We bring to you the exclusive music review of Jannat 2.
I believe Hindi-Urdu is the most beautiful language spoken by people today. It’s serenading quality is escalated by the sheer passion, depth and beauty reflected in its phrases. Over the years, film-makers have cashed in and exploited its commercial ability by incorporating it in the lyrics of their movie’s soundtrack. Leading the pack of the proprietors of this tactic is versatile film-maker, Mahesh Bhatt. The producer-director-writer might dole out mediocre cinema in terms of the script, but seldom has the music of his movies failed – right from Arth to the more recent, Murder 2.
Simply put, people identify with his music – men use his love ballads to woo their women, but also use the melancholic ones to lament when the same women dump their asses. Two birds, one stone, eh! This is best exemplified by the music of the 2008 movie Jannat. Right from K.K.’s Zara Sa to Rana Mazumdar’s Door Na Ja, the chartbuster soundtrack won millions of hearts due to its serendipity factor. Thus, upon announcement of a sequel to Jannat, expectations were high in the hopes of an equally stellar soundtrack.
Did it deliver ?
YES ! YES ! YES !
I have just heard the entire soundtrack closely and believe me when I say this – I’m pseudo-orgasming and so will you. Pritam has out-done himself with Jannat 2, which overflows with emotions.
My favorite track is Tera Deedar Hua. If one song wasn’t enough, Pritam offers two equally fantastic versions of it – sung by Javed Ali & Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
“Tujhse mila toh jaagi duaayein
Aur nazaro ne sajda kiya
Jannat zameen par aayi utar ke
Khushiyon ne jaise chun sa liya”
Opening to the sound of shakers, the fast-paced beat as well as the accompaniment chorus is infectious and highly addictive. It was so difficult to pick the better of the two that I eventually overlapped the two songs in music-editing software and heard both their melodious voices together. Yes, I actually did this.
Pritam seems to be playing a trick on his listeners. Either he has rendered multiple versions of the same song (as with Tera Deedar Hua) or has masqueraded a track as another; case in point – K.K.’s Tujhe Sochta Hoon & Nikhil D’ Souza’s Sang Hoon Tere.
“Tujhe Sochta Hoon main shaam o subah
Iss se zyada tujhe aur chahoon toh kya
Teri yaadon se kab raha main judaa
Waqt se pooch le, waqt mera gawaah
Bas sare gham mein jaana, sang hoon tere”
At first, these songs seem pointless. The basic tune is extremely common and gives one a sense of déjà vu. On repeated hearing, you start to appreciate the heart wrenching lyrical beauty of these songs. Personally, I preferred K.K.’s lounge-esque version (the opening of which is similar to that of Celine Dion’s Alone) with the Arabic-esque interludes. Nikhil D’ Souza seems to be suffering from a major Rahat Fateh Ali Khan-hangover in his shorter version.
Moving on, we have two versions of Rab Ka Shukrana – by Mohit Chauhan with a reprise by Anupam Amod. Undoubtedly, Mohit’s version overshadows that of Anupam. He breezes through an imaginably challenging song with his intoxicating voice whereas Anupam seems to struggle at various points. A detailed declaration of love, both versions floor you with the arrangement, vocals and lyrics placing this song in the do-not-miss category.
“Tu hi ab mera deen hai, Maan hai
Rab Ka Shukrana
Mera kalma hai tu, Azaan hai
Rab Ka Shukrana”
The weakest song of the lot and ironically, the album’s opening track, Tu Hi Mera did absolutely nothing for me. Yes, it is addictive and pleasant to hear, thanks to Shafqat Amanat Ali’s flawless singing. But the repetition of the phrase ‘Tu Hi Mera’ is so annoying, it made me want to shout out ‘YES I KNOW I AM YOURS!’ I tried my best to appreciate it, but just couldn’t.
The best song from the film, Jannatein Kahan (once again with two versions by K.K. & Nikhil D’ Souza respectively) is an extremely surprising hear. Remember the ‘o ooo ooo’ bit from the song Zara Sa from Jannat? A ballad has been created based on that tune including the words ‘Zara Sa’, as a befitting tribute to Jannat. Comparitively fast-paced, it is a sad song at heart. Personally, I prefer K.K.’s version.
As the music faded, I noted the following:
a) The tunes seem to be original. (If found otherwise, please inform me – [email protected])
b) Pritam has delivered a chartbuster soundtrack once again (better than Agent Vinod at any rate). He’s achieved a musical casting coup with some of the greatest names lending their voice to the soundtrack – but K.K. is the one who will walk away with the accolades.
c) The lack of a female voice is highly intriguing. I would’ve loved to hear a female version of both, Rab Ka Shukrana and Jannatein Kahan.
d) The album is a lyrical beauty.
e) This is a must-have album in your CD collection.
f) If nothing else, I will watch this movie solely for the music.
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RATING: * * * * out of * * * * *
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