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Music Review - Anjaana Anjaani

Ranjani Saigal

(This article is sponsored by Sounds Of India)

Director :              Siddharth Anand

Music: Vishal-Shekhar

Lyrics:Neelesh Mishra, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Kumaar, Irshad Kamil, Anvita Dutt, Kausar Munir , Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani.

 Starring: Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra

After the success of their last venture "I Hate Luv Storys", music-duo Vishal Sekhar  are back with their new album "Anjaana Anjaani". This highly anticipated musical has great potential.  It is touted as a “yuppie” love story. So one can expect a lot of youth appeal with the music.


It is a certainly a “yuppie” beginning with first of the title songs in the album, ‘Anjaana Anjaani Ki Kahani‘. A club track, it is a peculiar case of a dance number that doesn’t turn out to be an instant hit with a listener in the very first go.  But after a couple of listens it sticks. Nikhil D'Souza's boyish vocals with Monali Thakur's spunky presentation, makes it a spirited number. Nilesh Mishra’s mix of Hindi and English lyrics are a delight to listen to.  Expect this number to top the charts soon.


The next number is yet another energetic one titled ‘Hairat‘. This V-S composition is charged with electric guitar blues, and other rock elements that make this a high energy, youthful, energetic and foot-tapping track. It is none other than Lucky Ali who is still wonderful at 50 + in belting out a youthful number.  The lyrics are by Vishal Dadlani himself  who does a great job here.


It seems almost like every album nowadays features Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. He is a tremendous singer but his tracks are beginning to be familiar. Written by Vishal Dadlani with Shekhar Ravjiani adding to the chorus, ‘Aas Paas Khuda‘ is about the protagonist being inspired to be positive and trust in the almighty. The treatment in fact has a Western touch to it though Rahat does his own stuff of staying in his ‘sufi’ zone.  The ‘unplugged version’ is actually better because it has Rahat’s pure vocals along with Shruthi Pathak who is wonderful.


Tmmse His Tumse is a wonderful romantic Hinglish duet.  Shekhar sings this himself and does a wonderful job. Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya and Anvita Dutt with Caralisa Monteiro contributing with the English Lyrics and also as a singer for that portion, ‘Tumse Hi Tumse‘ is a modern day romantic track and one can see it fit perfectly into a “yuppie” musical.


For those looking for a classy and quiet number,  ‘Tujhe Bhula Diya‘  fits the bill. Shruthi Pathak does a phenomenal job singing this wonderful number along with Mohit Chauhan number where he has a sufi Qawaali backdrop.  The lyrics by Kumaar and Vishal Dadlani are beautiful. The sufi touch that has been interspersed in this near five minutes song also has Shekhar Ravjiani chipping in. The original and the remix by Abhijit Vaghani are beautiful.


One is now taken into a soundtrack with a Hollywood feeling. “I feel so good” written again by Vishal Dadlani is nice. Shilpa Rao’s vocals are beautiful and makes for a good western teen love song.


The album features a mellowed situational theme-track titled "Anjaana Anjaani". It breaks into shades of "Aas Paas Khuda" signature tunes with rock-beat and string instrumental flows. Vishal Dadlani teams up with Shilpa Rao and makes magic.


Overall a lovely album and one wonders if the film will be a hit like DDLJ!

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