2010 couldn't have ended on a better note. One expects nothing but the best to bring on the smiles as one moves on from one year to another. With the music of Tees Maar Khan arriving at the stands now and expected to make waves by the time the film releases on Christmas, it couldn't have been any better for a music lover. After all Farah Khan has been known for her keen music sense when it comes to masala soundtracks (Main Hoon Naa, Om Shanti Om are testimonies of that) while Vishal-Shekhar too have been enjoying a good year with Anjaana Anjaani & I Hate LUV Storys turning out to be successful and Break Ke Baad boasting of a different sound as well. With lyricist Anvita Dutt joining all the fun, one looks forward to check out what does Tees Maar Khan have to offer.
It is a cracker of start with title song 'Tees Maar Khan' bringing with it the kind of hook that is totally addictive to begin with. A true blue theme track that can be expected to make an appearance at regular intervals right through the film's running length, 'Tees Maar Khan' is a guest composition by Shirish Kunder who has written it as well. One can confidently say that if at all a 'khiladi' film was to be made today, it would have proudly boasted of a song like this. What also impresses is the way Sonu Nigam contributes with male, female, child, chorus as well as other quirky voices to make it a unique affair. Not just that, the 'dhol' beats in the end make it a truly entertaining affair that ensures that 'Tees Maar Khan' would be heard for many more months to come. No wonder, there is a deserving 'remix version' that arrives later in the album as well, hence making it a complete 'paisa vasool' affair.
After warming up the listener enough comes 'Sheila Ki Jawani' which clearly has to be one of the most erotic item tracks to have been heard in a long-long time. There has been a 'munni badnaam' or a 'beedi jalaile' in the past, both being tremendous hits while belonging to the world of item songs. Now comes 'Sheila Ki Jawani' which has an urban setting to it with a fusion of 'desi' sound which makes it an irresistible and one of it's kind affairs. The way Sunidhi Chauhan sings the track, especially to the kind of lyrics that are out rightly suggestive, one can well expect Katrina Kaif to find a new fan base once the song is seen in entirety. With added vocals by Vishal Dadlani (who has also written the song), this one (appearing in a remix version as well) would easily go down as one of the most erotic compositions ever by him and his partner Shekhar since 'Khuda Jaane' [Bachna Ae Haseeno], which belonged to romantic genre but still resulted in soaring temperatures.
It is time to bring an altogether different world in Tees Maar Khan with 'Wallah Re Wallah' which has been clearly designed for Salman Khan. Though the makers claim to have brought in Salman in the film at the last minute, it seems highly improbable that this 'qawalli' track would have been thought to be picturised on anyone else. With Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif matching steps with Salman in the song, there are multiple singers like Shekhar Ravjiani, Kamal Khan, Raja Hasan and Shreya Ghoshal coming together to make 'Wallah Re Wallah' an energetic song. The song has to be heard multiple times though as it doesn't make an instant impression just like 'Tumse Milke Dil Ka' [Main Hoon Naa] or 'Deewangee' [Om Shanti Om]. Also, remove Salman from the song and it is difficult to believe if the song would have managed a similar reach. This is a major reason why one waits to see how Farah Khan has picturised this song since in a standalone mode, it is good, not fantastic even after one has heard it's remix version as well.
A situational track with a village setting to it, 'Badey Dilwala' is a catchy number and has a good mix of Hindi and English lyrics that keep the fun element on. Also, even though this is mainly a Sukhwinder Singh song, it is Shreya Ghoshal who seems to having maximum fun. Check out the way in which she modulates her voice at numerous junctures in the song, hence bringing in the mood of the 60s and 70s. Also, one has to listen to Anvita Dutt's lyrics carefully as they convey quite a lot about the film and the situational setting of the song. This is yet another track that keeps the momentum right through its five minutes duration, hence ensuring that there are racy visuals to compliment it's overall mood. With a 'remix version' to boast of, 'Badey Dilwala' makes it crystal clear that Farah Khan wanted ample variety in each of the five compositions for her film.
Prajakta Shukre, Harshit Saxena, Abhijeet Sawant and Debojit Saha - some of the major constestants from various talent hunt shows on TV - are brought to one floor with 'Happy Ending', a song which is designed for the end credit sequence, something which is the hallmark of Farah Khan cinema. This is not the kind of song that one instantly warms up to though there is nothing in it that puts you away either. It is just that due to the situational appeal of the song (which is about everyone being happy in successful in life, whether supporters or opponents) keeps it's prospects limited. One waits to see how the song has been picturised as it could well have various moments of 'bring on the smiles' moments.
One expected a moon from Tees Maar Khan, especially so since it is coming together of a team which believes in bringing to audience a full-on 'masala' outings. Such immense expectations means that a relatively lesser volume of content in the album (there are in total five original songs) with a couple of them being situational results in one left with a slight desire of something more. However, if one looks at it as an album that would find itself picked up from the shelves pronto, Tees Maar Khan is bound to become one of the top selling in the year due to high curiosity value. While 'Sheila Ki Jawani' and title song 'Tees Maar Khan' are two sure shot chartbusters to keep the first time listeners happy, one can definitely expect some eye catchy picturisation and choreography by Farah Khan to make 'Wallah Re Wallah' and 'Badey Dilwala' stand out as well after the release of the film.
Sheila Ki Jawani, Tees Maar Khan, Wallah Re Wallah