Quite like his debut film, SAATHIYA (with great, memorable music by Rahman and Gulzar), which was an official remake of Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies, ALAIYPAYUTHEY(Tamil), Shaad Ali’s O.K. JAANU too is a remake of another Mani Ratnam’s super hit Tamil film, O KADHAL KANMANI. Produced by top production house, Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies , one carries huge expectations from the audio with yet again music wizard Rahman and living legend Gulzar at helm of affairs.
The iconic number which made Rahman a known name amongst the Hindi film music buffs, ‘Humma‘ (BOMBAY) has been recreated and refurbished (complete with rap by Badshah) by Tanishk Bagchi titled ‘The Humma Song‘, which is said to be a tribute to the Oscar winner, A. R. Rahman. Jubin Nautiyal and Shashaa Tirupati render the timeless classic and it is surely becoming popular with the youth, but one still prefers the original for its magical experience and awesomeness which is difficult to define in words.
Lilting melody that is dew fresh, lyrics that touch hearts and Arijit Singh’s intoxicating vocals are the highlights of this superb romantic number, ‘Enna Sona‘. The song grows with each repeated hear.
The scratches of title track, ‘O K Jaanu’ (‘Dheere dheere zara dam lena’) heard in the teasers and promos appealed instantly and did leave a mark with one unconsciously humming it. The catchy rhythm once again hooks and the lyrics provide an insight into the story. A. R. Rahman and Srinidhi Venkatesh render the number with zest and enthu.
Another song urging one to go on and live life to the fullest is ‘Jee Lein‘, a semi-philosophical, thoughtful number which is actually situational in nature. While the racy rhythm keeps on in the background, hushed / low keyed vocals add to the mystique but at times the lyrics do fail to register. Savithri R Prithvi, Arjun Chandy, Neeti Mohan and A.R. Rahman render the number.
We have a few more songs added in the playlist but one does not know whether these numbers will form part of the movie as they do not seem to fit the situation.
One is treated to an absolutely delightful semi-classical cum western fusion number, ‘Saajan Aayo Re‘ rendered superbly by Jonita Gandhi who showcases her classical singing expertise here. Naksh Aziz pitches in with the classical chorus.
We have another all semi-classical raga based number, ‘Sun Sun Bhavara‘ complete with ‘tabla‘, harmonium, sitar rendered to perfection by Shashaa Trupati.
Kaara Fankara’, rap cum hip-hop number sung by ADK, Ashima Mahajan, Hard Kaur, Kaly, Paroma Das Gupta, Shashaa Tirupati with lyrics penned by ADK, Hard Kaur, Kaly and Navneet Virk.
The album closes with a devotional Arabic number, ‘Maula Wa Sallim‘.
Summing up, as a stand-alone, the audio of O.K JAANU could have been labelled excellent but since Rahman has re-used most his compositions from the original O KADHAL KANMANI, they do have that heard before feel and songs lose some of the sheen. One will still wait to see how the tracks have been utilized. Our picks – ‘Enna Sona‘, ‘O.K Jaanu‘ and ‘The Humma Song‘. The film releases worldwide this Friday.
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Very Good – 4
Good – 3.5
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