It is different - but not different like some tomato ketchup where the ‘difference cannot be described.' The music album of Taare Zameen Par is different because it doesn't have the usual tired and clichéd duets and solos in which Tera Deewana serenades Meri Jaan-e-Mann.
It doesn't have that almost mandatory content free ‘item song' that tries desperately to entertain the public at the cost of coherence. This album doesn't have songs with such frantic tempo that it seems the songs are trying to run away from themselves or where the meaning of the words, if any, are crushed under the heavy boots of cacophony.
The music of Taare.. is at peace with itself. Here is an album that carries some sincere, fresh and extremely original songs. Today when most Hindi film songs are mere assembly line products, this album comes like sunshine on a rainy day, and for that one feels like thanking Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and lyricist Prasoon Joshi.
Since only a different kind of film can offer different musical situations to the music director and the lyricist, and only different kinds of situations offer room for different kinds of songs, I have no doubt in my mind that a lot of credit goes to producer and actor Aamir Khan, who is also wearing the director's cap for the first time.
<b1>The very first song of the CD sets the mood of the album Kho Na Jayein Yeh Kahin is an extremely moving and effective song. There is an honesty and simplicity in the composition.
Joshi, who is at his creative best, makes a fascinating collage of similes. The song does not ask you to analyse each simile separately. What matters is the ambience these similes create. The song doesn't end with a bang but slowly fades out.. as if it is still resonating somewhere..
The second song, Kholo Kholo is another interesting and wholly unpredictable composition.
The other songs of the album maintain the same high standard but the one that strikes the deepest chord in my heart is Ma. Since Alam Ara hundreds of songs have paid tribute to the mother and yet this song manages to tug at your heart strings by the sheer simplicity of its emotions. All I can say is that when I finished listening to the song my eyes were wet.
The music of Taare.. on the whole has a minimal quality that only masters of their art with tremendous self confidence can afford. They know how much is enough - you find this minimal quality in the performance of actors like Brando, in the couplets of poets like Meer and in the paintings of artists like Rothoko.
So here is a music album that is guaranteed to bring a smile to your lips and a tear to your eyes. Here are some songs that tell us that inspite of all the calamities, life is beautiful.. I think all of us want to believe that, don't we?