ABCD (Any Body Can Dance) happens to be India’s first 3D dance film. Do I need to say anything more? With veteran choreographers Prabhudeva & Remo D’ Souza behind the film, I am not only expecting explosive dance sequences but also an explosive soundtrack to back these dances. New age musical duo Sachin-Jigar have composed the soundtrack. Without further ado, let us take a look at the songs.
Releasing a track dedicated to Lord Ganesh in January seems to be becoming the new trend (Agneepath’s Deva Shree Ganesha last January). Opening up with an Indo-western pseudo-rock devotional song Shambhu Sutaya, Sachin-Jigar take you by complete surprise. Being a Ganesha-bhakt myself, I am already in love with this track. This devotional track has been sung by the unusual combo of Shankar Mahadevan & Vishal Dadlani (!), who incidentally, KILLS this track. Both of them sound fabulous!
Next up we have the highly deceiving Bezubaan. The song, which starts off on a mellow note, turns out to be a great setup for some high octane moves which can be seen in this video:
Bezubaan is an exemplary instance of good music & lyrics. More than half the track is dedicated to foot-tapping beats perfect for a dance flick, as well as, an addictive rap. Sung by Mohit Chauhan (wow!), Priya Panchal, Deane Sequeira & Tanvi Shah, the song speaks about the realization of one’s worth and desire to fulfill one’s ambition – which is highly evident in the chorus:
“Bezubaan kab se main raha, Begunaah sehta main raha” which literally translates to “I have been voiceless since long back, Innocent, I kept bearing.”
The much talked about Psycho Re is heard next. The song brings four of India’s finest choreographers together for the first time on the silver screen – Prabhudeva, Remo D’ Souza, Ganesh Acharya & Saroj Khan. It also features Udit Narayan (along with Mika Singh) who is heard properly after quite a while. Check it out:
I will admit that I cringed when I first saw the song promo. On first hear, it didn’t appeal to me at all. That is when I shoved logic aside and re-heard it – what a mad song! Out and out crazy would be an understatement. Plus the tune is so damn addictive. Sachin-Jigar have come up with a fun, clean “item number” which will undoubtedly appeal to the masses.
Anushka Manchanda’s Man Basiyo Sanwariyo caught my eyes almost immediately. I love her voice. Quirky, unconventional, absolutely crazy & in a way, avant-garde would be the best way to describe this fusion rock track which describes a lover! Anushka sounds subdued (in a good way) and I am looking forward to the picturization of this track.
Up next is the situational Chandu Ki Girl Friend which vaguely reminded me of Pappu Can’t Dance from Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. Sung by Raman Mahadevan, Jigar Saraiya, Divya Pushkarna, Sagar Kendurkar & Madhav Krishna, it is a pleasant hear but doesn’t come close to the previous tracks. Chandu seems to be a nerdy guy who happens to bag a hot chick a.k.a his girlfriend. Essentially, you have an assortment of astonished singers discussing this.
Duhai, which opens up on an Indian note, soon enough takes the Rock-y road! The best part about this track is the fact that it isn’t preachy or lamentable. The song transitions beautifully from despair to hope. Despite the fact that he sounds like Nikhil D’ Souza at times, newbie singer Madhav Krishna is one to look out for.
Sorry Sorry turns out to be a highly entertaining albeit situational track. So weird, so unexpected, so identifiable! Pumped with thumping beats and a Punjabi hangover, singer Jigar Saraiya seems to be on the quest to rectify his screw-ups and is heard profusely apologizing to his partner. Truth be told, this is a very average track but its energy makes up for this folly.
Kar Ja Re Ya Mar Ja Re starts & ends on a seemingly haunting note with a kid’s laughter, followed by, the lullaby Twinkle Twinkle Little Star being played on the piano. Sung by Suraj Jagan, this short track seems to be instrumental in taking the storyline forward. If I didn’t know better, I would say this is a pseudo-death rock song!
The album ends on the same note on which it started – with a devotional dance track Sadda Dil Vi Tu (Ga Ga Ganpati). WOAH! WOAH! WOAH! How the hell did Sachin-Jigar come up with this uber awesome track which has been sung by Rapper Hard Kaur?! Yes! A rapper has sung a devotional track and anyone who is even remotely well versed with Hard Kaur’s repertoire will vouch that she always delivers something hatke. And this is exemplifies by Sadda Dil Vi Tu. Wow!
Sachin-Jigar have delivered a multi-genre winning album. They have wonderfully demonstrated their versatility and deserve to be heard more. Despite having a couple of situational tracks, the album gets a thumbs up from me because of its uniqueness. Mayur Puri has written some of the most meaningful & appropriate lyrics I have heard in a very long time. With these songs, Any Body Can Dance!