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Zareena IF-Stunnerz

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Music review: Aa Dekhen Zara

Published on Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 23:14

The peppy, dance number from Sanjay Dutt's debut Rocky lends its name to Neil Ntin Mukesh's second film – Aa Dekhen Zara.

Neil's first outing as an actor (Johnny Gaddaar) had an edgy score by Shankar Ehsaan Loy. This time around it's Pritam and newcomer Gourav Dasgupta who share the credits as music directors.

The opening track Gazab is a breezy listen. A hip-club number with corny lyrics like Gazab Haiyo Rama Zulum Haiyo Rama, the fusion surprisingly works well. It gets even better in the club mix. Sunidhi and Shaan were clearly having a blast in this one and that energy comes across all through this track.

But after a spirited beginning ADZ starts going downhill, till a classic salvages the album from disaster.

By now, Sunidhi Chauhan can sing numbers like Rock The Party even in her sleep. Another Pritam's similar sounding stock tunes, the song doesn't even have a catchy hook to keep you tuned in. Then there is the theme song Power which tries too hard to do a Mission Impossible. Forget MI, it ends up sounding like a Race clone.

Mohabbat Apse has a seductive feel to it. Sung skillfully by Aakriti Kakkar, a lot rests on Bipasha Basu - who can take this number to another level. In fact that is true for most of the tracks in the album. If picturised well, a super hot Bipasha Basu, can make the most average sounding songs look great.

And now we come to what is being marketed as the track of the album. The fixation with Aa Dekhen Zara doesn't end at the title. There is actually a remix of the RD Burman original – not one, but in two versions.

The lounge version is an interesting experiment. Gourav gives the fast paced number a different spin altogether. Easily the best number of the lot, one hopes it is used well in the film. If alive, even Panchamda would have been proud at hearing the new version of his song.

While the idea of getting Neil Nitin Mukesh is a unique marketing gimmick, does he deliver as a singer? Yes. A big thumbs up to the legendary Mukesh's grandson's singing debut. But one wishes the Kishore Kumar original was also merged into the track, ala Bachna Ae Haseeno.

Verdict: Download the new Aa Dekhen Zara on your phone and give the other tracks a miss.

Rating: 2/5


Zareena IF-Stunnerz

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Album Review

-Skip it!
By Usha Lakra

If you are expecting music of 'Aa Dekhen Zara' to be in the same league as the superhit track Aa dekhen zara of '80s then you will meet sheer disappointment. The music of the movie is less than average and two tracks by Pritam don't do any good to the movie's soundtrack.

The album features eight tracks. Music is by Gaurav Dasgupta while Pritam stays on the margins. Lyrics of the songs are mainly by Irshad Kamli and bunch of other lyricists like Syed Gulrez, Prashant, Avishek and Ravi.

It's no joke redoing an RD Burman track and Pritam himself gave up giving a modern garb to the everlasting Aa Dekhen Zara . Eventually, it's the other composer who had to adapt the song to modern setting.

The yesteryears hit number Aa Dekhen Zara gets two new versions with a simple remix and a lounge mix. Vocalised by Neil Nitin Mukesh himself, the remix version, like its original track, is full on energy and beats. Neil gets to test his singing skills with this song and has done a nice job. Supporting him on mike is singer Sunaina. Whereas, the lounge mix is a slow number, rendered passionately by Dibyendu Mukherjee. Both the tracks are just average with no special modulations or experiment.

The track Gazab Bhayo Rama has Pritam as composer. The song crooned by the power-pack duo Shaan and Sunidhi tries to rekindle the charm of disco era of '70s, but the music is just normal. Even its club remix is nothing unusual. Both the tracks are not magnetic enough to lure DJs as well as party animals.

The only song which is a bit romantic and typical of Bollywood is Mohabbat Apse in voice of Aakriti Kakkar. Pritam must have created this song in casual mood as the track is not exceptionally good but what makes it worth listening is Aakriti's voice, but mind it, not in repeat mode.

Tracks Power and Power club mix are situational background numbers. In the voice of Dibyendu Mukherjee again, both the songs act as mere fillers in the album. The song Rock the party has an impressive start but this song, like others in the album, also fails to impress. However, Sunidhi Chauhan does impress you with her vocals.

'Aa Dekhen Zara' is being promoted as fast-paced musical thriller. But the insipid tunes of the songs don't auger well for the genre, particularly in the movie's publicity prior to release.

Now the makers have to rely on the cast as Neil Nitin Mukesh and Bipasha's pair is already scorching the screen, quite evident in the trailers.

There is nothing worth mentioning about 'Aa Dekhen Zara' music however except two words – skip it.

Rating: *1/2

Zareena IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 26 February 2009 at 1:24pm | IP Logged
Aa Dekhen Zara music album is a one trick pony     

Aadil Bhoja

Rating: **

With Aa Dekhen Zara Neil Nitin Mukesh returns once again to the genre of a thriller like his earlier Johnny Gaddar, but this time the music score is not as hot as the earlier one. Pritam scores two tracks on this album while Gourav Dasgupta gets to score four, including two versions of the original R.D.Burman number Aa Dekhen Zara. Pritam disappoints while Dasgupta just about manages to sparkle. Though the composers are different from the ones in Johnny Gaddar the thematic form and the genre more or less remains the same for this movie with one new dimension added: Neil makes his singing debut.

Neil as a singer does not fall in the category of other star singers like Aamir, Shah Rukh and Sanjay Dutt. He doesn't even fall in the same category as Mr. Bachchan. He is much better than that. His rendition of the title track sounds crisp and flawless. He even improvises on the original with changing of the pitch midway. The track is heavily orchestrated and with lots of voice-overs and chorals, therefore the real vocal quality and control could not be judged but still Neil comes out sounding an absolute professional singer. Perhaps his father and grandfather's musical genes have a major hand in this. Gourav Dasgupta does full justice to this Pancham track making it sound more current and retro. But it is the Lounge version which is a slower and mellower sung by Dibyendu Mukherjee which catches more attention. The treatment of the song is completely different and it comes as a pleasant surprise that such a song could be set to much slower and softer rhythm without compromising on the key melody.

Dasgupta scores the other two songs on the album called Power and Rock the Party. Power is a typical background track on the lines of Ganda Hai Par Dhandha Hai from Company with similar electronic sounds and gruff loud rendition. To be fair Dibyendu after the soft Lounge version of Aa Dekhen Zara surprises with a different genre. Rock the Party sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and Shweta Vijay is a typical mediocre dance floor song as the title suggests. Both these songs falls way short in the comparison to Dasgupta's earlier two title tracks.

Pritam composes two songs Gazab and Mohaabat Aap Se. Aakriti sings the romantic solo Mohabbat Aap Se efficiently but the song does not offer much in terms of any innovations or the core melody. Accept for the hook line Mohabbat Aap Se the whole song meanders aimlessly. Gazab by Shaan and Sunidhi falls prey to the same problems. The core melody has nothing which will make you listen to the song again. The heavy beats and rhythm with numerous instruments does not hide the fact that the key essence of the song, the melody, is missing.

Even in a modified version, the original Pancham song is the only track that will stay with you after listening to the whole album. This reiterates the genius of Pancham and the fact that the songs of yesteryears have withstood the test of time.

Zareena IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 26 February 2009 at 1:31pm | IP Logged
Music director Pritam Chakraborty hardly disappoints his audience. Expectations from Aa Dekhen Zara is also very high as it is coming from his book and at the same time grooving to the songs is Bong bombshell Bipasha Basu who is also known to be associated with some hit music. Jehangir Surti's Aa Dekhen Zara has Sanjay Dutt's 'Rocky' connection. The tracks promise to be exciting. Making singing debut with the film is blue-eyed boy, Neil Nitin Mukesh.

Every category of music is present in Aa Dekhen Zara, fast, slow, disco, hip-hop and also includes other variety. Joining Pritam in framing the music is Gourav Dasgupta. As the film is a thriller, the fast dance tracks, party number are more appropriate than soft tune and as Pritam excels in this field, the anticipation from the album of Aa Dekhen Zara is also soaring high. There are altogether five tracks crooned by singers like Dibyendu, Sunidhi Chauhan and Aakriti. Here is a gist of the songs.

Aa Dekhen Zara – The title track of the film 'Aa Dekhen Zara' is full of energy. It takes you back to the days of Rocky when Sanjay Dutt grooved on this hit number. No sooner, the track starts; you will feel like shaking your body. Bips and Neil groove with this song played in pub. The song is present in two versions. One is very fast while the other is in the slower mode. Neil lends his voice for the fast number and Dibyendu Mukherjee croons the slower version. The later one is more captivating.

Gazab - Pritam Chakraborty appears into the scene and set the dance floor on fire. It is a hip-hop number, totally peppy and full of youthfulness. It is a club number with western beats. It cannot be touted exceptional and can be played when one is in party and full of masti mood. Music, dance, drinks is the perfect combination of the song. The song sounds average in the voice of Sunidhi Chauhan and Shaan.

Mohabbat Aapse – The third track of the film is romantic. Well penned by Irshad Kamil and the song sounds melodious and soulful in the voice of Akriti Kakkar. It will take you to the deep sea of love and the track sounds superb. Pritam's composition is remarkable here and can be played repeated number of times. After the title track, the song that will impress you will be Mohabbat Aapse.

Rock The Party – It is a rocking number crooned by Sunidhi Chauhan. It is another fast number with western beats incorporated in it. The song is purely situational and describes the situation of the protagonist. It cannot be touted exceptional but sounds like any other club number. It will not have desired effect on the audience.

Power – The last track of the flick 'Power' sounds quite ordinary and has a feeling of 'already heard before'. It is a track where beats ruled more and most likely a background score that finds place in several situations.

Overall, the music of Aa Dekhen Zara is average. As it has mostly disco numbers, it will appeal only a particular age group. Seemingly, fail to hit the chartbusters.

Reviewed By: Daliya Ghose

Rating: ***

Zareena IF-Stunnerz

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Pritam fails to create magic with 'Aa Dekhen Zara' (IANS Music Review)

February 26th, 2009 - 9:10 am ICT by IANS -

Film: "Aa Dekhen Zara"; Music Director: Pritam Chakraborty and +; Lyrics: Ravi Chopra, Avishek, Sheershak Anand, Syed Gulrez, Irshad

Kamil and Prashant Pandey; Singers: Shweta Vijay, Akruti Kakkar, Sunaina, Prashant, Dibyendu Mukherji, Shaan, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Sunidhi Chauhan Rating: **

When it's Pritam Chakraborty, an album high on musical arrangements is inevitable. His latest offering "Aa Dekhen Zara" sounds contemporary but it lacks experimentation despite the composer having collaborated with Gourov Dasgupta of "Dus Kahaniyan" fame.

The first song, "Aa dekhen zara", a modern take on the 1981 classic by R.D. Burman has two versions in the album. The first one is more of a high-energy dance number where actor Neil Nitin Mukesh goes behind the mike, following in his grandfather's and father's footsteps.

While his vocals are worth notice, the song fails to come anywhere close to the original. It sounds more like a remixed track.

But the lounge version of the song crooned by Dibyendu Mukherjee and Shweta Vijay is attention-grabbing and engaging. While both versions are recreated by Gourov Dasgupta, the second one is authentic and out of the box because its soothing arrangements make it hummable.

Pritam combines Western and Indian influences in "Gazab". Sunidhi Chauhan sings in her trademark style along with Shaan. The song is ordinary and falls flat.

The song also has a club mix, which is equally boring. Remixed by DJ Sanj, it is nothing but a package of unnecessary instrumentation adding only to the noise factor.

"Mohabbat aapse" is easily the best song in the album. Composed by Pritam, the romantic track is sung by Akriti Kakkar. It has an indi-pop touch and impresses with its breezy sound arrangements compared to other songs.

Next is "Power", which is not good enough to hold the listener's attention for long. Dasgupta's composition is far from entertaining and doesn't touch a chord. A highly disappointing number. The club mix of the song is no better.

Next is "Rock the party", a purely club number that exudes a heard-before feeling. Sunidhi and Shweta sing the track that reminds one of the many disco songs in the past. Though the instrumentation is good, the song doesn't show any indication of becoming a favourite among music buffs.

To sum up, Pritam could have done a much better job. It's time for the composer to reinvent and bring some fresh sounds to his albums.

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Aa Dekhen Zara says Neil Nitin Mukesh

He's the grandson of one of Indian cinema's most legendary singers but a fan of one of his grandpa's contemporaries.

Neil Nitin Mukesh will croon a Kishore Kumar song in his upcoming film Aa Dekhen Zara.

One of Kishore Kumar's most memorable numbers Aa Dekhen Zara, is famous for the jamming between R D Burman and Kishore da.

Neil Nitin Mukesh will now be seen makes his singing debut to the tunes of music director Gaurav Dasgupta for Neil's next film titled Aa Dekhen Zara.

According to Neil, "When I was shooting in New York for my film, my producer called and said they had finalised a title Aa Dekhen Zara for the film. And at that time I just hummed kisme kitna hein dum. There was silence for a bit and then he suddenly asked me, are you thinking something?"

After all, the grandson of legendary singer Mukesh and the son of Nitin Mukesh, had to carry on the legacy. Ironically, though it is, Neil Nitin Mukesh is passionate about the music of Kishore Kumar, a contemporary of his grandfather.

"It is my tribute, a fan's tribute to his Guru, If I am able to re-create the flavour of Kishore da, then it'll be great," says Neil.

Neil's love for Kishoreda's music is so deep that on being asked him to hum his favourite number, it was a Kishore Kumar song, and not one of grandad Mukesh's, that he chose.

Zareena IF-Stunnerz

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