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FORCE: Pleasantly Yours

One of the reasons for the success of Tamil film Kaakha Kaakha, a gritty cop drama that released in 2003, was its outstanding music by Harris Jayaraj. Songs like Uyirin uyire, Ondra renda and Ennai konjam were a craze down South and continue to get a major airtime on radio stations in Tamil Nadu even today. Vipul Shah’s Force, the Hindi remake of this crime thriller retains Jayaraj as the primary composer but also features Lalit Pandit as a guest music director.

Khwabon khwabon written all over it! Jayaraj recycles his own Uyirin uyire successfully, retaining the dramatic pace and energy of the original. Javed Akhtar’s lyrics are in sync with the mood of the song and KK is remarkably good. He deftly manuoevers the tricky terrain of the composition with his powerful vocals. Singer Suchitra’s brief but mesmerising Arabic sounding chants adds tremendously to the appeal of this sprightly fusion of rock and Indian classical.

It’s refreshing to listen to Bombay Jayashree in Chahoon bhi. The popular Carnatic vocalist who shot to fame with Zara zara from Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein renders this soft, elegant romantic number beautifully. Karthik makes a late entry but manages to leave his mark. But it’s Akhtar’s poetry and Jayaraj’s melody that will have you reaching for the rewind button.

The composer recycles another of his tunes (Manasa from Telugu film Munna) as Main chali. He juxtaposes two different rhythms in one song – Shreya Ghoshal is splendid in the slow, softer portions and Naresh Iyer handles the racy parts well–and comes up with an unusual composition, that may take a while to grow on you, but it does leave a sweet impression. Dil ki hain tamanna (Vijay Prakash, Shalini Singh, Neha Bhasin) is a light romantic number – nice but no great shakes. Harris Jayaraj’s short but melodious score for Force is another indication that this talented music director should work in Hindi films more often.As for Lalit Pandit’s Dum hain to aaja – it’s crashing bore and the album could have easily done without it.

Verdict: Go for it

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