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Kal Ho Naa Ho, isliye aaj sun loh
Oct 10, 2003 11:37 PM 27949 Views
(Updated Oct 10, 2003 11:37 PM)


As everybody is aware of by now, Kal Ho Naa Ho is the much-anticipated film of the year, and why shouldn’t it be. We have Shahrukh Khan on our screens after the success of Chalte Chalte, Priety Zinta after a debacle The Hero and Saif Ali Khan (after suminc, ah yes Dil Chahta Hai, oh and erm Darna Mana Hai) Plus Karan Johar is back after the major hits of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, with his favourite Kajol still in all three of his movies, ofcourse its going to be a SUPER HIT.

So, with the music of the other 2 movies being such massive successes, ones expectations are ofcourse above the clouds for this one, and with it being Karan Johar's assistant Nikhil Advani's debut directorial, even more to look forward to with this movie, so the music...

Well it is a change from the Johar camp this time around, after the two successes by Jatin-Lalit they have Shankar Ehsaan Loy trio to work the magic this time round, composing six songs and one instrumental, so lets see how they did.

The album begins on a superb note, with the gem of a song, Kal Ho Naa Ho. This is true Johar, Chopra style song, and is a hit from the word go. Sonu Nigam soothingly eases his way through the song, while the build up of the music goes beautifully with the poetic lyrics penned by Javed Akthar. 10/10

The next song is an upbeat Maahi Ve. Do not get confused as it is nowhere near like the seductively sad song of the same name from Kaante. This is a more of your Shava Shava dose, a brilliant dance song, that will be well picturised and choreographed on the three lead characters, making you want to take urself to the dance floor. Sonu Nigam and Shankar Mahadevan sound brilliant with their oozes, while the short appearances by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik are well appreciated. All in all a good party song. 9/10

The third on the album is Its The Time To Disco. This song has the 70's 80's feel to it, and may not gel well with today's generation. It’s an experimental song to say the least, but thumbs up for the effort, music is well but some of the mixing of English and Hindi lyrics does seem out of place. Singing wise is ok by Vasundhara Das, K.K., Shaan and Loy Mendonsa. It can be assured that if the picturisation of the song is good, then it will be lapped up by masses. 6/10

Next on the album is a romantic number after all that dancing, entitled Kuch To Hua Hai. Beautiful lyrics about why we need to do this and that because we feel something, and brilliant renditoning by Alka Yagnik and ofcourse Shaan. The music can be quite slow at times, but does blend well if heard very carefully. A brilliant song for die hard romantics. 7.5/10

Wot film of such calibre cannot have a sad number of the title song and this is no exception. It is a brilliant 5and half minutes of the title song with Richa Sharma singing the deep heavy vocals at a wedding, and Sonu Nugam also lending a hand. But the song is solely Alka Yagnik’s, as her voice with such beautiful sad lyrics is superb. One of the best sad songs heard till date (fave being Tujhe Yaad Na Meri Aye from KKHH).9.5/10

The final song of the album is the very controversial (for some reason) Pretty Woman. On first listening to the song, I must admit I loved it. I hate bhangra, I really do. But for some reason, this song jus hit the right chords and the build up to the music going with the lyrics is superb. Ok some of the English lyrics by Ravi ''Rags'' Khote need not be there, but the Pretty Woman and the bit where Shankar Mahadevan sings his bit is brilliant, and that’s when the bhangra beats kick in. Personally I feel it is more of an Australian beat than a bhangra, like Tanhaee has in Dil Chahta Hai, but nowhere near as that. 8/10

To end the album we ofcourse have the instrumental, beautifully titled Heartbeats. A brilliant way to end it all with a few throbbing heartbeats and the music of the title song. 8/10

With such massive music Kal Ho Naa Ho has to follow, I think it still could have been better had it had a few more songs. Looking at the previous movies, they had songs for everyone. But saying that, I still think this soundtrack does do full justice, and with most of the movie being set in America, it was right to have such party/club sort of songs. Not disappointing at all, but a few more songs like the title one Kal Ho Naa Ho or Maahi Ve would have helped. Still well worth the buy, and will be etched in minds of many, before and after release of the movie.

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