Director : Mohit Suri
Starring : Kunal Khemu, Smiley Suri and Deepal Shaw
Music : Anu Malik
Lyrics : Sayeed Qadri
It’s the Bhatts again with their customary non-entities, shoestring budgets, strong storylines, sex, and promising music. KALYUG (earlier titled Blue Film) is based on a true incident of a newly wedded young couple ensnared in a pornography racket when their intimacy is caught on a clandestine camera of their hotel room. The movie is a launch pad not only for the Bhatt prot’g’e, Kunal Khemu, who was last seen playing young Ajay Devgan in Zakhm, but also for Smiley Suri, (director Mohit Suri’s sister) and Deepal Shaw of the “Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar” video fame. Music is by Anu Malik, Rohail Hyat, Faisal Rafi, and the band “Jal.”
Already winning many young hearts is an exceptionally humble and delightful melody “Jiya Dhadak Dhadak Jaye” that has the velvety vocals of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan stirring the hearts of the listeners. The track is a quality compilation on the lines of extremely adorable tracks like “Lagi Tumse Mann Ki Lagan” from Paap that had the successful association of the Bhatts and Anu Malik.
“Aadat,” continues a mild grove but is somewhat inferior in melody as compared to the previous track. A track by Atif that has music by Goher Mumtaz from the band, Jal with some minor re-arrangement by Mithun Sharma and once re-mixed by DJ Suketu, exudes momentous lyrics and an element to grow on repeated listening. Alisha Chinai attempts what she is best at ‘ seducing through her sensuous vocals, but may not succeed to the fullest this time, due to a weak melody. Lyricist Sayeed Qadri achieves quite a feat with expressions that are a cut above the rest.
Indian Idol finalist Amit Sana, gets his first break in playback singing with “Thi Meri Dastan” where he duets with extremely talented yet underrated singer “Anuradha Paudwal” The track is just about all right in almost all aspects, but stands out due to Malik’s smart choice of singers and Sayeed Qadri’s choicest vocabulary.
The album comes to a quick conclusion with “Yeh Pal”, which again is not a very happening track, but does not harm either. Singer Nazam Sheraz is somewhat impressive, but the track seems to be losing its individuality.
Bhatts have had unpredictable hits in “Murder” and “Zeher” where the music has played a very crucial role in garnering the success it enjoyed. KALYUG makes a promising start, but descends to an average score toward conclusion. However, with little competition around and previous track record, music of KALYUG should have a smooth sailing at the music countdowns and sales.