Friday, December 17, 2010


Big star cast, larger-than-life 70's fictional characters, garish costumes, ostentatiously loud set-designs, racy music with munificent budget to bring them together in one package. This is Farah Khan's world of cinema that has so far delivered two back-to-back hits MAIN HOON NA (2004) and OM SHANTI OM (2007) with this formula and is back again with another edge-of-seat thriller with 'tadka-mar-ke' entertainment in TEES MAAR KHAN.


Year 2010 has been superlative year for Vishal-Shekhar with three consecutive hit albums (I HATE LUV STORYS, ANJAANA ANJAANI and BREAK KE BAAD) that have catered primarily to the urbane listener's segment with quality entertainment. This time the composer duo will be gunning for universal audiences with predictable 'Bollywood' styles/genres of music as the flavor of this musical feast. In the past, both Farah Khan flicks have enjoyed bountiful musical success with couple of chartbusters soundtracks in its kitty. Does this 'con-man' special comic caper have sufficient thrills to set the pulse racing? Can Vishal-Shekhar end up this year with another hit to their credit? Let's be regular with our analysis and get plugged into its musical proceeding by pressing 'play' button...

Quirky and tunefully comical! The introduction of livewire 'con man' makes its multi-vociferous impact with Sonu Nigaam donning out 54 different voices in the title track 'Tees Maar Khan'. After experiencing Sanjay Leela Bhansali's genius with melodies in GUZAARISH, its editor-turned-director Shirish Kunder making impressive 'Bond-ish' tones as guest composer in this playfully composed soundtrack. It's a satirical melodic take on 'James Bond' signature tune with mixed and match of 70's and 80's Bollywood's musical notes and styles that gist out the character sketch of 'Tees Maar Khan'. Squeaky, electronically tuned with loads of comical sounds makes this one an artistically hilarious sounding number with Sonu Nigaam making trendsetting vocal presence as remarkable soloist by varying and modulating in all funny voices. The song comes out as 'comic-book' fiction perky background score that is presumed to be making its domineering presence at varied places in this 'masala-mar-ke' entertainer. This slapstick hilarious comical musical piece gets into dancing 'club-remix' grooves in 'Tees Maar Khan (remix)'. The bouncy disco beat fillers along with squeak sounds embroiled with signature tunes will be a great energy booster for flick's promotion and so do expect this version making louder presence in teasers and promos.


'Beedi Jailale' (OMKARA), 'Munni Badnam' (DABANGG) and now 'Sheila Ki Jawani'! Item songs galore and now are finding stronghold in filmdom and new fan base with already 'hot-news' in the form of 'Sheila Ki Jawani' making its extravagant presence. This Vishal-Shekhar composition has the 'qawwali' punch of 'Tum Se Milke' (MAIN HOON Na) with loud dosage of recurring and rhythmical drumming in setting decorum of garishly pitched 'eye-candy' item song. Sunidhi Chauhan's exorbitantly racy vocals roar to the extreme in the midst of flourishingly vibrant arrangements with stereotypically played 'harmonium' tones adding touches of bygone era. Farah Khan's choreographic intellect tries to make this 'east-meets-west' affair with Shakira's 'Hip's don't lie' meeting Laxmikant-Pyarelal's 'Jumma Chumma' (HUM) with a dash of Hollywood's CHICAGO on-stage dancing moves. The song has already become a rage and was 'newsmaker' for Katrina's multifarious avatars. Despite loads of energy and enthusiasm poured through animated sounds and beats, this Vishal-Shekar fails to be trendsetting or creatively amusing and sounds contemporary in all its musical moods. It's on-screen visual display will be striking more blows than it's audio exhibit but still it carries ample dosage of feisty entertainment for floors.

'Sheila Ki Jawani (remix)' brings on hip-hop emceeing and loads of 'club-remix' DJ' antics and paces up proceedings with its loud freaky rhythmical sounds and grooves. It's highly pulsating and energizing and is likely to be the appreciating factor in catalyzing 'glam-quotient' of this action-packed thriller.

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