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Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu/ Music: Amit Trivedi

Hindi film/ T-Series/ Rs 175

Rating: ****

AFTER making his Hindi film debut with ‘Aamir’, music director Amit Trivedi produced an amazing soundtrack in ‘Dev D’, where songs like ‘Emosanal atyachar’, ‘Pardesi’ and ‘Payaliya’ helped him get the National Film Award for Music Direction. Then came his outstanding ‘Iktara’ in ‘Wake Up Sid’, which overshadowed the film’s other songs composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. ‘Aisha’ and ‘No One Kissed Jessica’ and the ‘Udaan’ background scorehad neat work too, and he had a hit in the ‘Chillar Party’ song ‘Tai tai phiss’, despite its deplorable lyrics.

Clearly, Trivedi is a man to look out for. Now, he proves his verve and versatility again with the Imran Khan-Kareena Kapoor starrer ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’. With the help of lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya, he chooses a variety of singers —not the regular names — to create a score that’s youthful, fresh and effervescent.

Of the five songs, two have additional versions. The title song, which comes with an extra remix by DJ Shiva, strikes you with its smart, synth-friendly orchestration and lively vocals by Benny Dayal and Anushka Manchanda. ‘Gubbare’, sung by Trivedi himself, Shilpa Rao, Nikhil D’Souza and Amitabh Bhattacharya, is boosted by nice whistling stretches, and smooth guitars and saxophones.

‘Aunty Ji’, rendered by Ash King and featuring vibrant choruses and rock-styled electric guitars, is the zingiest of the lot. ‘Aahatein’, featuring Karthik and Shilpa Rao, brings down the tempo, but impresses with solitude-filled lyrics like ‘Sab wohi hai par kuch kami hai, teri aahatein nahin hain’. In Abhijit Vaghani’s remix of this song, singer Shekhar Ravjiani (of Vishal-Shekhar) replaces Karthik.

Vishal Dadlani, the other half of Vishal-Shekhar, teams up with Shilpa Rao on the catchy ‘Kar Chala Shuru Tu’, which again impresses with smart guitars and trumpets. In fact, besides its consistency and freshness, the most impressive thing about ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’ is the sheer orchestral imagination that Trivedi puts into each song. After quite a lot of bizarre stuff in last year’s movies, this is a welcome musical beginning to 2012.

RATING SCALE: * Poor; ** Average; *** Good; **** Excellent; ***** Classic


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