Anjaana Anjaani 2010 Music Review

Movie: Anjaana Anjaani 2010 Music Review

Ok, so the music of much hyped Anjaana Anjaani is finally out and it is time to check out what exactly does it have in store. Frankly, the way makers (Sajid Nadiadwala and Siddharth Anand) have chosen to call Anjaana Anjaani a true blue musical of just 2010, the expectations have soared to a great high. Though the year so far has seen some good musical scores, Anjaana Anjaani has pitched itself quite strongly as a film where music is its key strength. Now this by itself is a double edged sword because nothing less than superb is expected when the claims are so high. More so because the film sees Vishal and Shekhar coming together with Siddharth Anand again after Bachna Ae Haseeno (very good), Ta Ra Rum Pam (decent) and Salaam Namaste (good). Also, music in Sajid Nadiadwala's films (Housefull, Kambakkht Ishq, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Heyy Babyy) has traditionally gone well as per the genre. No wonder, as a listener, you want to see the music progress to a greater height. Whether it indeed manages to do that? Let's check it out.

It's a spirited beginning with first of the title songs in the album, 'Anjaana Anjaani Ki Kahani'. A club track, it is a peculiar case of a dance number that doesn't turn out to be an instant hit with a listener in the very first go. However, once heard a couple of times in entirety, this Neelesh Misra song grows and how. Boasting of a mix of Hindi and English lyrics, it has a late 70s/early 80s feel to it. Call it a coincidence and the fact that it is picturised on Ranbir Kapoor; you do tend to draw a parallel with the kind of dance numbers that Rishi Kapoor was seen during his heydays. Sung with a lot of spunk by new entrant Nikhil D'Souza and Monali Thakur (who takes a totally different route from 'Zara Zara Touch Me' - Race mood), 'Anjaana Anjaani Ki Kahani' should find itself rising up the popularity chart.

The song which does require just one listening though to qualify as the top of the charts material is 'Hairat'. A high on energy, youthful, energetic and foot tapping track, 'Hairat' throws further surprise when you check out the singer behind the great job. It is Lucky Ali who is 50+ in age and still gets the kind of mood rolling which could make many a younger singers feel shy. Why doesn't he sing more often? A love song about life being beautiful with a great companion around, 'Hairat' (written by Vishal Dadlani) also stands up for its key word that has seldom been used in the world of Bollywood bound to become a definite chartbuster.

After an extended high energy outing comes a song that has Rahat Fateh Ali Khan at the helm of affairs. As has always been the case in album after album, presence of Rahat means that there would be something slow, subdued, subtle and soulful. This is exactly what one gets with 'Aas Paas Khuda' which does require a couple of listening before one settles down to the sound. Written by Vishal Dadlani with Shekhar Ravjiani adding to the chorus, 'Aas Paas Khuda' is about the protagonist being inspired to be positive and trust in the almighty. The treatment in fact has a Western touch to it though Rahat does his own stuff of staying in his 'sufi' zone. What works more though is the 'unplugged version' because with Rahat around, all you wish to listen to is his voice with nothing else around. In this version, there is Shruti Pathak around though one doesn't mind that.

It's back to fun and verve and the boyish charm in the voice makes one check out the credit details. As it turned out in case of 'Hairat', there is surprise yet again as the man behind the mike turns out to be Shekhar Ravjiani. He has to sing more often. Period. A young number which could well have been a Valentine Day special, 'Tumse Hi Tumse' one has a Vishal-Shekhar stamp to it when it comes to simplicity. Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya and Anvita Dutt with Caralisa Monteiro contributing with the English Lyrics and also as a singer for that portion, 'Tumse Hi Tumse' is a modern day romantic track for a lazy coffee outing.