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Khosla Ka Ghosla - Music Review

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By: Joginder Tuteja, IndiaFM
Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Fresh subjects are much in demand in Bollywood today. 'Khosla Ka Ghosla' is one such film that deals with a fight of a man against all odds to get hold of a house of his choice. A social comic satire directed by debutant Dibakar Banerjee, Khosla Ka Ghosla has been ready for quite some time but now with UTV coming into picture, it is finally being readied for release. Produced by Saita Raj Hiremath, Khosla Ka Ghosla stars Anupam Kher in the central role [as Mr. Khosla] along with Boman Irani, Parvin Dabbas, Tara Sharma and Ranvir Shourey. Dhruv Dhalla is the composer with Bapi-Tutul chip in with a solitary track. Jaideep Sahni is the lyricist who is also credited as the story, screenplay and the dialogues writer.

For a film this one is never too sure about what to expect. Well, though one doesn't find the album irresistible after hearing it till the end, a song or two do turn out to be impressive.

'Dhol beats' mark the arrival of 'Chak De Phattey' that, as the name suggests, is a fun Punjabi track. A song about the ways of the world, it has been presented in a lively manner without getting too serious. A promotional number has already been shot on this track and features Anupam Kher, Boman Irani and Parvin Dabbas. A good dance track, it has chorus singers also contributing effectively. Kailash Kher can count this as yet another sure shot popular track in hands after 'Tauba Tauba Re' from his non-film album 'Kailasa'.

A 'Sweety Mix' [an interesting way of calling a remix] of 'Chak De' resurfaces at the end of the album and has been given a western treatment by removing the 'dhol beats' and replacing them by heavy beats. The track turns out to be a club mix with interspersions of short dialogues from the movie by the cast of the film [Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Tara Sharma, Vinod Nagpal, Ranvir Shorey, Ashish Manchanda].

'Din Din Gin Gin' follows next and reminds one of the musical styles of Vishal Bhardwaj. In fact even the lyrics are akin to the kind that Gulzar saab writes. Unique in its theme and treatment, it in fact requires a second hearing to actually comprehend what the song tries to say. Unlike a routine love song or an item number, 'Din Din Gin Gin' is actually more situation based and keeps sailing smooth throughout its 5 minutes 30 seconds duration. Kunal Ganjawala sings in a style which is quite uncharacteristic of what one has heard of him and is low pitched for most of the times.

Feel good factor is expected with the way 'Iss Se Pyaar Kaise Karoon' begins. Unusual in the way the song has been paced, Kunal Ganjawala and Sowmya Raoh do their job well in this peppy number [with additional lyrics by Dibakar Banerjee] for which a lot will depend upon the way it is picturised and presented to the audience. The track also appears in a much slower 'instrumental' version, which in fact turns out to be a much better hearing due to the melodious approach it takes. One wonders if the original track could also have been a melodious love song instead of taking a rhythmic approach. That would have certainly made for a much better listening experience.

Well, the musical team of Khosla Ka Ghosla too must have thought the same since the song does come in its melodious version and is called 'Intezar Aitbaar Tumse Pyaar'. Sowmya Raoh, one of the most underrated singers in the Bollywood playback singing scene today, is a different person to hear altogether in this version. Mid-way through the song, the tune changes to being 'qawalli' with Qadar Niazi Qawwal joining the proceedings. Simply unwarranted - that's the thought one gets with this sudden interruption that just breaks the flow of the song! Avoid this portion and you have a good love song in hands.

Guest composers Bapi-Tutul arrive on the scene with 'Ab Kya Karenge' which appears to be a situational track that should appear as a part of the film's background score during important junctures of the film. Adnan Sami goes low pitched in this song that doesn't really have much repeat value to it and barely passes muster even after one attempts to give it a repeat listening.

Khosla Ka Ghosla is an average soundtrack with two songs standing out. While 'Chak De Phattey' is a potential chartbuster, 'Intezar Aitbaar Tumse Pyaar' makes for an easy-on-ears listening. Since there is near-to-nil buzz about the film and the music at the moment, the call of the situation is to go all out on the promotion of 'Chak De Phattey' and place Khosla Ka Ghosla in the stores as an album with an exclusive Kailash Kher single, which should help the sales to soar.

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