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Malamaal Weekly

By Joginder Tuteja, IndiaFM
Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Malamaal Weekly - a venture by Priyadarshan that has everything it takes to turn into a fun riot. With a starcast like Paresh Rawal, Om Puri, Riteish Deshmukh, Rajpal Yadav, Shakti Kapoor and Asrani who are known for their comic timing, 'Malamaal Weekly' is one of the most keenly awaited comedies of this year. For a film like this, the songs are bound to be situational and this is what newcomer Uttankk V.Vorra attempts through his compositions.

When one expected a completely village flavor to the proceedings, opening number 'Yeh Ajooba' throws a surprise as it begins as a techno track with western musical arrangements. A theme song that is bound to arrive at different situations in the movie, it has an echo effect of 'Maalamaal' in the background that brings with it an old fashioned charm. Mahalakshami Iyer and Javed Ali sing the funny number about the changing fortunes of the village with the kind of jest and energy that was required for the song of this nature. A fun track, it comes in a remix and original version and should make for a good background piece. Also knowing Priyadarshan's penchant for coming up with hilarious situations, this Sai Barve written song should be a good time pass on screen.

Village flavor does makes its presence felt soon after with 'Sun Mere Mitva' that belongs to the 70s. A decent number that takes you to the heartland of India, credit also needs to go to Nawab Arzoo who pens the lyrics that suit the film's setting. Karsan Sargathia sings this song about the events that have happened over the years in the village and the life of the villagers there. He does a fine job along with an able support from chorus singers.

Yet another number belonging to the 70s, 'Kismat Se Chalti Hai Duniya', comes in next. This is the 'nautanki' number by Rakhi Sawant that has been making a lot of news over last few weeks and looking at the naughty rendition of Vaishali Samant to Nitin Raikwar's lyrics, a foot tapping tune and Rakhi's presence in the number, 'Kismat Se' should be a fine entertainer when it arrives on screen. We are not talking about any of the above mentioned numbers being classics in any sense but looking at the subject of the movie, its setting and the situations, these numbers should fit in well in the narrative.

Javed Ali and Shreya Ghoshal come together for the duet 'Hansani O Meri Hansani' written by Nitin Raikwar that doesn't seem to be a number that would be taken seriously during its picturization. Though it is a romantic number, knowing Riteish Deshmukh's comic timing (remember 'Kamsin Kali' from 'Mr. Ya Miss' where he made a good copy of Amol Palekar), we can expect some smiles coming along while the song is on screen. Musically speaking, it's an ordinary number that won't really go any further after the movie is off the screens in spite of a remix version coming in later.

Javed Ali, who has sung the maximum tracks in the album, reunites with Mahalaxmi Iyer for the duet 'Sar Sar Sar Sarti Hava' that is straight from the 70s (yet again) and has ample dose of passion and love embedded in it by means of Chhaya Vora's lyrics and the rendition by the two singers. Hear it on for the old world charm as it is one of the more enjoyable numbers in the album.

Overall the music of 'Malamaal Weekly' surprises you because in the beginning one was not very sure if this movie, purely driven by characters and situations, may have any scope of music at all. But composer Uttankk V.Vorra spins some tunes that do not bore and go with the mood of the movie as per the situations.

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