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Over before you know it

music Updated: Aug 16, 2011 18:04 IST
Nikhil Hemrajani
Nikhil Hemrajani
Hindustan Times
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MOVIE: Not A Love Story
MUSIC: Sandeep Chowta
LYRICS: Vayu, Shabbir Ahmed

Sandeep Chowta hasn’t composed a Bollywood soundtrack since 2010’s Housefull (where he did the background score).

Ram Gopal Varma’s Not A Love Story, which is based on the sensational Neeraj Grover murder case, is his attempt to get back in the groove.

Chowta’s music is essentially all of five numbers and acts as the soundtrack and the score.

Songs include the ebullient ‘Rangeela re…’, a cover version of the classic ’95 Rahman number, and the tense ‘Woh ek pal…’ that features vocals by Neha Kakkar and indie band Airport’s singer Arijit Datta.

There’s also a regular pop number ‘Jab se mein choti thi…’. ‘Rangeela re…’ is a nice reinterpretation with catchy acoustic guitar and the occasional orchestration.

But Datta’s singing isn’t as convincing in ‘Woh ek pal…’.

Moreover, while the song’s crescendo might match the film’s visuals, it doesn’t work on its own.

The last two tracks are ‘sad’ reprises of ‘Rangeela re…’ and ‘Jab se mein…’. By sad, we mean not just in mood, but also (unfortunately) in execution.

All of 15 minutes in length, with only three different songs, so to speak, this soundtrack is too tiny to be of any consequence.

The compilation is well layered and fits the movie’s theme, but is over before, for lack of a better phrase, it can strike any chords.

WE DON’T LIKE
Album is only 15 minutes in length
‘Sad’ versions of ‘Rangeela re...’ and ‘Jab se mein’ are forgettable.

WHAT WE LIKE
Acoustic version of Rahman’s ‘Rangeela re...’
Fits movie’s theme.