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Music Review
arthik Calling Karthik


With Karthik Calling Karthik, the team of Rock On and Luck By Chance comes together once again with Farhan Akhtar in the lead, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy as the composer trio and Javed Akhtar as the lyricist. However, it is surprising that there is not much clarity around what to expect from the music. Perhaps this has something to do with the title of the film and also the fact that Karthik Calling Karthik is hardly being sold as a musical. Prepared to listen to the album with an open mind and be ready to be surprised, one plays on Karthik Calling Karthik.



It's the sound of 'Hey Ya' that sticks on to you in the very first couple of minutes of the namesake song's play. It's an English beginning for 'Hey Ya!' which is sung primarily by Clinton Cerejo who is supported by Shankar Mahadevan and Loy Mendonsa behind the mike. Soon the song takes a Hinglish turn with both the languages heard alternatively, hence resulting in an interesting outing. Set as a soft Western track with a beautiful melody to it, 'Hey Ya!' has a Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy stamp to it and turns out to be a catchy tune which brings on a smile by default. An urban track which also appears in a rather well done 'remix version', this one gives a good start to the album and is a winner.

It takes time for a listener to warm up to 'Uff Teri Adaa' as it appears to be a typical club number that Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have been making for years now. However, after a couple of hearing one can catch nuances in this rather engaging track that turns out to be far more entertaining than it appeared in it's first listening. While Shankar Mahadevan leads the show and in the process bringing in an Indian touch to the proceedings, it is the sonic effect in Alyssa Mendonsa's voice that gives 'Uff Teri Adaa' an added touch. A good track that deservingly finds a 'remix version' for it as well, 'Uff Teri Adaa' deserves to be choreographed well and presented to the audiences.

'Jaane Ye Kya Hua' has a soft beginning to it and the moment you hear the voice of the male singer, you know there and then that why is KK so special to the Hindi music industry when it comes to a soulful quality outing. This love song is the kind of stuff that music of Wake Up Sid and Luck By Chance was made of. For those who don't quite hunt for a routine hero-heroine pyaar-mohabbat naachgaana and instead strive for a certain quality outing, 'Jaane Ye Kya Hua' is the one to vouch for. Just the right kind of number that lifts a scene as a part of the background score, 'Jaane Ye...' turns out to be another good call for Karthik Calling Karthik.

It's a pensive beginning for 'Kaisi Hai Ye Udaasi' (as the title suggests) and one is instantly reminded of R.D. Burman, courtesy the faint sound of flute which is heard from a distance. Kailash Kher sings at a low pitch while being in total control of affairs and it is nice to hear him in such mode. The song stays on to be sad with an indication of depressing times faced by the protagonist, hence staying to be truly situational. Sukanya Purkayastha joins him mid-way and together they do well to be in perfect harmony while maintaining the overall mood of the song.


Suraj Jaggan, Shankar Mahadevan, Caralisa, Monteiro and Malika Singh come together to create 'Karthik Calling Karthik' which makes one remember the kind of soundtrack that Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy had created for Johnny Gaddaar a few years back. The similarity lies in the dark mood of the film which promises enough chilling, thrilling and dramatic moments. Yet another Hinglish number which has an interesting flow, courtesy an array of singers coming together alternatively, 'Karthik Calling Karthik' (which later appears in a 'remix version') may perhaps be the one for the quintessential music video.

Finally comes the theme track 'Karthik 2.0' which is basically sans any lyrics and is primarily an out and out musical outing. It's the rock feel created by this four minutes piece which pretty much makes the listener aware about the theme and genre of the film and expect an out and out thriller outing.


There is no denying the fact that Karthik Calling Karthik doesn't compromise on the quality aspect. In the process of doing so, it stays true to the subject, due to which the musical team of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Javed Akhtar make the kind of songs that go well with the film. There may not be instant attention grabbing chartbuster songs in the album but still, on repeat listening they manage to do well. Since the film doesn't have music as it's selling point and hence the most integral part of the narrative, awareness amongst audiences about the songs would take it's time. However, once the film releases (and in case turns out to be successful), an added run of the album on the music stands can be expected.


'Hey Ya!', 'Uff Teri Adaa', 'Jaane Ye Kya Hua'

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 IN 160Kbps : Karthik Calling Karthik (2010) ~160Kbps [DM]

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