Monday, March 21, 2005

the sounds of kaal

Salim-Sulaiman (occasionally "Suleiman") have been great background score providers for a while now (ab tak chhappan, teen deewarein, bhoot, darna mana hai). The new Dharma Productions release Kaal now gives them a way to be conventional music directors (setting lyrics to music; and then seeing these songs form the backdrop for family-friendly jhaTak-maTak). Given the threads of the plot (here there be tygers) and the setting (primarily the Jim Corbett National Park), the sampling of Survivor's Eye of the Tiger seems apt. A KJ move reminiscent of the official sampling of Pretty Woman for Kal Ho Naa Ho and the unofficial legally-murky sampling of It's raining Men in K3G. SS come up with a nice mix of voices, sounds and samples (toss in the maha mrityunjay mantra for good measure) and this seems like a surefire hit on the dance floor.

Karan Johar seems to be working into the mainstream equivalent of RGV, chiefly in the way he has been providing ramps for his assistants. First it was Nikhil Advani with Kal Ho Naa Ho. And now, it's Soham Shah.

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