Saturday, December 29, 2007

Project Topic Selection

We got our project in TAFE Pvt Ltd, me and my friends were bursting with joy for getting an opportunity to work in R&D. But we had no idea on what we are going to do our project. So I gave a call to the HOD of TAFE R&D, and he gave me a wide choice of topics to select from. We narrowed down to two topics, one on "Designing Gear Box for Combined Harvester" and the other was "Designing Central POD for 4wd Tractor". We found both the topics to be interesting, but the 4wd tractor was completely new for us, and led us to select it so that we can learn the unknown.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Glass Facade harms the environment

Whenever I see our city's big buildings, especially the ones with the glass facade, I think how unfriendly that's to the environment. I don't know if this is true, but glass seems such a poor choice for construction material in a city like Chennai. Also the amount of air-conditioning needed to cool such a hot building must surely be harming the environment. Yet why do engineers opt for glass facade in buildings.

Sunday - Audio Review ( Hindi )

Sandeep Chowta weaves his magic all over the rhythmic, uber-hip Missing Sunday that sparkles with Mahua Kamat’s vocals and Suraj sounding terribly like Adnan Sami. Suroor’s Pyar to hona hi hai is exactly what you expect from a Pakistani band – mildly sufi’ish, rock’ish et all. Daler’s Loot liya too is his typical stuff, much better than his last album. Shibani Kashyap’s Kashmakash and Raghav’s Manzar are extremely competent, especially the former, with Shibani’s superb singing and even DJ Suketu’s hyper-energetic remix making the cut. Much like the film’s Telugu original (Anukokunda Oka Roju), Sunday’s assorted composers present an enjoyable soundtrack.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves - Audio Review ( Hindi )

After Darling, here’s another instance where Himesh Reshammiya overshadows Pritam with just one track. Himesh’s Tum mile is no great shakes actually - a hum-along’ish track thankfully sung by KK and not by the composer himself. But it just steamrolls over the substandard fare dished out by Pritam - two annoying Sunidhi tracks (Tere bina and Ya baba) and an average Pancham’esque attempt in Jaane maula, just saved by Amit Kumar’s raucous rendition. Sachin and Jigar’s other track, the poignant, well-scored and well-sung (by KK) Allah Beli is considerably better too. Overall a middling soundtrack…not that I expected anything more!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Bombay To Bangkok - Audio Review ( Hindi )

Salim Sulaiman’s Same same but different is full on techno with cheesy lyrics and bilingual banter – but the likeable hook makes up for the cheesiness! Ronnie Shirish’s lovey-dovey Dheere however is stale and predictable. Sukhwinder’s title song is a confluence of sounds, most prominently Marathi folk, all packaged in a glitzy, throbbing orchestration. Pritam’s Dil ka haal is the soundtrack’s weakest link, despite all that snazzy things that the composer throws at us - the tune is plain boring and silly. Two above average, catchy ditties make the cut, but this soundtrack is far from the standard Nagesh Kukunoor material!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Spore Game - my first thought

I always have been dreaming about how life evolved, how such complex organisms could ever be formed from a tiny singular organism. I went through many books and got totally hooked up with this topic over a month. The creation of life, earth, space, the whole universe fascinated me. During my thirst quenching search of the universe I came across a game which is yet to be released called SPORE. At first sight the graphics of the game didn't impress me much, but once when I read the preview of the game; I got glued to this game and I'm waiting for its shipment.
In SPORE game we play the role of "Unknown" who creates the world right from single celled organism to complex ones and later becomes a space explorer in search of new technology and organisms. The game doesn't boast its graphics but the gameplay is simply terrific. This game is releasing during Q2 of 2008. Lets hope the game satisfies our expectation.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Kanna - Audio Review ( Tamil )

Kuyil paadum cleverly apes Sting’s Englishman in Newyork within its structure, and is reminiscent of Roja’s Chinna chinna aasai while Thullum thullalil works due to its inventive, calypso-tinged package. Ragasiya kanna, despite shades of a familiar and pleasant raga, is pretty disjoint, much like Sembaruthi, another mishmash with pointlessly loud rhythms. Hariharan’s Aayiram kelvigal is glum and deviates into disparate Paki rock too, while Azhagiya penne, thankfully, brings the spunk back into the soundtrack with its groovy tune and orchestration combo, typical of Ranjit’s vibrant and eclectic experimentation. After surprisingly good work in Urchagam, Ranjit Barot disappoints in Kanna’s music!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Indhiralogathil Naa. Azhagappan

Much as I enjoyed the Vadivelu starrer Imsai Arasan 23m Pulikesi, I personally thought its music was terrible, despite Shankar’s impeccable music sense across his projects. Sabesh Murali’s music was completely disposable - a trait they carry in this Vadivelu starrer too. The music is such an atrocious mish-mash of pointless tunes that it requires the film’s funnyman Hero to bring some semblance to them, on screen. Without that, it’s even a miracle that this soundtrack came into being. I do understand it’s a comedy film but a soundtrack of this nature is a frivolous waste of time and effort!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

All about IPL

If you thought cricket was big, wait for this. The IPL promises to be bigger than anything India has ever seen. We give the inside-out of this billion-dollar baby…

What is the Indian Premier League?

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) launched the Indian Premier League (IPL) on September 14, 2007. Based on the lines of the English Premier League (EPL) and the National Basketball League (NBA), the IPL is said to be the brainchild of BCCI vice-president Lalit Modi. The idea was first floated in 1996 but was shot down as the board felt it would go against the zonal system of domestic cricket. The project moved into top gear when the Zee group launched a rival Indian Cricket League on similar lines in April 2007.

Who are the franchisees?

The franchisees will own the eight teams in the fray. They can run them in their own styles, bring their own sponsors and even name the team according to their choice. They will even be free to list their teams on the stock exchange.

How is it different from the football and hockey leagues in India?

The IPL, in a way, is not very different in its format vis-a-vis the PHL or the I-League in football. It is, however, totally different in its concept as the teams have been offered to franchisees (individuals or corporates) through a bidding process that culminated on Thursday. The BCCI has already signed up 80 international players who will also be put for auction soon.

When will the IPL matches be played and where?

Under lights, on a home and away basis, in the cities that have formed the teams. The league opens on April 18 and will see 59 matches spread over 44 days

What kind of money is involved in IPL?

The overall prize money will be US $5 million, with the winners taking home $2 million. The remaining will be up for grabs in different forms, like man of the match awards and cash prizes. By contrast, the winners of the 2007 ICC World Cup in the Caribbean took home $1 million; the Indian team that won the World Twenty20 got half of that. TV rights have already gone for over $1 billion. Franchisees have already committed close to US $723 million. Top players are expected to earn minimum 1-2 crores per season.

What is already in place for IPL?

With the league scheduled for April 2008, the IPL has so far sold the eight teams to corporate houses and signed leading players. Indian stars like Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly will be called “icon players” and can play only for their respective cities. They will be the highest paid players and will not be auctioned. The bidding will take place next month.

Who owns the IPL TV rights?

Sony Entertainment, a division of Japan’s Sony Corp, and the Asia-based World Sports Group (WSG) won the broadcast rights for ten years, worth more than a whopping US $1 billion. TV rights are worth $918 million, with $100 million set aside for promotion.
Who will run the IPL?

BCCI has formed an IPL council that comprises former BCCI president IS Bindra, vice-presidents Rajiv Shukla, Chirayu Amin, Lalit Modi and Arun Jaitley, and former cricketers Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri. While the BCCI officials are honorary members, Pataudi, Gavaskar and Shastri will be paid for their services. The IPL governing council will have a five-year term and will run, operate and manage the league independently of the BCCI.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Showviz - Audio Review ( Hindi )

Tu mujhse and Mere Falak are extremely breezy and entertaining, thanks largely to KK’s spritely rendition and some pleasant backgrounds by Lalit. Kash ek din reminds me of Nadeem Shravan’s heydays and is sufficiently and predictably enjoyable. But the soundtrack comes to a crashing halt with Duniya ne, shamelessly ripped off from Sanjeev Darshan’s Deewana deewana from Rishhey (2002). Funny fact: Sanjeev Darshan ripped it off Amr Diab’s Albi Ikhtarak. With that settled, I’m not sure who I should attribute the first three tracks! Lalit Pandit carries on Jatin Lalit’s tradition of making very listenable tunes and pilfering others’ music.

Halla Bol - Audio Review ( Hindi )

Jab tak aims to be a rousing anthem, but despite the impressive sounds Sukhwinder packs in the track, its middling at best, but the composer/ singer impresses with the serene Shabad Gurbani, rendered with the requisite austerity. Sneha Pant’s Barsan lagi has an interesting enough structure even as Harshdeep’s Is pal is the catchiest and swankiest of this soundtrack, with an appealing orchestration to boot, while guest composer, veteran Vanraj Bhatia’s More haji piya is barely passable. Sukhwinder Singh continues to search for his moorings as a composer and it’s strange that Rajkumar Santoshi found him adequate for his script!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Search for Project

I am in the final semester of my under-graduation, and its a must for us to do our final year project. I and my friends were searching for companies who could give us a nice project. It took us nearly 3 weeks to find one. The search was over, TAFE Pvt Ltd got interested with our resume and immediately gave us the green signal to do our project in their R&D. Getting a project in R&D is very tough these days, and I'm proud to be a part of the R&D team in TAFE.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Jab We Met - The Fantastic Movie Ever

Think DDLJ 2.0! Jab we met gains immensely from Shahid and Kareena’s endearing and honest performances. There are the usual leaps of imagination - the shortcuts that work brilliantly for Shahid to turn his life around, but even those gel well within an earnest screenplay conjured superbly by the director. Pritam’s music and the choreography add phenomenal spunk to the proceedings while Kareena’s family - despite their limited screen time, are far more enjoyable than the average Chopra-styled extended khandan, particularly Dara Singh! Post his excellent debut, Imtiaz Ali learns his commercial lessons and gets the formula right, big time!

Kareena and Shahid simply rock in this movie....

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Welcome - Audio Review ( Hindi )

Anand Raaj Anand crafts his n’th noisy mishmash in Hoth rasiley but redeems some brownie points singing and composing the dancy and rhythmic Uncha lamba and Tera sarafa, despite working on some extremely predictable material. Himesh and his truly nasal best in the utterly mundane Kola laka (!). He also manages to up the ante further with the shrieky and immensely annoying Insha allah. Sajid Wajid try their Partner sound - again, rather unsuccessfully in the insipid title track. Welcome’s OST is typical, pointless, mainstream noise from Bollywood – hardly serves any purpose and piggybacks solely on glitzy and starry picturization.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Billa - Audio Review ( Tamil )

The title song and Vethalaya’s remixes take a leaf from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s techno update for the original, Hindi Don’s remake. But both the tracks are surprisingly jarring with a nauseatingly overdone sound. Seval kodi too is strangely indifferent with a stock tune and stale rhythms, while the theme music is pretty assembly-line. Thankfully Yuvan’s innovation comes to the fore with Naan mattum and Sei - a set of experimental, but groovy tracks, complete with exotic interludes and orchestration. Given Vishnuvaradhan’s past success with Yuvan’s music (Arindhum ariyaamalum & Pattiyal), it’s surprising that a large part of Billa’s music is rather mediocre.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Dus Kahaniyaan - Audio Review ( Hindi )

Dus and Jaaniya are loaded with sloppy, uninspiring techno sounds. Gourov Dasgupta does better in the ballad-style Aaja Soniye, with interesting vocals by Sudhanshu Pandey. Mika’s Nachle Soniye is pedestrian, while Gourov’s last, O Maahiya sounds pretty groovy. Bappa’s Mushkil kushaa is outdated with only Kshitij’s voice to hold on to, and Kaala peela is marginally better of the two Shafqat composed tracks. Anand Raaj Anand scores with a pleasant Bin tum but his other, Bhula diya barely registers. The third CD with actors reciting Gulzar’s heartfelt poems amidst serene ambient music is infinitely better than this 4 composer soundtrack.

Rameswaram - Audio Review ( Tamil )

Naan tharai nila is refreshingly fresh and pleasing, accentuated well by Svetha Mohan’s vocals and some scintillating violin pieces. Alaigalin osaigal ups the ante even further - one brilliant package of lovely lyrics, neat voices and excellent backgrounds. Ranjith and Chinmayee’s Edho senjapulla plays out like vintage Rahman and has addictive chorus phrases. Ellorayum yethipoga conveys the angst and hopes of refugees in a fairly interesting folksy tune while in Netrirunthom OS Arun tries to do a MS Viswanathan (a la Vidai kodu engal naade) with terrible results. After a lackluster debut in Kalaaba Kaadhalan, Niru’s music has evolved exceedingly well.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Machakkaran - Audio Review ( Tamil )

Jigiruthanda has a curious confluence of sounds and a rather cheesy, hummable tune! Nellayile mannedutha starts off like a dated village track, but goes on to be a groovy, techno folk ditty. Vayasu ponnukku is high on catchy backgrounds but the tune plays out ho hum - Mahalaxmi Iyer sounds good in Tamil too! Yuvan’s hip hop fix resurfaces in the nifty Vaanathayum megathayum - Haricharan scores big time while musically the composer is in super form, while Nee nee nee’s overpowering sound is actually quite hip. Machakkaran has Yuvan innovating pretty well in his sound mix along with some trendy tunes.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Azhagiya Tamizh Magan - Audio Review ( Tamil )

Ellaa pugazhum has stock rhythms but the tune, lyrics and grand interludes make it up, while Ponmagal vandhaal remix rocks, especially the imaginatively handled anupallavi. Nee marlyn is terribly abstract with an excessive assortment of interesting sounds. Valayappatti is a Sillunnu oru kaadhal by-product, with bizarre interludes and Maduraikku pogaadhadee has an arresting thavil percussion with an assembly-line tune. Kelaamal kaiyile is spellbinding – gorgeously flowing tune on an appealing techno-wrap, with a tinge of retro darbaari kaanada on the Kettu rasitha bit! Rahman’s sound in ATM is dizzying but some of the experimentation seems to go overboard.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Aaja Nachle - Audio Review ( Hindi )

The jhumka’s missing in Bareily’s bazaar again, in Aaja nachle, but its constant rhythm change and zingy folk mix is delightful - Sunidhi in top form! Ishq hua and Is pal are predictable, but sweet. Sonu, Shreya and the backgrounds make them endearing. Show me your jalwa is a riot - manic pace, Jaideep’s words and Richa Sharma doing an exhilarating job. O re piya takes a lilting, somber turn while Soniye mil ja sounds like an stagey, modern qawali. Koi patthar se is non-descript while Dance with me is outdated. Aaja nachle’s an excellent assortment of sounds from Salim Sulaiman!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Vel - Audio Review ( Tamil )

Indha ooril has some juvenile lyrics and an assortment of sounds which will put Kothavaalsaavadi to shame. Kovakkaara kiliye is terribly routine with the same ‘ol chords and hooks, barring that disjoint sound that plays occasionally in the background while Aayiram jannal is even more bland and stereotyped, extolling the virtues of a laaaarge family, in the most boring manner. Thoppul kodi is a prescription for insomnia and Onnappola is too corny and hackneyed to comment on. The lilting Otraikannaala is perhaps the only noteworthy track. Director Hari perhaps had a set agenda for music, but Vel is maha-stale.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Johnny Gaddar - Cool Movie

With a truckload of interesting references, Johnny Gaddaar proves that audiences need not be treated as dumb asses looking for juvenile fun and that they do not mind getting sucked into the vortex of an intelligently crafted thriller, provided the screenplay is appropriately coherent. Dharmendra’s Sheshadri is mature and nuanced with some ace dialogues while Vinay Pathak and Zakir Hussain make for a zingy cat and mouse combo. Debutant Neil Nitin Mukesh is the only sore point, with two expressions - one completely blank, and the other, a half smirk which perhaps refers to his amusement that he has been chosen for this project. Ashwini Kalsekar as Vinay’s wife is fantastic even in that limited role. The other highlight is the way music is blended without being an irritant and the fact that every scene is constructed in such a way that there’s a second layer to it that makes us go, ‘Hey, this director is smart’, a lot of times. The ending is both punchy and convincing, bringing together all the threads with a complete bang – literally. Johnny Gaddaar is one of the best films to have hit Bollywood in a long time! Don’t miss it, and spread the word!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

No Smoking - Audio Review ( Hindi )

Adnan Sami’s effortless rendition of the jazz-toned Jab bhi ciggaret (!) is mesmerizing. The trance version pumps up the pace to manic speeds, sacrificing the nuances, but Sunidhi steps in to add a terrific new dimension. Rekha Bhardwaj gets a Telugu-styled chartbuster in Phoonk de’s club mix, complete with an addictive, non-stop rhythm and techno-styled interlude intrusions. This one’s predictably catchy with Rekha’s always trusted vocals. In comparison, Sukhwinder’s original version is shorn of the desi-mass style and plays it in serious, underground mode, taking it to an almost ominous level. Deva Sen Gupta’s Ash tray starts off rather strange, with that English word not able to fit itself into a otherwise chaste Hindi number, but Vishal’s tune flow and fab backgrounds makes it a compelling listen. After Paanch’s Tamas, what’s with Deva and poignant, philosophical numbers…though he has far superior material here to work on. Kash laga is the sure-shot pick of the album - an joyous, earthy folk tune expertly weaved between Sukhwinder, Daler and a mildly effeminate voice, most probably the composer himself, as credited! With Vishal Bhardwaj and Gulzar, the results can only be daringly different and supremely entertaining. As usual!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

my old XBOX - awaiting a silent death

After the successful launch of Xbox 360 in India, the sale of not so popular Xbox dropped further. Xbox owners always lamented about the unavailability of games for Xbox in Chennai and the introduction of Xbox 360 worsened the issue. I always used to adore my Xbox, but off late I rather feel incomplete with my Xbox. I don't find any use for my Xbox, because it is completely outmoded. Xbox 360 is the craze these days and disloyal people like me fall into the trap to get a new 360 console. We don't think our old days when old Xbox made us happy in gloomy times, made us a hero in RPG games, gave us fame when we beat our friends through online; but now it is awaiting its silent death from its successor.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

DLF makes highest bid for Tidel II

News of interest to IT guys. You may have probably seen the news. But here's is it anyways. A New Delhi-based real estate developer has made the highest bid for Tidel II. The property is adjacent to American International School off the IT corridor. Once Tidel II is realised, it will be a major boost for IT in the state.

Maintain Parks

We normally associate the Western suburbs in the city with dust, smog and barren, industrialized land. But there's some heartening news for residents of those areas falling under Ambattur Municipality, including Mogappair, Ambattur and Anna Nagar. Twenty one new parks have been proposed in these areas, out of which four have been opened. This means that many of these areas will turn green.

Even since the dawn of this millennium, the drive to beautify the city has always been on top gear. Some of the new parks opened and renewed are truly beautiful. But whenever I see a park a worry nags me. Will these parks look so beautiful after 10 years? Will they retain their lush greeness?The state government - be it led by the AIADMK or the DMK - is known only to launch new projects and schemes, without realising the need to follow through on them. We, the residents, need to make sure that the remaining 17 parks are no only opened, but also maintained. In high visibility areas like along Beach Road, the parks are maintained. Not beautifully because the design is bad. But nevertheless there are signs that these strips of green are well maintained. Residents need to ensure that this happens all through in each and every locality. If your local park is not green, please take it up with the authorities in Rippon Buildings.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Jab We Met - Audio Review

Mika’s nasal tone suits the buoyant Mauja while Mohit Chauhan’s somber Tum se hi works more ‘cos of those enticing backgrounds. Yeh ishq seems like a sure-shot candidate for another middle-east inspired track, but while it lasts, is a lot of fun - thoroughly entertaining tune and exotic orchestration! The high-pitched Nagada is bouncy ode to Punjab. Shaan pulls off Aao milo chalo rather well, but is hampered by a standard Pritam tune while Sandesh Shandilya’s Aaoge jab tum is tunefully adequate with appropriate backgrounds and vocals by Ustad Rashid Khan. A very likable soundtrack, typical of Pritam!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Cooum being cleaned up

There have been many statements to this effect in the recent past, by Local Administration Minister M K Stalin. That the Sathya Sai Trust will fund this effort has also been stated before, but there is no clarity to what extent and when. This would be a wonderful achievement and a real gift to the people of Chennai. The river and its banks are a public resource that can be used for the public good for recreation, entertainment and relaxation in many ways if it is cleaned. The challenge, of course, is in keeping it clean, for which there will have to be a concerted effort to educate the administration and the public on the standards to be maintained. The bane of our rivers has been the outlets for untreated, raw sewage straight into them, as well as the dumping of garbage and all kinds of waste such as plastic bags. This will have to be stopped, and its easier said than done. So cleaning up the Cooum goes well beyond the physical cleaning up of the river and its banks to an ongoing effort to stop the sewage and garbage being dumped into the river. Can it be done? If there is the political will, and if the government can win the support of the people by sharing with them its plans for the river as a parkland and recreational area, I don't see why not. The government has begun to move on its stated intent of resettling people along the banks of the rivers as part of its efforts to clean them up. So let's hope this will also be done systematically.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Mumbai Salsa - Audio Review

The title song is both cheesy and pointless, but Gayatri’s Friday thankfully reverses that with a zingy 80s styled dance-floor track reminiscent of WHAM. Adnan throws in a complete stunner both as a composer and a singer, in Choti si - a lovingly crafted melody with adequately muted backgrounds and Sameer contributing to the despair. Shaan’s Akeli zindagi is a decent George Michael’ish pop ditty, while Pyar se is a lot more filmy but Shaan and Shreya’s vocals make it quite listenable. Adnan’s music in Mumbai Salsa is notches below his debut (Lucky) but far ahead of his last, Dhamaal!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Tamizh M.A. - Audio Review ( Tamil )

Some of Yuvan’s Pudhupettai orchestral brilliance trickles down to Innum oru iravu which sets a fabulously eerie and ambient tone to the soundtrack. Yuvan’s intentionally coarse diction and singing only adds to the feel! But the same voice tortures in Unakkaagathaane, even though the tune is genuinely interesting. Thankfully, he stops singing and hands the reign over to Rahul who delivers a knockout in Para para pattaampoochi. This one proves beyond doubt that Yuvan is indeed a chip off the ‘ol block, with shades of Ilayaraja’s ingenuity in every part of the track - backgrounds, choice of instruments and that gorgeous tune! The ol’ man himself chips in on Paravayin koottil, a haunting track on the pangs of separation. In some indirect way Raaja’s age-withered voice adds a considerable mood to the song’s theme, though Yuvan shines in the sparkling interludes and the disparately alluring rhythm! Vaazhkkai enbadhu has some of the most innovative backgrounds in recent times and is perhaps the most commercial track in the album. But, make no mistake, this one too is vibrantly different and the completely broken tune pattern lends to its uniqueness. Tamil MA is a solid and stirring triumph of Yuvan’s composing skills.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Johnny Gaddar - Audio Review ( Hindi )

Dhoka and the title track definitely carry a distinct appeal, taking off from the trio’s sound in Don. Johnny breakbeat rocks big time, as a funky, retro mix, but the 3 genre recreation, Bhule bisre (Nayyar + Bolly-swing + Burman’ish) aims too far and ends nowhere. Move your body sounds like an uninspired take on the trio’s own, better score in JBJ. Revenge of the 70s is marginally interesting for the Kalyanji Anandji sound. Johnny Gaddar is an overdose of the so-called retro-sound, that it so joyously aims to celebrate, but ends up with limited personality on its own.

Manorama - Six Feet Under -- Audio Review ( Hindi )

Who bheege pal is the definitive track - both versions, by Zubeen Garg and Jayesh Gandhi, but more due to our fascination for the Pakistani-pop sound, since Jayesh seems to have used such a template rather well! Even Jayesh’s other track, the rambling melody, Tere sawalon ke pales in comparison to this one. UK-based composer Raiomond Mirza – despite the pedigree (being one of the 5 finalists in a BBC national new talent competition back in 2000), disappoints in the forgettable Dhundla jo and Dhokha. Beyond all its compelling, mod, parallel cinema look, Manorama is essentially a one hit soundtrack.

Bhool Bhulaiyya - Audio Review ( Hindi )

Allah hafiz and Sajda have standard Pritam-styled facets which have recently started to tire us, while Lets rock soniye is good fun and that Irish interludes played in Indian folk-style is quite interesting! Mere dholna, the Tamil equivalent of which was the film’s highlight, tests thresholds of patience. Sakhiya is a boring 80s-styled number. Sung by Tulsi Kumar. Yes, amazingly annoying combination! But, what finally holds the soundtrack together is the very sweet and resonant Labon ko and the extremely catchy and rhythmic title song handled fabulously by Neeraj Shridhar. Pritam finally salvages the soundtrack…

Friday, September 14, 2007

Om Shanti Om - Audio Review ( Hindi )

Ajab si is a Pritam’ish melody - eminently tuneful with a lovely orchestration to match. Dard-e-disco is bouncy and rocking - albeit with cringe-worthy lyrics while Deewangi is plain assembly-line with cheesy angrezi intrusions. Sonu is sappy in the Raj Kapoor’esque Main agar, saved only by the backgrounds. Jag soona, despite Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, is surprisingly clich├ęd, but Dhoom taana is a smart, kitschy take on retro! Dastaan-e-OSO is hauntingly layered, evoking the reincarnation theme much like Karz’s Ek haseena. OSO’s soundtrack largely disappoints as the composers stick to a banal, tried and tested sound.

Laga Chunai Mein Daag - Audio Review ( Hindi )

Hum to aise hain glimmers with the vocals of Sunidhi and Shreya while the naively joyous tune works appropriately too. Zara gungunalein chalo and Ik teekhi teekhi have fairly unusual structures, with rich, infectious, stage-musical styled backgrounds. The mood turns somber with Rekha Bharadwaj crooning the semi-classical Ehi thaiyya that tries to force-fit a mujra feel and Kachchi kaliyaan, despite the plethora of voices and forced enthusiasm, lapses into a corny mish-mash. Roshan’s classic Chunari mein daag gets an interesting, new-age makeover with Shubha Mudgal at the helm. Shantanu Moitra’s package here is curiously delightful!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Dil Dosti etc. - Audio Review ( Hindi )

Dum laga is a thoroughly enjoyable rant with the essential DU feel and appropriately conjured-up lyrics. Vedic Chants band mates Siddhartth and Suhas serve an ace here, as also in Sunidhi’s techno ditty, Sambhalo dil ko. Their third offering in the soundtrack, Labh Janjua’s Man moniye is however run-of-the-mill. Re-formed Agnee have two tracks to their credit here. Lamha ye is likeably Indirock and very Agnee. But the pick of the album is their semi-classical, More baanke sung incredibly by Aarti Ankalikar. Dil dosti etc’s soundtrack is a thematically engaging and delectable mix!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

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