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By Aparajita Ghosh
By now, the troika of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy has become a name to reckon with in Bollywood. The three affable composers have time and again given chart-busting songs for a number of Bollywood films, ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’ being the latest to their credit.
The music score of Sajid Khan’s first full-length feature film (as director) ‘Heyy Babyy’ is yet another testimony to the talent and versatility of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.
‘Heyy Babyy’ is essentially a feelgood comedy about three men and a baby. Akshay Kumar, Fardeen Khan, Ritesh Deshmukh and Vidya Balan comprise the film’s cast.
The title song Heyy Babyy is a moderately paced dance number with groovy beats. Despite an ordinary melody, the song has a very catchy bass line. And the singers, Pervez Quadir, Neeraj Sridhar, Raman and Loy, never try to infuse any superficial energy into their vocals. This, along with the song’s chorus, makes it an eminently hearable and danceable track. It would also turn out to be an eye-candy track in the film as it features as many as 20 actresses.
DJ Whosane infuses some extra zing into this number in the Big 'O' Remix version, which is high on tempo and spunk.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy step into a different mould altogether in the rustic Dholna – a very simple composition with a delectable blend of tabla, dhapli, harmonium and guitar. On top of it Sherya Ghoshal’s soothing voice, coupled with Sonu Nigam’s evocative vocals, lend a subtle and unassuming appeal to this song.
DJ Whosane again gives a different twist to this track in Dholna - Love is in the Air Remix. Without altering the tempo much, Whosane embellishes the track with a sprinkling of piano notes and hip-hop sounds.
Jaane Bhi De has a rhythmic feel but a mediocre melody. The song’s lyrics convey a feeling of taking things easy. Sample this: Gustakhi maaf kar de, Ab to insaaf kar de, Apna dil saaf kar de…Kehna toh maan le…Jaane bhi de, Jo bhi hua, Jaane bhi de. Shankar Mahadevan’s soft but vivacious singing brings a breeziness into this otherwise passable track.
Jaane Bhi De – Hip hop Hiccup Remix has more hiccups than hip-shaking hops.
Temperature rises with Mast Kalandar, originally a traditional song paying ode to the 13th century Sufi master Lal Shahbaaz Kalandar (literally translated as Red Falcon). The song, sung by Salim Shehzada, Rehan Khan and Shankar Mahadevan, is a high-energy, powerful number that sets your blood rushing and feet tapping.
Australian ‘Girl Band’ gives a peppy flavour to the title song Heyy Babyy in its English version. The quartet, comprising of singers Renee Bargh, Renee Armstrong, Jessica Smith and Patrice Tipoki, bring a buoyant feel to this techno-savvy version of the title track.
And then comes the best song of the album – Meri Duniya Tu Hi Re. The lyrics of the song are not directed towards a lover but towards a kid. The song has a lilting, soothing and sentimental melody. Singers Sonu Nigam, Shaan and Shankar further bring tenderness into the number with their gentle singing.
All in all, the music score of ‘Heyy Babyy’ may not be of chart-busting standards, but it has a few songs that remain with you even after a single hearing. Songs like Meri Duniya, Heyy Babyy and Dholna fall into this lot.
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