By Joginder Tuteja Bollywood Hungama News Network
From certain albums you have zilch expectations. Especially so, when the music as well as movie come virtually unannounced, there isn't a single known name amongst the cast and crew, promos are difficult to catch by and the title is hardly flattering. Aamras wins hands down in each of these categories and no wonder; one reluctantly plays on the album that has music by Shamir Tandon and Tabun Sutradhar with lyrics by Virag Mishra, Subrat Sinha and Ravii. However, to one's pleasant surprise, Aamras turns out to be a fairly enjoyable album with the kind of songs that justify that chic-flick mood of the film.
It's a truly chick beginning for the album that kick starts with 'Jabse Hum Hue Jawaan'. Even though Virag Mishra's lyrics are poetic, composer Shamir Tandon's treatment makes it sound really contemporary, cool and urban. Sumedha Karmahe and Sumitra Iyer come together for this rock track which is pretty much a 'coming of age' song for the young female protagonists in the film who are shown to be exploring life as they move ahead in their teenage years. Boasting of good energy, 'Jabse Hum Hue Jawaan' immediately gets you interested in the album and the songs to follow.
Ok, so Virag Mishra's title lyrics for 'We are the Teen Queens' may not be the most original that one would have come across. However, going by the subject and the genre of the film, these are just the apt lyrics for this number that has 'Viva' girls Anushka Manchanda, Pratichee Mohapatra and Mahua Kamat coming together. This one follows from where 'Jabse Hum Hue Jawaan' left and Shamir Tandon gets a perfect club outing in place (followed by a 'rock version') with this number that sets the mood and the setting right for the album which now starts looking more and more promising. Boasting of a mix of English and Hindi lyrics, this one too, is an out and out fun song and would be pretty much identified by the youngsters.
From this point on, the combination of composer Tabun Sutradhar and lyricist Subrat Sinha take over the proceedings for the songs to follow. First to come is 'Choten Choten Pairon Ke Tale' and as is the case with most songs rendered by Kailash Kher, this one too follows an advertisement jingle approach. Nevertheless, one doesn't mind this soothing song much since it questions the very fundamentals problem of the issues/challenges that kids face when they would rather be living their 'bachpan'. The good part though is that even though the number has a sermonizing theme to it, it doesn't turn boring and should do well if their is a good montage supporting it in the film's narrative.
Shweta Pandit, who has been making her presence felt in last few months especially, gets a solo song titled 'Sambhali Hai Kitne Dino Se' for herself. A feel good number that moves at a rapid pace, this song is an ode to friendship. There is a certain feel of innocence in this melodic outing which has an extra special going for it due to Shweta's spirited song. This one should do well again for the film's situation.
The song is followed by Vasundhara Das rendered 'Koi Kuch Bhi Soche' which doesn't harm the flow of the album at all and in fact only adds further value to it. The very factor of 'spirited singing' is the underlining force of 'Koi Kuch Bhi Soche' as well with Vasundhara Das doing her job quite well. In fact, by this time, one very much begins appreciating the fact that in spite of not much known about the cast, crew and banner of the film, the singers have given their best in making the songs worth a play.
Last to come is a solo by Jojo who gets behind the mike for a soft rock track 'Tere Bin Soona Soona Hai Jahan'. Written by Ravii, this one has a sad theme to it but still never becomes boring or tedious. Instead, it's the sound created by Tabun Sutradhar that makes 'Tere Bin...' an urban contemporary track that goes well with the youthful mood of the film. Yet another number that helps in adding on to the all around good impact that Aamras creates.
Aamras is a good album and it's a pity that there is absolutely no promotion, awareness, buzz or hype around it. Yes, a genre like this still has a limited market for itself due to it's rock/pop setting and there is only one Rock On a year, that goes on to make a huge impact. Still, Aamras does deserve a chance at least to travel some distance at least, if not go the whole hog.
'We are the Teen Queens', 'Jabse Hum Hue Jawaan', 'Koi Kuch Bhi Soche