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Music review: Gangster is groovy

Sukanya Verma | March 27, 2006 17:54 IST

A still from GangsterGangster - A Love Story has quite a few things about it that make you go 'hmmm.'

For starters, the story is said to draw inspiration from the real life romance between underworld don Abu Salem and Bollywood starlet Monica Bedi. That probably explains the film's rather awkward title.

It is the first Indian film to be extensively shot in the picturesque locales of Seoul, South Korea.

It introduces a silver screen debutante, Kangna Ranaut. Directed by Anurag Basu, this Mahesh Bhatt presentation co-stars her opposite Emraan Hashmi and Shiny Ahuja.

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And in the soundtrack album, music director Pritam churns out some neat tunes.

The opening track Tu hi mera shab hai strikes a chord with its effervescence. Bolstered by an infectious rhythm and K K's spirited rendition, this song sure has the makings of a chartbuster.

There is nothing too flashy about Bunty Rajput and Jatin Sharma's respective remixed versions of the same. Both the electronically reworked versions go easy on the beats even as the tempo accelerates.

Bangladeshi singer James makes an impressive debut with Bheegi bheegi. This one's not a Pritam creation but based on on a song called Prithibi by the late Gautam Chatterjee (a cult Bengali rock songwriter whowas the leaderof a band called Mohiner Ghoraguli). An interesting arrangement that alternates between minimalist and soft rock, powerful lyrics (by Mayur) and James' inspired performance ensure Bheegi bheegi is another winner.

A still from GangsterAbhijeet coos the lyrics in the next track, Lamha lamha. Although it starts off nicely, the excessive saccharine in its tune proves to be its undoing. The romantic irritant features a second time as a duet with Sunidhi Chauhan. Nothing ischanged. The overbearing nature of the track still persists.

But those woes are soon forgotten with the dynamic entry of Ya Ali. This superb, high-voltage dance track introduces another new voice, Zubeen, to the playback scene. His pulsating verve jives in tandem with the high energy levels of this instantly likeable ditty.

Mujhe mat roko is a combination of Kavita Seth's husky tones and Pritam's stark melody. Slow and brimming with agony, Mujhe mat successfully conveys distress.

Bottomline: By and large, the soundtrack for Gangster-A Love Story is groovy, and is bound to find its place in the charts effortlessly.

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Number of User Comments: 13

Sub: amazing

Gangster is one of the most amazing films i've ever seen esp in the recent times....i went for its show today n ended up watching ...

Posted by soniya

Sub: Agree to some extent, but disagree lot more !

However the song Ya Ali - doesn\'t seem to be a full copy of \'Ya Ghali\' and it obviously sounded much superior. I see Ptritam ...

Posted by Shane

Sub: Gangster is an effective and efficently made film

Em.......ran and other costars did their best and the audience are best satisfied by the music and songs of the film with the story itself. ...

Posted by Naveen

Sub: song ya ali

In the movie gangster i listerend to the song ya ali which is superb and heart touhing i cant ghuss tht it the todays world ...

Posted by anupam kr ghosh

Sub: Pritam should be jailed for plagiarism

SHAMELESS!! Utterly shameless copies of original creations...the worst form of thieving in the world...stealing intellectual property!! Lamha Lamha - note by note copy of Pakistani ...

Posted by Subhadeep



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