Besharam Music Review

By Rafat, Glamsham Editorial

Reliance Entertainment's BESHARAM is special in many ways. Firstly it marks the second directorial venture of Abhinav Singh Kashyap after his hugely successful 'century on debut' film, DABANGG. Secondly it unites for the first time on the big screen the super trio of father, mother and son, Rishi, Neetu and Ranbir Kapoor! Ranbir Kapooor is at the height of his stardom, fresh from the blockbuster success of YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI, and Rishi Kapoor too is flying high with superb performance oriented roles in his past few films. And last but not the least it marks the big return of melody king, talented composer, Lalit Pandit, who gets to compose for this zany comedy-cum-car-heist drama. So, with high expectations, let's check out the music of BESHARAM and see for ourselves. 'Love Ki Ghanti' sees composer, Lalit Pandit paying a superb tribute to Kishore da's evergreen romantic number, 'Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si', as the number is composed and rendered and even penned in that mold. The music arrangements hark back to the days of yore but lovely rock and roll and fun filled conversations add to the zest and charm. Sujeet Shetty's base vocals suit Ranbir to the tee and Amitosh Nagpal gives adequate support and then there is Ranbir himself to mouth a few dialogues. Love Ki Ghanti' remix (by Mickey Mccleary) relies more on broken vocals, echo effects and voice modulations of the artists, and is a nice effort. The title track , 'Besharam', sees popular artist Ishq Bector and Shree D rendering the extremely racy, rhythmic but still situational number that introduces the lead protagonist in an entertaining manner. The techno beats and DJ scratches and repeated vocals and appropriate rap make this a probable chartbuster. Besharam remix (by DJ Shiva) is a good job done and makes the song even more club friendly. The 'Munni' composer is in his elements yet again and just one listen and we can predict that 'Tere Mohalle' is another sure shot chartbusting item number. It is very difficult to achieve a feat like 'Munni' twice, but hats off to Lalit who has done it once again. Mamta Sharma is superlative and Aishwarya Nigam is simply outstanding. The all out 'desi' 'masala' folk tune, lovely arrangements (even traditional 'qawwali') and Nikhat Khan's cute and naughty lyrics cater to both the masses and classes. The 'Tere Mohalle' remix (by Mikey Mccleary) has more added pace, beats and a lot of hard work has been put into it but one prefers the original for its rustic, 'desi' touch. Lalit had promised us to show his melodious side soon, and it is obvious that 'Tu Hai' is all pure melody and one can feel the KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI magic in the lovely romantic ditty rendered by king of romantic numbers, Sonu Nigam, and the neo nightingale and queen of romantic numbers herself, Shreya Ghoshal. Even though it is duet yet the composer has made both the talented singers sing separately and they are simply class apart. Just hear Sonu towards the end as his 'alaaps' (as he sings 'Mahie Ve' in high pitched vocals) are heart melting. The grand orchestrations, use of guitars and violins and piano add to the grandeur and romance. 'Tu Hai' unplugged focuses more on Shreya and Sonu's enchanting vocals and it's a delight once again to hear this classy number. 'Dil Ka Jo Haal Hai' is another superb love number that brings back fine memories of the composer in the 'Wada Raha' (KHILADI) and 'Bin Tere Sanam' as the song is somewhat in that mold, in fact it is trademark Lalit number. But just about, as the song is very contemporary due to its settings and arrangements and will appeal to the die-hard romantics. Abhijeet is superb and so is Shreya. Lots of techno beats and racy rhythm add to remix of the 'Dil Ka Jo Haal Hai' (by DJ Shiva) and makes it more dance oriented. Another 'masala' fun outing is the 'chhed-chaad' number, 'Aa Re Aa Re', based on popular Marathi folk and the Lalit has handled the 'takraar' element between the two lead protagonists very well. Mika is superb as always, especially in the 'qawwaali' parts and Shreya is class apart with her 'desi' accent and voice modulations. The 'Aa Re Aa Re' remix (by Mikey Mccleary) is a space filler and not much different from the original , except for just the enhanced pace and beats to make it more zingy. The two brothers, Daler Mehndi and Mika Singh, along with Sunidhi Chauhan seem to be having a ball in this all out racy dance track, 'Chal Hand Uthake Nachche', that will surely look grand on screen. The song has an universal appeal due to its fast pace, lovely beats, superb musical arrangements (the trumpets are simply wow) and last but not the least, the cute and identifiable lyrics. Surely, another chartbuster. Well, summing up, the soundtrack of BESHARAM is most definitely a sure-shot super hit. Not only does it boast of quite a few chartbusters, it also showcases the melodic side of composer Lalit Pandit ! The album proves that while most of his contemporaries have faded into oblivion, Lalit still has that dynamic spark and creativity to deliver big when needed. 'Tere Mohalle', 'Besharam' (title track) and 'Chal Hand Uthake Nachche' are sure shot chartbusters along with the ace 'Tu Hai', and our favourite tracks too. The songs will surely go a long way in ensuring that the film opens to a bumper response when it releases all over on Gandhi Jayanti, and provide the latest super star Ranbir Kapoor, and director Abhinav 'DABANGG' Kashyap, another blockbuster!

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