By Satyajit - Eye TV India Bureau
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If you were enchanted by "Huzoor-Alaa" ('Page 3') then the next soundtrack "Sharabiyoon" can be termed as its extended version. The undisputed queen of Indi-Pop music Asha Bhonsle delivers another impressive solo pop number. This time Grammy-nominated Asha Bhonsle collages her intoxicating singing flair with the spellbinding musical echoing effects by new composer Nitz 'N' Sony. The soundtrack reminds of Asha Bhonsle rendered remix versions of her 60's and 70's numbers re-mastered and remixed by Leslie Lewis and not conventional Bollywood soundtracks. It's enchanting, intoxicating and inviting for eternal delights in five minutes plus soundtrack. "Sharabiyoon" will have liking for Asha Bhonsle's fans especially, and won't have many takers from party animals from the pop genre.
The lively "n" peppy "Sharabiyoon" lives another life in slow "n" soothing lounge version in "Sharabiyoon (lounge mix)". Asha Bhonsle's vocals get overstretched with sluggish musical pace giving it a perfect "lounge" feel. It can be reciprocated for instrumental version for its soft and somber treatment with free flowing vocals.
Chirpy and vivacious vocals of Shweta Pandit get into frothy soundtrack "Titliyan". The song embarks the dominance of presence of fun loving and carefree girls termed as "Titliyan" (butterflies). Sonu Nigam's voice comes in tandem as Shweta Pandit sings youthfully blended lyrics. Sameer's lyrics are naughtier in narration but fail to deliver anything new with the same set of Punjabi phrases. Harry Anand's music is above average and caters well to the situation where the lead pair shares their feeling on dance floors.
The remix version of "Titliyan" is conventionally mediocre and adds up to the collection of DJ's in pubs and discos. The "antaras" are mixed with funky beats and are repeated in echoing effect to give usual "party feel".
Now, this number can be termed as "filmi" as it gives a feeling of bondage of characters with the story. The regular Punjabi feel and punch is exuded by ever reliable Sonu Nigam in "Assi Teri Gal Karni". The song is about a marriage proposal to the father of the beautiful girl in traditionally Bhangra folk lore style. In terms of music and lyrics it can be termed as the best soundtrack despite some Bhangra heavyweights rendering item numbers. Suzaane's additional chirpy English is spicy. It's lively and frolicking soundtrack that sounds more like an interesting conversation.
This marriage celebration is extended in second version "Assi Teri Gal Karni -2" with a similar feel. This version has additional rap and hip-hop English that sounds like song's lyrics translated into English. Sonu Nigam's voice is a welcome relief as he is the only renowned vocalist besides Asha Bhonsle in the album. Harry Anand comes out with above average entertainer that might win him accolades.
'Teesri Aankh' is primarily conceived to entertain listeners who are dying for conventional Bhangra music. Unfortunately, the much hyped Jazzy B number "Chak De Punjabi" is not groundbreaking or trendsetting but an average situational soundtrack. Asha Bhonsle's "Sharabiyoon" is impressive but "Assi Teri Gal Karni" sounds more lucrative in terms of the audience's acceptance.