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Musical Notes/ Alia Bhatt turns singer in Highway

Meanwhile, A.R. Rahman has sung a Punjabi number, Punjabi pataka for the first time

 

Imtiaz Ali’s Highway seems to be throwing one surprise after another. After roping in Sufi singers— The Nooran sisters for the now popular track Pataka guddi (penned by Irshad Kamil), composer A.R. Rahman has made Alia Bhatt croon to the song, Soona sa.

“I am very fascinated with the concept of actors in Hollywood lip syncing to tracks sung by them. I think it adds a nice and real feel to the song. In Highway, we wanted a natural voice for a lullaby and Imtiaz suggested that we should try Alia. I was not aware that she could sing, but Imtiaz asserted that we should give her a chance. I called Alia for a recording session and realised that her voice has a fine, natural texture which went well with the song,” stated Rahman.
At a press conference held at a suburban hotel, Bhatt confessed that she is more of a bathroom singer and never thought that she would actually land up in Rahman’s studio to sing a track for her own film. “Imtiaz casually spoke to me about it, and I was like, ‘yeah, that sounds good’. I didn’t require too many rehearsals, but once I reached the studio, I kept messing up, so I pulled myself up and said, ‘you can’t do this in Rahman sir’s studio’. I am very grateful to him, that he was so patient,” said the actress.
The makers also revealed Rahman’s version of Pataka guddi. The Oscar winning music director mentioned that he loved the composition so much, that he really wanted to sing it, especially because it’s a Punjabi number. But as the track is picturised on a girl, he had to sign the Nooran sisters. “But we decided to go ahead with another version, which was ultimately sung by me, making it my first Punjabi song,” stated Rahman with a smile. A special music video for the song was shot last weekend on the outskirts of Mumbai, which features both Bhatt and Rahman, as the latter quipped, “Imtiaz has made me do crazy things in the video.”
Rahman added that although things got a little difficult as he had to work on the music and had to send the final copy from Los Angeles; Ali was extremely patient and supported him at every step. The album, will be releasing very soon, and will have nine songs, and has a fine balance of contemporary tunes. The album will be launched on T – series.

 

Sound of Music

Yet another musical evening was organised by Music Mania – an initiative by Bina Aziz of Bntertainment Global  and spearheaded by Talat Aziz, Anoop Jalota and Pankaj Udhas; last week in Mumbai. The evening saw performances by popular singer Suresh Wadkar, along with Rahul Vaidya and Amika Shail. Several acclaimed singers came together to enjoy the melodious and gala event, including veteran music composer Anandji. Wadkar left the audience mesmerised with his rendition of songs like  Seene Mein Jalan, Tum se Milke, Ram Teri Ganga Maili among others. Singers Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam and Shaan were seen bonding.

 

Music Review

Jai Ho/ Fusion of rhythms

Salman Khan films are known to have songs which are different from the rest. Be it Dabangg, Wanted or even Dabangg 2; each album had its own unique charm and the songs reflected the theme of the film. This time, Jai Ho is no different. Director Sohail Khan has roped in their favourite duo Sajid – Wajid for three tracks, along with the young Amal Mallik and regional music composer Devi Sri Prasad who have got three and one song each respectively.
The album opens with Baki sab first class hai, a hard hitting song, with a socio – economic and political setting. The lyrics, penned by Sajid, Irfan Kamal and Danish Sabri, talk about the problems prevailing in our country. Wajid does complete justice to the song, as he modulates his vocals well to convey the messages hidden in the track. The remix version by DJ Angel has a few additional beats and is an average fare.
The romantic number, Tere naina brings back the flavour of the duo’s previous soft and soulful hits. Although Shreya Ghoshal and Shaan do a decent job as singers and so does Shadab Sabri with his qawwali portions, it somehow fails to create any magic, especially since one has a lot of expectations after tracks like Chori kiya re and Tere mast mast do nain. Nevertheless, it makes for an average, hummable number.
The Dholi taaro inspired number Photocopy follows next, with Himesh Reshammiya rendering the song with Palak Mucchal. Kausar Munir’s lyrics are catchy and grows on you with repeated hearing. With words like Taaro photo nathi, toh photocopy bhi chaalse, expect this one to become a rage amongst those who speak Gujarati. The remix version of the song by DJ Angel makes for a good dance number.
The love ballad Tumko to aana hi tha has a nice blend of Indian and contemporary instruments. Armaan Malik’s breezy vocals goes well with Marianne D’Cruz’s soft and clear voice, while Altamash Faridi’s alaap adds the perfect drama to this well composed number. Mallik’s Love you till the end makes for a decent English romantic number. Composer Prasad comes in for Nacho Re – an out- and- out dance number which has a pot pourri of semi-classical, folk, contemporary, rock and 90s Bollywood tunes. Singer Ujjayinee does a good job, but the song has very few chances of becoming another Dhinka chika. Mallik puts in a great effort for the anthem, Jai Jai Jai ho, which brings together several artists including Wajid, Malik, Brijesh Shandilya and the composer himself. It makes for a very good inspirational song. To sum it up, Jai Ho is a mixed bag with some decent songs that will do well till the buzz of the film remains.
priya.adivarekar@expressindia.com

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