Taxi No 9211 Music
Bollywood continues to experiment while still
staying within the realms of commercial
constraints. 'Taxi No. 9211' is one such
movie in that direction that is about the lives
of two distinct individuals, Nana Patekar and
John Abraham, who meet on a road en route to
meeting a day end deadline. A Ramesh Sippy
production, 'Taxi No. 9211' is a Milan
Luthria film who has earlier directed distinct
flicks like 'Kachche Dhaage', 'Chori Chori'
and 'Deewaar - Let's Bring Our Heroes Home'.Vishal-Shekhar
are the composers at the helm while Dev Kohli
and Vishal himself write.
If Sippy's last, 'Bluffmaster', had an
experimental score then 'Taxi No. 9211'
too begins on an uncommon note with a song in
appreciation of 'aamchi Mumbai'. Or is it
Bombay? Well, lyricist Vishal keeps the
followers of both names happy by labeling the
song as "Boom-bai Nagariya". First to
come is the 'Living in the City' version
that has some dialogues by Nana Patekar and John
Abraham incorporated in it. Itís a rhythmic
number with western arrangements while keeping
the Indian melody intact. The song has (as
expected) a strong Mumbai flavor and would be a
hot contender for all the 'autowallahs' and 'taxiwallahs'
in the city. Surprise element of the song is
Bappi Lahiri who makes a good comeback, not as a
composer, but as a singer. Vishal gives him some
vocals support while Merriene and Nisha are the
female voices behind the song. A little faster 'Club
Mix' version by Guru Sharma comes in towards
the album end and pumps up the adrenalin all
If 'Right Here Right Now' [Bluffmaster]
was a starting point for the hip-hop genre to
become popular in Bollywood, then 'Ek Nazar
Mein Bhi' takes it further with a good
melody to boost it. K.K., who has been showing a
wide range in his singing style over last couple
of years, is the man behind this track as well
that is set on the dance floor of an up market
joint. Sunidhi Chauhan joins KK in this Vishal
written number. The Vishal-Shekhar style of
music is all there due to an obvious R.D. Burman
flavor that proves once again that the great
Burman da was well ahead of his times in the
70s. In fact the more you hear this number the
more you can visualize Rishi Kapoor and Neetu
Singh jiving to the beats. That's the 70s
nostalgia for you. Go for it!
A new sound arrives with Adnan Sami's 'Meter
Down', a promotional number for the movie
that is already being touted as hot in the
industry circles. The song has heavy influences
of jazz in it and Adnan's unique rendition makes
it all the more interesting. It may not be the
idea of someone who was expecting a typical
Bollywood score from this album as 'Meter
Down' has a situational feel to it. Written
by Vishal, this is a theme song for 'Taxi No.
9211' and should be fun to watch when its music
video featuring Nana Patekar arrives. A 'Rock'N'Roll
Mix' features next which is again a Guru
Sharma remix that continues the mood of jazz
with foot tapping beats added on.
From this point on itís the turn of Dev Kohli to
take over as a lyricist for the rest of the
album. After all the fun-n-frolic in the first
three tracks of the album, its time to get
introspective in 'Aazmale Aazmale'. Sung
by Shekhar [of the Vishal-Shekhar duo], the song
is sung well and has a situational feel to it.
The number may not be having much in it to make
its presence felt as a part of the album but one
expects that its placement in the movie would
justify its inclusion as a part of the
Kalyan Barua's guitar at the very beginning of 'Bekhudi'
sets expectations for a highly melodious number
to follow. Shaan [a favorite with Vishal Shekhar]
begins to croon the track in his trademark
manner and makes the song meet the expectations.
Though even this number is situational, it makes
you hear the number more closely to understand
its finer points and poetic lyrics. Check these
lines for instanceÖ
Taqdeer Kal Ki Kitaab Hai, Saara Likkha Usme
Hisaab Hai Kya Khabar Woh Kal Ki Hawa, Chale Kis
Taraf Kya Pata Jod De, Tod De Zindagi
'Bekhudi' is indeed one of the best songs
of the album so far and can be considered one
good reason to go for the album.
Finally comes 'Udne Do' which is about a
man's inspiration to fly high and reach the
skies. A rhythmic number with all around western
arrangements, it has Kunal Ganjawala all
energetic and charged up. The feel of the song
conveys it to be set in a night club with
Harshdeep making a brief appearance
intermittently. While Kunal's rendition is all
about reaching the heights, Harshdeep conveys
the feel of love and togetherness in a folksy
'Taxi No. 9211' has an unconventional
score that may not have a hero-heroine 'naach-gaana'
around the trees, but has a mostly entertaining
collection of situational songs/theme tracks. 'Bekhudi',
'Ek Nazar Mein Bhi', 'Moombai Nagariya'
and 'Meter Down' are the songs that make
'Taxi No. 9211' a decent enjoyable album
that works in spite of a situational feel.