By: Joginder Tuteja, IndiaFM
Friday, January 19, 2007
Excel Films struck it BIG with a biggie Don last year. And now they are ready to strike once again, this time with a relatively much smaller film - Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. With Javed Akhtar saab penning the lyrics and Vishal-Shekhar composing for the film, expectations are only sky high from HTPL, which is directorial debutant of Reema Kagti and is being released overseas by new entrants Studio 18.
While the film is garnering a lot of attention through its innovative promos that first came out with the screening of Don and now are all over the telly, music is fast catching up too and is being keenly anticipated by those looking for their dose of something young, peppy and energetic. Well, the wait ends as the music of HTPL (on T Series) is exactly as per the expectations and scores highly in all departments to turn out as yet another beautiful soundtrack that should gain popular acclaim in days to come.
Are you looking for a song that would make you leave your couch and hit the dance floor? Then your wait is over as Sunidhi Chauhan and Shekhar Ravjiani get together for an amazing fusion number that is infectious to the core. With Indian folk fused with western arrangements, 'Sajanaji' is a fun number all the way with a truly funky appeal. A befitting beginning to the album, the song is sure to bring the house down due to Kay Kay Menon's antics as he gets into a dance mode for probably the first time in his career.
If you have laughed along with Sunny paaji's moves in 'Yaara O Yaara' [Jeet] , then you would roll over on the floors within minutes of watching the song on the screen. Kay Kay does well in getting into the skin of the character and dances as per the situation's demand to make 'Sajanaji' a song that would be seen for weeks to come. Mark it as yet another winner for Sunidhi Chauhan.
You have heard and would be hearing songs about a young girl dreaming of her prince charming to come and sway her off the feet. Now hear 'Jaane Hai Woh Kahan' and you would certainly want to hear more of it by setting the song in a repeat mode. Shreya Ghoshal is restrained in her rendition and does well to go as per the pace required by the tune to come up with yet another beautiful number in the album.
If 'Sajnaji' was all about letting your hair down, 'Jaane Hai' is about relaxing on the couch and just waiting for the night to arrive to get into the dream world. This is what happens to the girl in picture as Shaan makes a late entry and creates an instant impression in spite of a short stay in the song.
Surprise surprise as two of the top composers come together to jam along for 'Albela Albela'! And guess who they are? None other than Vishal Dadlani, who has recently delivered a superhit 'Dhoom Again' and Shankar Mahadevan who is anyways a regular when it comes to singing for the songs composed by him along with Ehsaan and Loy. Yet another funky track with one BIG party feel to it, it has an old world charm to it, what with saxophones being prominent throughout the song. Expect a high energy outing when the song is on!
In a tale of never ending surprises comes 'Pyaar Ki Ek Kahani'. Have you enjoyed the music of films in the genre of 'The Mask Of Zorro'? If so, then you would love this tango number that has Sunidhi Chauhan and Gyatri Iyer rendering the number with the kind of perfection as required by the song of this genre. A dance number that would make any romantic heart long for a date in a beautiful night over a beach, 'Pyaar Ki Ek Kahani' succeeds in getting on some variety in the album and meanwhile carries on the party/celebration mood of the album and in turn the film. And yes, if you are not in a mood to dance along, then there is always a nice cozy corner table where you can have a pleasant candle night dinner while the song is on!
'Halke Halke' comes later and is the number with a trademark Vishal Shekhar stamp to it as it has that youthful charm to it that has made their music enjoyable since the time world recognized them once the music of 'Jhankaar Beats' was out! Rendered by Neeraj Sridhar, it is a soothing love song with great lyrics and some excellent pacing that makes it immensely likeable. Belonging to the same genre as 'Samaa Yeh Suhaana' [Goonj] (though there is absolutely no similarity otherwise between the two numbers], 'Halke Halke' is the kind of number that you expect in many more films from the talented composer duo. Watch out for its gentle pacing; it is going to hook you on for hours if you love listening to effortless melodies!
On the other hand, if you like your music to be all racy and fun, especially in a film like HTPL, there is a remix version of 'Halke Halke' too which is just the opposite of the original. Though there is no difference in the style of rendition, it is the pacing and completely different arrangements that make 'Halke Halke' a number to tap your feet around and get into a nice little jig.
Produced by Funcinternational, 'Haath Dhore Niye Chalo' is the last track to arrive in the album which is basically a club based funky track. Seemingly set in a discotheque, it is fast paced with a rave feel to it and promises to go well with the night life of Goa. Don't worry too much about the lyrics since it is just a line or two in Bengali which occasionally make an appearance in this track that prominently presents itself as an instrumental. Also, the highly westernized arrangements camouflage the lyrics and rendition part to close the album on a high note.
HTPL is a very good album with not a single dull moment interrupting the proceedings. Each of the songs make an impact in the album and it is difficult to choose one over another. On one hand there is a potential chartbuster 'Sajnaji', there are songs like 'Pyaar Ki Ek Kahani' and 'Halke Halke' for the romantic hearts. Meanwhile there is a song each for young men and women in the form of 'Albela Albela' and 'Jaane Hai Woh Kahan' respectively.
Vishal, Shekhar and Javed Akhtar saab have ensured that Valentines Day comes early this year!