It Lives Up to Expectations!
By MovieTalkies.com, 03 March 2009
Debutant director Jehangir Surti's Aa Dekhen Zara is a much awaited film for quite a few reasons. One of the main reasons for the interest in the film is the presence of Neil Nitin Mukesh who made an impressive debut in Johnny Gaddar last year. His pairing with Bipasha Basu is also a point of interest. But where the music of the film is concerned, what is interesting about it is the fact that Neil sings the title song of the film, which has been lifted from the 1981 Sanjay Dutt starrer Rocky, also his debut movie. The music of Rocky was composed by the late RD Burman and the number still rocks in its original version. The album of Aa Dekhe Zara consists of five numbers, including this, which have been composed by Pritam and Gourav Dasgupta.
But first about the much talked about and hear title track, 'Aa Dekhen Zara' which occurs twice in the album in the first instance, it makes its appearance as a dance number, while in the second, it comes across as a lounge version, which has a more mellow sound. The highlight of the first version is the fact that it has been sung by Neil, the grandson of the legendary singer Mukesh, with Sunaina providing the backup vocals. Neil does a very decent job with the song and makes for pleasant hearing. But the number which is the real attention stealer is the slower lounge version of the title track which is sung by Dibyendu Mukherjee. Both these tracks have been composed by Gourav Dasgupta. What is remarkable is the manner in which Dasgupta has managed to tweak the song and give it an altogether different flavour in the lounge version. This difference is truly enhanced by Mukherjee's rendition. He is aided by some superb back up support by vocalist Shweta Vijay. The number has been credited to lyricist Sheershak Anand, though for the most part, the song stays true to the original lyrics written by Anand Bakshi.
Composer Pritam makes his entry with the next number titled 'Gazab', which has a club mix version as well. It is a peppy number which has been extremely well sung by Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan, both of who seem to be having a blast while rendering the number. The lyrics of this song have been written by Irshad Kamil. The next number, composed by Pritam, is the romantic 'Mohabbat Aap Se', which too has been written by Kamil and sung by Aakriti Kakkar. The number has a lovely feel to it and Aakriti does a wonderful job with it, bringing out its essence with her soulful singing style.
Composer Dasgupta makes his comeback with the next two numbers, 'Power' and 'Rock The Party'. The first one, 'Power', has been sung by Mukherjee and it has a 'club mix' version as well. The number is punchy and has a decent pace to it, but somehow Mukherjee cannot do to the song what he did to the title number. That magic is missing in this number, which has been written by Syed Gulrez and Prashant. 'Rock The Party', the next number composed by Dasgupta, has been sung by Sunidhi with her usual gusto. Written by Avishek, Ravi and Sheershak Anand, the vocalist truly rocks the party in the company of Shweta Vijay. But there is nothing new or original in the song even though Sinidhi gives it her all as it belongs to a tribe of songs she has become a master at rendering. It's high time this singer was presented with some kind of a musical challenge.
The music album of Aa Dekhe Zara begins on a promising note with the number 'Gazab', before it goes kind of downhill with numbers like 'Rock The Party and 'Power' following suit. However, it picks up with the seductive 'Mohabbat Aapse' and concludes well with the remixed version of RD Burman's 'Aa Dekhe Zara.' The album proves to be an interesting one with at least three potentially chartbusting tracks. The effort by Pritam and Dasgupta comes through with both managing to come up with some catchy numbers.