By Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Hungama News Network
Tashan is truly the biggest and most awaited project of the season. And the reasons are aplenty.
a) This is the first YRF project in 2008 and comes straight after double-bill disappointments in the form of Aaja Nachle and Laaga Chunari Mein Daag
b) Vishal and Shekhar have a music release more than six months after 2007's biggest success (both film-wise as well as musically) - Om Shanti Om
c) The film stars four top-line actors who have been having a great box office run - Akshay Kumar (5 successful films in a row), Saif Ali Khan (Race), Anil Kapoor (Race, Welcome) and Kareena Kapoor (Jab We Met)
d) Last but definitely not the least - absolutely nothing is known about the film's plot. No wonder, curiosity is simply killing!
Taking these factors into consideration (especially the last one), as a listener, you have absolutely no idea about what to expect from the soundtrack.
Is it going to be a full-on rock album?
Is it going to have 'bhangra' beats holding prominence since the word 'tashan' originates from North India?
Is it going to be full on 'dhinchaak' since Tashan has Vishal-Shekhar composing for a hardcore commercial project?
Well, hold on to all the anticipation and expectation since the five songs which follow belong to the kind which give an altogether different dimension to a movie soundtrack.
'Dil Haara' is a unique composition all the way as one struggles to even describe the flow of the song from beginning till the end. It has Sukhwinder Singh giving a folkish beginning to it, is followed by the sound of rock and has a sufi flavor to it as the 'mukhda' reaches it's peak. The arrangements which follow have an amalgamation of rock and folk sound which makes you sit up and wait to be surprised. Written by Piyush Mishra, expectedly, 'Dil Haara' has lyrics which are truly different from what one normally expects from a Bollywood love song and have a certain ethnic/philosophical touch to them. Picturised on Saif Ali Khan, the song is a huge chartbuster on its way.
Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Kumar and Anil Kapoor get a couplet each for them as they talk about what 'tashan' means to them through 'Pooja Ka Tashan', 'Jimmy Ka Tashan', 'Bachchan Pande Ka Tashan' and 'Bhaiyyaji Ka Tashan' respectively. Wish this was longer though as the combined duration of each of these four tracks is barely 70 seconds!
Piyush Mishra gets behind the mike for a couple of lines (and repeats them towards the middle of the song) before Sunidhi Chauhan takes over the proceedings in 'Chhaliya'. 'Chhaliya' too isn't linear in it's format as it has a melodic beginning to it which changes course pretty quick with a Western sound imbibed into the proceedings. A number with a trademark Vishal-Shekhar stamp to it, 'Chhaliya' is written by Anvita Dutt Guptan and has it's rhythm coming from the line - 'Na Lada Na Lada, Tu Ankh Na Lada' - which forms the major part of the song. A high on beats number which goes perfectly well with the perky on-screen image of Kareena Kapoor!
Sureshot massy entertainer of the album comes in the form of 'Dil Dance Maare' which would definitely have been the riskiest and the most complex song to be created. Reason? When presented with lyrics like 'White White Face Dekhe, Dilwa Beating Fast, Sasura Chance Maare Re; O Very Happy In My Heart, Dil Dance Maare Re', it doesn't make a composer's job easy. And when the lyricist is Vishal Dadlani himself, there is no one else to blame too!
Well, Vishal and Shekhar get into a full on 'dhamaal' mode here and go tru