MAASK Entertainment in association with Filament Glo brings CHAALIS CHAURAASI which is an unusual story about four men and their escapades that happens during just one night in a police van. Though it's a film about crime and criminals yet it has humour as the backdrop, and this provides enough fuel for some light entertaining music which is handled by Lalit Pandit (who is definitely on a high ever since "Munni Badnaam") and guest composer Vishal Ranjan. So, let's see if this combination of new and old can provide music worth a hear in this album.
The first song is naturally "Setting Zhala", the much talked about and promoted item number picturised on the sensational Shweta Bhardwaj and the lead male protagonists, Naseeruddin Shah, Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni and Ravi Kissen. As can be gauged from its title the song it is a Marathi based dance number (with Konkani touches) which catches attention instantly, such is the catchy rhythm. Sonu Nigam and Amit Kumar have been roped in to do the honours and they are such a joy to listen to, but making waves here is Yashita, who despite being relatively new does not get overawed and is supremely confident and is excellent with her voice modulations and control over her vocals. Sandeep Shrivastava's lyrics are as per the demand of the situation in the film and will be identifiable to large extent by the front benchers. The song may appeal more in the Maratha belt but the next number sure holds a universal appeal.
Lalit Pandit and Mamta Sharma stormed the nation with "Munni Badnaam Huyi" (DABANGG), and they once again come together for yet another chartbusting dance number, "Badmast", and this time they have the highly versatile Daler Mehndi for company. No doubt the rhythm and tune that Lalit uses are very catchy and the lyrics are very apt and certainly the kind that will be patronized to a large extent by the target audience! Although full marks to the lyricist Kashinath Kashyap and the composer for keeping the overall composition cute and naughty but never cheap and vulgar. Mamta Sharma who has already established her credentials in Bollywood, after conquering the Bhojpuri cinema, is excellent and shows that "Munni" was not a flash in the pan and she is complemented to the hilt by Daler, who sings with much 'masti' and creates 'dhamaal'. The use of traditional instruments like harmonium , 'tabla' and 'sitar' along with western musical addendums provide a good background for a foot tapping dance number that would be highly enjoyed on screen.
Coming to one of the most iconic songs that rocked the sub-continent in the late 80's, "Hawa Hawa", courtesy pop sensation Hassan Jahangir. The song was a rage and it reached such heights of popularity that a whole movie (DON 2) based on the album which contained the song "Hawa Hawa" was made and in fact marked the foray of Pakistani singers into India and Bollywood. This generation may not have heard it but one is sure that the song will be received with open arms once again and patronized by Gen X. Full marks to director Hriday Shetty who came up with the idea of rearranging an old and popular non-filmy song as it is indeed very novel. And also hats off to Lalit for spicing up and recreating the number and making it very contemporary and even more likeable.
Neeraj Shridhar and Amitabh Narayan get the opportunity to sing the remix version, "Hawa Hawa"- 1 and it is indeed a pleasure to hear Neeraj at his eclectic best and is well supported by Amitabh.
Guest composer Vishal Rajan (also the lyricist) delivers the next track, which is actually the theme song that chills and thrills, and is highly entertaining. The whole spirit, mood and gist of the story is summed up to perfection in this all out hard rock based composition that has touches of reggae as well. The extremely catchy tune especially in the 'mukhda', the superb amalgamation of some funky guitaring, drumming and not to mention the superb rendition by the composer (who doubles up as a singer) makes this number very exciting and it would certainly be used in taut dramatic situations as a background number.
The music of CHAALIS CHAURAASI is as per the demand of the script and composer Lalit Pandit has succeeded in providing music that will aid the proceedings and entertain as well, while guest composer Vishal Ranjan too has done his bit. The item numbers "Setting Zaala" and the two versions of the iconic "Hawa Hawa" are our picks, and the theme song will definitely provide for a good background score and will overall aid the movie in getting a decent opening when the film releases on 13th January.