Film: Raaz 3
Music: Jeet Ganguly and Rashid Khan
Lyrics: Sanjay Masoom, Kumaar and Rashid Khan
Even if Bhatt films don’t rake it in at the box-office, they do leave a mark with their music. Raaz (2002, composed by Nadeem-Shravan) delivered hits like Aapke Pyaar Mein and Jo Bhi Kasmein, and the streak continued with Raaz – The Mystery Continues (2009, music by Raju Singh and Toshi-Sharib), which boasted of earworms like Soniyo and O Jaana.
Raaz 3, however, doesn’t impress. Deewana Kar Raha — a ballad infused with Hindi-Urdu lyrics and prominent flute and violins — boasts of a melodious chorus. But running over five minutes, it becomes a bit of drag. The second track, Zindagi se, makes up for the first generously. Singer Shafqat Amanat Ali hits the nail on the head with this one. The catchy melody and simple lyrics work well. Singer KK does justice to Rafta rafta — a medium-paced song structured on a hip-hop rhythm — which hooks you from its very first note. The opening guitar riff of Oh My Love tricks the listener into believing that something great is in store, but the average lyrics play spoilsport for the otherwise appealing melody.
When it comes to structuring tracks inspired by Middle-Eastern music, Bollywood seriously needs to get over its fixation with the oft-used words like Marhaba, Habibi and the likes. That’s the reason Kya raaz hai puts you off, beginning with a chant-like rendition of the first word. And Khayalon mein,supported by a pacy electronica groove, just doesn’t sound convincing.
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