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Music Review - Paathshaala

Sudha (Lakshmi) Rao

(This article is sponsored by Sounds Of India)


Director: Milind Ukey
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Ayesha Takia Azmi & Swini Khara
Music Director: Hanif Sheikh
Lyricist: Hanif Sheikh                                                                                                              Music on: T-Series

Hanif Shaikh, the music director of Paathshaala, is a multi-talented person who is not only the lyricist and music director (songs and background score) of the film but has penned the dialogues too! He has also been very lucky to have on board some very talented musicians/music directors who have sung one song each for him on this project!  The music from the film incorporates elements of soft rock, pop and Sufi.

Paathshaala (khushnuma) – starts off with English lyrics about education and the school system.  This title song of the film is fast paced and sprightly and well sung by Vishal Dadlani (of Vishal-Shekar fame) and chorus.

Mujhe teri –Bijay Lama (a versatile musician from Nepal who is actually a pilot by profession) is co-composer of this song that is based on Lama’s original composition in Nepali (Timro Tyo) sung by his daughter Akansha Lama.  Tulsi Kumar, Akansha Lama and Hanif Shaikh sing this soft and relaxed number. The lead guitar accompaniment stands out in this song.

Teri Marzi aye khuda –when Vijay Tambe starts off with his flute intro and Kailash Kher comes in with his aalaap in his inimitable full-throated voice, the listener is hooked. This sufi-styled song is pathos drenched and soul searching with some wonderfully melodious flute segments.   Kailash’s vocals navigate the highs and lows with effortless ease and his emotionally charged rendition touches a chord in the listener.

Aye Khuda mujko patha – Salim Merchant (of Salim-Sulaiman fame) is charming in this sweet song that has lovely and gentle guitar and percussion accompaniment and good back up harmony vocals throughout. Blessed with a pleasant voice and good range, Salim adds the right touch of elegance to this song.

Bekarar –a song that was originally sung as Bequrar by Hanif in the Indian Brothers album The final destination (comprising of Zubin Garg, Vinod Rathod and Hanif) finds its version in this album sung this time by Lucky Ali!  The song has very pleasant strings accompaniment and the beat is catchy.  The minus points are the slightly off harmonies of the backup vocals and Lucky Ali’s vocal range – he sounds a little uncomfortable in the higher notes.  Nevertheless, the song grows on you and you start enjoying it, flaws and all!!

Paathshaala Theme - The Theme song is fast and racy and sung by a group of young voices.  Nothing remarkable or special about this song.

Aye Khuda, Bekarar, Teri Marzi and Mujhe Teri all have remix versions in the album and like most remixes they are just faster and jazzed up versions of the originals and more suited for the dance floor.

The Paathshaala music album has a feel-good quality to it and is quite engaging and in my opinion deserves 4 out of 5 stars –the songs are mostly pleasing to the ear and well composed (even though a couple have already had their origins in earlier albums) and showcase a set of very talented vocalists who are also largely well known film music composers themselves.  Good work, Hanif Shaikh!

Sudha (Lakshmi) Rao
April 14 2010

Sudha (Lakshmi) Rao, Raghu Saranathan and Krithika Jeyaraman present Dil Ki Mehfil, an evening of unforgettable and evergreen songs of Hindi films from the 50’s to the 80’s on 1st May 2010 at the Hall at 125 Prospect Street, Framingham, MA.

For more details contact Sudha at laksuds@gmail.com or visit: http://www.lokvani.com/lokvani/cal.php?stage=1&event_id=7466

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