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Great Expectations

As the IPL fervour reaches its finale, the Hindi film industry is gearing up for the release of the biggies – the probable blockbusters! The next few months will see big-budget, lavishly mounted flicks hitting the screens back to back, which is terrific news for all music lovers who have had very little variety in the last four months.

Barring Shankar Ehsaan Loy’s Housefull, which has found crazy popularity among the youth, and to some extent Sachin Gupta’s Prince and Rajesh Roshan’s Kites, none of the other albums have made a strong connect with music lovers. Here’s a look at three of the most anticipated music albums of the year.

Mani Ratnam, A R Rahman and Gulzar – the trio has never failed to impress. The soundtracks of Dil Se and Guru are testimony to the magical talent of this team.  These phenomenally talented people return in one of the year’s most eagerly awaited films, Raavan. And if the teaser-trailer is any indication, then the film has a crackling soundtrack. With talented singers like Sukhwinder Singh, Rekha Bhardwaj, Vijay Prakash, Kunal Ganjawala and Ila Arun involved with the project, expectations are sky high. Come April 24 and we’ll know.

Irrespective of the box office status of his films, there is no denying that Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movies have fantastic songs. Whether the haunting title track of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam or the playful Aankhon ki gustakhiyan , the marvellously mounted Dola re or the deliciously layered Morey piya from Devdas, the carefree rhythm of Saawariya’s title number or the entire soundtrack of Khamoshi, Bhansali’s films never disappoint when it comes to music. It’s being said that the filmmaker has donned the mantle of music director for Guzaarish that opens this Diwali. If the one song that he composed for Saawariya, Thode badmaash ho tum is any indication of his musical talent, Guzaarish will be worth the wait!

Tees Maar Khan
Queen of the marquee Farah Khan returns with her third directorial venture Tees Maar Khan this Christmas. Khan’s earlier two films, Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om, were full-on masala entertainers – flamboyant and fun and the songs in her films reflect that mood. Being a choreographer herself, Khan films her songs with élan, making them even more memorable for the audience. Remember the star-studded Deewangi from OSO or the rocking qawwali Tumse milke  from Main Hoon Na? While Vishal-Shekar are the official composers of this film, rumour has it that Anu Malik too will compose a special track. This album could be a bonanza of chartbusters!

Other albums to look forward to: Vishal-Shekar’s I Hate Luv Stories, Anjaana Anjaani and Pritam’s Action Replayy.

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