Thursday, September 14, 2006

Now hearing - Don(new) and Jaaneman

'Aaj ki Raat...hona hain kya...paana hain kya...khona hain kya'
- Retro...with disco beats...conjuring up visions of two girls in classy sensuous clothes, jewels and smooth moves. Dangerous, edgy, sexy, yet classy.
I had to write this when I am still listening to the song, now 3rd time during the day...when Alisha Chinay's sultry voice is cut in by sugary and smooth Mahalaxmi...and my feet goes tapping to the chorus. This post is simply because I had to say something about this song, out loud.

'I am listening to Don's songs,' I tell my husband (who, as I think have mentioned before, has to be counted among the country's top fans of big B, so much so, he hates it if anyone else hogs the limelight in a movie where the credits feature AB Sr.).
'Why?' comes the disgruntled question. 'Why are you popularising the music of a classic being remade badly?'
'It is good, I like it,' my enthusiasm is now down, my voice soothing and barely audible.
'It is people like you who will help the stupid movie to be a hit....why don't you understand?'
Oops! And people wonder why the protesters against 'Fanaa' were so charged!

We buy a lot of casettes, mainly because our car has a casette player, and we like listening to music. Personally, I like the music of a movie when it is either of the following:
1. Funky with lots of beats, and lyrics which make sense, at least in some of the songs. Some pop, some rock.
2. Classical or semi-classical with shayaris or ghazals.
3. Romantic and melodious, sometimes breezy, sometimes plain sweet.
And it is wonderful if an album has all three, which is hardly available nowadays. Also, I hate it when the mood of the music and the lyrics don't match, it feels almost as bad as someone dancing salsa in rhythm with a hip-hop music.

All right, its 'Don-the chase begins again' first:
An album with 2 remade old songs - 'Yeh Mera Dil' and the classic 'Khaike Paan banaraswala', which have been sung pretty well by Sunidhi Chauhan (whom I personally consider to be extremely talented and versatile with her voice modulations matching Shaan's and confusing you as to who the singer is) and Udit Narayan (who I still think, has one of the richest voices ever among the modern singers), but unfortunately will be compared to the old ones.
An album with 3 new songs -
a) the title song - 'Main Hoon Don', sung by Shaan, whose voice flows with the music, and the music is somewhat reminiscent of the title song from 'Humraaz' (whose opening credits, as per hubby, was 'Are Deewano' in slow motion).
The lyrics are a little childish and too blatant at points like 'Bahut hi khatarnak hoon main'(why declare?) and 'Palkein bichhaye, paas bulaye, kitne haasinayen mujhe' to give a few examples. Javedji, I expected something more subtle.
b)'Aaj Ki Raat' - music, singing, lyrics-matching-the-mood-of-music...almost perfect. Need I say more than what I already have before?
c) Ganapati mourya - Passable, if you dig Shahrukh dancing to a earthy style after a long time.

Now for Jaan-e-mann:
The only reason I am writing the review is because I spent Rs.58/- on this album on recommendations by indiafm which said: 'Jaan-E-Mann' adds on to the list of must-buy albums this season'. My understanding of the word 'must-buy' cahnged drastically on hearing the album.

The album starts with Salman reciting a bit of shayari, a-la-a lot of heroes before. Oddly seems like he is actually speaking English or Hindi with a hard-to-place english accent. Ab Salman ka tashan hain...hum kya kare.
We move on to the song:
a) Humko Maloom hain:
Music - old world.
Lyrics - definitely 'contemporary' with lines like 'Dad maane nahin, Mom maane nahin' and 'ye mera future ka sawal hain'.
Sung: Pretty good...and you got to give extra credits for the singers making such lines seem less ridiculous.
When I find Gulzar's name on the lyrics, I seriously think of searching for his email id and asking him if he is taking tutions from Sameer. What's wrong with you Gulzarji? It is not that I am a prude and want only deep urdu words in my songs, I simply loved 'Bunty aur Babli' and the 'beedi' song from 'omkara'...but this is...ewwww.
Of course, as per indiafm: 'Gulzar saab must be happy this his lyrics are presented in a new light for a hardcore commercial film', so am wondering if B&B was not a hard-core commercial movie?
b) Ajnabi Shaher me:
Never knew when the previous one ended and when this started....but it was as effective as a lullaby.
indiafm agrees:'This is the kind of song that one may want to put on in a repeat mode, switch off the lights and go to sleep!'
Ok, I understand that they did not say it that way, but maybe they were being polite?
c)Jaane ke jaane na: The only saving grace...wacky, rhythmic and right on spot...made me rewind it.
d) Sau Dard: It opens with 'Humko Maloom Hai's opening strains, so I thought it was a continuation of the first song, but it was a slightly different song...disappears and leaves no residue....err effect. The remix is much better though.
e)Oodh Jaana:I badly wanted to like this song, but either it was becasue of my car stereo, or because it came after I was already fatigued by the album, that it made me just realize that this song might be good on multiple hearing.
f)Kabool Kar le: Blame it on the album, but I just don't remember this song, might hear the album again to see where it went!!!

Well, if your tastes match mine, you are suggested to stay away, or else, download the song, hear them first, then decide whether to buy the album.
Me, have heard the album twice, once before and once after our car was serviced, and the servicing did nothing for the music...will hear it again, after all, have spent 58/- on it.On second thoughts, I won't risk it, might lead to rare domestic violence, or should it be mobile(as in car) violence?

Watched the old Don on Thursday - no, my hubby has not grown old suddenly (some people will understand this joke), am talking about the old movie in which Amitabh was enacting the role of Don. Realized that the theme music of the new Don is actually a more shaken-n-stirred version of the theme music of the old know the music, listen to the tune of the line 'Mujhko pehchaan lo, main hoon Don' - the title song of the new Don.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I completely agree with this blog. Janeman's music is 'awful'. I was also one of the unfortunate person to buy the CD (oops, it hurts more!!) after reading the review on 'indiafm'. People should be responsible writing reviews. The album which they claim is a comeback of Anu Malik is a disaster. A person should be ashamed of this kind of come back (I can hear Anu taking music lessons again, I doubt what kind of lesson he is taking). Regarding Don's music, it's really well tuned and the voice is choosen with some intelligence. it's hard to think of Udit narayan singing a Kishoreda song but I feel he has done justice to 'khaike pan..' song. Same with Sunidhi.

But I love Himesh. Give me an 'aksar' or even 'tom dick and harry' anytime and that will make me joyful.

Thu Sep 14, 05:47:00 AM  
Blogger Chilla-Bong said...

India-fm is not quite worth for a peek.Sadly other than MSM there is no blogger around who reviews hindi music.But then again you could be the one who can give me the tit-bits of what to hear next.Right now I've to come out of trance from Omkara's music.Yes,yes I know I am behind times but that's how it is in my labyrinth.

Tue Sep 19, 02:20:00 AM  
Blogger Aparna said...

Hey Omkara is good...I liked the way it mixes classical with pedestrian music...and every song has a depth. :)

Tue Sep 19, 11:15:00 PM  
Blogger Anshuman Ghosh said...

Yeah Omkara songs are good.. even the remake of "yeh mera dil" from Don sounds pretty funky, with the beats thrown in. (And for a change, Kareena is looking better than the awesome self she is otherwise)

I might watch the movie, although I am still reeling in the after-effect of Munna bhai.. woh abhi bhi apun ke bheje mein chemical locha kar rela hai, kya ?

Wed Sep 20, 05:30:00 AM  
Blogger Aparna said...

i swear...I think LRM is teh best movie I have seen this year...and I don't miss too many hindi movies :)

Wed Sep 20, 11:43:00 PM  
Blogger Vishwa Mohan said...

Good job Aparna!! I have come to Bosotn and you can add by link

Fri Sep 22, 12:34:00 PM  
Blogger Monika said...

hey loved the reviews u wrote happen to hear janeman at a friends place yesterday and couldn't agree with u more...

also i agree with ur husband so much... why remake a classic like don. umroa jaan and spoil the charm... and with due to respect to can SRK even in his dreams expect to match what big B did or Ash match what Rekha did... those people were a different class of actors a very very few of thios generation can even come near to their calibre... and am in pretty much this gen girl :) :)

Mon Sep 25, 03:19:00 AM  
Blogger Aparna said...

@Monika, thanks for dropping by :) and I agree with you.
Classics are best left alone. That's also because, other than the artists who may not be good enough, they have inspired a lot of other movies after them, and now, if they are remade, people might wonder what was so great in them that they needed to be remade.
For e.g. Sholay inspired a lot of such movies like Karma, China Gate and other mediocre movies. So, the present generation will jsut wonder why it is being given so much importance when we have seen so many like it.

Mon Sep 25, 10:55:00 PM  
Blogger Monika said...

agreed.... just don't understand why can't the bollywood producers and directors think of this

Tue Sep 26, 11:21:00 PM  

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