Force Music Review: Is Harris Jayaraj resurrected?
Kaakha Kaakha (the Tamil original) of which Force is a hindi remake was previously remade in Telugu (Gharshana) and Kannada (Dandam Dashagunam).
Kaakha Kaakha’s Rammstein inspired meta-charged track Uyirin Uyirae becomes Cheliya Cheliya in Telugu which is equally frenetic, a sappy Marali Marali in Kannada, and now, Khwabon Khwabon in Force amps it back vaingloriously.
The one time that the track faltered was when Kannada music composer V Harikrishna was asked to step in for Harris Jayaraj. Marali Marali is a clumsy patch on an original Harris Jayaraj number.
First, Harris Jayaraj who? Harris Jayaraj who gave us a dew fresh ‘Zara zara behekta hai, mehekta hai’ from a Bollywoodized Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein (Minnale in Tamil) after which he disappeared from the hindi film music scene, quite comfortably back to his South Indian quarters.
Is Force going to be his resurrection? Seems unlikely, and a lesson to be learnt is when you copy a song, ask its composer to re-scratch it. How else will you know that Dhinka Chika (Ready) is Ringa Ringa (Arya 2 in Tamil) re-jigged by composer Devi Sri Prasad and not popular Pritam?
If the trend of remake continues, thankfully some of our jaded music-composers will also be replaced, and that should spell a welcome change for hindi film music’s changing shape – pumped as it should be now with new sounds, free of dhols and woeful alaaps.
Chahoon Bhi, a duet by Bombay Jayashree and Karthik unspools laconically in lyricist Javed Akhtar’s verse though there’s nothing striking in its imagery about unspeaking love.
Guest composer Lalit Pandit’s Dum Hai Toh Aaja sung by Mahua is, uhm, forced – a young girl’s pre-pubescent revolt against maybe her own hormonal disturbance. I won’t be surprised if its picturised on a petite school-girlish Genelia squeamishly challenging a beefy John Abraham to bring it on.
Main Chali takes singers Shreya Ghoshal and Naresh Iyer on a tour of varied musical forms – the duet moves from ballad to hip-hop to rustic – Harris’ music is like a brook cascading into a waterfall gurgling into a river chasing its bends to rush to sea – there’s an expanse in his music that often gives rise to panoramic vistas.
The Vijay Prakash-Shalini Singh-Neha Bhasin track, Dil Ki Hai Tamanna where the protracted use of whistling-humming over singing gives the song a smooth, wistful slo-mo groove is still not enough to rescue it from ingratiating shmaltzy arrangement.
For a few weeks, we’ll all loosen our limbs to Khwabon Khwabon in discotheques – and if someone tries to inform us over the loud music system- Harris J who, thank you DJ.