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Music Review - Kurbaan

Ranjani Saigal

(This article is sponsored by Sounds Of India)

Director :Rensil D'Silva
Music : Salim Merchant and Sulaiman Merchant
Lyrics:  Prasoon Joshi
Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi, Dia Mirza, Kirron Kher and Om Puri

Move over 'Fanaa's Suban Allah' here comes "Shukran Allah" the magical mystical soundtrack from Kurbaan that is sure to be top the charts. Karan Johar's KURBAAN (meaning 'sacrifice'), an offering that reveals the aftermath of global Islamic terrorism on West with writer cum debutante director Rensil D'Silva making hitherto efforts in giving it realistic shades and dimensions.
Prasoon Joshi's razor sharp edged writings with Salim-Sulaiman promising mystical Sufi melodic musical offerings makes this a track to remember.  The track opens with the finest number in the album, Shukran Allah. Sonu Nigam is superb in this number.Salim-Sulaiman's dexterity brings out ensemble of musicians in the supple whirlwinds of sounds, rhythms that concocts metaphorically with Sufi chants of 'Shukran Allah wallah Alham dulillah...' (Offering thanks to God Almighty) echoed aptly with delightful set of voices. with Sonu Nigam's pristine vocals, subtle feminine splurge of Shreya Ghoshal's demure and exhilarating back-up of Salim Merchant's resonant rendition. Prasoon Joshi's poetic finesse ('Nazron se nazrein mili to, Jannat si mehki Fizayein, Lab ne jo lab chu liya to, Aasmaan se barsi Duyaien...) explores the myriad shades of love and sacrifice unveiled with gratitude to Great 'Allah'. The musical duo pours Persian and Arabic elements of Sufism with fine control of electronic sounds and rhythms to usher modernity in it. 'Shukran Allah' is fabulous to say the least.

From intense sufism we move into disco land where a rhythmic qawali can have us tapping our feet on the dance floor. Dua  is very upbeat  with Sukhwinder Singh and Kailash Kher the two lead vocalists in loud tonal mode belting out the 'qawali". Marianne D' Cruz sensuous back-up chorals give it trendy ambience of happening of West.

Salim Merchant makes notable embark of his intense and appealing vocals with intrinsically Sufism getting into sentimental tones in worth-hearing 'Ali Maula'. Beautifully written and pristinely composed, this Sufi divine track had traditionalistic flair of devout rendering his offering to God with likable chorals and customary instrumentals, giving it thriving narrative flows. This one has situational melodic number with quality substance of Sufi music and remarkable Salim's voice in varying tones.

'Ali Maula (remix)' is big surprise but sounds like promotional feature flashy number that has all strong inputs of 'club-remix' soundtrack in it. This author backed number gets feisty dosage of DJ spins and scratches to lure pop-listeners and is likely to be creating 'word-of-mouth' for the flick in promos and discos.

After giving addictive haunting track in Fashion-[Mar Jaava], Shruti Pathak is here again with her rustic classical singing. Rasiya serves as heavily sensuous yet sober track. There are continuous sounds of Tic Tic of a clock and deep breathing of a lady . Also Kareena's 'sher' in the track makes for interesting listening

Salim-Sulaiman gears up for the word 'Kurbaan' and present a fiery background score title track 'Kurbaan Hua'. This racy composition brings out shades of zoom-y rock impulse of duo's recently composed 'Nazara Hai' (8X10 TASVEER) but the arrangements are intrinsically Sufi rock this time. Vishal Dadlani croons out in varying tones, carrying out varied emotions of love, compassion, disguise, deceit and finally sacrifices with mild to aggressive set of arrangements. Kurbaan is yet another hit.

Overall a great track.. worth a listen

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