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Film: Sunday

Music Composers: Shibani Kashyap, Daler Mehndi, Amar Mohile, Suroor, Sandeep Chowta, Raghav Sachar

Singers: Shibani Kashyap, Daler Mehndi, Sunidhi Chauhan, Clint, Joy, Mohammed Ali, Kamran Bari, Mahua Kamath, Earl Edgar, Suraj

Ratings: ***

Sunday, directed by Rohit Shetty, holds a couple of surprises for its listeners as far as the music goes. Sandeep Chowta returns to Bollywood with this film and the album also includes a composition by Pakistani band Suroor. And while there is Shibani Kashyap composing and rendering a track, Raghav Sachar too contributes.

There seems to be upbeat trend of having multiple composers for a film album and SUNDAY seems to be one such optimistic presentation. Pop diva Shibani Kashyap, “bhangra” sensation Daler Mehndi, upcoming prodigy Raghav Sachar, contemporaries Sandeep Chowta, Amar Mohile and new kids on block from Pakistan – “Surror” are the chosen one to deliver hot “n” spicy stuff. It can be transitory phase but the results in SUNDAY seem to be swashbuckling with tracks like “Missing Sunday”, “Pyar to Hona Hi Tha” and “Manzar” promising chartbusting success.

Sandeep Chowta gains his phenomenal ground in the marquee by pitching out a really hot and sweltering sluggish paced hip-hop and electronica type of “razzmatazz” fervor in feverishly paced title track “Missing Sunday”. Mahua Kamath, an ex-VIVA group vocalist seductive vocal oomph seems to be getting all playful acts together with impressive Suraj energized vocals joining the fun in tandem. Chowta’s upbeat inundation of hip-hop with tantalizing electronic beat rhythmic patterns collages effervescently with snooty Earl Edger emceeing in making it hot-shot hit track. “Missing Sunday (remix” simply adds more zest to the party but this time it’s more of a sluggish “club-house” stylized work where regular paced vocals gets into groove with subtle instrumental flows. Go get it!

JAL, ROXEN and now SURROR! “Pyar to Hona Hi Tha” (album –“Pyar to Hona Hi Tha”) marks the promising introduction of another prodigal Paki rock band “Surror” into Hindi filmdom with great success and all credits to their sonorously soft vocals, combustible orchestration and lucid wordings. Lead vocalists Kamran Bari along with Mohammad Ali leads the energetic bandwagon of spirited percussionist, flashy guitarist and thunderous arranger that really fires the entire energy on floors. Despite its blistering rock-concert feel, filmmakers have mistaken it as syrupy romantic duet but anyway it’s listening delight all the way. Even its flashy “club” mix gets both feet’s together on floors and with echoing DJ claps and scratches mixing well with snazzy disco beat fillers, its really one great party feeling.

If there was any thunder and edginess in “Talwar Re” (CHOODO NA YAAR) then “Loot Liya” seems to be another extension with spirited “Maharastrian Lavani” folksy touches. Daler Mehndi goes full throttle for this raunchy dancing track where gruffly paced Sunidhi Chauhan joins him in tandem to energize all passion. This coarsely composed folksy composition by Daler Mehndi may not be finest in its league but certainly delivers a pertinent festive feel for the desired situation.

“Kashmakash” tries to be another segment in this svelte sultry femme fatale style of seductive track like “Zinda Hoon Main” (ZINDA), but the ire and incineration of enticing listeners is completely missing. Shibani’s messy composition and Virag Mishra’s unimposing wordings seems to have muddled up all the sensuality in the track. The loud crooning and jarring orchestration sounds haywire and overall impact of scorching hot “item song” is strikingly missing. DJ Suketu’s technical skills improvises its prospects where Shibani’s vocals are at accelerated tempo while racy beat juggling and thumping impacts makes mood merrier with its infectious flow.

Raghav Sachar, the multifaceted musical talent who impounded with his prowess in KABUL EXPRESS makes all trendy moves in striking chord with “rock-cum-jazz” style of arrangement work in “Manzar”. It’s all together hip-shaking groovy number where soft rock concert feel gets tangy with “saxophone” stylized of “jazz” romanticism with dash of hip-hop rendition in delivering a rollicking feel on floors. Sachar’s strong affixation of Sufi music gets energized with Aditya Dhar simple wordings and gels together affably to give another pop genre loving track.

Finally there is “Sunday Theme”, by tried and trusted background scorer Amar Mohile, where the frothy and cheerful feel of “Sunday” is tantalized with varying pitched instrumental flows that amalgamates with choral emceeing (Clint and Joy) of the spirited feel of the film. It’s perfectly balanced to be well suited for beginning or end titles and do experience some hilarious moments getting refurbished on silver screen with “bits and parts” of this chirpy instrumental number.

SUNDAY proves to be bankable commercial preposition where assimilation of many multifaceted prodigies delivers ample moments to cherish for both producers as well as for its listeners. The album promises chartbusting hits in tracks like “Missing Sunday” and “Pyar to Hona Hi Hai” while tracks like “Manzar” and “Loot Liya” are expected to be picking up well with film’s success at box office.

In nutshell, its promising musical farewell to year 2007 and confirmatory success for SUNDAY!


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