Posted: 29 June 2005 at 6:13am | IP Logged
By Joginder Tuteja, April 11th, 2005 - 1630 hrs IST
Abhijeet Sawant is the story of a man who believed in himself.
Abhijeet Sawant is the story of a man who proved to be a '
lambi race ka ghoda '. Abhijeet Sawant is the story of a man
who is India's first Idol, and is out to swoon the audience with
his namesake debut album ' Aapka...Abhijeet Sawant '. Barely
a month since being crowned 'Indian Idol' by the music lovers,
the promise of a solo album is fulfilled with 10 tracks composed
by Prempal Hans, Hardip Sidhu and Biddu.
' Mohabbatein Lutaaunga ', a version, each of which were
required to be sung by the 'Indian Idol' finalists Abhijeet Sawant
and Amit Sana, forms the opening and the concluding track of
the album. The first version is a soulful number with high dose
of melody. With a strong 'desert' flavor accompanying the track
throughout, it is a marvelous piece of music that is as swooning
as it gets! Chorus around Abhijeet is mesmerizing while the
overall arrangements are high class. Sameer's lyrics are simple
yet elegant and reflect the journey of Abhijeet's journey from
nowhere to stardom and do not fail to mention the people who
have contributed to this success. A complete package, it is
Abhijeet's silky and original voice that makes the track a class
apart. This one can easily fit into any A-grade musical film!
' Lafzon Mein ' is another melodious masterpiece that is just an
ideal gift for your loved one. Composed by Biddu, a subtle echo
effect that accompanies Abhijeet's voice gives an out of world
feel to the song. Abhieet pitches his voice through varied
expressions and the result is a number that can easily compete
with ' Mohabbatein.. ' for a place at the top.
' Jaana ', originally from the movie ' Star ', proves yet again that
why Biddu was always ahead of the times. The duet that was
composed a couple of decades back is re-packaged, this time
with Abhijeet and Prajakta Shukre (another of the Indian Idol
finalists) in the lead. Written by Amit Khanna, it is a soft'n'slow
song that could get anyone listening to it in a romantic bliss. A
special word for Prajakta – her vocals are pleasant to the ears
and one would wish to hear more from her in near future!
Opening strings of guitar in ' Kya Tujhe Pata Hai ' announce
that love is in the air. Sita Manghnani's English lyrics and
vocals in the background bring about a certain contemporary
style to the entire song that should be picked up easily by the
metro youth. Also there is a Kishore Kumar feel to the number
that makes it a fourth successive hummable song in a row. So
far the album makes a good impression on your heart and you
expect the dream journey to continue.
The subtle echo effect from ' Lafzon Mein ' continues with '
Janam Janam ' that has a distinct soft Indi-pop feel to it.
Abhijeet's sugarcoated voice stays consistent across tracks that
ensures that the lovey-dovey mood is maintained and there is
not a single moment of boredom. ' Lamha ' that follows next is a
retro hip-hop music composed by Prempal-Hardip combo. An
Arabian-Western fusion, the number has been arranged in
such fashion that Abhijeet's voice plays in the background
while the musical instruments stay in the forefront.
Vintage Biddu, as in the days of ' Disco Deewaane ', comes in
the form of ' Yaaron Chalo ', that belongs to the early 80s era
and follows the route of yet another 'Beat one - Beat two' retro
style. Unlike the mushy feel that Abhijeet's vocals had in the
numbers prior to this, this time around he goes full throttle and
sings in a high pitch. After ' Lamha ' and ' Yaaron ', one misses
Abhijeet who sung four soulful romantic tracks prior to these
two. No doubt that he sings these two numbers well but his
prime forte seems to be lying in melody and this is where he
scores most. The stamp on this comes there and then with the
track ' Dreamgirl ' from the namesake movie, which he sings in
his own subtle style. He doesn't let the great Kishoreda down
and does justice to the timeless melody!
All the 11 Indian Idol finalists come together for the song with a
message - ' Ek Jahan ' (One World). With original music by
Lionel Richie, Paul Barry & Mark Taylor and additional music
and lyrics by Raju Singh and Sameer respectively, the striking
part of the song is that one never realizes throughout the
number that it has 11 singers playing their parts, at times solo
and sometimes in a chorus. The flow is smooth while the
overall composition has a grand feel to it. Though the song is
not one of those romantic ones that you could listen on
continuously, it still doesn't get into heavy duty documentary
style sermonizing that sometimes makes one loose interest in a
Faster version of ' Mohabbatein Lutaaunga ', that marked the
winning performance of Abhijeet Sawant in the finals, makes
for an apt conclusion of his debut album. A deadly combination
of rhythm with melody results in a chartbuster track that should
take ' Aapka Abhijeet Sawant ' straight into your hearts.
One feels strongly for the honest singing of Abhijeet in his very
first album that would ensure that the talented singer blazes
from your music systems soon. With many more years ahead of
him and the backing of the biggies that matter, it shouldn't be
too long before we see him entertaining the music lovers with
playback singing as well. And going by his acting performance
in his debut video of ' Mohabbatein ', who knows Abhijeet may
also be our next blue eyed – chocolate faced singer'cum' actor!