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Music Review - Fanaa

Ranjani Saigal

(This article is sponsored by Sounds Of India)

Year: 2006
Genre: Patriotic,Romance
Director: Kunal Kohli
Music Director: Jatin Lalit
Leading Cast:  Aamir Khan, Kajol, Rishi Kapoor, Kiron Kher, Tabu, Shiny Ahuja, Abhishek Bachchan, Lara Dutta

From the team of Jatin-Lalit that gave us hits like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge(DDLJ), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gam comes yet another potential chartbuster 'Fanaa'. On the basis of a recent on-line voting conducted by BBC Asian Network, the music of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge had emerged as the number one sound track of all time.  Fanaa is the last album that this team created before their split.

'Fanaa'  has a stellar cast and thus has set great expectations especially considering that it is from Yash Raj Films. Starring Aamir Khan and Kajol in the lead along with Tabu, Rishi Kapoor, Shiney Ahuja and Kiron Kher, 'Fanaa' is the third directorial outing for Kunal Kohli after 'Mujhse Dosti Karoge' and 'Hum Tum'.  Jatin-Lalit have teamed up with lyricist Prasoon Joshi (who has done some tremendous work recently in films like 'Rang De Basanti', 'Hum Tum', 'Rok So To Rok Lo' and 'Phir Milenge' ) to create a great piece of work.

The album opens with an absolutely captivating number ‘Chand Sifarish’. Great lyrics and emphasis on the melody help make this a song to remember. The song opens with Shaan humming the tune, but it is Kailash Kher who makes a big impression with his crooning of the two words “Subhan Allah”. The song has a middle-eastern touch to it. The song has a very catchy beat that is bound to help make it very popular and the use of different instruments including a lovely Santoor interlude makes this special . When the song's club mix comes in the end as 'Fanaa For You', your feet will be tapping to the rhythms as DJ Aqeel does a marvelous job in changing the entire mood. He makes the number more hip'n'happening .

What is a Yash Raj Film with out a romantic number in a scenic setting? ‘Mere Hath Mein’ is that hallmark YRF number that is bound to get your heart to skip a beat. Ladies watch out as the handsome Amir Khan says “Rone De Aaj Humko Tu Aankhen Sujane De, Bahon Mein Le Le Aur Khud Ko Bheeg Jaane DeHai Jo Seene Mein Qaid Dariya Wo Chooth Jaayega, Hai Itna Dard Ke Tera Daaman Bheeg Jaayega". Don’t worry – he does not sing it… The song with the lovely lyrics is sung by Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan .The instrumental  remix lounge version “Destroyed in Love” programmed by Dhrubajyoti Phukan  perhaps will be heard a few times in the film.  The one problem with the poetic Urdu language and words  like Fanaa loose a lot when translated to English.

The next song “Chanda Chamke”  is a cute children’s number that is sung by Babul Supriyo, Mahalaxmi Iyer and master Akshay Bhagwat. Prasoon Joshi's lyrics completely revolve around timeless tongue twisters like 'Khadak Singh Ke Khadakne Se' and 'Pake Ped Pe Paka Papita'. It is going to be the kind of song that would be fun to sing along especially due to the sheer challenge of getting the words straight.

'Dekho Na' has an old world charm to it with the music belonging to the 50-60s. The song is brilliant and it has an innocent feel to it due to an overall beautiful treatment. While Sonu Nigam is wonderful as always Sunidhi Chauhan who usually has been a hit in item numbers does a wonderful job in this duet which is low pitched and at a slow pace.

After all the romance comes a peppy Patriotic number “Des Rangila” sung by Mahalaxmi Iyer. The song is sure to make its rounds in the Independence day programs for it has a great beat and feel good lyrics that always is a delight for Indian American dancers who want to be part of thematic presentation.

After all the recent rocking numbers by Himesh Reshamaiyya and others it was a refreshing change to listen to an album by veteran composers like Jatin-Lalit. It is sad that this is their last album as a team.  If it turns out to be a hit as we suspect it will it will be a lovely way for the team to exit the stage.


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