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March 1, 2011

FALTU – Music Review

Please buy the soundtrack from here. It is totally worth it, and with just 40 rupees for 11 songs, it is not like you are spending a fortune in any case.
Sachin-Jigar had proved their flair at composing Sufi rock songs right in their debut work Teree Sang, and Le Ja Tu Mujhe which opens F.A.L.T.U. confirms the fact, the duo following a template quite reminiscent of Morey Saiyyaan, except for those brilliant sarangi segments. Atif Aslam sounds fabulous singing this one, excelling at the soaring portions. Hard Kaur’s Char Baj Gaye has a catchy hook, but I doubt this will induce multiple listens. A tad slow to be a big party hit also, I felt. Rab Sab Se Sona is quite evocative of Chor Bazari, partly due to the arrangement, but also owing to the Neeraj Shridhar factor. Engaging track nevertheless, Apeksha Dandekar doing her part on the backing vocals. Jigar Saraiya (yup that’s his surname. Got to know it courtesy FALTU website) gets to delivering the next track called Awaaz and does a neat job of it. The arrangement of the track, especially in the interludes, is bound to remind one of Rahman of yore, and is equally refreshing. The composers round it off with a spectacular strings-led orchestral crescendo. Fully Faltu, like Char Baj Gaye, stands out for its catchy refrain Aal Tu Jalaal Tu and is likely to face the same fate as Char.. due to the repetitiveness. But yes, Mika Singh’s exuberance does merit a listen.
The composers offer another breezy beauty in Gale Laga Le, the arrangement attaining an orchestral flavor in the right places. Vijay Prakash and Priya Panchal delight with their contrast – Vijay strong and resounding, Priya following on the exact low octave, almost whispering in places. And excellent backing vocals, which I assume have been provided by Jigar. Nayee Subah belongs to the Indipop scene of the 90s, and would have made a chartbuster then. Here though, it is just marginally entertaining. Jigar has a really good voice, a fact which comes out prominently in this song. O Teri sees the composers set to an assortment of genres a set of nonsensical lyrics, with brilliant results! Jigar does the honours with vocals here too. On the same gear the composers do Percentage as well, starting with Celtic, switching to rock and so on. The lyrics once again arbit, even including Tamil this time! Neuman Pinto gets the vocals this time, and nails it. Beh Chala has a smartly adapted rock-and-roll template, Neeraj Shridhar nicely complementing the arrangement with a fine attempt. Just days after Lehmber Hussainpuri’s Sadi Galli got a new lease on life with Tanu Weds Manu, Sachin-Jigar present a revamped version of another Hussainpuri hit, infusing a techno loop which I have heard previously in Prodigy’s Smack My Bitch Up. And the track derives heavily from the original, Hussainpuri’s rendition and the frivolous lyrics for its appeal.
For the third time in as many attempts, Sachin-Jigar impress with their score. And to do that for a 11-song soundtrack is no joke. *Bow* to their consistency. Here is praying that at least this movie doesn’t live upto its title, and instead gives the songs their due. I really don’t want to see S-J end up like Sandesh Shandilya.
Music Rating – 8/10
Recommended Tracks – Awaaz, Percentage, Le Ja Tu Mujhe, Gale Laga Le
Courtesy: Music Aloud

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