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Sunday Music Review

Written by: By: Joginder Tuteja, IndiaFM
Published: Friday, January 25, 2008, 17:40 [IST]

Innovative titles and themes are in. Otherwise, would one have ever imagined till a few years back that there would be a movie made with a title like Sunday with the film revolving around the life of a girl who had one missing day in her life - Sunday!? Directed by Rohit Shetty, Sunday is an interesting project in the offering since it boasts of an ensemble star cast comprising of actors as diverse as Ajay Devgan, Arshad Warsi, Ayesha Takia, Irrfan Khan, and Anjana Sukhani. Also, it comes after Zameen and Golmaal, two diverse films by the young film maker. With composers as diverse as Sandeep Chowta, Suroor, Daler Mehndi, Shibani Kashyap, Raghav Sachar and Amar Mohile coming up with a song apiece, Sunday raises quite some hopes as one plays on the film's soundtrack.

It doesn't take beyond a few seconds to get your neck in motion as the beats arrive for 'Missing Sunday'. With Earl Edgar chipping in with his occasional rap-n-reggae, Mahua Kamath (ex-VIVA girl) and Suraj come together in this groovy track by Sandeep Chowta who makes a comeback on Bollywood OST soundtrack years after his 'Laila Laila' in Samay - When Time Strikes. As such the track has a very few lines (written by Farhad Sajid) and it is mainly the composition with long standalone musical pieces in between the lines which makes it a unique experience.

Remix version, which comes next, is polished further, and brings with it a different rhythm, styling, and groove. If the opening version was not just good enough, this one only makes Sunday an album that you may want to go for even if it comprised of only a single - 'Missing Sunday'! An absolute winner, it is only aided further by an innovative music video that makes you catch the number umpteenth number of times as it arrives on the telly!

Put to tune by 'Suroor', 'Pyar To Hona Hi Hai' which follows next takes a completely different dimension when compared to the title song and turns out to be an utterly delicious piece of melody to bite on. Written by Kamran Bari who pairs up with Mohammed Ali to even croon the track, a bona fide Pakistani soft track is impossible to resist.

A beautiful number that is instantly catchy and would be loved not just by the followers of Pakistani music but even hardcore Bollywood buffs, 'Pyar To Hona Hi Hai' is a sugar coated track which is a superb track that one gets to hear before year end. Kamran Bari is excellent in his rendition as a young man who is realizing the essence of love and is truly enjoying every moment spent in bliss!

For a song like this, one secretly wishes that it remains untouched with no remix angle given to it. This is why, there are apprehensions galore when one starts lending ear to the 'remix version' that does make an appearance in the end. Though it is not bad at all in spite of added beats and pace to the original, one is tempted to go back to the original any time. With Daler Mehndi's name staring from the credits, it is pretty much expected that there would be a fun outing in the offering. This is exactly the case as 'Loot Liya' comes next. After a groovy track ('Missing Sunday') and a melodious outing ('Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha'), the album gains from the range provided by inclusion of multiple composers as Daler gets into a duet which is reminiscent to the style of 'Dil Mein Baji Guitar', a Pritam composition from Apna Sapna Money Money.

A non-stop track that has Sunidhi Chauhan pairing up with Mehendi (who also writes the song in collaboration with Farhad Sajid) and has 'dhamaal' written all over it, 'Loot Liya' may not qualify as a classic track in the making but does well to keep the pace of the album going due to the fun quotient it promises for the masses.

Composer/singer Shibani Kashyap along with lyricist Virag Mishra had created a rocking 'Zinda Hoon Main' exactly two years back. The team returns to compose yet another dark track 'Kashmakash' that again takes a similar pitch and setting while creating an intriguing feel. A situational track which doesn't make one croon it around loud on the streets but still creates curiosity to know what the film is all about, 'Kashmakash' appears to be the item song choreographed on Esha Deol that may appear around the film's climax as the secrets unfold and hidden skeletons tumble. DJ Suketu's exciting 'remix version' only aids in ensuring retention value for the song.

Now this is a song, which could be a potential chartbuster if treated well! Raghav Sachar, who has his own style of composition while mixing western sounds with Indian feel (as witnessed last year in Kabul Express and some of his private albums), creates 'Manzar'. It picks up heat after a few lines set the pace for things to follow, as has been the composer/singer's style and takes some exciting twists and turns throughout it's near four minute duration. Written by Aditya Dhar, this should be a song to watch out for as one waits to see how the choreographer has treated this high-on-beats number.

Amar Mohile, who has been a regular (quite successfully) in the background music scheme of things, is the man behind composing 'Sunday - Theme'. With a slight oriental feel to it, this theme track is created entirely in English and has Joy (who also writes the song) coming together with Clint for the rendition. A fast paced track that is being heard along with the film's promos ever since they were first aired around three weeks back, 'Sunday Theme' is urban, young, spicy, enthralling and quite entertaining. Watch out for the way 'bhangra beats' is incorporated at places without turning it into an out and out Punjabi outing!

Sunday is the last album to be released in 2007 and ends the year on a happy note after a long draught that has been witnessed due to lack of any notable score. If title song 'Missing Sunday' is a major good enough reason to go for the album, love song 'Pyar To Hona Hi Hai', a masala number 'Loot Liya', theme track 'Sunday Theme' along with item numbers 'Kashmaksh' and 'Manzar' only add on many more reasons to rejoice.

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