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Musically Redeemed

Agneepath won a lot of critical acclaim including a National Award for leading man Amitabh Bachchan when it released in the ‘90s but it didn’t qualify as a box-office hit. In its remake, Hrithik Roshan reprises the iconic role of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan. The film, scheduled for release in January 2012, boasts a stellar cast with bigwigs like Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. Ajay-Atul. who made a gentle impact with their music with last year’s blockbuster Singham, have composed the soundtrack for this Karan Johar production.

The composers recycle their hit number Kombadi palali (Jatra, 2006) to create the fun-filled, folksy Chikni Chameli (Shreya Ghoshal). Ever since the first promos hit the airwaves, this item number, performed energetically by Katrina Kaif, has become a huge craze. While Shreya Ghoshal is delightfully saucy in her delivery, its Bhattacharya’s playful and flirtatious lyrics that give this dance track that extra bounce.

In spite of the mass-friendly Chikni Chameli, the best tracks in this album are O saiyyan (Roop Kumar Rathod) and Abhi mujh mein kahin (Sonu Nigam).

Rathod enriches O Saiyyan with his silken vocals and lifts this serene, soulful composition to make it an almost magical experience. Ajay-Atul start the song splendidly, using minimal instruments and wrap it up with an operatic flourish. A word of praise for Bhattacharya’s lyrics that vividly describe the heroine’s state of mind.

After inane compositions like Tees maar Khan, Sonu Nigam returns with a number that truly befits his talent! His brilliant rendition of Abhi mujh mein kahin will give you goose bumps. The composers compose a philosophical number that has a calming effect. Good stuff. Udit Narayan makes an impressive cameo in a predominantly Sunidhi Chauhan feel-good number, Gun gun guna. Although the singing is earnest and efficient, the composition is a tad listless.Shah ka rutba (Sukhwinder Singh, Anand Raaj Anand, Krishna Beura) is a situational qawwali probably serving as a backdrop at a crucial point in the film. The trio of unconventional singers however makes it an interesting composition.

Deva Shree Ganesha (Ajay Gogavale), with its drumbeats, chants and frenzied rhythm, is a treat. The last 50 seconds, especially, deliver a solid adrenalin rush.

The original Agneepath was a musical disaster. But Atul-Ajay raise hopes for the remake by composing an array of lovely tracks.

Verdict: Go for it

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