With the promos of 'Murder' on the
small screen, one thing is for sure - Bollywood
is going through a revolution with each passing
day. Offbeat themes are IN and to add to the
spice is the uninhibited body display that seems
to be the flavor of the season. After an
unsuccessful story on the theme of adultery 'Tum',
comes yet another story about a married woman
who looks for pleasure outside her home. The
lady in question is Mallika Sherawat who sizzled
in 'Khwahish' with her hot smooching
acts. Ashmit Patel who made a passable debut in
'Inteha' plays her husband while Imran
Hashmi - the happy go lucky gangster in
'Footpath' - plays her 'outside' interest.
Directed by popular soap-opera director Anurag
Basu, 'Murder' is a Mahesh Bhatt
presentation produced by Mukesh Bhatt. Regular
Anu Malik composes while Sayeed Quadri does the
lyrics. Bhatts haven't been having great time
after successive failures of Footpath, Inteha
and Paap. In a couple of months time, it
will be seen if Mallika can get them out of
their lean patch!
Amir Jamal - the latest discovery of the Bhatts
[and Anu Malik] - is the singer to watch out
for! He makes a smashing debut in playback
singing with 'Kaho Na Kaho'! A
rocking track, it has Arabian overtones and is
extremely catchy. Amir Jamal has a fresh voice
that is above ordinary and will definitely be
noticed. It is to the credit of Anu Malik that
he blends Arabian soul in a commercial Hindi
movie track so very well.
Another song by Amir Jamal, 'Jana Jane
Jana', is more of a pop track, which is
good again but will attract limited audience due
to its nature. A soft number, it is kind of a
gap-filler in a movie and doesn't expect the
number to be actually popular beyond that.
As if to actually match the rhythm of 'Kaho
Na Kaho', Kunal Ganjawala strikes back with
an excellent rendering to Anu Malik's recreated
(whatever that means) number 'Bheegey Hont'!
A highly seductive track, the song seems to be
inspired by an English track but again Anu
manages to leave that behind with his melodious
arrangements. A slow moving track, it is
elevated higher by Sayeed Quadri's sensual
lyrics that talk about 'You stay with me
throughout this night and I will love you till
the time stops'! Listen to this song, which is
the best in this album. Kunal Ganjawala who has
been on the verge of getting into the big league
for about a couple of years now, delivers yet
another good performance. Instrumentals
of both 'Bheegey Hont' and 'Kaho Na
Kaho' actually maintain the feel of the
album instead of mere gap-fillers as in most of
the other recent albums.
Well, when Mahesh Bhatt, Anu Malik and Anuradha Paudwal are around then it
is inevitable that we hear one of those vintage
90s style of songs that they brought together in
flicks like 'Phir Teri Kahaani Yaad Aayi'!
So here we go again with a typical Anuradha
Paudwal song - 'Zindagi Is Tarah'.
The track that appears as a solo by Sonu Nigam
as well, is about pain, regret and introspection
after an act of wrongdoing. Lyrics are the
mainstay in this song that catches one's
attention. Full marks to Sayeed Quadri here. We
want to hear more from him!
Album ends on a good note too with a 50's style
cabaret number 'Dil Ko Hazaar Baar'
written by Rahat Indori. Alisha Chinoy is just
about perfect in her 50's rendition of this
track, which is about 'betrayal' and 'mistrust'
in the matters of love. Anu Malik does a good
job in creating a feel of 'Black and White' era
while one really waits to see Mallika Sherawat
gyrate to this one.
A fine album overall, it should do an
above-average business musically. Bhatts have
come up with another good album after 'Paap',
which was appreciated critically by the lovers
of good music. 'Murder' definitely has a
better chance due to it's commercial ingredients
and the presence of Mallika which should give a
boost to it's sales.