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Vishal with verve

Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar could well be the album that will do the trick for the talented Vishal Bharadwaj

Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar
Starring: Manoj Bajpai and Tabu
Music: Vishal Bharadwaj
Lyrics: Abbas Tyrewalla
Zee Music, Rs 50

This album will jolt you if you think Vishal's a "serious" music maker who works only with the likes of Gulzar. Director Hansal Mehta's second film sees Vishal coming up with a zingy, fun soundtrack.

The songs are not abstract anymore, like earlier songs by Vishal. They seem carefully calibrated for a middle path -- mass, yet not run of the mill! The album opens with a high energy title track by Asha Bhonsle. It takes abrupt twists and turns, which make it all the more interesting. Abbas Tyrewalla, who makes his debut as a film lyrics writer (he had earlier written songs in the non-film album Tere Liye), handles the Mumbai lingo comfortably.

Chal padi sounds very impromptu... as if the lead players sang it on their own, and out of the blue. Vishal is excellent at such informality. This folksy number is unique, considering that it's sung by Roop Kumar Rathod and Suresh Wadkar, generally associated with slow, ghazal-style songs. Jee jee and Paagal are catchy mainstream numbers with a clear edge. While the first has a jazzy tinge, Jee jee (Udit Narayan and Kavita Subramanian) has neat rhythm programming. But yes, even if Paagal shows traces of Goli maar from Satya, the interludes clearly make up for it!

Hariharan's Swagatam and Sanjeev Abhayankar's Lai ja re badra take you by surprise. Both are based heavily on the Karnatak raga Hamsadhwani. Hariharan's voice does full justice to the sober tune in Swagatam. National award winner Sanjeev (by the way, he won it for Vishal's Godmother) carries Lai ja re badra well, which again has some good rhythm programming. The beat provides a contrast to the song's classical overtones.

These days KK doesn't seem to be getting the right tunes. After a good number in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, he got a dud from Anu Malik in Hera Pheri, which led him nowhere. Vishal gives him a sleepy track in Haule haule, and KK suitably sleepwalks! This track sounds a bit out of place in an otherwise sprightly album.

Vishal (not to be confused with the Vishal who co-composed music for Pyar Mein Kabhi Kabhi) could be the only composer in Hindi commercial cinema who manages to do his own thing. He treads a new path in this album too. Mumbai threw him into what it considers an "arty" circle -- he was stuck there after Gulzar's Maachis. But Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar, might just do the trick for him.

Karthik S

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