Jhankar Beats Music
Jhankaar Beats : Innovative Title
Sanjay Suri, Juhi Chawla, Rahul Bose, Rinke
Khanna, Ria Sen,Shayan Munshi : Fresh Star cast
Sujoy Ghosh : Debutant director from the Crossover league
Pritish Nandy Corporation : Production house for
musical hits like Sur and Kaante
Vishal & Shekhar - Music directors of Pyaar Mein
Kabhie Kabhie, Champion and the HIT 'Chodh Na Re
Vishal Dadlani - Front man of Indian rock band
Pentagram, who turns a lyricist and singer with
Jhankaar Beats - Does that ring a bell? A
concept of re-mixing the original film songs
with 'Super Jhankaar Beats' that was pioneered
by T-Series, Venus and other music companies for
movies like Dil, Khiladi, Phool Aur Kaante,
Aankhen etc.in the early 90s. Writer director
Sujoy Ghosh bills his first movie with Jhankaar
Beats as it's title !!! This comedy is about
three young couples who struggle to get their
feet set in their professional and personal life
withstanding all the odds. This comedy is about
three young men who work as Marketing Executives
of a firm owned by Vijayender Ghatage. We won't
reveal what exactly do they 'market' in the film
as this may well be the 'surprise package' of
the movie !!
A movie about three couples and their married
life - now doesn't that remind something from
the recent past? Just scratch your heads a bit
and you will recollect that just a few months
back a movie with a similar plot came and
vanished - the name was 'Dil Vil Pyaar Vyaar' .
Not many are aware that these two movies have
been a culmination of a common idea. DVPV was
initially planned to be directed by Sujoy Ghosh
himself. But due to creative differences between
the producer Vivek Vaswani and the director,
they parted ways and Jhankaar Beats was born,
although with a varied script and the movie
genre itself. Whereas DVPV carried on as a light
romantic movie, Jhankaar Beats was re-christened
and turned into a comedy flick in the Crossover
The common factor between both the flicks is that in both DVPV and JB, due
homage has been paid to R D Barman saab !!
Whereas DVPV had rearranged versions of 14 songs
composed by Pancham da, JB has a song itself
composed in his appreciation - 'Boss Kaun Hai'
!! Will come to this later on !! All the 10
numbers are inspired by Burman school of music
and the effort truly shows. The album gets a
kick start with rocking theme song - 'Jhankaar'
!! A RD Burman song all the way, what with
Sudesh Bhonsle crooning a la Burman ishtyle i.e.
a full throated 'Mehbooba Mehbooba' like vocals
from Sholay. From here on, you look forward to
what next is in the offering !! You are not
disappointed as there is a complete turnaround
from Rock to Melody with Shaan's 'Suno Na'.
Shaan sings in the manner what one expects him
to do every time a romantic melody is offered to
him and does complete justice to it. A melody
that doesn't boast of any great original lyrics,
but the music and the vocals mo re than make up
for it. A COMPLETE WINNER !!
As you settle with this melody, there is more
surprise in store with jazzy 'Boss Kaun Hai' - a
biographical song on RD Burman. sung by
criminally neglected Amit Kumar, Vishal Dadlani
and Shekhar Ravijani. The song truly illustrates
pancham da's prowess over the musical notes and
narrates his excellence in the world of music in
song format. A situational song, it holds your
'Jo Gaya Vo Gaya' is a pop number by KK and
Vishal Dadlani. A number messaging about having
a carefree attitude in life, it is good and fits
the mood of the movie well. KK is in his usual
best. In fact 'Ruk Ruk' by Amit Kumar and Vishal
Dadlani is a similar song about walking ahead in
life by ignoring all the hassles that may come
along. A philosophical song again, it is
composed in a pop mode and is quite fast paced.
Amit Kumar's vocals are a highlight which raise
this oft-repeated question again - 'Why are
producers not flocking this guy anymore who
stole a million hearts with his renderings in
Kumar Gaurav's Love Story two decades back.
Bonus Track - 'Sahi Hai Re' is in the tradition
of earlier Vishal-Shekhar hit - 'Chodh Naa Re'
from Kaante. A song about good old 'Mumbai', it
is different from other 'Aamchi Mumbai' song in
the way that it refrains from falling into 'tapori'
category of songs as the others tend to do.
Instead Udit Narayan and chorus turn it into a
lovab le number that should be liked by everyone
From Pop, KK switches to melody with - 'Tu Aashiqui'. A beautiful
composition, it can be dedicated to your loved
one this valentine. Look out for this touching
number. Ditto for Shaan's 'Tera Muskurana' which
is again a melodious track. Upcoming singer and
AR Rehman's find Mahalaxmi Iyer gets to sing a
soothing duet 'Jab Kabhi' with KK (again). Set
in a Western mould, it gives strict competition
to 'Tu Aashiqui' in terms of flavor of love and
makes for a repeat listening.
The grand finale` comes in the form of Burman
da's yesteryear's hit 'Humein Tumse Pyaar Kitna
sung again by Amit Kumar and KK. Amit Kumar
doesn't let his dad Kishore Kumar down who sang
the original and in the company of KK makes one
nostalgic. The song is interspersed with the
remix version of 'Tu Aashiqui Hai' and the
combination does work well.
In-spite of not having one single 'CHARTBUSTER'
kind of number or an 'ITEM' song, Jhankaar Beats
does strike a chord due to it's fresh approach,
honest effort and some well composed tracks.
Jhankaar Beats is mainly aimed at the youth and
should work well in the cities at least. A good
score with a typical city flavour of Thodi
Masti, Thodi Yaari, Thoda Pyaar !!