Once upon a time, the term 'Khiladi' was reserved for Akshay Kumar, who appeared in multiple films belonging to the 'Khiladi' series. Khiladi, Main Khiladi Tu Anadi, Sabse Bada Khiladi, Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi are just to name a few. But with the times changing and Akshay's priorities [and image] too changing over the course of years, there weren't any more 'Khiladi' movies for a long time. After a hiatus comes a movie carrying the term Khiladi, though this time around the movie stars debonair Feroz Khan and Fardeen Khan as the warring 'Khiladis' with Koena Mitra as a 'Haseena'. Directed by debutant Suparn Verma, who has written movies like Chhal, Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai, Qayamat, Jaanasheen, Zameen and Karam in the past, EKEH also stars Kay Kay, Rohit Roy, Mukul Dev and Amin Haji as the partners in crime. Produced by PNC who are fast going the way of production houses like Sahara and Factory by coming up with multiple films of various genres, EKEH has some rollicking music by Pritam that is set to make you put on your dancing shoes.
1) Ishq Hai Jhootha [Singers: Sunidhi Chauhan, Kunal Ganjawala, Lyricist: Mayur Puri]
After 'Khullam Khulla' [Road] and 'Saaki' [Musafir], Koena Mitra can coveniently enter one more hit to her name - Ishq Hai Jhootha. A designer song that works perfectly as an item love song, it has sheer power play coming into picture with great dose of passion and raw display of emotions. Rather than conventional boy-dances-with-girl-and-ignites-the-scene kind of choreography, 'Ishq' is the case of a man and woman trying to overpower each other with good deal of physical power. The song that relies a lot on beats, it is immensely catchy from the first listening itself and there is no denying the fact that this is a good Top-5 material. In the times when everything from 'Dus' to 'Aashiq Banaya Aapne' to 'Salaam Namaste' is selling, this track going down well with the audience is highly probable. Add to the original version a remix composed by Jatin Sharma as well and you know that the album intends to go full throttle all around.
2) Ankhiyaan Na Maar [Singers: Sunidhi Chauhan, Lyricist: Dev Kohli]
There have been 'bhangra' pop tracks and there will be 'bhangra pop' tracks. But the way Pritam fuses the 'desi' essence with a 'videshi' style is something that he has perfected by now. A result of this is a bhangra-pop club dance number 'Ankhiyan Na Maar' that sets the stage right for item girls Rakhi Sawant, Mumait Khan and Zubein Khan to go all out for this yet another foot tapping number. The music arrangements are done differently in the number to have the musical instruments take prominence over the vocals at most of the places, hence giving the track a bit of lounge touch as well. The number is a potential hit again and why not when you have a remix version by Bunty Rajput making an appearance after a few songs? All in all, both the versions rock and hence make EKEH a satisfying affair so far.
3) Jal Jal Ke Dhuan [Singer: Sonu Nigam, Lyricist: Amitabh Verma]
You have to give it to Sonu Nigam here. For all you Sonu Nigam fans, here comes one of the best songs rendered by him that works in all departments - be it music, lyrics, singing or overall musical arrangements. While the version that comes first is more sober [though reasonably good paced], the remix version is a complete smasher with Bunty Rajput going all out in adding on to the good work done by Pritam. A love song with a hint of sadness thrown in, one hopes that this number too gets promoted at a good scale when compared to the earlier two songs for it to be noticed.
4) Yaaron [Singers: Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Lyricist: Shaan, Mayur Puri]
Yaaron comes next and you say "this is it"! That's because it is yet another track coming in quick succession that continues t