Composer Hanif Shaikh and choreographer turned filmmaker
Ahmed Khan go back a long way. Hanif had sung 'Yeh
Dooriyan' for Ahmed's directorial debut effort
Fool N Final. Years after the release of the film,
their association has gone to the next level with Hanif
writing as well as composing all the five songs in Ahmed
Khan's production Paathshaala. With Shahid Kapoor
playing a major role in the film, one looks forward to
what Hanif has in store for listeners in his first major
First things first - Paathshaala must have created a
record of sorts because each of the five songs in the album
are sung by, believe it or not, a composer who also sings
occasionally. Salim Merchant (of Salim-Sulaiman), Vishal
Dadlani (of Vishal-Shekhar), Lucky Ali, Kailash Kher and
Hanif Shaikh himself come behind the mike for a song apiece.
Now is 'Limca Book of Records' hearing this?
Coming to the first track in the
album, 'Aye Khuda' is as soothing as it gets.
A soft number with Western orchestra to it, this Salim
Merchant number is an urban number with an Indi-pop touch to
it. The kind of number that instantly gets you into the mood
and makes you look forward to the album to follow, 'Aye
Khuda' is a youthful track and completely in line with
what one expects from the soundtrack of a Shahid Kapoor
starrer. Barring 'Khushnuma' (which is the
next to arrive), each of the tracks in Paathshala has
a remix to boast of and the one which accompanies 'Aye
Khuda' is no less entertaining.
Arrival of 'Paathshaala - Khushnuma' is most welcome
as it is the song with an attitude. An out and out Western
track with a club feel to it, this Vishal Dadlani sung track
has an extremely arresting beginning to it and gets your
neck swinging in no time. Kudos to Hanif Shaikh for coming
up with the kind of groovy arrangements that ensure that
youth laps up to 'Khushnuma'. Now one looks forward
to how the song is picturised for screen.
Lucky Ali is the third to arrive and he makes sure that he
has a gala time behind the mike as he gets into a melodious
outing with 'Bekarar'. A haunting number which
only sounds more and more better with every listening, 'Bekarar'
goes perfectly well with the overall mood and setting of the
soundtrack of Paathshaala. Going by the title of the
film, one would have expected that it would primarily be
made of theme songs or some situational numbers. However, a
track like 'Bekarar' isn't really dependent on a film
and would be enjoyable even if it is heard standalone. No
wonder, its 'remix version' is also welcomed with open arms.
For the first time in the album, a female voice is heard and
the lucky one is Tulsi Kumar. She is roped in for 'Mujhe
Teri', a soft romantic number which she totally
enjoys singing. A track which has Hanif Shaikh not just
co-composing with Vijay Lama but also lending his voice,
'Mujhe Teri' (which also has added vocals by Akansha
Lama) moves on quite seamlessly and adds further variety to
Paathshaala. With each of the songs managing to bring
in something to the album, it turns out to be an
entertaining outing so far.
'Teri Marzi Aye Khuda', though being a
slightly pensive outing, is not boring at all. Kailash Kher
is the solo singer for this situational track which has an
out and out 'hindustani' feel to it. Promising to arrive at
a crucial juncture in the film where the graph goes a little
downhill (from the story standpoint) 'Teri Marzi Aye
Khuda' turns out to be a fairly decent track.
Finally arrives 'Paathshaala - Theme' which
begins with the sound of 'Aye Khuda' but soon takes a
far more euphoric route with a horde of children coming
together and sharing their happiness of attending a 'paathshaala'.
A short two minute piece which should form a part of the
film's background score, 'Paathshaala - Theme' is a
nice way of bringing this album to a close.
Paathshaala is a good album with at least three tracks that carry
the potential of being popular in days to come - 'Aye
Khuda', 'Bekarar' and 'Khushnuma'. Hanif Shaikh
does well in churning out a good first album, both as a
composer and lyricist. However, the need of the hour is
aggressive promotion of the album which should enable these
songs to get their due. With just a month to go for the
film's release, couple of dozen films releasing in the
interim and IPL going strong, it would take a lot for
Paathshaala to be noticed. However, with Shahid Kapoor
staring hard from the promos of the film, there are good
hopes that this effort from Hanif Shaikh would get noticed.
Aye Khuda, Bekarar, Paathshaala - Khushnuma
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