Music Review: Jannat
By Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Hungama News Network
Bhatt brothers have been known for their taste when it comes to quality music. Meanwhile, Pritam too has rightly acquired the tag of hit machine in the music industry. Hence, when the team comes together again, it is time for great anticipation for something extraordinary to happen again.
Now, after a hat-trick of musical successes in Gangster, Woh Lamhe and Awarapan, Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt have roped in composer Pritam again for the music of Jannat. The film revolves around the theme of match fixing and betting in the world of cricket and stars Emraan Hashmi as the lead protagonist. With Sayeed Quadri roped in as a lyricist, Bhatts have a lot in stake from the music of Jannat. The good news is that Pritam delivers yet again…and how!
It's the music from Far East which opens the proceedings for 'Zara Sa'. Once the initial set up manages to create a romantic mood for the song, KK takes over who hits a sixer in the very first minute of the album. His voice continues to throw surprises in each of his outings and 'Zara Sa' is no exception! The rhythm of 'O Oyo Oyo' which forms the theme sound of the song would only make one head for a candle light dinner with his/her loved one!
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Together Pritam, Sayeed Quadri and KK do everything right to make a song which is a sure shot chartbuster in the making. Add on Emraan Hashmi to the song and you know that the melodious 'Zara Sa' would definitely scale greater heights. With a title like 'Power Ballad', one would have expected the next version of 'Zara Sa' to be a full on Club mix. However, that's not the case as it is set as an unplugged rendition by KK with just a guitar in background. In fact, this version sounds even better and is worth the price that one may for the music CD. Excellent!
Kamran Ahmed not just sings and writes 'Judai' but is also an original composer for the song. And yes, before any controversy erupts, the artist has been credited for his entire work on the song. Based on age old folk number 'Lambi Judai - Chaar Dinon Ka Pyaar O Rabba', the song takes a different take in it's 2008 version as it gets into a rock setting.
With a lounge feel to it, courtesy some cutting edge mixing and arrangements which takes the song to a different level altogether, 'Judai' at places also has Richa Sharma's voice in the background that creates a haunting feel. Also notable is the guitar which accompanies Kamran throughout and creates a catchy rhythm. The young man has a good voice and he is rewarded with a 'Kilogram Mix' which comes at the very end of the album. Does it carry an expected weight (pun intended)? Yes, it does! Check this version out which gets you into an 'enigma'-tic setting and keeps you mesmerized for hours to follow!
After being heard in the background for a brief duration, Richa Sharma gets an entire solo for herself as she gets to sing 'Lambi Judai'. The only time in the album when a female voice makes an appearance, Richa makes most of the opportunity. Now one waits to see if this version finds a place at least as a part of the film's background music!