Harris Jayaraj, Lalit Pandit

By Abid, Glamsham Editorial

Expectations are naturally high when any music album under the banner of producer-director, Vipul Shah is released as he has been long associated with some high quality chartbusting numbers, and films like AANKHEN, WAQT-RACE AGAINST TIME, NAMSTEY LONDON, LONDON DREAMS and ACTION REPLAYY are a testimony to our belief. However the last film that he produced (but did not direct) KUCHH LUV JAISA sank without a trace despite some good music by hit machine Pritam. FORCE too is a Vipul Shah production that has been directed by Nishikant Kamat. The film is remake of the super hit Tamil movie, KAAKHA KAAKHA, and just like the film, its music by Harris Jayaraj was a super duper success. For the South Indian film industry and its patrons composer Harris Jayaraj is an icon in himself having delivered countless chartbusting albums, a brilliant composer and a competent musician, having a vast knowledge of contemporary as well as classical music. But Harris’ claim to fame for Bollywood is the Tamil GHAJINI and not to forget, the memorable REHNA HAI TERE DIL MEIN. So, let’s get on and check for ourselves if Harris is able to create the same magic with the remake and make an entry into Bollywood which is in dire need of some fresh composers.

The album opens with “Khwabon Khwabon” which is a dubbed version of the chartbuster, “Uyirin Uyire” from the original KAAKHA KAAKHA but there is no point in comparing the two. From the point of view of the Hindi film audience this song has definitely what it takes to make it to the charts, a lovely breezy rhythm, excellent singing by Kay Kay and classy musical arrangements. The fusion of soft rock and metal with light Hindustani classical and especially the intermittent use of ‘sitar’ and ‘tabla’ in between is exhilarating. The song is in effect a solo as Suchitra comes in for brief moment with what sounds like an Arabic interlude. The lyrics by Javed Akhtar are top class and though the racy rhythm might take away the focus from them but when we sit back and listen to the song more than once we realize the fine poetry penned by Javed Sahab. All in all a sure shot hit. And with the aggressive promotion that the song is getting, we are sure that like its original this one too will shoot to the top pretty soon.

The next number, “Chahoon Bhi” is the quintessential romantic track adorning the album and is rendered by Bombay Jayshree and Karthik. Bombay Jayshree may not be a much known name in Bollywood but is a potent force in the South music arena and her successful association with composer Harris Jayaraj dates back quite a long time. The two talented artists give their best but the composition with its slow drawl rhythm and soft musical arrangements might appeal to a select few (read hardcore romantics!). Its lyrics will surely find universal acceptance as Javed Sahab has certainly used all his brilliance in writing down lyrics which are very novel and appealing and easy to understand as well.

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Guest composer Lalit Pandit comes in for “Dum Hai To Aaja”, an all out rock based number and the song has quite a good tempo which is kept up all the time. The inspirational and situational number throws open the challenge to the opponent in quite an interesting and rebellious manner and features ex-Viva girl Mahua Kamat who does well in her rock ‘avatar’. The lyrics however could have been better as they are run off the mill and not as effective and punchy as they should have been in the first place. Even the tune used by the guest composer (slight resemblance to AASMA’s “Chandu Ke Chacha Ne” is certainly visible) leaves much to be desired and overall the song might be used as a background score during some tense dramatic moments.

“Man Mohini” (HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM) is one song that still lingers in the mind when one hears any number which introduces the female protagonist in the film and “Main Chali” may not exactly rank up there but still it’s an excellent composition. Shreya Ghoshal is absolutely bewitching with her flawless, honey sweet rendition and Naresh Iyer with his fast breezy brief spell in between is a delight. The use of different tempo for the male and female vocalists does add to the novelty value and of course the arrangements as usual are classy. The flute and ‘tabla’ piece in between is divine. Lyrics by Javed Akhtar deserve mention and it makes for an interesting hear. “Dil chahe ke leke sitaron ko haar bana loon main, Chand ho meri bindiya, Sagar ki saari lehrein anchal mein saja loon main, Jane kyon chhahe ye jiya.”

The album rounds off with another soft, light romantic track , “Dil Ki Hai Tamanna” but it’s more of a propositional number with three talented artists, Neha Bhasin, Vijay Prakash and Shalini Singh holding forte with aplomb. The chorus singing is the highlight of the track and so is the harmonica and ‘whistling’ sounds which gels well with some lively light arrangements and perks up the heady romantic feel of the composition…

After listening to the whole album one can say without doubt that the music album of FORCE will surely satisfy the taste buds of the patrons of good yet novel music. Our favourites are ‘Khawabon Khawabon’ ‘Chahooh Bhi’, and ‘Main Chali’. Although the music may not be as much of a raging success as its original but thanks to Vipul Shah, patrons of Hindi films music have been privy to another highly talented composer Harris Jayaraj (many years after REHNA HAI TERE DIL MEIN), and here is hoping that other film makers will follow suit so that we music buffs who long for novelty and quality will get what we desire.

Rating – 3/5

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