Sunday, 26th August 01:00 PM IST
JOKER Has An Interesting Music Score
Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Minnisha Lamba, Shreyas Talpade
G.V. Prakash Kumar, Gaurav Dagaonkar
Rating Of Tracks:
Sunidhi Chauhan, Adarsh Shinde
Daler Mehndi, Sonu Kakkar
Tears Of Joker (Instrumental)
G.V. Prakash Kumar
"Joker" is a sci-fi film directed by Shirish Kunder who had given outstanding music album in his last outing as an director with "Jaaneman". This time again expectation are high. Lets see what album has to offer in terms of melodies.
In hot pursuit to recreate the magical madness of "Sheila Ki Jaawani" ("Tees Maar Khan"), the album opens pompously with a gaudy item-number "Kaafirana", a track that was once in a controversy for being titled as "I wanna "Fakht" you" (now rectified as "I wanna Just you" in lyrics), flourishes high with boisterous vocals and catchy rhythmical beat patterns. It's a smart commercial musical move to start with, a track that boast of a flamboyant visual opulence, an eye-grabbing dancing diva and above all a mass-friendly musical feel that will draw footfalls and eye-balls on big silver screen. Like many successful item-songs in the past, this one too has prominently fervent vocals of Sunidhi Chauhan getting passionately vociferous in the booming folksy Maharastrian "lavani" festive feel, with strong enthused support from Adarsh Shinde and chorals. The composition is sporadically high on rigorous drumming, tangy folksy stringed instrumental feel and infectiously massy lyrics (Shirish Kunder), which should make this a hot-favorite on charts. Guest Gaurav Dagaonkar's solitary composition is impressive in its genre and should strike chords with the jovial moments of the flick, a positive introductory move that draws big expectations from other soundtracks.
It is a pleasant surprise to hear Udit Narayan who returns with "Jugnu". A situational track which has good contribution coming from the chorus, it has the kind of feel that one experiences in films that are made for children, what with sounds of various kinds making an appearance in the background. The lyrics suggest 'Jugnu' to be placed in a different world altogether and one can expect Shirish to have created a different visual experience with here. Though as a standalone song, it doesn't quite make you sing along, when seen with visuals it may just create a different impact.
Next "Sing Raja" by Daler Mehndi and Sonu Kakkar is interesting with flute loop and 'nach le' in many languages. Music composer GV Prakash Kumar attempts to make "Sing Raja" catchy, but fails because of a mediocre tune and average orchestration. Daler Mehendi tries really hard to add energy – he screams out loud in the attempt – but nothing can make this one work. Daler Mehndi's loud voice makes a festive jive with this thrilling composition that moves forward with sensuously toned Sonu Kakkar's voice. Tashan’s "Dil dance mare", which is in the same quirky Hinglish zone, was way better!
This is followed by another upbeat, though situational number "Yeh Joker". A foot tapping number that is again quite catchy, though restricted to the play of the film, 'Yeh Joker' has an unlikely candidate in the form of Sonu Nigam who one normally relates to far more melodic outing. However he seems to have let his hair down for 'Yeh Joker' as well which should come at a crucial juncture in the film when it is finally established that aliens have indeed arrived in the Paglapur village. Shweta Pandit, though playing a supporting role to Sonu, does well too and completes the package.
"Tears of Joker", a tunefully solemn and soulfully enchanting instrumental is the biggest asset of "Joker", a musical feature that emotes more than it sublimes in its soft tones. It has sentimental hues of Rahman's "Luka Chuppi" ("Rang De Basanti") in its myriad of serene shades of expressions where there is beautiful amalgam of Indian classical orchestral working in tandem with electronic arrangements and inspired chorals. Melancholically jingoistic in nature, it brings the quality standards of G.V Prakash Kumar that epitomizes the socially relevant gist of this flick in modulating instrumental phases of the track; a worthy musical piece that deserves applause.
Another instrumental gem "Alien Arrival" has a 70's feel to it, what with a statement being made loud and clear about the 'entry' of aliens. A good high voltage outing with the sound of "Joker" playing quite clearly in the background, this is for one of those 'bring on the trumpets and lay the red carpet' situation.
Overall album is an interesting medley of tunes and lyrics. Shirish Kunder makes an atmosphere with this music album that he has something different to offer in "Joker". G.V. Prakash Kumar makes an impressive debut in Bollywood. Though album fails on one count and that is lack of a chartbuster. "Kaafirana" is raunchy dance number and "Jugnu" has class of its own in addition to two exceptional instrumentals.
This one is not for everyone as this is something entirely different but melodious!