Who can make Boo!
In case you did not know, Force is a remake of the 2003 Tamil hit Kaakha…Kaakha, and this fact is driven home to the hilt with the very first song titled ‘Khwabon Khwabon’. Yes it is a straight lift of the Tamil version ‘Uyirin Uyire.’ Both songs have KK and Suchitra doing vocal duties, but obviously, KK’s part is in Hindi with lyrics supplied by Javed Akhtar. Suchitra’s quasi-Arabic chanting is identical to the Tamil version so this song has a mix of the old as well as the new. But as an album opener, it’s quite good, with decent instrumentation and a peppy beat to start things off. But still, a lazy rip off!
Music composer Harris Jayaraj gets into original mode with ‘Chahoon Bhi’ and delivers a soft romantic number using Karthik and Bombay Jayashree (Bombay?? Really?). Anyway, Bombay has a cool voice and can hold a note using her slightly husky voice to make it sensual enough for the scene. Karthik brings his romance after almost half the song is over. But it is a welcome sound and together they harmonize very well. Jayaraj has given a very conventional tune and you will be humming it within a couple of listens.
Things completely change with ‘Dum Hai Toh Aaja’ as the whole scene shifts into some live concert type setting. Guitars are firing, drums are banging and pop singer Mahua (ex VIVA) belts out what could pass off as some girl power anthem. The guitars get heavier as things get hotter and the song eventually ends up on the wrong side of Hindi rock. If this whole rock guitar trend was started years ago by the success of Rock On, then its time the composers realize when to turn the rock off! ‘Karma is a Bitch’ from Shor In The City is the best things have got and everything else will always be in it’s shadow.
Harris Jayaraj gets back on track with the following ‘Main Chali’. It’s pretty clear that he is much superior in the gentle melodious parts and with this song divided into both loud and soft sections, the point is well demonstrated. Shreya Ghoshal kisses the song with her voice easily, while Naresh Iyer attempts to add some bite without much success. This one is neither here nor there really.
‘Dil Ki Hai Tamanna’ ends things on soft note. Vijay Prakash, Neha Bhasin (ex-VIVA again) and Shalini Singh get together and deliver yet another soft romantic number. This one probably has the best lyrics, though this could be a tie with ‘Chahoon Bhi’. Still Javed Akhtar works best with romance on his mind and Force has enough proof of this.
Eventually, the album Force sounds like a soft feathered pillow on which one can lie down and day-dream about love and yearning, or other such emotions. This hardly conforms to the way the movie is being promoted through its posters and trailers, with a beefy John Abraham throwing hooligans around like footballs. Above average. Which is almost certainly better than what the film is.