Karan Johar lives up the promise he made to his fans a year and a half ago. After basking in the glory of three mega universal successes KKHH, K3G and KHNH, he vowed that his next film would be a genuinely 'hatke' movie. Result is for everyone to be seen in the shape of ' Kaal ' that is a joint production of Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar with Soham making his debut as a director. A thriller set in the jungle with a theme of animal preservation; 'Kaal' is majorly shot in Jim Corbett Park ( India ) and has a strikingly different look and feel in each frame of the movie shown so far on the small screen. Starring some of the best talent in the industry – Ajay Devgan, Vivek Oberoi, John Abraham with SRK in a guest appearance, 'Kaal' has Lara Dutta, post-Dhoom Esha Deol and siren Malaika Arora in a specially shot item dance number with SRK. With music by techno wizards Salim-Sulaiman and lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed (Hindi) & Jeanne (English), one is rest assured that ' Kaal ' would boast of a rollicking score.
A simple tune with easy to hum lyrics are given a great arrangement to make ' Tauba Tauba ' a sure shot hit with the audience. And more than the quartet of singers Sonu Nigam, Kunal Ganjawala, Sunidhi Chauhan and Richa Sharma, the credit should go to Bob and his chorus group who do the 'Rap' portion (written by Jeanne) throughout the number. Their rendition during the number has such a magnetic effect that what one continues to hum long after the song is through, is the rap portion and the lyrics ' Tauba Tauba Ishq Main Kariya '. This is one song that will sky rocket all the way to the top of the charts in a maximum of two weeks flat.
If one thought that Tauba Tauba is going to be the only item number in this Karan Johar movie then rethinking needs to be given as ' Kaal Dhamaal ' is actually a ' dhamaal ' item song that is the track shot on SRK and Malaika Arora. Kunal Ganjawala is fast reaching up the top singer bracket as this number too appears to be a mass appealing song due to its pacy music, dance beats, and punch in the rendition by Kunal who is well supported by Ravi "Rags" Khote, Caralisa and Salim. With SRK and Malaika in a single frame dancing to Farah Khan's steps, ' Kaal Dhamaal ' should be another inviting factor for the audience. " The Tiger Mix " of the same is engineered and remixed by Bobby Friction and The Infinite Scale that further makes the soundtrack of ' Kaal ' a complete ' paisa vasool '.
Well the party doesn't stop even at this juncture and the feet continue to be busy with ' Nassa Nassa ', a mix of Hindi, western and bhangra tune written and composed by Anand Raj Anand, that is indeed different from a regular Punjabi number in a Hindi movie. Sung by Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan, this number doesn't scale the heights of the earlier two numbers but as a stand alone number does well.
Kailash Kher writes and sings ' Ankhiyan Teriya Ve ' that makes ' Kaal ' one BIG party album. Intentions of Karan Johar, Soham and Salim Sulaiman are very clear at this point of time. They started off with a very conscious effort of doing something very different from what Dharma Productions has been doing all this while and surprise audience with a kind of musical score, which even a die hard Karan Johar wouldn't have anticipated. Another enjoyable number in a row, its a fusion of western and sufi music and comes up trumps on all accounts.
If anyone is thinking of a title song of ' Kuch Kuch Hota Hai ' or a ' Suraj Hua Madham ' (K3G) or ' Kuch To Hua Hai ' (KHNH), then better re-set your expectations as the makers have set out on an altogether different journey. This is evidenced in ' Jungle Mix ', that is primarily a musical piece set in the woods with Caralisa, Vijay Prakash and Jeanne chipping in with their bits. A track that would mainly do the honors in the movie's background, it has a wild feel throughout!
OK, so this is for the Johar fans! Because what you get as a last track is the album is a ' Dharma Mix ' that brings together the remix of super hit tracks from KKHH, K3G and KHNH - primarily ' Pretty Woman', 'Bole Chudiyan', 'Shava Shava ' and ' Mujhko Kya Hua Hai ' - hence bringing the album to a grand finale. And yes it is definitely better than the 'Non stop 50 tracks' that are churned out practically every month.
' Kaal ' has a music that is destined to be a blockbuster from the first day of its release. Another ace up in the sleeve for Karan Johar and the music company, ' Kaal ' should go good business at the music stores. Wait for the SRK-Malaika number to hit the screens and an unparalleled craze for the album would be witnessed soon. A young and peppy album, this is the ' Dhoom machale ' of 2005!
Rating: *** ½