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Music Review - Jhootha Hi Sahi

Ranjani Saigal

(This article is sponsored by Sounds Of India)

Jhootha Hi Sahi brings together Abbas Tyrewala, A R Rahman, and some fabulous singers. But the result is less than stellar.

Rashid Ali starts off the zippy Cry Cry. Rahman created a sharp but cool underlying tempo and then uses the vocals and even the lyrics to create part of the music. Ali is fabulous on this track, Shreya Ghoshal joins in and gives an energetic performance that really adds a lot to the song.  Musically, it is a very interesting song to listen to. The composer uses many different instruments in the intervening musical stanzas, which are good.

Its first version "Maiyya Yashodha (Jamuna Mix)" is a "jugalbandi" of traditional Indian instrumentals with enchanting flute notes and harmonized "sitar" displays as its most likable attributes. Javed Ali's yelling vocals are perfect and so is Chinmayi's peculiar willowy voice that melts with the gushing flows of energizing arrangements.  Though not his finest, Rahman's class is visible in control over traditional Indian instrumentals and in tuneful setting of vocals with appealing wordings, adding to the visual grace.

"Maiyya Yashodha (Thames Mix)" is alluring for disco-beat culture listeners and works like typical "club-remix" with extra-enthused fillers, beat-juggles, echoing flute notes in its animated displays. It swivels mood completely and transforms "Garbha" night into discotheque delights and carries the desired zest to make you shake booty on floors.

Hello Hello is an instant reminder to Karthik calling Karthik. Karthik's flawless singing makes it a good listen. And after that… a familiar sound comes to us – Do Nishaniyaan – the vintage Rahman track. Continuous tunes of Piano makes this haunting track highlight of the album. Whats more – same track has another version called 'Heartbreak Reprise'. Superb words and singing.

Pam Para – is an average track sung by Shreya Ghoshal. Finally we have I've Been Waiting, which is another jazz flavored track but this time channeling Michael Buble/Harry Connick Jr. 'I've Been Waiting' is one of the best on an album full of bests. Vijay Yesdus has this smooth crooner voice that takes you into another world, a very romantic world.
Could become a favorite at Valentine Day.

Overall a nice track though not one of Rahman's best.

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