will gel well with the script.
Music: Lalit Sen, Lyrics: Lalit Sen, Nawab Aarzoo, Sunil Jha, Shakeel Azmi
Lalit Sen churns a series of mediocre songs with talented singers like Suzanne, Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Alka Yagnik and Kunal Ganjawala. The exception is ‘Tumhare Liye’ by Alka Yagnik and Kunal Ganjawala, which is a lovely 90’s slow ballad and still shows that Lalit Sen can compose romantic music. Overall, a disappointing effort!