Five Unlikely Heroes...
And One Elaan...
And finally Bollywood acknowledges the fact that
the leading ladies in a formula film can be a
'Hero' too - definitely a step in the right
Starring five 'heroes' - Arjun Rampal, John
Abraham, Rahul Khanna, Amisha Patel and Lara
Dutta, Elaan is special for one more reason -
the return of three time National award winner
Mithun Chakrobarty to the silver screen. Playing
the role of a gang lord in this slick action
thriller directed by Vikram Bhatt, Mithun's
return would be appreciated by his 'urban fans',
who lost on all his performances in last decade
or so!! A Venus production by Ganesh Jain and
Ratan Jain, who have a recent hit ' Hulchul
' to their credit, Elaan has music
by Anu Malik and lyrics by Sameer.
It is good to see Rahul Khanna in his first ever
'regular' mainstream hero in Elaan .
And his foray begins with a romantic love song '
Bechain Mera Dil Hai
'. A duet by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik, it is
good - but that's it! It is a typical formula
melodious number that is pleasant as long as it
lasts and suffices to be a sweet and saccharine
filled composition. Don't imagine yourself
crooning this one, days after days.
John Abraham and Lara Dutta display a passion
play in ' Dil Mein Hulchul
' and go all out to seduce the
audience. The number is more of a power play
combined with love and affection and the tune
too has a thumping effect - literally. Sets are
imaginative, costumes revealing (watch out for
John in his bare torso!) and dance steps
seductive. KK and Sunidhi Chauhan are heavy and
husky while the lyrics stick to the basics. Not
one of the better compositions by Anu Malik, it
will hold value mainly due to the video.
Otherwise the tune is just about average and is
one of the stock tunes.
One song that was supposed to be a 'watch-out-for' category in last few
months is ' Andarlu Mandarlu
'. First ' Kubaku ' ( Dil
Maange More ) and now ' Andarlu '
- what's up Mr. Sameer? Anyways, figuring out
what ' Andarlu ' means can be left to
the intelligentsia, but in the meanwhile the
frontbenchers could content themselves with this
'happy-go-lucky' fun song. Again, the number has
a situational appeal and is about the 'five
heroes' who are singing away to glory and are
telling each other to stop worrying about
everything and enjoy life. In his trademark
style, Anu Malik joins Sonu Nigam, Shreya
Ghoshal and Sunidhi Chauhan and provides
unintentional humor! And yes, as you may have
expected by now, there is a Remix of the song as
Title song comes in the shape of '
Meri Zindagi Mein Koyi ' and hey!
the number sounds compellingly like the ones
that accompany the opening credits of a James
Bond movie. Gayatri Iyer is husky in her
rendition, the accompanying vocals of females
sound the same as they do in James Bond opening
sequences and you are fully convinced about your
belief when you hear the trademark guitar
strings and the orchestra. This number should
create the mood right in the very beginning of
the movie and set the context of what the movie
is about. Now, this should be a 'watch-out-for'
Lara Dutta's ' Dua Karna
', that gives an impression of being a
pre-climax song, may not really be another '
Aisa Jadoo ' ( Khakee ) of her
career. The tune is just about average and
lyrics predictable, but Lara's presence and the
choreographer's efforts could take this number
some distance. Overall the number is 'come today
gone tomorrow' kinds and will die a silent death
after the movie's run is through.
' Elaan ' - the movie, has a tremendous
appeal due to it's fresh pairing, slick look,
emergence of Rahul Khanna, return of Mithun and
a formulaic feel that always works. But the
music is nothing spectacular and seems to be a
mere gap-filler. Anyways, there isn't much that
is expected from a musical score of an actioner
and on those grounds, ' Elaan ' could
be excused. The makers should continue with
their strategy of promoting action trailers and
shouldn't let the tempo slow down even for a
brief period. Rest assured, the movie should
take a thumping initial. About the music - well
one may just hear it in the movie!!