Anjaana Anjaani: Strangely Limited!
By MovieTalkies.com, 14 September 2010
Director Siddharth Anand is back with his next venture, 'Anjaana Anjaani', which has been produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. The film will see current heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor team up with glamour girl Priyanka Chopra. It remains to be seen whether this couple will manage to generate the same kind of rage that the Ranbir Katrina Kaif 'jodi' managed to do.
The 'first look' of the movie looks quite promising. As for the film's music, it has been composed by Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani, while the lyrics have been penned by sundry writers like Neelesh Mishra, Amitabh Bhattacharaya, Anvita Dutta, Kumaar, Irshad Kamil, Kausar Munir and the composer duo as well.
In fact, many of the songs see lyric writers collaborating with one penning the chorus, and the other, the main song. The musical album of the movie has some nine tracks, of which seven are original.
The album begins with a rather peppy sounding 'anjaana anjaaani ki kahani' which has been sung by Nikhil D'Souza and Monali Thakur and has been written by Mishra. This number kind of serves as a prologue to the movie and seems to lay the premise for the movie. The number has a happy feel to it and the singers manage to do justice to the number. It makes for a pleasant hearing but one is not likely to revisit this number.
The second number on the album, 'hairat' has been written by Vishal and sung by Lucky Ali, who makes one of his rare appearances as a playback singer. The number does not begin very promisingly, but as it unfolds and the refrain of 'hairat hai, hairat hai' makes its appearance, it manages to hooks the listener. Not an easy song to sing, Lucky does a very good job with the number and manages to bring out the emotional content very well.
The third number 'aas paas khuda' has been written by Vishal and Shekhar and has been sung by Rahat Fateh Ali. This number has an unplugged version as well. It is with this number that Vishal Shekhar reveal their genius in this album. Unlike the previous two numbers, this Sufi styled number manages to bring about a certain kind of 'therav' to the proceedings. Much of that, of course, has to be credited to the singer, Rahat, who excels in this genre. He does full justice to the number and uses the full range of his vocal chords. An emotionally charged number, 'aas paas khuda' also sees the singer taking some lovely 'sargam tans.' The chorus in the end brings about a sense of completion to the number. It is by far the best number in the album.
Its unplugged version sees Shruti joining Rahat and managing to create a very different kind of dynamics, adding a wonderful new dimension to the number. Shruti is quite wonderful in this number with her soft whisperings standing in direct contrast to Rahat's high pitched meanderings.
The fourth number on the album, titled, 'tumse hi tumse' has been written by Bhattacharya and Dutta, while the additional English lyrics have been written by Caralisa Monterio, who has also sung the duet with Shekhar. A simple romantic ditty, this is a pleasant number, made even more so by Shekhar soft vocals. The English portions by Monterio don't really add any value to the number, which just manages to stay in the pleasant category.
The next number on the album, 'tujhe bhula diya', which has a remix version as well, has been sung by Mohit Chauhan, Shekhar and Shruti Pathak and penned by Kumaar and Vishal. This is number which is has a 'quawwali' base to it and has a very promising beginning, with Shruti's husky vocals making their entry first. One must say that her voice seems to suit Priyanka very well indeed. Mohit and Shekhar follow Shruti into the number. A sad number, it builds up very well indeed and calls for repeat hearing. Its remix version, (Abhijit Vaghani), manages to carry much of the same magic and is quite well done.
The next number, 'I feel good' has a similar repeat value. The track has been written by by Vishal who also lends his vocals to the number along with Shilpa Rao. It has a soft rock feel to it and Vishal excels with the vocals. He is extremely well supported by Shilpa, who matches him in vocal power and energy.
The two singers come together once more in the final track of the album, which is also the title track and has been penned by Munir and Kamil. This is a number which is again quite similar to its predecessor. It is also a soft rock number and has both singers, Vishal and Shilpa, playing the same roles that they did in the previous number. But yes, this particular track is catchier and the strains of the 'aas paas khuda' making an appearance in the middle of the number, adds to its appeal. It has been sung with more feeling by both vocalists, who complement each other very well indeed.
With 'Anjaana Anjaani', Vishal Shekhar have composed a score which covers a decent range. It is a rich score but somehow none of the numbers, except for 'aas paas khuda' have the extra special 'winner' quality about them. Hence, despite providing some lovely listening moments with numbers like 'tujhe bhula diya', and 'anjaana anjaani', it stops short of being a chartbusting album.
Of course, the music is sure to be enhanced when one can one see it play out before one's eyes, that is, when the film releases. One is sure the visuals will add to the impact of the musical score. But till then, one has to be happy with Rahat's 'aas paas khuda'.