echno. Techno. More techno. Clearly, the soundtrack of Sanjay Gupta's Musafir does not belong to the 'jhankaar beats' clan. Not surprising, considering the man shoots his films like stylish and sleek music videos.
Produced by Gupta and close chum Sanjay Dutt, under their banner White Feather Films, Musafir is rumoured to be loosely inspired from Oliver Stone's U-Turn. The thriller features Dutt, Anil Kapoor, Sameera Reddy, Mahesh Manjrekar and Aditya Panscholi in key roles.
Except for its opening track Ishq kabhi kariyo na, which is guest composed by Anand Raaj Anand, the rest of the album is credited to Vishal-Shekhar, co-incidentally of Jhankaar Beats fame.
Ishq kabhi is a rather predictable but nevertheless, racy dance number. And Sunidhi Chauhan's husky vocals do complete justice to it by adding just the right amount of sauciness and oomph. Another version of the same has Sukhwinder Singh doing the honours.
Earlier there used to be happy songs followed by their sad versions. Then, came the trend of original sounds and their remixed recordings. Now in Musafir, there are four avatars of one Rabba. It's got a lounge mix, two techno mixes and one regular style. Frankly, there isn't much variation. Rabba too, like Ishq kabhi kariyo na, repeats the opinion 'Don't fall in love'.
is not your conventional Hindi film song. Crooned sexily by KK, this one's a groovy rave track pub hoppers must be accustomed to hearing in the murkiness of nightclubs.
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How to use an amateur singer to a song's advantage? Obviously Vishal-Shekhar have an answer for they make Sanjay Dutt sound like a million bucks in his rusty rendition of the part rap part techno part blues, Tez dhaar. Unlike his first awkward attempt, Aye Shivani (Khubsoorat), Tez dhaar is actually quite engaging in a bizarre sort of way.
The voice behind Zor's Main kudi anjaani and Biwi No 1's Sona sona – Hema Sardesai -- misses the mark in the trite Sun suniyo. Sunidhi Chauhan and Sukhwinder Singh, however, score sufficiently with the zingy Saaki.
Though endearing, love duets like Phir na kehna and Ek dil ne seem somewhat a misfit in the album's 'party hard' aura.
Musafir is essentially a dance album with techno, lounge and semi-rave elements. It's an interesting experiment as far as Hindi film music is concerned.
So if you are throwing a party anytime, you know what to play.