Hip-hop rules in ‘Money Hai Toh Honey Hai’ (Music Review)

July 21st, 2008 - 11:51 am ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Shaan
By Meghna Menon
Film: “Money Hai Toh Honey Hai”; Music Composer: Nitin Arora and Sony Chandy; Lyrics: Sameer; Singers: Adnan Sami, Nitin Arora, Sony Chandy, Harshdeep Kaur, Shruti Pathak, Bob, Ishq Bector, Shantanu Hudlikar, Arya, Labh Janjua, Sunidhi Chauhan, Earl, Kunal Ganjawala, Rekha Bharadwaj, Daler Mehndi, Saleem, Suraj Jagan, Shaan; Rating: ** Composers Nitin Arora and Sony Chandy have composed an album for the comic caper “Money Hai Toh Honey Hai” that is dominated by hip-hop.

Title track “Money hai toh honey hai” is a mix of hip-hop, electronic music and tinges of Chinese sounds. The composer duo joins Harshdeep Kaur for the rendition. Since the song is quite a concoction with Sameer’s bizarre lyrics, its popularity is doubtful.

With “Awaara dil”, we move on to an unconventional, hip-hop number. Rendered by a horde of singers - Adnan Sami, Shruti Pathak, Bob, Ishq Bector, Shantanu Hudlika, Nitz ‘N’ Sony and Arya - the song moves at a steady pace. Sameer’s peppy lyrics gel with the arrangements that are kept thumping and a lot of rap is thrown in as well.

“Churiyaan” doesn’t waver much from the genre except for mixing hip-hop with a bit of Sufi. Sunidhi Chauhan and Labh Janjua croon this romantic piece pretty well that has Sameer’s average lyrics. The arrangements are an easy mix between the two genres and thankfully do not result in a major chaos.

Next “Ta na na” is more of a dance number, with Nitin, Sony, Earl and Arya joining lead singers Kunal Ganjawala and Rekha Bharadwaj.

“Rangeeli raat” stops the hip-hop chain. The loud track, revolving around a grand celebration, has the quintessential, blaring instruments tossed in and, to top it all, it has the piercing vocals of Daler Mehendi. Sunidhi Chauhan, Saleem and Arya join him, but they don’t complement him. The number ends up being a complete mess.

Changing the genre once again, Nitin and Sony move on to rock for “No big deal”. And this time, they get one of the ideal rock gurus Suraj Jagan for the rendition. The track has chances of doing well.

“Dance master” is not so appealing and can easily be skipped. Although drummer Sivamani collaborates with singer Shaan, this does not work out in either one’s favour as both the music and the arrangements have a very dead feel to them.

Finally, instrumentals take over the reins with “Hope”. The track is an instrumental piece on the lines of “No big deal” and includes a couple of soulful and harmonious instruments that make the entire package notable. A must-listen.

“Money…” is an album without your typical Bollywood music. Even though the experimentation works out well for the new composers, it is too soon to say how it will work out for the makers of the movie.

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