I’ve started listening to the latesht music releases all over again. Must say it was kinda forced upon me…having got nothing better to do! This week, I’ve picked up the newest releases that are literally poles apart – The hip n happening Bhool Bhulaiyaa, with music by Pritam and the classical-feeling Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, with music by Shantanu Moitra. Let’s take a look at the former. Pritam’s albums have always had one or two peppy foot-tapping numbers and this one is no different. The Priyadarshan – Pritam – Akshay Kumar trio had given us Garam Masala & Bhagam Bhag earlier. The former’s music was quite groovy and went on to become a big hit. The same can’t be said of the latter though.
Bhool Bhulaiyaa too is a groovy album. The opening title track Teri Aankhen Bhool Bhulaiyaa opens with quite a lilting twang and the perky beats will soon be heard on cellphones I’m sure. The song is sung by Neeraj Sridhar a.k.a Bombay Vikings and the repetitive chants of hare ram hare ram in the background, coupled with some English lyrics thrown in make this one a surefire winner. The remix version follows suit but has a different opening sequence though. Labon Ko is the next track which is a KK solo and seems to be the protagonist’s express of anguish. Considering that this movie’s a remake of the Tamil blockbuster Chandramukhi, this song may well be picturised on Shiney Ahuja (the husband whose wife has been possessed!). Neatly paced, it has some mellifluous lyrics and pacy riffs in between. Dholna stands out as a classical number…that too in a Pritam album! Going with the ghost theme of Chandramukhi, this song seems to be one of a previous birth; or maybe one reminiscing an earlier birth…evidence being given by lyrics such as marke bhi tujhko chaahega dil! Sung by Shreya Ghoshal, this one’s an out n’ out classical with heavy ghungroo sounds and vocals reverberating in the background.
A hippy number, a solo angst-ridden song and a classical number later, what comes next is quite obvious – a racy party track! Let’s Rock Sohniye is a song laced with dhols and trumpets and the unique Punjabi feel which seems odd for a movie based in Rajasthan! Sung by Shaan & Tulsi, this one seems like the quintessential marriage song. Sajda is another KK sung number that is of the praising kind – the lyrics praising love all throughout. Seems run-of-the-mill initially but grows on you…esp. the sajda…main karoon pyaar ka sajda bit. The chorus vocals ruin it a bit though. I expect this to be Akshay’s intro song. Let’s see. Next up is a true-blue Rajasthani folk-ish song with female chorus aplenty. Sakhiya is a heroine’s solo, maybe in-waiting for her beloved. Ordinary in comparison to the others. The Album’s rounded off by Allah Hafiz, which has a quite wierd-sounding-intro and slips further into mediocrity. Even KK cannot salvage a slapstick song. And what is fast becoming a norm these days, the album has a Remix version of almost every song – Allah Hafiz and Sakhiya being the only exceptions.
Quite a decent collection of songs, ranging from foot-tapping to mediocre, Bhool Bhulaiyaa is a typical Pritam+Sameer combo with Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Labon Ko, Dholna and Lets Rock Sohniye being the best numbers – in that order. Not as all-round-good as Garam Masala but better than Bhagam Bhag!