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Rap, rock and Abhijeet

Anu Malik uses them all in good measure in this Shah Rukh film


Shahrukh Khan and Anu Malik have made a successful pair ever since Baazigaar. They're back again with Baadshah. Anu Malik uses rap, rock and Abhijeet in good measure. Abhijeet is at his talented best: his tones are clear, his rendering is good and his voice a pleasure.

Woh ladki has lively Spanish guitar passages. Lovely violins on the first stanza; the trumpets add a Latin samba touch. The tune is not new, it's the orchestra that really adds colour.

This is true again of Mohabbat ho gayee, where Abhijeet does a sort of Tarzan cry on the intro. The piano fill-ins maintain the fast pace. The violin flourishes are well-timed.

Baadshah is a disco-pop triumph. Non-stop bass, flashy bits, changes from plain beats to a rich chorus, and all this supplemented by applause and cheerful electric guitar chords.

As for the softer songs, Hum to deeewane huye is rather sentimental with its folksy flute in the opening. Shows promise but then the much-heard dholak beat and the cliched chorus render it mediocre.

Another grouse: why does Anu Malik make Abhijeet ape Anu Malik?

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