On Friday, when I reached home I found a parcel packet lying out of my flat. That was from World Space Radio for winning a contest. Well, very happily I opened the cover and was very glad to see the audio CD of “Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam” inside that. This movie is directed by Writer/lyricist Sanjay Chel and starring Mallika, Rahul Bose, Paresh Rawal and Kay Kay Menon. (This is an out-an-out comedy story of a drama troupe - Kalakar Natak Company who stages socially relevant, thought-provoking plays, which no one understands and hardly anyone sees. The theatre group gets involved with an undercover agent who is working on saving the country from a bomb blast ).
But for movie we have to wait for a few days to see that wether Rahul Bose and Mallika can repeat the charm of “Pyaar ke side effects” or not. Coming to the album now, the music of this album is given by Anu Malik and lyrics are by Sanjay Chel himself.
Here is my take of the album-
1. Pyaar kiya to darna kya: When I saw the name of first song, I thought that it might be a spoof of the old memorable song “Pyaar kiya to darna kya” (as I hadn’t seen the video at that time). The songs starts with
“Maine Kali Ka Dil Nahin Thoda
Maine Kali Se Mooh Nahin Moda
Love Ke Liye Apna Sab Kuch Choda …..
Main Toh Kali Ka Main Toh Kali Ka
Deewana Mere Yaar
Main Toh Kali Pe Main Toh Kali Pe
Apna Dil Gaya HaarMain Toh Kali Se Main Toh Kali Se
Karna Chaahu Ikraar
Chaahe Chunvaa Do Chaahe Chunvaa Do Lambi Lambi Deewar”
And that was sufficient to tell me that this is not a remix of the original from Mughal-E-Azam but it is a completely different rephrased song with some new lyrics and singing style. The song has been crooned by Shaan, Anushka Manchanda, Ishq Bector and Mahalaxmi Iyer. The lyrics aren’t that impressive but have some nice DJ beats and might sound better on a good speaker system.
But to be true I liked the way when they crooned “Jab…So What…Jab…Who cares…Jab…Aa Haan” in between the stanza, but still the song lacks the originality and the momentum, you may like the song in starting but later you are going to loose the rhythm. But if we think about the film’s nautanki background the song may look ok ok types in movie. Didn’t liked it much but this will work in Discs.
2. Marmari Baahen: Truly speaking, this track is the best of the album. This quixotic and opulently superb track was crooned by Kunal Ganjawala and Mahalaxmi Iyer (here she was astoundingly different from the first song). The lyrics of the song are quite good
“Marmari Baahein, Sandhali Saansein, Teri Aor Le Chali
Ras Bhari Baatein, Madhbari Raatein, Teri Aor Le Chali
Gore Kandhe Pe Kaala Til, Kya Kahoon Kaisa Hai Kaatil
Sare Jahaan Mein Uske Siva Mujhe, Kuch Bhi Nahin Haasil
Dekh Dekh Jaise Mera Jiya Sharmaaya Hai..
Kya Karoon Re Besharam Voh Toh Mera Saaya Hai”
The music of this song is ordinary but fabulous performance by Kunal and Mahalaxmi will force you to hear again and again. The music is of typical Anu malik style with a lot of dholak, Synth and piano and is gonna remind you of “Tere Bin” from Bhagambhag. Liked this one.
Remixed version: This song is remixed by BlueZone and they have done a good job but again the one who destroys the Charm is Anu Malik who alone sings the song. The soft rap attached with the song is quite good. Liked this one minus Anu Malik’s voice.
3. Ek to sharab Kum: When I heard the starting lines in voice of Pankaj Udhas
“Kuch Bhi Nahin Tha Lekin Tera Sahaara Tha
Jo Kuch Bhi Tha Voh Sab Kuch,
Voh Sab Kuch Luta Hua Hai,
Luta Hua Hai”
I thought it to be a decent ghazal but then starts the harmonium and dholak and finally the sound of breaking glass……alasssssssss the ghazal was converted in a Quwalli type of ghazal. Pankaj has returned to Bollywood after a long time with this Ghazal but literally speaking I didn’t expected this from him. The music is of typical Ghazal types but with added bass beats which gives a feel of Quwalli. May be hardcore ghazal lovers like it ( I am a hardcore ghazal lover but pssssssssttttttt I didn’t liked it) but not the general music lover. And same was true for the Part 2 of the song. Didn’t liked the track but liked a few lines as
“Dil Utth Gaya Ab Toh Teri Mohabbat Se
Phir Bhi Teri Dua Mein Yeh Haat,
Yeh Haat, Uttah Hua Hai, Uttah Hua Hai”
4. Ishqaiyaan: This album will give you a bit of everything, a rephrased old hit, a ghazal remixed in Quwalli and finally after the ghazal, here comes the modern Mujra song “Ishqaiyaan”. The song starts in the exotic voice of Sunidhi with typical lines
“Haraf Haraf Heera Hai,
Labz Labz Moti Hai
Hum Haseenao Ke Baatein Toh Niraali Hoti Hai
Agar Magar Ki Dagar Dagar Pe Sabar Karoge Kaise;
Asar Asar Sanam Hai Aisa K Sabar Karoge Kaise”
And then the rapper pitches in and converts it to a modern day mujra. This song has typical harmonium, dholak percussion, piano and a bit of various other traditional instrumental including Shehnai. In progression this converts in a typical stage show type of song and then Sonu Nigam joins Sunidhi (I don’t know what he is doing here). This song is full of oomph as “Oui..Maa” and “Oo Aaa Oo Aa”. Didn’t liked it.
Remixed version: The remix of this song is done again by BlueZone (sorry I don’t know who they are) and really speaking they have done a good job again but since the parent song was not good hence the output was the same
My verdict: I would like to quote one statement from Sanjay Chel himself "There is a feel of remix in the music. Anu Malik has used Rag Darbari and we have kept a ghazal so we haven’t ruined the original song and have come with a new song of ours.” Anu Malik tried to deliver a Khichdi, a rearticulated old hit, a ghazal and even a mujra but sorry Mr. Malik this album lacks quality and is a failure. I don’t know what happened to Anu Malik firstly the dead music of LS2050, Ugly and Pagli and now this one.But still I will wait for the movie keeping my fingers crossed and hope that the magic of Rahul and Mallika will work. I would easily give one out of five stars.