Sunday, October 31, 2010

Lucky Ali wows Assam crowd, to promote district

Lucky Ali wows Assam crowd, to promote districtBollywood singer-composer and actor Lucky Ali, who regaled the crowd with a rocking performance in this Assam town, will be the brand ambassador of the state's Dima Hasao district.

Lucky's performance was part of the first edition of the three-day Jatinga International Festival and he got a huge round of applause by a crowd of nearly 15,000 Friday.

"I am moved by the kind of hospitality the people of Haflong have showered on me. It is such a beautiful place. Living in Mumbai and Bangalore, we hardly can have such warmth. Politics should be kept apart from development. The place needs to be developed as a popular tourist spot," Lucky told IANS.

Lucky has given his consent to promote the district, of which Haflong is the headquarters, said Debojit Thaosen, chief executive member of the Dima Hasao District Autonomous Council.

This was Lucky's first visit to Haflong, also known as the Switzerland of the East. He is also planning to popularise Assam through his next video album.

"I am going to shoot my next video album Xsuie in Assam," said Lucky, who has also featured in movies like "Kaante" and "Sur".

He said his next acting project "Rock Shock" is currently in post-production stage and is slated for either a December or early 2011 release.

At the event, Lucky sang songs from his albums like "Sifar", "Aks", "Sunoh", "Kabhi Aisa Lagta Hai" and "Xsuie", apart from some of his popular film songs.

He also crooned an evergreen number from his father, legendary comedian Mehmood's 1976 film "Sabse Bada Rupaiya".

And the audience at the District Sports Ground here was thrilled.

"It was awesome. I am a big fan of Lucky Ali and I will treasure his autograph," said Kalpana, a student.

Vishwanath, who stays in nearby Silchar, was mesmerised by the soulful songs, and said: "I am attending his (Lucky Ali's) show for the first time and I am damn impressed. He has got an awesome voice."

Two other bands -- Guwahati-based Moon Win and Low Rides from Bangalore -- also enthralled the crowd.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey' took inspiration from Bengali music

'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey' took inspiration from Bengali musicSohail Sen, who has composed music for "Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey" (KHJJS), says he referred to various genres of Bengali music for the soundtrack of the period film by Ashutosh Gowariker.

"A lot of people asked me whether or not I was inspired by Rabindra Sangeet for this film? Rabindra Sangeet is compositions of Rabindranath Tagore and in Bengal there are many other genres too. So you can't select one genre and make songs on that. I took the basic vibes from every genre and then started composing," Sohail told IANS.

Based on Manini Chatterjee's book "Do and Die: The Chittagong Uprising 1930-34", Gowariker's period film is a true story of the revolution of 1930 against the British that happened in Chittagong, then a district of undivided Bengal. Abhishek Bachchan is playing freedom fighter Surya Sen in it and Deepika Padukone the role of Kalpana Dutt.

The composer said that selecting the instruments was very important to get the feel of that era.

"You have to keep in mind the sounds because it is a 1930 film. It was important to see what instruments were mainly used that time in Bengal to lend the right feel to the film. To compile those instruments and design sounds keeping that in mind was an interesting experience."

Sen worked with Gowariker in "What's Your Rashee". Which film was more challenging?

"In 'What's Your Rashee' I was supposed to churn out contemporary music, but here It was a different experience. However, you can't decide what is difficult or what is not. It is always difficult to compose. It mainly depends on your approach to your work," he said.

He composed music on the sets in Goa.

"The shooting was happening in a small town in Goa. I went there and stayed with them for a month and a half. In the morning, I used to go to the sets and interact with all the actors, then I used to come back to the hotel and create tunes.

"That was a nice experience because I got a chance to see the locations, the cast and crew. I used to take all those vibes and compose the tracks. After pack up Ashutosh sir used to come and we used to select tunes," said Sen.

The film has 12 tracks across various genres. Sen, however, got stuck while composing "Sapne salone".

"I did face certain problems while composing 'Sapne salone', which is a romantic number in the film between Abhishek and Deepika's characters. The age difference between Kalpana (Deepika) and Surjya (Abhishek) is quite a bit; so you have to keep a maturity level in the song and at the same time you have to keep a little mischief too. So while composing the song, I did face a little bit of problem," he said.

'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey' Music Review

'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey' Music ReviewFilm: "Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey"; Music Director: Sohail Sen; Lyricist: Javed Akhtar; Singers: Sohail Sen, Pamela Jain, Ranjini Jose, chorus; Rating: ***

After working with Ashutosh Gowariker in film "What's Your Raashee?" composer Sohail Sen teamed up with the filmmaker in period film "Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey". Packed with high energy and soft soothing melodious songs, the album is high on patriotic sentiment.

It boasts of five originals. The film is based on Manini Chatterjee's book "Do and Die: The Chittagong Uprising 1930-34", and the composer has tried to stick to the theme of the movie in his songs.

The first song of the album, "Yeh des hai mera", is a solo sung by Sohail. Even though the title is quite similar to "Yeh jo des hai mera" from Gowariker's previous film "Swades", the two songs are significantly different.

"Yeh des hai mera" is a slow, calm, patriotic song and evokes feelings of encouragement. It is effortlessly sung by Sohail. A good start for the album.

Next is "Nayan Tere". Crooned by Pamela Jain and Ranjini Jose, it has a certain amount of mischief and innocence in it owing to the lyrics and the way it has been rendered. The predominance of flute makes it melodious and hummable. In the end, a few lines in Bengali have been also incorporated to keep the soul of the film intact.

The title track of the film is a high tempo, energetic number and what makes it a must hear is the vocals by children from the Suresh Wadkar Ajivasan Music Academy. The dynamism in the voice of these kids and the whistling are the highlight of the song. It oozes patriotism and is so contagious that listeners actually feel the emotion in the song. It has the potential to be a new freedom anthem for the youth.

The only romantic track in the album is "Sapney salone", which has Sohail and Pamela behind the mike. A soft, pleasing and simple track, it has a tranquillising effect on listeners. Melodious composition and soft orchestration are the pluses of the love song.

Then there is the much talked about Hindi version of the "Vande Mataram". It is also in chorus by singers from the Cine Singers Association Chorus Group. It is power-packed and energetic and evokes a feeling of love and pride for the country.

The makers have also packed the background score of the film in the album under various titles like "Long live Chittagong", "The Teenagers Whistle", "Surjya's Sorrow", "Vande Mataram", "The Escape", "Nayan Tere (sad) and "Revolutinary Comrades".

The music sticks to the theme of the film and yet it is entertaining and interesting. Sohail has tried to keep the orchestration subdued and has focused on vocals. Indian instruments like flute and sitar are widely used.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Javed Akhtar translates 'Vande mataram' in Hindi for film 'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey'

Javed Akhtar translates 'Vande mataram' in Hindi for film 'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey'Veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar has translated the national song "Vande mataram" from Sanskrit to Hindi for director Ashutosh Gowariker's forthcoming period film "Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey".

"I think if you are inspired, if you have that high energy created by the original text then it becomes easier for a writer to do something," the 65-year-old told IANS when asked how easy or difficult was the whole process.

"So I won't say it was difficult although I was obviously and terribly over-awed by the responsibility. But somehow it happened very quickly and to the satisfaction of the music director (Sohail Sen) and the director," he added.

"Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey", slated to hit the screens Dec 3, stars Abhishek Bachchan and Deepika Padukone in lead roles. Set in Chittagong in pre-independent India, the true life story revolves around a series of attacks executed April 18, 1930 and their aftermath.

The music of the film was launched Wednesday and apart from the male lead, other B-town celebs like Jaya Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Anupam Kher and Kirron Kher were there.

The story develops in a part of Bengal, so what all did Akhtar have to keep in mind while penning the lyrics?

"When you take the background of a film, which is in a way alien to Hindi and Urdu - you have to still write the songs in Hindi or Urdu only, but it should somehow put the impression that perhaps this song has come from that language or that state or that era."

"There are many words which cannot be used and there are many words that will help you create that literary illusion. In this film, the characters are Bengali, if I use chaste Urdu with them, that will sound false. So it should sound as if it has just been translated from Bengali. That effect should come in the album and that's what we have taken care of," he said.

He has penned lyrics for many films, but says despite so many years of experience even he gets stuck sometimes.

"In most of the films, more often than not, you are writing songs for the same kind of situations and to be different every time is a challenge.

"Someone has defined an expert saying that an expert is a person who knows about less and less. This is how we film people are, we tend to know more about less and less. To create variety, to keep your diction fresh, to get something new, new words, new metaphors, is challenging and the first thought that comes to you is generally cliched, you have to reject that and then move further," he added.

This is not for the first time that Akhtar has collaborated with Gowarikar - he worked with him in "Lagaan", "Swades", "What's Your Rashee?" and "Jodhaa Akbar".

Thursday, October 21, 2010

'Break Ke Baad' Music Review

'Break Ke Baad' Music ReviewFilm: "Break Ke Baad"; Music Directors: Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani; Lyricists: Vishal Dadlani and Prasoon Joshi; Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Alyssa Mendonsa, Neeraj Shridhar, Shekhar Ravjiani, Sunidhi Chauhan, Caralisa Monteiro, Mikey Mccleary and Nikhil D'Souza; Rating: ***

Vishal and Shekhar know the pulse of youth and so their music is usually young, hip and zippy. Repeating the trend, the composer duo has rendered some interesting and upbeat songs that are bound to be liked by music lovers, especially the young generation.

The album boasts of eight tracks, including one remix and one acoustic version.

It sets the mood with its first track "Adhoore", which is already making waves among listeners. Crooned by Vishal and Alyssa Mendonsa, the peppy, foot-tapping love song that describes the two main characters in the film is quite interesting and entertaining. A good start to the soundtrack.

The song also has a remix version, which is faster in pace.

The next is "Ajab leher" that has Neeraj Shridhar, Shekhar Ravjiani and Vishal behind the mike. The upbeat song that talks about one's neighbour makes good use of the saxophone, which is quite appealing. It's catchy and has the potential to become a favourite.

Next is a soft song, "Dhoop ke makaan", sung by Shekhar Ravjiani, Sunidhi Chauhan, Caralisa and Mikey Mcclearyu. The track is quite melodious even though the music is subdued and the focus is on vocals and lyrics. A decent number.

The song also has an acoustic version, which is more appealing. It has a raw feel that gives it an edge over the original.

Then there is "Dooriyan hain zaroori", a song that talks about the concept of space in a relationship. With rock influences, the song attracts attention. It is catchy and has spunk, which helps it stand tall among the other tracks.

The soundtrack also offers an English song, which is situational. "Don't worry about me" is likeable but, because of the language, might not enjoy mass appeal. Nevertheless, a good hear.

Finally, there is "Main jiyoonga" that starts with a bang. With piano as its predominant instrument, it generates quite a lot of interest. A good way to end the album.

On the whole, "Break Ke Baad" offers a robust mix of songs that are hummable and will be enjoyed by a majority of people.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

'Guzaarish' Music Review

'Guzaarish' Music ReviewFilm: "Guzaarish"; Music Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali; Lyricists: A.M. Turaz and Vibhu Puri; Singers: KK, Shail Hada, Kunal Ganjawala, Rakesh Pandit, Francois, Vibhavari Joshi, Sunidhi Chauhan, Harshdeep Kaur and Shankar Mahadevan; Rating: ***

Even though "Guzaarish" is Sanjay Leela Bhansali's debut foray into music direction, the filmmaker-turned-composer has done an astounding job, aptly capturing the mood and feel of the film that stars Hrithik Roshan as a paraplegic and Aishwarya Rai as his nurse.

The soundtrack boasts of 10 original tracks and no remixes.

The album begins with the title track, which is also one of the best tracks of the film. Sung by KK in his soulful voice and with ample support from Shail Hada, the love ballad is beautifully composed. A soft approach and predominance of the accordion gives the song an edge.

Next is an interestingly written song, "Sau gram zindagi", with Kunal Ganjawala behind the mike. Even though the track has unconventional lyrics, it still stands tall owing to Ganjawala's brilliant vocals and the melody of the composition.

A track that is based on life, "Sau gram zindagi" has a very nice thought behind it. The only damper is the English lyrics that emerge at the end. They seem quite unnecessary in the audio but might add more sense visually.

"Tera zikr", another love song in appreciation of one's lady love, is crooned by Shail Hada and Rakesh Pandit. The slow moving number is worth a listen but somehow doesn't generate the urge to hear it again.

Then the album takes a slight turn with the emergence of "Saiba" by Vibhavari Joshi. After three slow numbers "Saiba" gets some pace to the soundtrack. The song has a very international feel and seems more of a situational track.

Next in line is KK singing "Jaane kiska khwab" in his impressive voice. The lyrics are the main plus point of this track in which vocals are given more importance than instruments. The orchestration has been kept minimal that brings about a tranquilizing effect in the song.

Then another moderately paced song comes in the guise of "Udi" sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and Shail Hada. The track has the feel of a carnival. This one is just passable in the context of the album.

"Keh na saku" is another brilliant track of the album. This one comes very close to the title track in terms of appeal. The romantic number crooned by Shail Hada again makes you fall in love with the track, which is slow-paced. It strikes a chord with the listener with its musical arrangement and soul-stirring composition. A clear winner.

Up next the album throws open a young, impressive, budding voice of Harshdeep Kaur, who has given the vocals for "Chaand ki katori". The soft, pleasing and soulful song appeals mainly because of the astounding voice of the singer, which fits the track completely.

Subdued musical arrangements are a plus because they lend focus to the vocals. There are moments in the song that are clearly its highlights. Listen in loop to thoroughly enjoy every element of this track.

Then there is "Daayein baayein" sung by KK. A free-flowing love song, "Daayein baayein" follows the principle of slow moving tracks adopted in this album but somehow doesn't create a strong impression. It is neither bad nor brilliant.

Finally we have "Dhundhli dhundhli" that has Shankar Mahadevan behind the mike. The song begins with the chirping of birds, it sets a pensive mood and has violin as the predominant instrument. The parts where Mahadevan takes the high pitch are very interesting and give an edge to the track.

On the whole, as a first time music director, Bhansali has done a commendable job, concentrating more on vocals and quality of compositions than just the beats. The album will surely be appreciated by music buffs.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Meiyang Chang still love singing

Meiyang Chang still love singingMeiyang Chang's brush with fame began with his singing prowess, but he left his first love for the sake of acting and anchoring. Now, the former "Indian Idol" contestant wants to sing again, and that too for Bollywood.

"I know I have left singing. In fact, I am thankful that some people still remember me for it and invite me to live shows. I have not even done my riyaaz for the past three to four months, but I plan to focus on my singing now," Chang told IANS on phone from Mumbai.

"I want to start again by singing some jingles and tracks of TV shows. I don't know when a film song will come my way but ultimately, of course, I would love to sing for Bollywood," he added.

Chang participated in "Indian Idol 3" in 2007, and then went on to do live shows. He returned to "Indian Idol" as the host of the fourth season. His anchoring skills were recognised, and he was given a chance to be a presenter for the second season of Indian Premier League in South Africa.

But he got a major break as an actor with Yash Raj Films' "Badmaash Company", which also featured Shahid Kapoor. Now, he is waiting for more scripts, and says is happy hosting horror reality show "The Chair", which airs on Bindass.

"I never left TV. Yes, I did move on do a movie and like everyone, I want to do many more movies, but let's not underestimate the power of TV. It is a mass medium and I enjoy doing it,' said Chang, who is also a qualified dentist.

The singer-actor says he took up "The Chair" for its one-of-a-kind concept, which involves a participant trying to communicate subconsciously with the paranormal at a haunted location.

Chang says he was a fan of horror shows as a child, but he found them resembling comedies when he grew up.

"Beyond a point, all horror shows started using cheap tricks to scare the audience. But I do like some horror movies like "The Ring". "The Chair" as a show is different because it shows how people react when they are put in situations involving ghosts and spirits."

Does he believe in the supernatural?

"Personally, I think ghosts and spirits are all in the mind. I think people shed these fears as they grow up. I was scared of blood earlier, but after anatomy lessons during my dentistry study, I am hardly bothered anymore," he quipped.

'Golmaal 3' Music Review

'Golmaal 3' Music ReviewFilm: "Golmaal 3"; Music Director: Pritam Chakraborty; Lyricist: Kumaar; Singers: KK, Anushka Manchanda, Monali, Shaan, Neeraj Shridhar, Antara Mitra, Sunidhi Chauhan, Bappi Lahiri and Sudesh Bhosle; Rating: ***

The "Golmaal" soundtrack was composed by Vishal-Shekhar, but Pritam Chakroborty took the mantle from the composer duo for "Golmaal Returns" and presented quite an energetic soundtrack. For the third instalment, the music director has clubbed the retro feel of the 1980s along with contemporary music and the combination makes the album a must hear.

The album of "Golmaal 3" boasts of six originals and three re-mixes.

The soundtrack kick-starts with the high energy title track of the film, crooned efficiently by KK, Anushka Manchanda and Monali Thakur. The song boasts of the same energy and spirit as seen in the title tracks of the first two movies, but it stands out with its individuality. It is catchy, peppy and contains a lot of spunk, which will make it a hit at the DJ consoles. An interesting start.

It also has a re-mixed version.

Next in line is a motivational number "Apna har din" with Shaan and Anushka behind the mike. The fast-paced song stresses on the fact that one should live life to the fullest. The lyrics are nice, but the composition is not so inspiring. It lacks punch.

This one too has a re-mixed version, which is also average.

"Ale" starts as an English song, but soon Hindi lyrics take over. It is quite average and doesn't make the listener sit up and take notice. Sung by Neeraj Sridhar and Antara Mitra, it fails to pep up the album.

It is followed by another fast-paced number titled "Desi kali". This has a heard-before feeling and doesn't strike a chord. The love song is upbeat and high on beats, but it falls flat in terms of appeal. Even the talented singers Neeraj and Sunidhi fail to save the song.

The song has a re-mixed version too.

Then the retro feel hits the album with two back-to-back songs from the Mithun Chakraborty-starring 1982 film "Disco Dancer".

The first is "Disco Dancer" crooned by Bappi Lahiri, who had sung the original song. Bringing alive the disco era, it catches the attention even after so many years. The classic that has been revisited exudes its original charm and is equally likeable even now.

Then there is "Yaad aa raha hai". Sung by Sudesh Bhosle, this one too brings alive the retro aspect and is sure to make a mark like it did when it got released for the first time.

On the whole, "Golmaal 3" has few hits and few misses. But the album is worth a listen.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

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'Allah Ke Banday' Music Review

Allah Ke Banday Music ReviewFilm: "Allah Ke Banday"; Music Directors: Chirantan Bhatt, Kailash Kher, Naresh, Paresh, Tarun, Vinayak, Hamza Faruqui and Ishq Bector; Lyricists: Sarim Momin, Kailash Kher and Faruk Kabir ; Singers: Hamza Faruqui, Krishna, Kailash Kher, Ravi Khote, Sunidhi Chauhan and Ishq Bector; Rating: ***1/2

Multiple composers and lyricists have come together to make the soundtrack of Sharman Joshi- starrer "Allah Ke Banday" and they defy the old saying that too many cooks spoil the broth. Each song of the film has its distinctive character and is entertaining in its own right.

The film, slated to hit screens Oct 22, boasts of six tracks.

"Maula" crooned by Hamza Faruqui and Krishna opens the album with a bang. The Sufi rock number is already making its presence felt on radio stations and television channels. The strong vocals and a high-pitch approach are the high points of the song that also boasts of good composition.

Next is "Kya hawa kya baadal" by the members of "Kailasa" band. Kailash Kher, Paresh and Naresh have come up with an enchanting composition with a dominant Indian sound. The song has a very edgy and haunting feel to it with Kailash's voice varying from base to high pitch during the course of the song. It has the ability to hook a listener for long.

Then enters "Rabba rabba", which has Ravi Khote behind the mike. It is an average song with nothing very interesting to offer. The composition is soaked in western flavour and also seems to have very strong rock influence.

Up next is "Mayoos", the only female song of the soundtrack, which is beautifully crooned by Sunidhi Chauhan. With minimal music arrangement, Sunidhi's voice takes centrestage and sets the mood. The slow-paced song is poignant and strikes a chord with the listener.

Finally, the album takes a turn with Ishq Bector of "Hip hopper" fame singing "Kaala jaadu", a fun and entertaining track. With foot-tapping beats and quirky lyrics, it has a mass appeal and is bound to find a place for itself.

On the whole, the album generates ample interest and will be liked by music lovers.