Not so Rocky!
Music plays an important part in this movie as Sushmita Sen is a singer. So Malik has a good theme to explore all the beauty of melody, the techniques of orchestration and the exploitation of talented singers.
“Ek Din Fursat” will probably have to be one of the finest songs Anu Malik has composed. The soothing piano notes open the track, which instantly create a charming mood. The piano piece extended where it is dragged from a romantic atmosphere to a somber one. Within the same music segment, the female chorus adds another sweet dimension to the piece. Gradually the background music shifts to a heavy use of the electronic strings. The excitement is building up as the voice takes time to arrive. The music played till now has been dreamy and it continues again with the keyboard sounds marrying the crispy romantic guitar. Overall, a beautifully and meticulously crafted gem. Well done Anu!
Signs of Anu Malik updating his music (which is badly needed!) is evident in “Rabbi” and he presents the number as his new sound to date. Rabbi is infectious with a catchy tune which is superbly rendered by Zubeen Garg. Sunidhi Chauhan amazes as usual with her rendition. The classical Indian pieces and high pitched renditions are effectively assured by Malik’s favorite Krishna.
“Meri Dhoop Hai Tu” opens with regular beats and a catchy female chorus. Javed Ali contributes from the prelude itself and goes high pitch later in the song. Tulsi Kumar seems forced to render her lines. The track is heavily supported by Malik’s female chorus of the ‘90s. Progressing with the stale melody, the tune fails to impress. The interludes have been cared with guitar sounds. Desperately, Anu Malik resorts to his bad habit or his incurable addiction – rehashing his own tunes; past hits or unpopular songs.
Paul Oakenfold’s familiar techno sounds give “Zindaggi Rocks” a rocking start! Anushka Manchandani (of pop band ‘Viva’ fame) interacts with the crowd in the prelude while the rock guitar builds the rocking rhythm. Anushka doesn’t wait long to start stretching her vocal chords while the female chorus accompanies her in the antaras. Malik’s arrangements are simply fantastic once again.
The most favorite prelude (used a zillion times) of Anu Malik is back again in “Humko Choone Paas Aaiye”. Starting with some nice guitar work, the song progresses with the use of the female chorus supporting Sunidhi Chauhan. She shows innocence in her vocals while being naughty at the same time. The first interlude carries a beautiful piano piece of music before the rock guitar emerges. The tune is dry at times but Sunidhi’s lively and very operatic voice compensates it. The rest of the song is too outdated although the accompanying piano is pleasing. This is pure Anu Malik stuff and is a product of the last decade.
Malik uses live performance music with more drums, bass and guitars in “Hadh Ko Adab Ko” and the format of the song is totally different. In the league of soft rock numbers, this one is quite situational with Sunidhi improvising with the music at places. Malik makes up for the average tune in the orchestration.
In a nutshell, the soundtrack of ‘Zindaggi Rocks’ excels in areas of orchestration and singing but is quite weak when it comes to the quality of tunes and melody. “Ek Din Fursat” is the only quality tune while the remaining ones are in sync with the theme of the movie. Meri Dhoop Hai Tu and Rabbi are saved by their foot tapping remixes which are better than their original versions!
Rating: 2.5 / 5