Prince: Atif's Royal Outing...
By MovieTalkies.com, 11 March 2010
He's in royal 'Company' with thrills at his Tips. Actor Vivek Oberoi is looking ahead to the release of 'Prince', which has him playing a solo hero after quite a while. The actor who has emerged from a dismal phase was last spotted in 'Kurbaan.' Directed by debutant Kookie Gulati, 'Prince' has been produced by music giants TIPS, with tunes composed by Sachin Gupta, and Sameer coming in to pen the lyrics. In all, there are 16 tracks in the album, of which eight are remixes alone.
The album kicks off with the Atif Aslam number, 'o mere khuda', which occurs twice in the album. But as the first track, this is an energetic start and Aslam gives the song his all. There is a strong techno feel to the number which proves to the catchiest song of the album and has even managed to generate a lot of popularity for itself, by now. It shows up once again in the album as a dance remix.
The second song on the album, 'tere liye,'is sung by Atif and Shreya Ghoshal, proves to be quite catchy as well, almost matching 'o mere khuda' with its palpable energy. It is a fast paced love song and both singers combine very well indeed to make it quite a memorable outing. This number occurs three more times in the album. The first is a dance mix, the second, a hip hop mix and the final version is the unplugged one, which has composer Gupta going behind the mike and giving a solo rendition which just a guitar for company. This proves to be the best version of all, one which calls for repeated hearing as Gupta simply excels.
The third number in the album is 'kaun hoon main', a solo by Atif. A slow, philosophic number, 'kaun hoon main', has a soft rock feel to it. However, it lacks that instantly catchy feel, it may not fare as well at the charts as the previous numbers. It appears as a dance mix and a lounge mix, later in the album.
The makers of the movie seem to be quite enamoured of the 'o mere khuda' number and have decided to use the same tune, albeit on a slower note, in the fourth number of the album, 'aa bhi ja sanam,' as well. Atif seems to get into the feel of things and acquits himself rather well, making this a very likeable number. It has a dance mix version, as well.
'jiyara jiyara' is the next number on the album which has Alisha Chinoy and Hard Kaur coming in to do the honours. The latter does her usual rap and it is Alisha who really carries the song through with her saucy and spirited rendition.
The next number on this album is 'ishq mein' which is a solo number by Monali Thakur. This is your typical seduction number and has no novelty, whatsoever. The singer does a competent job, but there is just enough that she can do to lift a clichéd tune and lyrics.
One just has to mention 'Prince – Mega Mix', which merges all the songs in the album into one whole and has Atif, Shreya, Alisha and Hard coming together and doing their bit. It has an upbeat, peppy feel to it and should do well as a dance number.
The album concludes with a one minute 'Prince' theme instrumental track, which serves as an apt conclusion. It has an upbeat, thrilling feel to it, which sums up the music of the album quite well indeed.
Young composer Sachin Gupta does a fairly good job with the music of 'Prince'. He has at least two chartbuster songs on his hands in this album, which says a lot. He uses Atif rather effectively for the numbers on this album and creates music in keeping with the genre of the movie, with numbers that are fast and peppy.
Guess, this one's a decent 'Prince.'