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By: Joginder Tuteja, IndiaFM
Friday, July 27, 2007
Whatever may have been the fate of Sajid Nadiadwala's last film Jaan-E-Mann, what cannot be denied is the fact that the film boasted of some lilting melodies. They may have taken their own time to grow with the audience but unfortunately never got the due that they deserved. Nevertheless, in less than a year since the release of Jaan-E-Mann, Nadiadwala is ready with his next film Heyy Babyy which has funny man Sajid Khan at the helm.
After making his directorial debut with one of the horror stories from Darna Zaroori Hai, Khan is now coming with this light hearted comedy that has music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy and lyrics by Sameer. Expectations are quite good from Shankar Ehsaan Loy since they have four back to back appreciated albums in the form of Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Don, Salaam E Ishq and Jhoom Barabar Khoom. Will Heyy Babyy be their fifth in a row? Hear the album once and one can surely say - Yes!
First and foremost question here - Who is the guy who does the initial 'Ae O Aa' here for the title song Heyy Babyy? Is it Loy, Raman or Pervez Quadir? Because whoever this guy is, he does a very good job in setting the mood right for getting the club house feel! With Neeraj Sridhar at the helm of affairs along with the rest, Heyy Babyy is a track which is instantly catchy though one feels that the arrangements could have been much more zingy and crisper, especially in the 'antaras'.
While the 'mukhda' is absolutely zany, the portions that follow are not as exciting which only aid in reducing the effect created earlier. Nevertheless all said and done, this may well be forgotten and ignored once couple of dozen odd stunning beauties grace the screen with their inviting moves!
Ok, so now it couldn't have been more suggestive than this. When a song's title itself is 'The Big 'O' Remix', one can very well expect what would be in store this time around. One knows that there would be a cry of seduction to begin with and that happens as well though it is curbed to a great extent as the song moves ahead. Instead the remix just follows what other remixes do, i.e. move at a rapid pace with a couple of additional instruments added on to speed up the proceedings. Result? A track that is fine as an audio but has potential to make greater impact if aided by an eye catchy music video!
Anvita Dutt Guptan, who had written some cool songs for Neal N Nikki is back into the scheme of things with the English version of the title song that features an all 'Girl Band'. A smash hit track that should find its way into the discs and clubs the day Heyy Babyy arrives on the stands, it is high on speed, crisp in arrangements, cool in treatment, rocking on dance floor and sung sans any inhibitions.
This is the version that is bound to play in background for the promos as the film gets readied for release. Better, it deserves a music video for itself. Period! With Akbar Sami at the helm, this version is easily the best of the three by leaps and bounds.
Aah...Sonu Nigam is back! The young man has become overtly chooses in whatever he sings and for whom to sing! Thankfully his silken voice is heard once again in 'Dholna' which is set as a 60s songs with a touch of Johar/Chopra flavor. In fact how much one tries, it is difficult not to remember 'Dholna' from 'Dil To Pagal Hai'. This is because apart from the title of the song, even core Indian arrangements follow a similar path.
Nevertheless, it is not a bad choice at all as both Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal give what audience across the length and breadth of India want. A pleasant song, it also appears in a 'Love Is In The Air Remix' which takes the hip-hop route this time around. Thankfully the basic essence of the song is left untouched which only helps the song further grow with every repeated hearing.
Mood of 'Jaane Ke Jaana Naa' from Jaan-E-Mann is repeated with 'Mast Kalandar' which takes the fun element one step ahead and ensures that Sajid Khan has one more hit track in hand apart from the title song. A fusion 'qawalli' that is rocking to say the least, 'Mast Kalandar' has Salim Shehzada , Rehan Khan, Shankar Mahadevan and Sajid Khan himself teaming up to make sure that there is not a single dull moment throughout the six minutes duration of the song.
A foot tapping track with enough ammunition waiting to explode, 'Mast Kalandar' is a feel good 'qawalli' with a love element running throughout which is bound to be noticed in few more days to come. Watch out for it when the song is aired on the music channels!
It's time to visit Carribean with 'Jaane Bhi De' that has Shankar Mahadevan and Loy behind the mike. Hear it once and it is hard not to imagine Salman Khan grooving along. A feel good pleasant track which is about a man trying to woo his love who is a little upset, 'Jaane Bhi De' is paced decently with peppy arrangements to boost. This one may not be the next chartbuster in the making but accompanied by some trademark Farah Khan choreography (which means lot of background dancers doing different things and colorful sets adding on to the vibrancy), 'Jaane Bhi De' is an eye candy in the making.
A little later comes the 'Hiphop Hiccup Remix' of the song which is true to it's title since the electronic effect created is the one that is akin to someone singing with a hiccup. With good dose of English thrown in, the song starts sounded cooler than it did in the original version. By the time the version ends, you do end up liking 'Jaane Bhi De' much more than you did earlier on in it's first few hearings.
For a film which revolves around a baby, how is it possible not to have a song dedicated to the little wonder? As the album comes to a close, 'Meri Duniya Tu Hi Re' arrives where Sonu Nigam, Shaan and Shankar Mahadevan get together to sing for the baby. No, it is not one of those conventional lullabies out here that we have been used to hearing for decades. Instead the song is created as a love ballad where smart lyrics by Sameer ensure that the song could be sung to a little one in the same vein as you would do to your loved one. A situational track that should go well with the film.
If one has to just go by the album that Sajid Khan has got in place with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Sameer, it is definite that he knows the meaning of quality. Never once in the album do you sense that there was any lesser effort in making an up market product and Sajid gets it right to create a soundtrack with good variety.
While the title song is a definite hit in the making (especially the moment the Akbar Sami version featuring the 'Girl Band' arrives), 'Mast Kalandar' and 'Dholna' have their strengths too. Meanwhile 'Jaane Bhi De' has a potential to catch up in a long run. A good beginning for the second half of 2007!