9.20.2007

Om Shanthi Om soundtrack

In the soundtrack of ‘Om Shanti Om’, Farah Khan’s music sensibilities are on display more than that of Vishal-Shekar’s. The feel and the kind of music is exactly how ‘Main Hoon Na’ was, with full of predictable masala but nevertheless enjoyable. As the script travels through different periods of Hindi cinema, there are heavy influences of R.D.Burman, Lakshmikanth-Pyarelal and Jatin-Lalit kind of music in most of the songs; in fact one of the songs is arranged by Pyarelal. Lyrics penned by Javed Akthar and Shekar.

>‘Ajab Si’ is obviously the best song of the soundtrack in all aspects. It has a very simple melody oozing with romanticism. The minimal orchestration with mild beats, strings and flute add up to give a feel of floating in the air out of ecstasy. KK is brilliant in the song giving right emotional touches all through.

‘Dard-E-Disco’ is that typical catchy bollywood number which goes totally Arabic in its orchestration and arrangements and to add to the euphoria, we have energetic vocals of Sukhwinder singh.

‘Deewangi’ sounds like a poor Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s composition. The format of the song, instrumentation, the build up to the English parts and the English lines are all like how it would be in a SEL’s dance number. But it doesn’t work because of the lack of good melody. The synth motif is good though.

‘Main Agar kahoon’ is a sweet romantic ballad with Sonu and Shreya giving their usual romantic touches. The melody takes time to sink in. The pleasant strings and the breezy orchestration evokes nostalgic. The song is likeable mainly because it comes in between other average numbers heavy on beats.

The melody of first few lines of ‘Jag soona soona lage’ is actually good and especially that synth motif in the background has the necessary feel. The song soon becomes very painful and boring as it proceeds further with lines lacking an emotive melody.

‘Dhoom Taana’ is very enjoyable because it faithfully replicates the sound of early 90’s festive songs. The dholaks, drums, Shehnai, motif like ‘Dhoom taana’, sudden shift from dholaks to rock and roll beats and the final percussive crescendo are all quintessential elements of a festive song in early 90’s Hindi cinema and everything is there in this song.

‘Daastan’ starts promisingly with an orchestral piece and the problem arises when a flat vocal melody begins. The Bollywoodish vocal melody and the intermittent operatic outbursts don’t gel well and what we get at the end is a totally confused mesh. Even the vocal version of the main theme melody of the movie is spoiled by change in tempo and amateur beats. Just skip this track.

‘Om Shanti Om Theme’ is a pleasant piano melody which is used in almost all the songs of the soundtrack.

Except for two songs, I enjoy listening to this just-okay soundtrack because I didn’t expect much from it. Vishal-Shekar didn’t strive hard to strike any balance between their influences and their own style of music which makes the songs so predictable. But Farah khan would make these songs enjoyable on screen with her dazzling choreography. Let us wait and watch.

9 comments:

kanna said...

The songs are okay I guess, wasn't overly impressed when I heard them, despite the great review I had read before listening.
By the way, have you listened to Pollathavan? :(

Suresh Kumar said...

Kanaa - ofcourse they are just-okay songs but you may enjoy it if you didn't had any high expectations.

Pollathavan - Yet to buy though Danush being the hero of the movie makes me hesitant to go for it, i think it will be a typical commerical movie soundtrack...

kanna said...

"Yet to buy though Danush being the hero of the movie makes me hesitant to go for it, i think it will be a typical commerical movie soundtrack..."
It is :(

A couple of songs are noteworthy, but I personally feel the album is worse than Kireedam. Atleast Kireedam had scope for melody songs and there were some good tracks in Akkam Pakkam, Vizhiyil and to some extent Kanavellam. Pollathavan is full of fast beat songs, some of which even GVP won't remember in 10 years. I'm starting to believe we can judge a GVP album based on how he uses Shankar Mahadevan : If it's melody go for it, if he's singing the opening song tread carefully :)

Suresh Kumar said...

kanna - Shankar mahadevan song -that is one nice idea... I will stay away from it.... actually at present i have some many refreshing albums to listen to (you can see it in my 'Music of moment' list) and few more are coming very soon... why bother to buy and listen something that is ordinary....

Anonymous said...

the problem with u is u think u have great taste of music..but alas u r pseudo intellect, go and worship rehmans noise

Suresh Kumar said...

Anon - thanks for ur comments. may be you are right. I am a pseudo intellect but by quoting Rehman's music as noise you proved what you are....

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Vijay Kumar said...

Finally got to hear the tracks at length. Your analysis is spot on. Hummable in parts but the visuals will enhance the appeal just as in Main Hoon Na. The ordinary tracks will be compensated for by the hoopla in the actual movie.

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