Producer: Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh
Director: Vijay Lalwani
Starring: Farhan Akhtar, Deepika
Padukone, Ram Kapoor, Shefali Chhaya
Music: Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Midival
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Singers: Shankar Mahadevan, Kailash
Kher, Loy Mendonsa, Clinton Cerejo, K.K,
Alyssa Mendonsa, Suraj Jaggan, Caralisa
Monteiro, Sakanya Purayastha, Malika Singh,
Audio On: T-Series Number of
Album Released on: 16 January 2010
always look forward to checking out
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s work…the trio is versatile, has
really explored various genres of music throughout
the years and has contributed some very memorable
compositions to the Hindi music industry. Sure,
Short Kut and Thodda Pyaar Thodda Magic
weren’t OSTs to boast of, but who can forget gems
such as Mission Kashmir, Dil Chahta Hai,
Phir Milenge, Bunty Aur Babli,
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Taare Zameen Par,
Rock On !! and London Dreams? Anyway, so
I got around to listening to Karthik Calling
Karthik’s compositions, which I was looking
forward to since the end result of the SEL-Farhan
Akthar combination is usually magical.
(4.17) is a catchy song sung by Clinton Cerejo,
Shankar Mahadevan and Loy Mendonsa, that blends rock
music with hip-hop beats. It’s a well-made
composition. Perfect to sing along to and dance to
with friends…nice steady beats…Javed Akhtar’s lyrics
are rather average, though:
I see you walking
through the door, Why won’t you look across the
floor? I got to tell you how I feel. Oh baby you’re
the only one for me. I want to get closer to you. I
need to be closer to you.
"Hey Ya! Remix"
(5.17) comes later in the soundtrack courtesy of
Digital Boyz. Not a bad remix.
"Uff Teri Adaa"
(5.06) has that familiar SEL feel…brings back
memories of "Mitwa" and "It’s The Time To
Disco"…Nonetheless, it’s still pleasant to listen
to…easy on the ears, light listening. I enjoyed the
classical style rendition of Shankar Mahadevan (I
wish other MDs used his voice more often!). Alyssa
Mendonsa also has a nice, deep voice. Sadly, Javed
Akhtar really does a terrible job with the lyrics:
balkhaake, tu duniyaa bhoolaake naach. Dhun koi
gungunaa le, gaa le, tu gaa ke naach…Uff teri adaa,
I like the way you move. Uff teraa badan, l like to
see you groove. Uff teri nazar, it says I want to
dance with you.
"Uff Teri Adaa
Remix" (4.06) by Udyan Sagar is a high
energy pumping remix!
"Jaane Ye Kya
Hua" (4.04 ) is a soft, slow-paced
composition, and K.K. is the perfect choice to sing
this song. The use of the harmonica also gels well
with the laid back mood of the song. I just wish the
lyrics actually bothered to convey something
memorable…Jaane yeh kyaa huaa? Hum dono kaa yun
milnaa, Aise paas aanaa, Jaane yeh kyaa huaa. Ab har
pal anjaanaa hai, Dekho honaa hai aur kyaa? Jaane
kyun lagtaa hai, Dheere se, haule se, Geet koi dil
hai gaa rahaa hai…
"Kaisi Hai Ye
Udaasi" (6.07) is a beautiful, tehraav
filled composition. Although, I do feel the use of
the flute for “udaasi” waale songs is a bit clichéd.
Kailash Kher’s voice is always a treat to listen to,
but what really blew me away was Sukanya
Purayastha’s rendition (at 3.59 into the song) and
even the lines she got to sing are amazing:
Tu hi bataa eh dil mere, Maine toh hameshaa teraa
hi kahaa maanaa hai. Kyun hai mujhe yeh gham gehre?
Mujhe umr bhar kyaa bas yehi sazaa paanaa hai? Sapne
boye maine aur dard maine hai kaate. Gaaye geet
maine aur paaye sannaate. Aarzoo naakaam hai, Sooni
si har shaam hai…
Calling Karthik" (3.11) brings together
singers Shankar Mahadevan, Caralisa Monteiro, Malika
Singh and Suraj Jaggan (from "Aal Izz Well" and Rock
On's "Zehreelay" fame) has some cool techno
sounds…Nothing memorable, though.
produce the rock inspired remix version titled
"Karthik Calling Karthik Remix."
(4.06) is another rock flavored theme piece
composed, arranged and performed by Midival Punditz
and Karsh Kale. Theek-thaak hai…Nothing khaas.
I’m really shocked
with the average lyrics by Javed Akhtar- there’s no
doubt that the man is talented and surely knows how
to write beautifully when he wants to but this time
around his lyrics were rather clichéd and stale. If
you’re going to offer lyrics in your composition
then you might as well bother to actually write
something memorable…no, that doesn’t mean you have
to throw in Urdu words every other line…but for
God’s sake kuch toh poetry daalo!
Calling Karthik is a pleasant OST with some
melodious, easy-on-the-ears compositions including
"Hey Ya!", "Uff Teri Ada" and "Kaisi Hai Yeh Udaasi".
Nothing exceptional. More of an