Swagata Panjari    03 Oct 12 12:22 IST


Label: Sony Music

Music: Vishal-Shekhar

Lyrics: Anvita Dutt

Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Neeti Mohan, Salim Merchant, Shekhar Ravjiani, Sunidhi Chauhan, Nazia Hassan, Shefali Alvarez, Shreya Ghosal, Udit Narayan, Nisha Mascarenhas, Shahid Mallya, Shefali Alvares, Benny Dayal, Marianne D’Cruz

Vishal-Shekhar’s fourth offering of 2012, ‘Student of the Year’, has already succeeded in racking up the expectation of its listeners with heavy promotions and marketing. The composer duo who by this year has offered hit soundtracks in films like Kahaani and Shanghai is all set to take a disco twist in the adolescent romantic flick.

Bringing back the flavour of commercially well-received youth flick Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, the composer has doled out seven tracks that gel well with the theme. Unlike their earlier album where the flavor of tracks had been serious and momentous, in this OST, the composers have adopted a light hearted and jocular style. The album highlights hip jovial tracks which may relate to the youngsters especially high schoolers or college goers.

Tingeing the classic flavor of 80’s the album kick-starts with the track 'Disco-Deewane', which was crooned by Bollywood’s first Pakistani pop diva Nazia Hassan. During its era, the track generated huge turbulence in the music industry and VS has decided to cash on the same impact. In its revitalized version the composers have tweaked the track by incorporating frenzied Disco as well as Afro-American Hip-Hop beats. The vocals of Benny Dayal and Sunidhi Chauhan further uplifts the track and mingles well with the refined tones of late Hassan’s chorus lines which sets the floor on fire. The technical improvisation and smooth meddling of English lyrics has made the track winner all the way.

Moving away from hip disco track, the album enters into a romantic trance with ‘Ishqwala Love’ giving the obvious KJO style music as seen in Kuch Kuch Hota hai, Mohabbatein and Kal ho Na ho. The melody brings out the romantic dreamy quotient with the smoothly charmed vocals of Salim Merchant which are aptly supported by Shekhar Ravijani’s rendition. The silky smoothen voice of debutant Neeti Mohan is also well received and does justice to the overall track. Although the lyrics of the track needed depth the track as whole does justice to the desired romantic situation and succeeds in bringing out mushy feeling and awe moment for the listeners.

The much needed KJO style bhangra-pop track ‘Vele’ comes up next gracing the list

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