Music Review Mr Joe B Carvalho

Expectations:

A small budget action comedy does not warrant any expectations on the musical side.

Music:

Some vocal gibberish by Pinky Maidasani (presumably) and a haunting riff begin the designer track 'Chumma chaati' (by Shefali Alvares with Amartya Rahut and Pinky Maidasani), with smart-aleck lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya ('Smoking saiyyaji drinking saiyaaji / Losing control I don't like saiyyaji'). The heavy percussion and strong Western flavour are presented in the guise of a desi track, complete with references to paan, saiyyaji and of course chumma chaati.

Grammar and gender have never been a strong points with today's word-spinners and Bhattacharya passes off 'Saiyyaji ne mujhko aankh maara (instead of the correct 'maari') to rhyme with the next line!

Track-records show – with negligible exceptions for specific reasons – that item numbers work only with a strong Indian or folk element and this song, while sounding nice to hear (Shefali's gimmicky singing is a highlight) does not remain in memory.

The second song, 'Mindblastic' (whatever that means!) starts with a rock guitar, but despite the pedestrian words (Puneet Sharma), singer Neeraj Shridhar gives this track the required limited appeal, and it could even pass off as an average Pritam composition.

Subhajit Mukherjee, clearly a poor man's Remo (the film is based in Goa!)-rolled-into-James (of Gangster fame) delivers 'Ring ring' with gusto. Superficially a zingy track, it is bogged down by uninventive words (Virag Mishra) yet again. However, while it lasts, the relentless beat elevates the song and makes it listen-worthy.

Hamsika Iyer delivers 'Ae ji suniye' with aplomb, infusing her vocals with a Geeta Dutt-esque tenor. This talented singer deserves much better, we think, than the few average songs she has been getting in the many years she has been around. Distinctive, sharp and modulated, her voice only lacks in experience that adds the right seasoning to a taiyyar talent. Co-singer (and composer) Amartya Rahut does the serviceable interpolations. For once, the instrumentation appeals in its experimentation.

Jaaved Jafferi writes and recites 'Carlos', a nonsensical track about the arch-criminal he plays in this film. Over-orchestrated and more than slightly cacophonous in the choice of instruments, the lyrics veer between the rarely witty and the predominantly nonsensical.

Overall:

While the rating is as always for the commercial prospects, the more important thing is that Amartya Rahut has not struck the right chord yet (Aagey Se Right, Aurangzeb, What The Fish! ) in his career. He fares only marginally better here. A little more attention to raags, folk and desi feel even in treatment could improve his career prospects.

Our Pick:

Ae ji suniye

Music: AMARTYA RAHUT
Lyrics: AMITABH BHATTACHARYA, VIRAG MISHRA, PUNEET SHARMA & JAAVED JAAFERI
Music Label: T-SERIES

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