Wednesday, November 12, 2003

mijhik reviews{previous review}

Plan marks the return of the Gang of Guys called White Feather Films. Sanjays Gupta and Dutt who tormented us narratively in the multi-filched Kaante are now back with what looks like a clone of their clone, Plan. Gupta produces this time, with Hriday Shetty (son of the late fight director Shetty) functioning as director. The film has already been in the news for Sameera Reddy's replacement of Isha Koppikar in a cast that includes Sanjay Suri, Dino Morea, Rohit Roy, Bikram Saluja, Cleo Issacs and Priyanka Chopra. The promo on the Eros page features the video shot at Mecanos Discotheque in Bombay for pyaar aayaa featuring the featureless expressionless steatomammate Chopra. The truly cool thing about the predecessor film was Anand Raaj Anand's electronic sample-drenched energetic rave soundtrack (perhaps a lot rubbing off from his infamous sibling Harry Anand?). ARA is back with stuff that still sports some pixie dust from his last venture. Starting off with ishq samu.ndar's new cousin, pyaar aayaa. Kumar Sanu and Sunidhi Chauhan step up to render hotaa hai hotaa hai pyaar against a traditional standard beat. Also featuring a decent guitar solo and stalactites of samples. Adnan Sami replaces Sanu for kaise kaise, opening with a rabaab(?) and diving into the safe rhythm track adorned with samples and more rabaab(?). Parts of the song sound like they came out of Altaj Raja's tum to Thahare pardesii. Up next is the credited-to-various aane waalaa pal. A decent intro. I could hear Sanu, and the painful Udit. Wonder who the others are ...kal raat se has Shreya Ghoshal joining Kumar Sanu for a fairly standard song employing yet another standard backbeat, lots of nylon guitar fills, and vibes. Alisha returns for mahabuub mere, which also features electronically-phased female refrains, male scatting riffing with more guitar fills, and an easy standard beat. Sanjay Dutt insists on singing pedestrian lyrics for em kem (somehow this fits more on the Munnabhai MBBS soundtrack than here?). The reprise of aane waale pal does not do much to help the album. Not a great followup to Kaante, but it should still work in the clubs.

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