Aakrosh: Tuned To Topic
By MovieTalkies.com, 14 October 2010
Director Priyadarshan, who is known in Bollywood primarily for his comedies, goes back to his real forte, which is serious cinema. For those who may have forgotten his credentials, he is the director behind films like 'Viraasat', 'Kalapani' and 'Kanjeevaram' among many others.
Before entering the Hindi film industry, Priyadarshan had already created quite a stir in Malayalam films along with his classmate Mohanlal and the duo have collaborated on many films together. After a spate of comedies in Hindi films, following the success of 'Hera Pheri', like 'Bhagam Bhag', 'Malamaal Weekly', 'Dhol', 'Bhool Bhulaiyaa', 'Billu', 'Mere Baap Pehle Aap', 'De Dana Dan' and 'Khatta Meetha', he now turns his gaze on more serious topics like honour killings in 'Aakrosh'.
The film which stars Ajay Devgn, Paresh Rawal, Akshaye Khanna and Bipasha Basu, is ready for release and so is its music. The film's music has been composed by Pritam and the lyrics have been penned by Irshad Kamil.
The music album of 'Aakrosh' has five original numbers, a couple of remixes and an encore. Since this is an issue based film, one does not expect much from the music department, but Pritam lives to surprise.
The album opens with the 'isak se meetha' number which occurs thrice. Sung by Kalpana Patowary and Ajay Jhingran, this is the quintessential 'item number' and probably much is expected from this number, which featured in the first promos of the movie. Well, to give it credit, 'isak se meetha' is a catchy number and has just the right amount of earthiness.
The singers too do a good job but the number does not rise beyond the pleasant. It lacks the punch of a 'munni badnaam hui', which is making waves and how! But since this is the only number in the album which could garner popular support and appeal, the number occurs twice more, as a remix and as a 'dhol' mix.
The mood changes dramatically with the next number, 'saude bazi' which occurs twice in the album. The first version has been sung by Anupam Amod while Javed Ali sings the 'encore' version. One has to hand it to Pritam, the ease with which he moves from the ordinary to the profound. This romantic number has an extremely catchy tune and could get quite addictive with repeated hearing. The beauty of this number is the simplicity of its lyrics and its music. As for the singers, Anupam gets a golden opportunity to sing a solo number and he makes the most of it. Javed's number is just as good and one is hard pressed to decide who sounds better.
With the next number, 'man ki mat', Pritam goes back to his Bengali roots and comes up with a melody which is so reminiscent of rural Bengal and its travelling minstrels, a source of inspiration for so many Hindi film composers down the ages. The song has been sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, who moves away from his Sufi style to try something which is more folk based and does an excellent job with the number.
The next number on the album is 'sasural munia' which has been sung by Shreya Ghoshal. The number may pack in a lot of excitement in the manner in which it is picturised, but it lacks spark. Shreya tries her level best to keep the proceedings bright and cheerful but the tune is not tempting enough.
The final track in the album is called 'ramkatha' and has been sung by Sukhwinder Singh. The film narrates an incident from the Ramayana, which deals with Ram, Sita and the villain, Raavan. As the film has a rural setting, Sukhwinder's voice and style of rendition is a complete fit for the number. The music is simple but one wonders about the appeal of such a number. It is not pure folk nor pure devotional, hence its appeal is likely to be quite limited.
Pritam does a fairly decent job with the music of 'Aakrosh', which could not have been an easy task as the film is issue based. Of course, he manages to create as much variety as possible by pitching in a love song, an 'item number' and a folk song into the film's music. He excels with the first three numbers, making this quite an interesting album to pick up and hear. But what this album lacks is a chartbuster, something one generally expects out of Pritam. On that count, the album is a bit of a letdown. But, overall, the music of 'Aakrosh' makes for quite a decent hearing.