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Om Shanti Om Music Review

Shah Rukh Khan’s most awaited and much hyped home production ‘Om Shanti Om’ is one of the magnanimous projects of this year. This mega budget entertainer is slated for Diwali release along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s hi-profile costume drama ‘Saawariya’.

This Farah Khan directed film is the story about reincarnation and is based on the glossy lifestyles of celebrities of Hindi cinema world. Supermodel Deepika Padukone will be making her first solo appearance in this film opposite Shah Rukh, who plays double role.

The film also stars Arjun Rampal, Shreyas Talpade, Kiran Kher, Malaika Arora and Javed Sheikh in supporting roles. The major attraction is the presence of thirty plus noted Bollywood celebrities in the soundtrack “Deewangi Deewangi”. Eminent music duo Vishal-Shekhar gets the opportunity of their lifetime to deliver their most prolific work after the super musical success of ‘Cash’.

The music of ‘Om Shanti Om’ is expected to one of the biggest grossers of this year and has already been making news in talent shows and radio channels. ‘Om Shanti Om’ delivers twelve original soundtracks with blend of sentimental and hip-shaking musical madness in its musical packaging. The songs of ‘Om Shanti Om’ can be heard on T-Series music cassettes and CD’s.

AJAB SI: KK’s voice has always been major feature in Pritam’s albums but this time he delivers a real smoothening soulful experience in mushy lovable soundtrack “Ajab Si”. It’s undoubtedly one of finest soft rock ballads of this year and a befitting tribute to romanticism by Vishal-Shekhar in their career. Vishal Dadlani’s penetrative wordings are real delight to ears and its amicable balancing in mellifluously refined arrangements makes it chartbusting material. Vishal-Shekhar’s soft malleable orchestration comprises supple piano, violin notes that form brilliant chemistry with woodwinds and keyboards notes to produce magical impact. ‘Ajab Si’ will be making big entry on charts and is likely to be promising aspect in film’s narration with positive saleable results.

DARD-E-DISCO: Shah Rukh Khan’s biggest make-over of acquiring six-pack-abs made considerable news and soundtrack “Dard-e-Disco” was its launching vehicle. Sukhwinder Singh delivers this high-profile dancing track that is heavily loaded with Persian-Arabian style of work embellished in trendy disco beat culture. It’s already been a big rage in promos and with Farah Khan’s slick choreography and lavish sets, it’s likely to a big on-screen exhibit.

Caralisa, Marianne D’Cruz and Nisha Mascarenhas’ sensuous background vocals deliver sufficient oomph factor to make it eye-grabbing material for viewers. Sukhwinder gets the first major hit of the year and its second major work after ‘Chhayya Chhayya’ (‘Dil Se’) where he has formed outstanding chemistry with both Khans (Shah Rukh and Farah) to deliver potential results.

DJ Aqueel gets into 80’s style of disco-station antics in remixing this number with typical “club” remixes ethics and the end result is simply fabulous. “Dard-e-Disco (remix)” will be an encouraging factor in album sales as it will be urbane listener friendly for delivering frolicking substance for dancing floors.

DEEWANGI DEEWANGI: “Deewangi Deewangi”, a frivolously packed celebrity-bonding soundtrack, brings out zany signature tune of the film with spirited vocal performances by leading singers of musical fraternity. It’s great experience to hear Udit Narayan, Shaan and Rahul Saxena (Indian Idol contestants) showing great zeal in emanating male-bonding impact. On the contrary, Sunidhi Chauhan along with Shreya Ghoshal complements amicably for feminine counterparts to give it a momentous outlook. This soundtrack will be featuring thirty plus celebrities ranging from Subhash Ghai to Govinda in flashy surroundings of concert-looking extravagance.

Musical madness gets on to extra volumes in “Deewangi Deewangi (Rainbow Mix)” with imposing disco sensations getting itself embellished into “qawwali” and “bhangra” dancing moods. DJ Kiran along with DJ G delivers a rollicking remix stuff that brings back “retro” feel of 70’s and 80’s in a pulsating hot-shot disco beat culture musical stuff.

MAIN AGAR KAHOON: If KK’s mesmerizing voice in “Ajab Si” was a delightful experience then gifted Sonu Nigam delivers added moments of ecstasy and elation in his soft squashy voice in “Main Aggar Kahoon”. Vishal-Shekhar amalgamates the suppleness of Indian classical instrumental works with synchronized violin and piano notes in its impressive musical display. The soundtrack has mushy tingling signature tuneful experiences that bring memories of Shankar Jaikishan’s 60’s magical charm. Shreya Ghoshal’s shimmering vocal impact brings extra mushy flavors that create an aura of serenity in the track. Javed Akhtar’s poetic prowess is the main highlight that gives it narrative edges in its tranquil flow.

JAG SOONA SOONA LAGE: Vishal-Shekhar maintains the decorum of “retro” feel where unconventional voices make imposing impact in sad and morose romantic soundtrack “Jag Soona Soona Lage”. This soundtrack brings memories of successful but different sounding tracks like “Lambi Judai” (Subhash Ghai’s ‘Karz’) and “Beshak Mandir Masjid Todo” (Raj Kapoor’s ‘Bobby’) to senses for its peculiar vocal renditions and lyrical flows. Pakistani Sufi sensation Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice packs melancholically resounding moments of lost-paradise in his excruciating loud pitched rendition. Richa Sharma’s harsh folksy voice has another notable offering in this track where her vocals set the tempo for the proceeding of the track. It will be of great significance in the climax of the film for its enriched melodramatic display but might not be as chartbusting as earlier tracks.

DHOOM TANA: If tracks of ‘Om Shanti Om’ promise vintage feel then it even boasts yesteryear’s talents like Pyarelal (of Laxmikant-Pyarelal fame) in main musical frames with blend of 60’s, 70’s and 80’s retro feel in dancing soundtrack “Dhoom Tana”. This hi-voltage pulsating dancing number has Pyarelal’s orchestration that primarily comprises 40-45 different drums, ranging from ‘tabla’ and ‘dhol’ to ‘dhapli’, harmonized expertly with 40 plus violins and 22 woodwinds, amongst other percussive instruments. Abhijeet, an SRK favorite in late 90’s along with melodious Shreya Ghoshal, cherishes Bollywood’s golden era as the mood swivels from 50’s to 80’s in its high-pitched interludes. Vishal-Shekhar’s arrangements are finely tuned with Pyarelal’s orchestration in making it crowd-appealing number on the silver screen.

DASTAAN-E-OM SHANTI OM: The soul of reincarnation vendetta saga erupts on with typical theatrical singing modes as affable Shaan’s vocals croon out emotions of ‘Om Shanti Om’ in sentimental number “Daastan-e-Om Shanti Om”. It strikes chord with “Ek Hasina Thi” (Subhash Ghai’s ‘Karz’) in its musical presentation where protagonist narrates his painful nostalgic moments through well narrated phrases and verses. This may not be the finest of Shaan’s works of this year but attracts eyeballs for its peculiar heart-throbbing theme and substance. Vishal-Shekhar’s energizing synchronized orchestration delivers shades of emotions that deserve to be applauded for its enriched harmonic affluence.

“Daastan-e-Om Shanti Om (The Dark Side Mix)” by DJ Nikhil Chinnapa, Zoheb and DJ Naved is stylized conceived promotional track that can well be catalyzed in promos and teasers of the film. It has darker side of human emotions in its daunting impulse with snazzy DJ claps and scratches making it perfect club remix track.

Vishal-Shekhar delivers their most pompous musical work of lifetime in ‘Om Shanti Om’ and predictably a potential winner in terms of commercial success. The album is expected to be one of the biggest grosser of 2007 and all credits to fine blend of Indian and western musical works by singers, lyricists, arrangers and composers. Soundtracks like “Deewangi Dewangi”, “Dard-e-Disco”, “Dhoom Tana”, “Main Agar Kahoon” and “Ajab Si” are sure shot chartbusting success while the rest of the numbers fits intro situation with great ease. It’s likely to be a big musical event for all ardent Bollywood musical fans and biggest musical success for talented and deserving Vishal-Shekhar.

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Let’s start with Om Shanti Om Music which is by Vishal and Shekhar, the famous Guru of Sa Re ga Ma Pa. The Plus Point in the music is that this is what you call as a collective power of numero uno superstar, top banner, a successful director and last but definitely not the least, a composer duo which does selective but quality work. All of this ensures that ‘Om Shanti Om’ reaches the top of the charts within a week of it’s release.

But the negative Points are that the section of audience in not too pleased with ‘Dard-E-Disco’ and SRK’s new look. Even in the movie Shah Rukh Khan is about to do what Hrithik Roshan did in Krrish, and what Abhishek Bachchan will do in Drona, that is to become a superhero by becoming a superstar in the movie.

The Bollywood superstar will be seen as Mohabbatman, a kind of superhero with cupid powers, in Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om. This will be for a movie within a movie sequence. Insiders have said that Shah Rukh Khan might actually fly in a scene or two.

Let’s see how it performs.

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