Tuesday, 29th August 03:00 PM IST
RAAZ 3 Album Is A Rare Letdown From Bhatts
Emraan Hashmi, Eshaa Gupta, Bipasha Basu
Jeet Ganguly, Rashid Khan
Sanjay Masoom, Kumaar, Rashid Khan
Rating Of Tracks:
Deewana Kar Raha
Shafaqat Amanat Ali
Oh My Love
Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal
Kya Raaz Hai
Shreya Ghoshal, Zubeen Garg
"Raaz 3" is latest offering from Bhatt camp and this is the 3rd installment of the super hit horror franchise. Film has Bhatt's blue eyed boy Emraan Hashmi opposite Eshaa Gupta and Bipasha Basu. Expectation from music is nothing short of chartbuster so lets find out what the music of the film has to offer.
Yes, we do expect the music of a Bhatt film to be good – copied, but melodious. "Deewana kar raha hai" is lifted from an Arabic song (again!). We know that the Bhatts love to borrow from East European, Arabic and Pakistani works, no matter which music director they hire. Apart from being copied, the song is also mediocre. It could have been a track from any Emraan Hashmi film. Javed Ali sounds good, but there’s only that much he can do to make this one sound original and interesting, right? As far as tonality of the track and Javed Ali's rendition is concerned, it reminds back of Javed Ali's "Tu Hi Haqeqat" ("Tum Mile") to some extent and has the desired mushy flair to entertain on the big screen. To add sensual erotic tones, there are huskier feminine chorals (sounding like Akrit Kakkar's rendition in "Abhi Abhi" (duet version)) at intermittent phases that works in giving it a darker melodramatic shade. Despite low on creative quotient, it's a reasonably lovely solo ballad that has potential of growing big on ears in the days to come.
Jeet Ganguly takes over the album with "Zindagi Se". In the same line as "Deewana Kar Raha Hai", "Zindagi Se" also starts slow and then picks up the pace. Shafqat does a great job singing the track. His vocals compliment Masoom’s well-penned lyrics. Like Rashid, Jeet also has a good command of mixing and alternating between a variety of instruments and makes Zindagi Se a wholesome number.
Next intimidating-cum-grueling instrumental impact of the next track "Rafta Rafta" in the prelude brings memories of "Aa Zara" (MURDER 2) and later it shapes into a contemporary solo ballad. Routine and characteristically sentimental in nature, KK's vocals brings out his finest efforts in giving this track a relevant substance but the end result is not too convincing. This time Jeet Ganguly's composition takes inspirations from couple of last Bhatt camp hits and camouflages it in a new format. It's a reasonably good situational score but lacks the desired emotional punch; overall a decent listening fare for all KK's fans.
It's time for some sweet-n-saccharine composition with Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal arriving on the scene, albeit a tad belatedly. From the melody standpoint, "Oh My Love" belongs to the 'Jab Koyi Baat' [Jurm] and 'Soniyo' [Raaz - the Mystery Continues] mode and one can see the lead protagonists smiling away while holding hands and sharing sweet nothings. Still, one feels that there is something missing due to which the song doesn't quite go all the way. Perhaps it's the deja vu factor at play here though one would like to see how the song is picturised.
"Kya Raaz Hai" also fails miserably, mainly due to Shreya Ghosal. Her vocals sound out of place against Kumaar’s lyrics about raw ambition and power. She does render the ‘morey saiyaan’ portions of the track relatively well and her vocal capture the hurt and desperation perfectly. Zubin on the other hand does a fantastic job and brilliantly vocals the angst and regret ridden lyrics. Usually a Bhatt situational number is entirely listenable away from its onscreen counterpart, but this time round Kya Raaz Hai does not hold its own. 'Kaisa Yeh Raaz Hai' from "Raaz – The Mystery Continues" was a fine example of a situational number that worked fantastically as a stand alone.
Outmoded, outdated and overstretched, the sorry tale of mediocrity of "Raaz-3" continues with the last soundtrack "Khayalon Mein", a "girlie" sounding conventional Bollywood track that brings the likes of Anu Malik and Nadeem-Shravan style of composing to the fore. Jeet Ganguly's old-fashioned style of composing is too monotonous in present context and lacks the emotional punch in both lyrics and arrangements. Despite some sincere efforts in vocals, this Shreya Ghoshal rendered track ends up as another mediocre sounding situational soundtrack.
Overall album is a clear letdown from the standards of Emraan Hashmi and Bhatt camp. Every song looks cliched and repetitive. Lyrics are not that bad but sheer lack of innovation pulls down the effort. "Zindagi Se" and "Oh My Love" are average but other tracks are cliche and uninspiring.
This one is only for Emraan Hashmi fans!