Mukhbir — Music Review

17 07 2008


Well , this is what happens ..small films which have good music , come and go unnoticed just because it doesn’t have enough hype surrounding itself and it doesn’t even get good air time from the Radio stations whose primary job is to play good music . This thing recently happened with the Music of Aamir which in my opinion was amongst the best released this year . I regret not reviewing the music of that film so I am not gonna do the same for Mukhbir .

The soundtrack of Mukhbir consists of songs composed by four different Music Directors which itself makes it a quite diverse album . The film is Directed by Mani Shankar who gave us films like 16 December and Rudraksh , music of both being quite popular . Who can forget the soulful and melodious track “Dil Mera Ek Taara” from 16 december and the rocking yet a great track “Ishq Khudaai” from Rudraksh . So one thing is clear that Mani has good music sense and we can at least expect a good soundtrack . And our expectations are not denied , it is a very nice and fresh soundtrack . It has total 11 songs out of which 5 are original and 6 are from various albums released in the past .

The first song on the album is “Tu Salaamat” by KK and Pritam . This song has rock feel to it like the songs of Metro had . Again I don’t care if Pritam steals all his tunes , until and unless the track has a great music and lyrics . I can now say for sure that KK can sing any song of the Rock genre . He is shining like a new born star these days and he deserves it . The song has both , nice rhythm and lyrics . In all , its a great track and Pritam delivers once again . If any of you guys find the tunes similar to any of the tracks from west Please leave a comment ..I wanna know it and listen it . This one is a male solo and completely belongs to KK .

The second track is “Jeena” which is composed by Sandeep Chowta and sung by Sonu Kakkar. She , yep “she” is a great singer . We already have one Sonu who is one of the all time great and now we have one more of the opposite sex , great or not we’ll come to know in future soon . This song is completely different from the first one and the singing style reminds of the Shibani Kashyap’s hit song “Sajna.. aa Bhi Ja” from Waisa Bhi Hota Hai –Part II . This song has a very nice tune and rhythm and is very Western in its feel . It could even suit any English lyrics and singer . Sandeep works very less but has given hits like “Sab Ganda Hai Par Dhanda Hai Ye” in Company etc.
Sonu has a bright future and a name that she has to live up to .

The third track is “Dhoonde Dil” which is composed by Sashi Pritam , who is he or she I don’t know but he or she definitely has given a great track . One more track of the Rock genre with a tune which has little Mystic feel to it . This song could look even better if put in a nice place in the movie . You won’t believe it first but this one has been sung by Hariharan in a never before style . I am not sure if it is that same Hariharan or some one else . I didn’t knew he could sing Rock songs. The song has great Guitar Pieces in between and it also has some Couplets in between which make it even better . Whose voice it is in those Couplets is not clear , yet the sound is quite Baritone to make it sound great . Overall , Rock music lovers would love this one and it is again a very nice track .

The next track “Tere Bina” is composed by Kartik Raja and this one reminds of “Dil Mera Ek Taara” from 16 Decemberย  which was sung by Sadhna Sargam. The song is very melodious and of the same genre as the song from 16 December was .Kartik had composed that song also quite beautifully and even this one is of same level . This track is sung by Madhushree who strangely has sung very less songs in spite of such a sweet and soulful voice . She again creates that same old magic of hers and this one would really look romantic on screen if the chemistry works amongst the leads . The song from 16 December was shot beautifully with Milind Soman and Aditi Govitrikar with very nice on screen chemistry adding to its beauty .

The last track is again by Kartik Raja and has a south Indian touch to it . The lyrics have nothing new to offer in this one but overall the song is just OK . Probably not as good as others but still OK .

After this there are Six Hit Songs from past like In Dino , Alvida and O Meri Jaan from Metro and Yeh Tanhai from KK’s album and Dhaani from strings .Out of which , Oh Meri Jaan is my personal favourite . Sony has put in some good old tracks to make the soundtrack even better . If you didn’t buy the soundtrack of Metro then at least buy this one , you will get Mukhbir with great songs from Metro free .

Overall , the album is a must buy and the producers who are willing to pay back the Ticket Money if you don’t like the film (really) have made good efforts on the album and the album certainly is worth a buy . Its very much better than the tracks from Yash Raj movies recently , yet Tashan is the second largest selling album after Race (I don’t know why , and simply can’t understand why ). Go out , buy the album , listen to it and support and appreciate the producers . If you are going to download it then at least leave a comment of appreciation here , they might read it and like it .

Album Rating : Three and a Half Stars out of Five , Go get it .

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20 responses

18 07 2008
Dinesh

Brother, โ€œTere Binaโ€ song is sung by Madhushree, not Sadhana Sargam. Please correct ur review…….

18 07 2008
Monica

Hey Saurabh,
Nice review! I absolutely agree with you that Aamir had excellent music and so does Mukhbir. My favorite is Tere Bina , Sadhana Saragam is simply amazing! Tu Salamat is also good. Iqbql Pani and P K Mishra have done a good job with the lyrics.
I stumbled upon this site but I think I am going to visit it often to read the music reviews …you seem to have a good music sensibility.
Keep it up!

18 07 2008
Monica

Dinesh,
Thanks for the correction…it does sound like Madhushree or Mahalaxmi Iyer…Is this the same Madhushree whose real name is Sujata Bhattacharya?
In any event, hats off to the singer of Tere Bina…excellent rendition!!!

18 07 2008
Saurabh

Dinesh , I know you are a madhushree fan , but strangely there are no credits of this song on album cover and considering the song in 16 december was sung by sadhna sargam and composed by Kartik Raja , I put the name of sadhna sargam . But still I am not sure who it is ? I put her name bcoz it is very much similar to “Dil Mera Ek Taara” from 16 december and that one was sung by sadhna sargam ………..doesn’t matter whosoever sung the song …its a brilliant track and we will come to know in coming days who has sung the song after it gets popular .

18 07 2008
Saurabh

Thanx Monica , looking forward to see your comments on all my future posts . And thanx for reminding me to give some credit to Lyricists who have done a good job ….I don’t know how did I forget that .

18 07 2008
Monica

Ur welcome! I think Dinesh is right…it is Madhushree…I listened to her other compositions and this singer does sound like her…well like you said we will know for sure once the song becomes popular in the coming days…

19 07 2008
Suri

Good review…. Thnx

20 07 2008
Dinesh

Saurabh, haha… yes, as a Madhushree fan, i wont go wrong in noticing her voice. But then again, to make things concrete clear, here is the confirmation from Madhushree’s official website:

18.07.2008
Madhushree,s song in Mukhbir…

As we came to know about Mukhbir,s story line , we could understand, why the film was aloof for so long. And even it is slated to release this month, you never know for sure if will will happen.
The producer, the director and even the music company BMG/CRECENDO didn,t bother to mentioned the singers name on the audio c.d..
We like inform you,that “Tere Bina” is rendered by Madhushree,a beautiful song in this movie.
Another song “Piya Mora Banjaara”, sung by Rekho Rao, is also neglected by the decision makers to be named.
So Fans now you don,t have to guess who the singers are of the unnamed songs in Mukhbir.

http://www.madhushree.com/news.aspx?Key=MJasrMae6it4CY2VG522

20 07 2008
Dinesh

Monica, yes, Madhushree’s original name is Sujatha Bhattacharya. :). Its the very same ‘Kabhi Neem Neem’ singer. ๐Ÿ™‚

20 07 2008
Monica

Dinesh,
Thanks for the clarification. If I remember correctly it was A.R. Rahman who rechristened her to Madhushree. Till Tehzeeb (music by Rahman) days, she was still using her real name. Sabaq Aisa was a great song rendered by Sujata Bhattacharya. I am not sure, but changing her name to a South Indian sounding name had something to do with her being accepted as a singer by music composers from South. If that’s true, then it is a classic example of regionalism that is still so pronounced. Here I always thought that music brought people together…In any case, she is indeed a very talented singer…

21 07 2008
Saurabh

A big thanx Dinesh . I love the song and even her voice ..she is fabulous . I’ve updated the review .

21 07 2008
Saurabh

Monica and Dinesh a joint thanx to you for increasing my knowledge regarding Madhushree . Keep coming back .

22 07 2008
Dinesh

Monica… i see u have some issue with South Indians?? Lol…

Actually , if u ask me, her name changing to Madhushree brought her BIG luck in her career. If u must know, her numbers in Tehzeeb were TOP TOP CLASS, but not sure y, the whole album just vanished like that… only Meherban did some waves here and there. But the numbers by Madhushree, 3 ghazhal fusions, were ignored…. ofcource, she was credited as Sujatha Bhattacharya there.

Leave the whole supersition stuff aside, let me tell u why she actually somehow had to change her name…

There r many Sujathas in Music Industry, and not to mention, there is already an established Sujatha in the field. Madhushree sang her 1st Tamil song with the name “Sujatha Bhattacharya” and in websites they credit the song as ” Sujatha” and thus u see how this will eventually complicate the whole situation.

And hey, do u know Madhushree is one of the famous singer in Tamil Industry?? ok yea, she is known for her weak Tamil Diction too, but she has maaanyyy hit songs in her pocket…

And Saurabh, don worry, i will be here often…. ๐Ÿ˜€ …. thanks for changing the review and crediting Madhushree. Guess ur the 1st 1 in the whole Internet web to do so…. ๐Ÿ˜€

Thanks again…..

22 07 2008
Monica

Dinesh,
I am sure you didn’t mean anything by implying that I have issues with South Indians…as a matter of fact I have never really paid any attention to such silly stuff…I had read about this in an interview of Madhushree many moons ago…
North Indian, South Indian, Bengali, Punjabi, Tamil etc etc. I’ve never looked at people or life for that matter, through these glasses…Especially..now that I have lived out of India for such a long time all this seem just so foreign to me. It’s funny that you would point out how changing someone’s name would bring him/her luck! I am sorry but I don’t believe in all that and I know you too were just trying to make a point…The only thing that matters is the talent and yes I strongly believe in that…If you are talented you will be recognized regardless how many other people share your name. I don’t have to name but I am sure if you look around or dig deep a little bit you would find many such examples…I don’t ever confuse Akshay Kumar with Akshay Khanna…they both have their own distinct personas…As a matter of fact, I think Madhushree suits her better than Sujata…Just for kicks, I don’t think changing her name to Madhushree paid off as she wasn’t credited for such a fabulous song with either as Sujata or Madhushree ๐Ÿ™‚ So much for bringing luck!!! lol

23 07 2008
Dinesh

Well Monica, im not implying that changing her name actually brought her the ‘luck’, neither do i believe in changing name will bring u fortune and stuff, i mean luck it a different sense, like giving her a whole new life in the industry……. what im saying ,the fact she changed her name, actually made people stop to notice her…. like unique identity….as u said, Madhushree sounds more appealing on her more than “Sujatha”. yea, that… a different and sweet name..

And no… i was being sarcastic on the South Indian matter… chill… lol…

23 07 2008
Saurabh

Thanx Dinesh for putting up my review on your website and guys I am so happy to see that both of you (monica and dinesh) are secular and don’t believe in differences by religion and stuff . In my opinion there should be only one religion and that is Music . It sounds strange but it is Music and Creative Arts that has kept the world intact and has taught people to respect each others culture . Enough of Gyaan ..just wanna say ..Love Music and Love each other !!!

23 07 2008
Saurabh

One more thing Dinesh , don’t get offended , but don’t you think her singing style is little similar to Asha Bhonsle especially her laughing in between . At one moment I felt is it Asha or someone else …don’t you feel this way at times . Some of the songs she has sung in a complete different style like the one in Yuva but she does sometimes copies a little of Asha Ji

23 07 2008
Monica

Will do, baba Saurabh Dev! Jokes apart, you are right music does bring people together. That’s the power of Music/creative arts… ๐Ÿ™‚
Have a sparkling day!

25 07 2008
Dinesh

Saurabh, ur review has been placed up even in Madhushree’s official website…. well, on her song only that is… haha…. do check it out :

http://www.madhushree.com/home.html

and no, this website is not maintained by me… its her managed by Madhushree’s management… ๐Ÿ™‚

Ohh… to tell u the truth… im not a frequent Hindi music listener. Being a Tamilian in Malaysia, well u know im more exposed to South Indian music only. Whats worse, when u point me Asha Bhosle’s songs, which probably would have been a 1970s or 80s song, which makes the situation even worse… lol…. so i cant really comment on it, or if u know that Asha Bhoshle song and would like to share with me, please do, i would like to check it out too…

But yea, my fren asked me whether that talking part in Tere Bina was by Madhushree?? Becoz it sounded like Lata Mangheskar’s style back in those days.

If im not mistaken, Madhushree had mentioned that her Fav. Singer is Asha Bhosle. So it could be that she is inspired by her… ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks… ๐Ÿ™‚

25 07 2008
Saurabh

Well its visible that my review reached them via you so a big thanx once again to you for making me a little famous ..lol

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