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Music review: Robot, Anjaana Anjaani

Naina Mile... or Hairat? Nikhil Taneja reviews A R Rahman's Robot and Vishal-Shekhar's Anjaana Anjaani and here's what he has to say.

music Updated: Sep 15, 2010 19:36 IST
Nikhil Taneja
Nikhil Taneja
Hindustan Times

Film: Robot

A R Rahman

Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire

Swanand Kirkire has either left behind a career in science for movies, or has had some electric wires for dinner before penning the songs for Robot. For instance, in the breezy ballad, Pagal anukan, Mohit Chauhan gives us a glimpse of how future generations will romance each other through Neutrons, electrons neele naino mein bolo kitne hain? (‘What’s the count of the neutrons and electrons in your eyes?’).

To seal the deal, Chauhan adds, Main Newton-Newton keh sakya (‘I can finally say Newton-Newton’). In the tribal-sounding, fun number Kilmanjaro, Javed Ali announces his love for Chinmaya by going back to his roots… Way back: Mohenjadaro, mohenjadaro, isko dil mein utaro (‘Mohenjadaro, put her down my heart’).

RobotAnd in the Wall-E-meets-disco electronic dance number, Boom boom robot da, Madhushree blatantly hits on the robot, hinting at what lies in store for men: Auto auto wala, automatic kala, minnatein karein hain sab autograph do (‘Err.. Automatic dude, everyone wants your autograph’).

Enjoy Rahman at his cheesiest best in vocoder-laden dance numbers once you stop laughing over the lyrics… ‘if’ you stop laughing.

What we like

Wall-E-meets-disco electronic dance numbers

The odd thoughtful song, O naye insaan

What we don’t like

Swanand Kirkire pens the bizarre scientific lyrics.

Chitti dance showcase at times sounds like Slumdog Millionaire’s Liquid Dance

Film: Anjaana Anjaani
Lyrics: Various artistes

Vishal-Shekhar are back with another peppy, vibrant album that showcases the young urban sound that the duo has perfected. This is a complete Bollywood album, with a foot-tapping club number (Title song), a feel-good romantic song (Tumse hi tumse), an infectious, energetic track I feel good, a well-composed sad song (Tujhe bhula diya), an alternative/soft rock version of the title song, and a pulsating number that will get you going any time of the day.

Watch out for Hairat that combines Lucky Ali’s dreamy vocals, Warren Mendonsa’s kickass electric guitar and Vishal-Shekhar’s part-rock, part-operatic music into a hell of a song. But Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has already done-to-death songs like Aa paas khuda before: he deserved something fresh.

What we like
All songs have a fresh, young vibe.

What we don’tlike
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has already sung songs like Aa paas khuda before

First Published: Sep 15, 2010 13:57 IST