Music Review: Aloo Chaat

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By Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Hungama News Network

EXPECTATIONS

One expects a decent soundtrack from Aloo Chaat mainly because the film's title conveys an impression of a young-n-spicy love story that has ample scope for music. Moreover, director Robby Grewal had ensured that his last film MP3 - Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar had some nice feel good music and hence one knows for sure that it won't be a step down with Aloo Chaat. Moreover, with youngsters like Aftab Shivdasani and Aamna Shariff being roped in for a film, there are expectations of a couple of hum able tunes at the least.

Well, the music of Aloo Chaat isn't in true terms hum able (due to most of the numbers being either situational or dance numbers) but it does ensure that there is no single dull moment in it's entire play. Music is pretty much an ensemble effort here with as many as four composers coming together - RDB, Xulfi, Vipin Mishra and Mehfuz Mahruf. RDB makes the best use of the platform provided and comes up with a killer title track 'Aloo Chaat' which should have come on air much before. A chartbuster material which is just the right ammunition for the disc hopping crowds, 'Aloo Chaat' is high on rhythm and makes an instant impression.

RDB gives an altogether different account of itself with 'Boliyaan' which is basically an amalgamation of many a Punjabi 'boliyan'. Instantly identifiable if you have stayed even a year in the North of India, 'Boliyaan' makes for an entertaining piece of music which is straight out of a Yash Raj film. The arrangements and orchestra are just perfect as well since they are authentic sans any adulteration.

Xulfi (of 'Call - The Band' from Pakistan) comes up with a winner of a tune in the form of 'Dhadke Jiya'. A soft number that has melody at its core, 'Dhadke Jiya' is the one for a long walk with your loved one on a moonlit night. The arrangements are kept at the minimal too as the singer is allowed to do his job. Moreover, even when the song comes in the 'remix version', it doesn't go overboard and keeps the entertainment quotient intact.

Another version of the title song 'Aloo Chaat' is composed by Vipin Mishra. A situational background track that is bound to play a multiple number times in the narrative of the film, this one has a certain innocent appeal to it that would appeal to children. A fun track that almost moves like a nursery jingle (and later also appears in a 'remix version'), 'Aloo Chaat' should keep the proceedings perked up in the film.

'Life Is A Sizzling Aloo Chaat' is yet another version of the title track and enhances upon the overall effect created by the album so far. There is a certain 70s feel to the music of this fun track which reminds one of many a compositions like these that were composed by Lakshmikant-Pyaarelal in their heydays. One would look forward to the way this Mehfuz Mahruf composed number is presented on screen.

LYRICS

Though one may not give much attention to the lyrics of a number which is decidedly a promotional item number, it's not really the case for the opening number 'Aloo Chaat'. RDB do good justice to the lyrics here as they bring in the elements of relationships and luck in the number without going overboard. On the other hand, their lyrics in 'Boliyaan' are such that you are hooked on (due to sheer familiarity factor) once you have heard them once. In fact this single track is worth the price of a CD for those who are expecting a marriage celebration at home. One just has to play this song once and rest is left to the ladies in the house to get on to the dance floors.

Xulfi does well in his role as a lyricist for 'Dhadke Jiya' and comes up with the words that are different from the routine even as the songs belong to the romantic genre. A beautiful number that deserves to stay on with the audience even after the film is off the theaters.

Vipin Mishra also writes lyrics for another version of the title song 'Aloo Chaat' that comes with its own little dose of Punjabi lyrics. The song retains a fun element to it and though the lyrics here do not belong to the kind that would make you sing them alongside, they do have a deeper meaning to them when heard closely. On the other hand lyricist Syed Gulrez keeps it all simple for 'Life Is A Sizzling Aloo Chaat' as the protagonist talks about the love of his life and how he is looking forward to tying the knot.

VOCALS

While RDB is full on energy during the rendition of 'Aloo Chaat', it is the introduction of Nindy Kaur which takes the song to an all time high. Her unconventional voice belongs to the 'bhangra-pop' genre from the UK and in 'Aloo Chaat', she shines along with Smooth. However, there is a surprise in store as from the world of pop, she moves on to hardcore Punjabi rendition to 'Boliyaan' which appears in two parts, though with different tune and lyrics.

If Xulfi excels as a composer and lyricist for 'Dhadke Jiya', he doesn't allow the singer in him to be left behind. He keeps it all soft and romantic and delicate as he goes about rendering this song that keeps resonating in your ears long after it's over.

Kailash Kher demonstrates good energy during his rendition of 'Aloo Chaat' and the rustic appeal in his voice makes the number further lively. In fact once you hear the number a couple of times, he seems to be best suited for the job as well. Ditto for Kunal Ganjawala who brings in a boyish charm to the fun track 'Life Is A Sizzling Aloo Chaat'.

OVERALL

Aloo Chaat is a good album and succeeds in creating an overall fun mood, something which goes with the genre and treatment of the film as well. There is not a single dull moment in the soundtrack of Aloo Chaat and though there isn't any experimental music per se, it is good enough to ensure that proceedings only get lively once the numbers play in the narrative.

OUR PICK(S)

'Aloo Chaat' (RDB), 'Dhadke Jiya'

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