A Pleasant Outing
By MovieTalkies.com, 16 July 2008
Money Hai Toh Honey Hai will be actor Govinda's next release after the superhit of last year, Partner. His films have always been famous for his own unique brand of jhatkas and matkas, and of course, the hit songs. Now that the actor is back playing his second innings, one's expectations are just as high. Of course times have changed, but the music of this film, which is produced by Kumar Mangat and directed by Ganesh Acharya, does live up to expectations to a certain extent. One is sure, however, that the prospects of the film's music will improve once the movie releases, because half the fun of Govinda songs has always been the manner in which they have been picturised. The music of this film has been composed by Nitin Arora and Sony Chandy with lyrics by Sameer.
The album opens with the title track, Money Hai Toh Honey hai, which is sung by the composers Nitz 'N' Sony along with Harshdeep Kaur. The first thing that strikes one about the number is its funky, laid back, lazy sound. The number has the potential to become a chartbuster, once it is promoted well.
The second number, 'Awara Dil' has singer Adnan Sami making an appearance along with Shruti Pathak, Nitz 'N' Sony, Arya, Bob, Ishq and Shantanu. This is another hip hop number, and hence is a continuation from the opening number. Adnan does a very good job of getting into the mood and delivers another very laidback track.
The third number in the album is a number called ' Chhuriyaan', which sees a mix of Punjabi and hip hop. The number has been sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and Labh Jhanjua. Both singers do a very good job, but the song is mainly sung by Labh, who gives a very good performance. Even though there is nothing novel about the number, it's the manner in which it has been sung which raises the quality of this number.
'Ta Na Na' is the next number in the album and is sung by the duo of Kunal Ganjawala and Rekha Bharadwaj. This seems to a very unlikely combination, seeing that the song is an out and out hip hop number. The background vocals are provided by Nitz 'N' Sony, Earl E D and Arya. The song is quite catchy, especially its opening refrain 'Ta Na Na'. Ganjawala gives a spirited rendition but the surprise is Rekha, who seems to be very comfortable with the form.
'Rangeeli Raat' sung by Daler Mehndi and Sunidhi Chauhan is the next number on this album. They are supported by Master Saleem and Arya. This number is probably the weakest number in the album. It is pleasant enough, but not one which has any kind of recall value.
The next song of the album 'No Big Deal' has singer Suraj Jagan giving voice to a semi rock kind of number. The singer has a very pleasant voice and one which is very suited to the rock genre. The music, specially the guitar bit, is really outstanding. A very well sung number, but one which is a departure from the other numbers in this album.
Shaan Peat makes an entry in the album with the number 'Dance Master'. The highlight of this otherwise very mediocre number, are the drums played by the maestro Shivmani.
The album ends with an instrumental rendition by Naveen and Mumbai Cine Strings of a number called 'Hope'. The number is interesting. It has a nice buildup and is a very dramatic piece.
The music of Money Hai Toh Honey Hai is a little different from what one would expect from a Govinda movie. It has none of those fast, very catchy numbers which his films are well known for. The music is much quieter and slightly unconventional. The composers have used hip hop liberally through out the album and it has worked well. Even their solo excursion into rock goes down well. But the rest of the tracks have no novelty or recall value. This is an album which will require some taking too. It is not one which is likely to sell like hot cakes.