Aarakshan Music Review (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Prasoon Joshi)

After a long time, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy look in their full color. No, I won’t say ZNMD was bad, but somehow it was patterned, without much ‘new’ really. But they are back again with Aarakshan, with their old mate Prasoon Joshi, this time not just writing but also composing a number, which surprisingly, almost beats SEL’s compositions.

The album starts with ‘Mauka‘ which is, in a way, the theme song of the movie. The song, that basically talks about giving a chaanas (chance) is a song with enthusiasm and a wish to do something. Sung by five singers led by Raman Mahadevan and Mahalaxmi, the song has an item’ish, addictive touch to the music and zeal in the lyrics. Will get promotion, has to work.

Next comes Achcha lagta hai, sung by Mohit Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal. The song that reminds me of rut aa gayi re in the first few moments, is a peppy number with some nice and fresh arrangements and while Mohit Chauhan is as great as ever with his lovely voice, Shreya is completely into the conversation happening in the song. Liked it. Very much.

Still, Kaun si dor/ Saans Albeli, the composition of Prasoon Joshi, is the surprise of the album. While I had no idea what to expect from him in his first ever composition (at least to my knowledge, in and out of movies), he completely took me by wonder with the song that, sung by Pt Channulal Mishra (with Shreya in case of the duet version Kaun si dor), goes almost completely classical, and the best part is that once I started listening to the song, I did not feel like stopping it for even once in the quarter to six minutes’ run of the song. Completely loved Prasoon’s debut as a composer.

The last song of the album is Roshanee, sung by Shankar Mahadevan, which starts in a slightly ‘Uff teri adaa’ style, but shifts totally to a passionate, ‘joshila’ number very soon. Again some new arrangements from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy with some good words by Prasoon.

In short, the album is a small treat of four songs from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Prasoon Joshi. Prakash Jha, who got four different composers to create four songs in Raajneeti has once again got it right, in fact better this time.

Author: Harshit

Madman. So-called Computer Engineer. Hindi Music Freak. Hindi Movie Buff. Thinker. Reader. Critic. Blogger. PJist. (bath)room Singer. Madman.

9 thoughts on “Aarakshan Music Review (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Prasoon Joshi)”

  1. totally disagree
    Achcha lagta hai is sound like lakshy Achcha lagte ho na…
    Mauka sound like mission Kashmir bumro…

  2. ZNMD>Aarakshan for me, but good album 🙂

    Kaun Si Dor is hindustani overdose, didn’t like it at all – reminds me of heard to death compositions.

  3. I make it a point to check all your music reviews before downloading an album and agree with most of them. But truth be told ZNMD is way better than Aarakshan which turns out to be nothing more than a situational album. May work well in the movie but serious lack of pull power!

  4. @Baikunta

    Nice point made here about Achcha lagta hai. sounds a bit like achche lagte ho, especially with the similar words the effect is even more.

  5. I love the song Acha lagta hai. Its amazing 🙂 Kaunsi dor is a beautiful classical composition.

  6. “Mauka sound like mission Kashmir bumro”

    Tell me you’re kidding? Mauka and Bumbro? FFS.

    Only the Achha Lagta hai phrase is reminiscent of Acche lagte ho. Rest is as different as it gets.

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