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If Hrithik and Fardeen, sons of yesteryear's heroes, can succeed, why not Tusshar? Ah, not for nothing is India called the land of the rising son!



Tunes for another rising son

Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai

Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai features Jeetendra's son Tusshar Kapoor,  and some lukewarm Anu Malik

Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai is the debut film for Tusshar Kapoor, Jeetendra's son, and co-stars Kareena Kapoor and Rinkie Khanna under the direction of Satish Kaushik, who made Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain and Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai. The music is by Anu Malik.

A new star means a film that's completed faster, lower star fees, and fewer star tantrums. The flip side is that the producer spends more on publicity, and loses out on the initial draw that a known face ensures. Many new faces have started appearing in big Mumbai productions these days, which could mean that big producers are wary of the big stars, or that they are trying to discover another Hrithik Roshan. Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai comes from Vashu Bhagnani, the producer who made Tera Jadoo Chal Gaya, and is a teenage love story.

In his time, Jeetendra produced scores of films rehashed from southern -- mostly Telugu -- hits. He was called Jumping Jack because he re-did in Hindi all the synchronised dances that his favourite Telugu films thrived on. His daughter Ekta is now the queen of soap, with dozens of her Balaji Telefilms productions on the air, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi on Star Plus being among her top success stories. So the film industry's reasoning would be that Tusshar could continue the family's winning streak. If Hrithik and Fardeen, sons of yesteryear's heroes, can succeed, why not Tusshar? Ah, not for nothing is India called the land of the rising son!

Maine koi jaadoo is sung by Preeti, Pinky and Babul Supriyo. Preeti and Pinky shot to fame with Anu Malik's Piya Piya in Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega, which earned them a joint Filmfare Best female playback singer nomination. They sing with the same teasing attitude you heard in Piya piya , but can't match the easy flow of Babul Supriyo's singing. The heavy brass instruments give it a Latin flavour, which continues throughout the number.

In contrast, Jabse dekha hai is a soft song. The first version mainly features Babul Supriyo, with Alka Yagnik joining him in the end. The rhythm is interesting -- sounds like people clapping hands. Babul Supriyo's voice sounds similar to Kumar Sanu, but better. A synth theme is used again and again, and gets taxing. Alka Yagnik's voice sounds complaining both in this duet version and her own solo version.

Rabba mere rabba is one of the highlights of this album and contains a well-fused collection of different styles. It begins with a heavy salsa style, repeated in the middle of the song, and takes a decidedly Indian turn when a female chorus begins crooning Rabba mere rabba and veena strains float in. The flute and chorus in some interludes sound Irish. Then there is a shehnai interlude, which takes you temporarily to a wedding mood. Sonu Nigam's voice moves away from his normal smoothness. He is almost shouting in some sections of the song, but that's the desperation of love the song seems to be expressing. This is not Sonu Nigam's style, and Guncha hai gul hai, which come later in the album, is a much better representation of his singing.

Mujhe kucch kehna hai is sung by KK. and like Sonu Nigam in Rabba mere rabba, ends up singing too high. The number takes his heartbreak tone from Tadap tadap in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. The song is about his troubles in expressing love, but overall, it's much too loud and so is the orchestral use.

Duppatta is sung by Anuradha Sriram, who sang the popular Chunari chunari chunari from Biwi No 1 . Looks like she's called in when there's a number on some item of dress! She sounds like a lispy, little girl. Beginning with an Indian flavour, it gets a jazzy interlude with rapid piano phrases, and the use of castanets shows a Latin influence again.

KK sounds good in Pyaar re, a fast number to which his voice is suited. It begins with chaotically loud drums, and the guitar passage is a leit motif that bridges the disjointed changes in tempo.

Sonu Nigam is back to his good old voice in Guncha hai gul hai. The flute plays a tune very similar to Rabba mere rabba . This is a slow song with a Latin-sounding guitar interlude, similar to the one in Mere khayalon from Anu Malik's Josh . As is in some other songs, the guitar prelude also concludes the number.

Riding high after winning a national award for Refugee, Anu Malik is only lukewarm on this album.

Divya Minisandram

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