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Music Review - Naqaab

Ranjani Saigal
07/23/2007

(This article is sponsored by Sounds Of India)

Music Director: Pritam Chakraborty
Lyricist: Sameer
Singers: Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan, Javed Ali, Alisha Chinai, Zubin Garg, Krishna
Producer – Abbas-Mustan

Pritam can arguably be credited with giving one of the greatest hits of this decade. He was the “Dhoom” man who succeeded in not only making the original but the sequel also into a super-hit track. This is a first time association with “men in white” Abbas-Mastan’s. Naqaab-Disguised Intention a spine chilling thriller and certainly the master of the soft rock ballads provides good music to suit the theme.  The track features the tried and true talent of Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan and Alisha Chinai and also uses newcomer Javed Ali to great advantage.
The track begins with “Ek Din Teri Rahoon” which reminds one of “Kaho na Kaho” from Murder. It is a wonderful romantic number and the crooning of Sameer’s romantic lyrics by Javed Ali makes this very special.  After supple romantic version, mood turns bizarre as DJ A Myth techno-stylized keyboard notes and synthesizers work to bring in a rollicking “Ek Din Teri Raahon Mein (remix)”. Zubin’s “yuppie” textured vocals is finely harmonized with the racy “club mix” disco beat and could prove to be the hit number in this track.
“Aa dil se dil mila” is a mix in  Punjabi, Sufi and Bollywood music where Pritam blends the rhythms beautifully to create a powerful racy number. “Kajre Re” queen Alisha Chinai delivers a fine performance and Krishna’s voice works in tandem with Chinai to create a piece that is bound to get stuck in your head. Krishna’s voice at some points resembles Kailash Khers. Pritam creates a contemporary Sufi rock remix with the expertise of Jatin Sharma making all funky electronic beats bangs  blend with the vocals in “Aa Dil Se Dil Mila Le (remix)”.

Next comes "Aye dil paagal mere", which complies with the theme of "Naqaab", what with its passion-centric music, Sonu Nigam's stimulating vocals and Sameer's flowing lyrics. With a bit of rock accompanying the vocals, the track is interesting to hear  The club-remix in Sunidhi Chauhan’ silky smooth voice makes for an interesting number.
It is followed by a completely instrumental number. "Disguised intention", the catch line of the film, comes as a final piece. A racy track, and surely a key component of the film, "Disguised intentions" is a collaboration of various instruments and a compilation of various sounds from the previous tracks to give it a familiar touch with a thriller stroke.

While this may not be Pritam’s best work the composer has given a solid track that showcases his talent well.



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