By MovieTalkies.com, 30 November 2009
The year is inching towards its end and all eyes are now centred on Rajkumar Hirani's 3 Idiots. With Aamir Khan playing the lead, and Hirani helming the film post his acclaimed Munnabhai MBBS and its sequel Lage Raho Munnabhai, the expectations are immense. 3 Idiots also features Kareena Kapoor, Madhavan, Sharman Joshi and Boman Irani while the music has been composed Shantanu Moitra who teams up with lyricist Swanand Kirkire yet again. Moitra may not yet be known for any great commercial hit numbers, but his music has always been very sensitive and in sync with the subject of the film. He has proven his versatility consistently with films like Parineeta, Haazaron Khwashien Aisi, Eklavya, Lage Raho Munnabhai, Khoya Khoya Chand and Lagaa Chunri Main Daag and once again does so with 3 Idiots. The album has a total of five numbers and two remixes.
Aal Izz Well is sung by Sonu Nigam, Shaan and Kirkire, and features as a remix as well. It's a fun, situational song and the lyrics display a typical laid back, campus attitude. There is a sense of freshness in this song which has catchy music and nonsensical lyrics. The three singers do a great job and their combined efforts will easily propel the number to the top of music charts. This may be that commercial hit that Moitra has been waiting for.
Next comes Zoobi Doobi which has been sung by Sonu and Shreya Ghoshal. This is a playful rain dance which has Aamir and Kareena getting romantic in the rain. There is something about the number which is reminiscent of music of the '60s. Its retro feel comes with the touch of jazz that Moitra imparts and there is a lovely blend of melody and rhythm, making it quite a delectable number. Shreya Ghoshal works her dulcet magic in this number again and is very well supported by Sonu. This number has a remix version as well, which comes with very contemporary beats.
Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh, is a very different kind of song. Sung by Moitra along with Shaan, it is a slow, wistful number about the loss of a friend and has that nostalgic quality about it which has deep appeal. Moitra borrows liberally from Bengal folk music and uses minimum instruments in the arrangement which manages to tug at one's heart and is quite effective in evoking the appropriate emotions.
The next number, Give Me Some Sunshine, begins with actor Sharman Joshi reciting some lines before singer Suraj Jagan takes over. The lyrics of this number are likely to appeal to the youth as it talks about the stress of education. There is a chorus as well and Moitra gives a soft rock feel to the number through the manner in which he uses the guitar and the mouth organ.
The album ends with Jaane Nahin Denge, which is a solo by Sonu. In this song, the entire emphasis is on the voice and the lyrics and both are perfectly moulded together to create this sweet number. In fact, it is easily among one of Sonu's best in recent times. The lyrics are intense and the singer manages to convey the emotions perfectly. This too is yet another number which achieves a perfect balance between melody and lyrics.
3 Idiots is a slightly unconventional album and its music is the kind which will take a while to grow on the average listener accustomed to filmy music. Moitra gives a good mix of all kinds of music in this album, reveling in his mastery over jazz, rock and Bengali folk as he creates some very haunting melodies alongside some fun ones.