|Aarakshan | Music Review|
Producer: Prakash Jha, Firoz A. Nadiadwala
Director: Prakash Jha
Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi
Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Mahalaxmi Iyer, Mohit Chauhan, Shankar Mahadevan, Tarun Sagar, Raman Mahadevan, Gaurav Gupta, Rehan Khan, Channulal Mishra, Abhijeet Vaghani
The album opens with the sweet summery sounds of "Achha Lagta Hai" sung by Mohit Chauhan at his most romanticised best and accompanied by the ever audacious Shreya Ghoshal. The first few times I heard this it immediately reminded me of a song with a similar title "Achhi Lagti Ho" from the movie 'Kuch Naa Kaho' ; which starred Aishwarya Rai and Abhishk Bachchan. Funnily enough that soundtrack was also composed by the S-E-L trio. But after hearing it a few more times it has come into it's own. The song has all the ingredients to become a smash hit and is the best track on the very short album. The picturisation is also very sweet.
The tempo changes with the next track "Mauka" - a frantic funky and very Indian song seemilngly sung in a village; you can imagine the cast running around singing this one. Despite 3 male vocalists Tarun, Gaurav and Rehan: Mahalaxmi outshines them in this one. The song is not that great but she somehow manages to brighten things up with her voice. "Kaun Si Dor" is next, sung by Pandit Channulal Mishra and Shreya Ghoshal. This one is a quality track - packed with heartfelt emotions and a pulsing dholki beat. The vocals are raw and remind me of the classical songs in Sanjay Leela Bhansali Films (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas). Shankar helmds the next track, which opens with similarities to their ground-breaking hit 10 years ago 'Dil Chahta Hai'. Pt. Channulal returns once again for a solo "Saans Albeli" which is another traditional classical song.
Overall the album does not bode too well, despite a fantastic opening song.