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Golmaal Music Review

Golmaal Music Review
Ajay Devgan, Tusshar Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Sharman Joshi, Paresh Rawal, Rimi Sen, Sushmita Mukherjee, Mukesh Tiwari, Sanjay Mishra, Razzak Khan, Manoj Joshi, Vrajesh Hirjee
Rohit Shetty
Dhillin Mehta
Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani
Limited FUN
Monday, July 10, 2006 • Hindi Comments

The Football Fever just got over. How about some `Golmaal' guys! Well, although this Rohit Shetty directed comic caper is looking good and is eagerly awaited, but if you talk about the music, it is quite-a-let-down. Music Directors Vishal-Shekhar, fail to impress. In an attempt to be hip-n-hop, they overzealously repeat the word `Golmaal' much-too-often throughout the album. A little bit of anything is fine, but too much can be bothersome. The choice of singers has gone awry. For an Abhishek Bachchan made million hearts flutter-with-groovy-joy with `Right Here Right Now' but an experiment in making an average singer like Anushka Manchandani do the title track in `Golmaal' has backfired. Over all, you do have your share of Fun while listening to the ten tracks (Four Remixes by Akbar Sami), but it's not unlimited as claimed by the hook line: `Golmaal-Fun Unlimited'.

The title track `Golmaal' starts off promisingly with a youthful electronica phrase on the keyboard. Then the repetitious `Golmaal' buzzes on unconditionally. And the moment Anushka croons her first line one could make out there's something wrong with her singing. Maybe, it lacks the requisite passion, throw or maybe the texture is just-not-correct. The Marching Drum Beats are peppered with interesting fillers as the tempo picks up to a sedate level. Some Cha-Cha-Cha and Latino follows while Vishal Dadlani doles out the Rap lines. To her credit, Anushka sounds much better in the miniscule English portions attributed to her. As a song, it doesn't rise beyond a certain level and ends without a warning. There's no spent-feeling once it gets over.

The Remix of `Golmaal' could have had a faster tempo to make it sound distinct from the original. Thankfully there are sections in between when the beats pick up out of the blue and you feel like hitting the dance floor with a vengeance. DJ Akbar Sami has smartly added a few spatial sounds, a throaty female-laughter-amidst-silence and it ends with an orgasmic feel, something that the original lacks. A song that will keep the DJs busy in Discs-n-pubs while the nights are alive-n-kickin.

`Aage Peeche' is a neat attempt at trying-to-match the nostalgic quotient of Bharat Bhushan - Suraiyya brand of cinema of 1940s. Earthy `dholak' is interspersed with a rural instrument `dugdugi'. There's `dhapli' to compliment the `claps' and a little bit of `tabla' is thrown in here and there. Although the spirit and the attempt of this song sung by Shekhar and Sneha Pant is praiseworthy, but they are unable to renew that old-is-gold feel. It resembles more a parody of the hit `Closeup Toothpaste' advertising jingle than a film song of any consequence. The remixed version is an unlikely marriage of Club Sound and rural imagery. A western beat runs throughout with a rhythm loop made out of clapping sounds. Nothing outstanding and I wonder how many will feel like hitting the dance floor after listening to this spiceless Bhelpuri. Maybe it will sound better with the visuals. That's all I can hope for.

`Mast Malang' is undoubtedly the best track of the album and perfectly goes with the exuberant theme of this Fun Unlimited movie. And the moment you hear Kunal Ganjawala's upbeat vocals, it goes without saying that this dude-with-a-super-voice is in top form while belting out this high energy number. Modern music arrangements, shake-a-leg western beat, strings at a distance and just-the-right quantum of Bass, makes `Mast Malang' a truly Must Number while you are on a long drive or partying with friends on a sunny beach. Vishal Dadlani lends his voice for the chorus and a catchy keyboard phrase ends this song on a melodious note. Play it one more time baby!

I've seen the traces of `Rehja Re' on `Golmaal' promos on telly. It must be said th