Ever since Neil Nitin Mukesh, grandson of the legendry Mukesh and son of the brilliant Nitin Mukesh, made his debut as an actor, music enthusiasts have been dying to hear his singing debut. Finally, the wait is over. Neil has lent his voice for his next action thriller, Aa Dekhen Zara co-starring Bipasha Basu. However, the excitement is short-lived because the neil-eyed newcomer has only sung one of the eight tracks in the album. With Pritam and Gourav Dasgupta in-charge of the music department, crashing Neil-Fans dreams (of him serenading them with countless songs) are Shaan and Dibyendu Mukherji, supported by Aakirti Kakkar (‘Move Your Body Now’ — Kismat Konnection) and Sunidhi Chauhan.
Made under the banner of Eros Entertainment, Aa Dekhen Zara is directed by debutante Jehangir Surti and will hit the silver screens on 23rd of March 2009.
The album starts with Gazab, a trendy slash desi track composed by Pritam. An energetic number with an equally energetic Shaan and Sunidhi behind the mic, this composition is one of Pritam’s best compositions in a long time. Unlike his last three dance numbers in Billu Barber, this track does not sound like a whole lot of sounds clustered together without a tune or melody. Do not get the wrong idea, ‘Gazab’ is not chartbuster material, but you do not feel like pressing the skip button or changing the radio channel when it comes on. This is partially due to Shaan and Sunidhi doing such an excellent job singing it, the catchy chorus and the infectious na na na na na gibberish interspersed during the course of the song. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are not award-winning, nonetheless, they are effective and do not sound too run-of-the-mill. ‘Gazab’ also appears as a remix at the end of the album. Mixed by DJ Sanj, the remix steps on the tempo, infuses a little techno and surprisingly sounds better than the original.
The next track, Rock the Party, is a total let down. Composed by Gourav Dasgupta, this sad excuse for a party number could not be even saved by the talented Sunidhi Chauhan. The mediocre lyrics (Avishek/Ravi) combined with the life-less music invokes a mood far from that of partying. Sadly, the album does not even have a remix to try and do damage control.
Power, now this is the type of track one looks for in an action-thriller. Gourav Dasgupta redeems himself with this pumped up, exciting and slightly superficial number on the power of money. Dibyendu Mukherjee does an awesome job. His vocals have so much conviction, as if he is really on a power trip. Syed Gulrez and Prashant pen some great lyrics for this track. They stay away from clich