‘Hello’ music isn’t too appealing (Music Review)

October 9th, 2008 - 10:40 am ICT by IANS  

ShaanFilm: “Hello”; Music Director: Sajid-Wajid, Salim-Suleiman; Lyricist: Jalees Sherwani; Singers: Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan, Suzy Q, Herchelle, Tim, Merlin, Wajid, Daler Mehndi, Ishq Bector, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sonu Nigam, Zubin, Shaan, Sadhna Sargam ; Rating: **Director Atul Agnihotri roped in composer duos Sajid-Wajid and Salim-Suleiman to compose the music for his film, which is a screen adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s second bestseller, “One Night @ the Call Center”. But the final outcome is not so impressive.

The album starts with the loud number “Karle baby dance wance”. The song is not appealing despite the fact that Daler Mehndi is crooning it. Accompanying him is Sunidhi Chauhan and her rendition is also average. The worst are lyrics, courtesy Jalees Sherwani.

“Rab ka banda” is completely different from “Karle baby…”. The song is sung by accomplished and noteworthy singers like Sonu Nigam and Zubin and Sunidhi Chauhan. It is a philosophical track Jalees lyrics connect with the theme, but the music isn’t good enough to make it a chartbuster.

A romantic piece comes in the form of “Mitwa re”. In this slow and soft number, synthesizer, the flute and tambourine are used throughout and that gives it a slight rustic touch. While the lyrics are quite average, there’s nothing outstanding about the rendition by Shaan, Wajid and Sadhna Sargam.

“Bang bang bang” is an out and out Wajid song. Giving it a very concert-like feel, the composers of this track have made it seem like a ‘larger-than-life’ composition.

“Caravan”, as the title suggests, is a song about the journey of life and Jalees’ meaningful lyrics make it all the more appealing. Noted Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan renders it. Yet, one gets the feeling that there’s still something missing in the number or, rather, there could have been an improvement somewhere.

“Hello”, which is being used as a promotional song, has a host of singers on board including Wajid, Ishq Bector, Tim, Herchelle, Merlin and Suzie Q. But it is not a very happening number.

The “Hello” album lacks a lot and isn’t presented too well for masses to download any song, leave alone buying the entire CD or cassette.

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