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Music Review - Kites

Sudha (Lakshmi) Rao

(This article is sponsored by Sounds Of India)


Producer: Rakesh Roshan
Director: Anurag Basu
Cast:  Hrithik Roshan, Barbara Mori, Kangna Ranaut
Lyrics: Nasir Faraaz and Asif Ali Beg
Music: Rajesh Roshan
Music on: T-Series
The Hindi version of Kites is slated for world wide release on May 21st, while its English version will be released a week later.  The film stars Hrithik Roshan, Barbara Mori and Kangna Ranaut and is directed by Anurag Basu who gave us Life in A Metro which had some amazing music by Pritam!  This film however has Rajesh Roshan who has musical hits like Julie, Swami, Khatta Meeta, Kaho Na Pyar Hai, Koi Mil Gaya etc under his belt wielding the MD baton, not surprising since this is a Roshan family production!  The album has 9 tracks, 3 of which are remixes and one an alternate English version.   

Zindagi Do Pal Ki – This is an enchanting number that literally walks straight into the listener’s heart.  As Kay Kay starts the song, a lilting sitar drenches the song with its sweetness and from thereon you know that the song is going to be delightful!  Harmonica and piano and strings and organ vie for honours in this song – the overall effect is one of melodious and gentle elegance.  Kay Kay is dazzling in this song with romantic lyrics by Nasir Faraaz! 

Dil Kyun Hai Mera -  the song’s flute intro sets the mood and Kay Kay takes over with his gentle humming and gives us yet another beauty – soothing and lullaby like, this song is awash with lovely orchestration – guitar and violin segments in particular.  Love the chord progressions in the song - Kay Kay navigates the highs and lows and the soft and passionate with such ease.  Easily amongst one of our most talented voices today! Five stars to Roshan and his team for this lovely number. The blend of eastern and western instruments is harmonious and aided by an understated chorus who come in so gently here and there. 

Tum Bhi Ho Wahi – a song that is a hodge-podge of rock and pop with some techno as well.  This Indi-rock number has some really good guitar and percussion back up.  The result is a thumping and heart rate pumping number with strong and guttural vocals by Vishal Dadlani and Suraj Jagan who belt out this number.  Not a song that will stay on or linger in people’s memories for too long though. 

Kites in the sky – Here comes the surprise package –a tender and dreamy ballad by Susanne DeMello and Hrithik Roshan.  Yes, Hrithik the singer has arrived!  He is blessed with a strong and pleasing voice, and given his rich musical lineage that includes his grandfather Roshan and uncle Rajesh Roshan, it comes as no surprise that he has good control over his sur and taal and reveals confidence and style!  Susanne sings the Spanish lyrics of this song with a lot of feel as does Hrithik the English lyrics.  The song has opulent and extravagant orchestral accompaniment and the strings and flute stand out.   

Fire Love is Hell – An intermingling of Middle Eastern, Indian and Western – this mostly instrumental with fleeting vocals dance number is fast paced and racy.  The song’s promo shows Hrithik on the dance floor doing his moves!  Rajesh Roshan, Vishal Dadlani, Anushka Manchanda and Anirudh Bhola are given vocal credits for this number which has another avatar in the album with English lyrics, which supposedly is the only number retained for the English version of the film that has no other songs. 

The remix versions of the songs are as always just hyped up dance versions of the originals which seem to be the rule rather than the exception in almost every filmi music album that is being released today!  Dil Kyun Yeh Mera’s remix is peppered with rap and an interesting beat that is incorporated into the song. 

Most of the numbers in Kites are enjoyable and merit repeated listening!  Rajesh Roshan still has his spark and has come out with some really neat compositions in this album.  He has lucked out with his choice of Kay Kay as main vocalist and Hrithik is also very impressive in his debut song in this film!   The songs have a feel good quality to them and are neat, elegant and bound to keep the listener engaged!

(Sudha (Lakshmi) Rao is a homemaker & amateur light music singer (specialising in the golden oldies) based in New England - sings with Saptaswar in the US and Friends' Orchestra in Chennai, India and also gives private Karaoke based performances. She is also deeply involved with Tanker Foundation (that helps the poor & needy with kidney ailments- www.tankerfoundation.com) and Bala Mandir Kamaraj Trust (a home for orphan and destitute children in Chennai).
Sudha's music websites:
http://www.youtube.com/user/saptaswar )

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