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The Film Music Review

The Film Music Review
Mahima Chaudhary. Ananya Khare, Vaibhav Jhalani, Sulbha Deshpande, Khalid Siddiqui, Vivek Madan
Junaid Memon
Junaid Memon, Amitabh Bhattacharya
Samidha Khalid
A music that surprises
Saturday, October 22, 2005 • Hindi Comments

There are some albums that have 8-10-12 songs but still fail to make an impression. Inspite of them boasting of great starcast and big banners for support, the music does not create a huge impression. On the other hand there are films that have just a few tracks but still the music forces you to press the "repeat" button to hear them all over again. Nomad Films' 'The Film', which is directed by Junaid Memon, is one of those movies that has just 4 original tracks [though complimented by many additional versions] and still manages to strike a chord as all of these belong to a different style, treatment, content and context! Kudos to composer duo of Samidha-Khalid for coming up with a musical score that is different from the routine.

1) Hum Bade Huye - Original and International version [Lucky Ali, Khalid, Sowmaya Raoh, Smita Malhotra]

Lucky's repeated attempts at acting may not have been one of the most productive ones with the failure of 'Kasak' but his vocal chords have never failed him over the years. His sweet, melodious and in-depth voice enthralls you once again with 'Hum Bade Huye' that marks the opening of the album. A philosophical number [a genre that Lucky Ali has always specialized in], it never gets ultra-serious as it is interspersed with passages from numerous nursery rhymes in the vocals of Khalid, Smita Malhotra and Sowmaya Raoh. The composer duo also do a good job with the lyrics that carry a lot of meaning, especially when one considers the situation of all the protagonists in the movie who are shown to be struggling to make a movie all by themselves. If you have been a Lucky Ali fan, then you would love this song as well as it spreads quite positive vibes. A track mentioned as an 'International version' is nothing but an instrumental piece of the original.

2) Dham Chik Dham Chik - Original and International version [Suresh Wadekar, Khalid, Roop Kumar Rathod, Sunidhi Chauhan]

A playful number that is a kind of composition which youngsters often compose as group on the fly in their college and hostel lives, 'Dham Chik' is quite likeable and should bring a smile on your face once viewed on screen. The choreography and picturisation of the song is quite life-like while the melody [especially the jingle of 'Dham Chik' and 'Ta Ra Ra'] gets on you after the first hearing itself. But don't just go on the playful feel and the rhythm'n'melody as there is lot more to this track that carries with a s strong sense of philosophy as well. The song appears twice - with and without Sunidhi Chauhan while Suresh Wadekar, Khalid and Roop Kumar Rathod appear in both the versions. A third version appears in the form of 'International versio', which is again an instrumental!

3) Khatra Khatra - original and remix [Sunidhi Chauhan, Suhaas]

While 'Dham Chik' was dominated by the male playback singers, 'Khatra' brings Sunidhi Chauhan to the forefront. She goes all out to bring the best out of her for a song that demands the right histrionics and comes up with a rendition that carries lot of punch. The song appears in a regular and remix version and needless to say its the latter that hooks you on due to the track's theme revolving around DANGER! Composed by Sidharth, Suhas and Chandresh and written by Kumar, it is a song that should appear during the movie at various points in the background and should enhance the ongoing proceedings as it has a razor-sharp impact. Undoubtedly the best track in the album, it also makes for a good score to be used the promotion of the movie, which is currently underway on the satellite channels. A shorter version also comes in the voice of Suhas but looking at Sunidhi's version, one doubts if Suhas's version would make it in the final print!

4) Dosti Se Zindagi [Suhaas]
Just like Sunidhi who shone