With contemporary Bollywood music, it’s best not to dissect the music-making mechanism. Let the music blare; let the party rock on. And if entertainment is its only purpose, then the score of My Name is Anthony Gonsalves has hit the nail on the head.
The music is credited to MTV best composer award winner Pritam. Five original songs and three versions make up the soundtrack of this small budget film. Of the five, two tracks, Tum Mile and Allah Beli, are by Himesh Reshammiya and the duo Sachin and Jigar, respectively. So, Pritam was responsible for the balance.
My Name is Anthony Gonsalves: T-Series, Rs110.
It is surprising and yet disappointing to listen to Amit Kumar on Jaane maula jaane khuda. The son tries his best to bring in the trademark madness of father Kishore Kumar in the noisy track, but fails to impress. The flavour is somewhat African, somewhat Goan. The pulsating 6/8 rhythm brings memories of Madhumati’s Dil tadap tadap ke keh raha hai and Kaalia’s Jahan teri ye nazar hai. The saving grace is the saner version of the same song rendered by Remo Fernandes, who is less harsh on the senses. Similarly, more tolerable is the remix version of the bland Ya Baba sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and Shaan. But the beat and approach of the remix are identical to that of the reworked Tum Mile on this very same album. What’s happening, remixer Amit Das? Run out of ideas?
As for lyrics, there seems to be have been little importance given to that department. Most of the time you simply can’t understand the words. Try it. Take up the challenge with a pair of headphones. And on occasions when the words can be deciphered, they are as weak as the music. Sample this insipidity: Teri nazar ko meri nazar ne chhua… we are touched, Sameer. What an eye-opener! These lyrics drive home the point that only good lyrics can make a good song. When you hear worthy words such as Aapke haseen rukh pe aaj naya noor hai, mera dil machal gaya to mera kya qasoor hai, you know what a master creator is capable of.
Allah Beli is sung by the talented K.K., but the decent effort is largely drowned by noisy effects and instrumentation. On the other hand, Tere Bina takes aesthetics, or rather the lack of it, one step further. The whole effort is somewhat salvaged by the Sunidhi Chauhan-K.K. duet of Reshammiya’s Tum Mile. But then, why is this love song reminiscent of Tu chali aati hai? What is the experiment towards the end of the song where a few lines are sung in a voice that’s neither male nor female? As it is, the distorting effects on the voice are disturbingly heavy.
Grow up guys, we listeners deserve more creative and meaningful output.
Kushal Gopalka is an archivist and student of Indian music who writes for Swar Aalap, a monthly newsletter.
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