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Review |  07 Nov 2007 04:38 PM | by Aaishwari

Khoya Khoya Chand

Music Director – Shantanu Moitra

Director – Sudhir Mishra

The storyline of this film is set in the 1950s, and the music also offers a similar feel

With Shantanu Moitra composing the music and Swanand Kirkire as the lyricist, this one will be a great listening experience but only for those who like classical music or have a liking for the songs belonging to the 1950s era. Expecting the songs of this movie to become chartbusters is not too likely.

The album begins with the astonishing Chale Aao Saiyan. This semi-classical song, a form of thumri, with Shreya Goshal at the vocals, music composition by Moitra and written by Swanand Kirkire is the only reason why one would want to listen to the entire line-up. She creates some kind of magic with this song making the song sound very real and unusually different from all her other songs. Moitra once again proves himself in this genre of music after composing music for the thumri in Hazaaron Khwahishen Aisi.

The title track Khoya Khoya Chand is yet another superbly composed song. Sung by the rare singers Ajay Jhingran and Swanand Kirkire, the lyrics aren't as effective as the music is, which has shades of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's tunes. In tracks similar to this, the harmonium is usually the lead instrument. But thankfully, the harmonium has been replaced by ghungroo and strings for this track.

Khushboo Sa, sung by Hamsika Iyer (of the'Chanda Re' fame from Eklavya) is typically the song belonging to the 1950s era. The mood of the song is brilliantly set by Hamsika, thus making the music sound beautiful as well. This is one song which will leave a mark on listeners.

O Re Pakhi, sung by Sonu Nigam, is a good bet but only as far as the music goes. Sonu, who is considered to be one of the most multitalented singers of the industry, quite disappoints with this song perhaps because this number hasn't been composed to the standards of the other songs in the album. On the lower notes especially, there are maximum chances of losing the interest in the song.

Sakhi Piya is a good experimental song with Shreya Goshal and Pranav Biswas at the vocals. This song has succeeded in creating an apt atmosphere, thus letting the music to be liked along with the vocals. The music, though quite basic, is mesmerizing. The alaap by Pranav is definitely what gives the song an altogether different high. Swanand Kirkire's lyrics are a treat.

The next song, Thirak Thirak begins on a superb note. The tune is absolutely original and peppy and the voices of Shreya Goshal and Sonu Nigam add to the delight. As the song progresses, the melody gets a little jerky though.

Sonu Nigam and Antara Choudhury have an awe-inspiring chemistry in the song Yeh Nigahein. Although Sonu Nigam sounds better in this when Antara joins in. the heartbreaking lyrics have immensely contributed to making the song as perfect as it is composed.

With this movie, Shantanu Moitra climbs one more step towards becoming the next big thing in the industry. Apart from what the biggest music directors do with their music, Moitra has his own style and way of music. Hats off to him!

Our Rating - 3/5