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Some 'mast' again

This Manoj Bajpai-Tabu starrer may not give you great tunes, but it shows Anu Malik in reasonable form

Sony Music
Rs 55

Anu Malik, who came up with creditable scores in Refugee and Josh, continues in reasonably good form in Ghaath. This four-hour saga stars Tabu, Manoj Bajpai and Om Puri.

Hum bhi samajh rahen hain opens with a key flute. Then the Indian drums, flute and melody take over.

Alka Yagnik and Hariharan sing on a predictable chorus and violin ensemble. The second interlude gives Hariharan an ad-lib opportunity: he just strings up some disjointed notes. Utterly cliched, on the whole.

Salim-Sulaiman's compositionTeri yeh jawani starts with a seductive bass guitar and heavy breathing. This is an "item number" for Raveena Tandon. The expectation perhaps is that she'll do another Tu cheez badi hai. Sapna Awasthi sings like Ila Arun, with a rough, come-on voice. The tune doesn't sound very new, and is set on a bhangra-pop beat. Interesting: a screech, some broken voices in the background and a whistle that comes on and off. Udit Narayan sings along in this version. Falguni Pathak sings the same song with Sapna Awasthi in yet another version.

Pankaj Udhas and Alka Yagnik sing Teri ashiqui meri zindagi, a love ballad. The alaps in the interludes, against a piano backdrop, form the best part of the song. No credits on the inlay card for the alap singers. The tabla and rhythm kit come late into the song. The tune is forgettable, and does not depart from the pop ghazal form, but full marks for the intense interludes.

Where else can pop, blues and rap come together but in an Indian film song? Where else can you find that particular pop grind and trumpets bluing the space? Jo dar gaya woh mar gaya repeats the Josh success of Apun bola. KK, Shaan, Anu Malik and Rahul sing this lively, chatty number, which talks about how only those who hold out survive. It's got more talking than singing, and you'll see Mumbai written all over it in its use of language.

Kisi ne sach hi kaha hai by Shabbir Kumar takes you back to Laxmikant-Pyarelal of the '70s -- dafli, chorus and all. Reminds you of Mahendra Kapoor's patriotic declamations. Om Puri's stern voice and Manoj Bajpai's interpolations tell a story of hunger and poverty. Other voices on the track: Tabu and Karsan Sagariya.

The loud Jhumka chandida has Jaspinder Narula, Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam and Udit Narayan trying out Anu Malik's attempt at bhangra-dance. The breathless pace traverses disco, trance and bhangra idioms.

The colour of Ghaath is the film's theme track. Om Puri's baritone opens it. Karsan Sagaria and Sulaiman make up the singing voices. A heavy violin ensemble is supplemented by squiggly electronic sounds, Sulaiman's distant voice sings an alap. A male chorus, a pakhawaj and temple bells punctuate the theme. Can't say it's something that'll stick in the mind for ever, but again, it's nice to see Anu Malik experimenting with orchestral texture.

S Suchitra Lata

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