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Review by : Gayathri Sarangarajan

Music Director : Vishal, Shekhar
Vocals : Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan, Amitabh Bachchan, Shreya Ghosal, Sudesh Bhosle, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani, Anushka Manchandani, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sanjay Dutt.
Lyrics : Vishal Dadlani, Anvita Dutt Guptan

After three successful hits – Tashan, Bachna Ae Haseeno and Dostana, Vishal and Shekar are back this year with Aladin. Amitabh Bachan starrer has already created uproar with its trailer. The much awaited movie is the third venture of director Sujoy Ghosh. Already expectations have risen high. With the movie being a modern version of the classic Arabian tale the music also has been set to the situation perfectly. There are eight songs on the whole. Six originals and two remix.

Genie Rap...
Vocals: Amitabh Bachan, Anushka Manchanda
Lyrics: Vishal Dadlani

One is bound to get excited listening to this song…the reason: Big B has himself sung the song. This is a rap number that describes a genie and hence Big B lending his voice for the song was a very good idea. Anushka Manchanda’s voice provides a good backing to the upbeat tune.

Tak dhina din...
Vocals: Shankar Mahadevan and Shaan
Lyrics: Vishal Dadlani

Tak Dhina din is a very fast number that will surely get many on to their feet dancing. Shankar has sung the song very well. In fact the speed reminds you of his breathless rendition. The music is very racy. There is a good variation in the tune. The first two lines are different from the third and fourth. There is also an instrumental bit in between the first and second paragraphs that will get your spirits high. It’s a right kind of break before Shaan starts singing the next paragraph. Even the carnatic notes in between add flavor to the song.

O re saawariya...

Vocals: Sudesh Bhonsle, Shreya Ghoshal, Shaan and Amitabh
Lyrics: Vishal Dadlani
O re saawariya is another song in the movie which has Bacchan Saab lending his voice. A mix of semi classical, western and folk music – it’s a very different listening experience. A very obvious effort to give something different especially as three different kind of voices Sudesh, Shreya and Amitabh each in a different tune is certainly laudable.

You may be...

Vocals: Vishal and Shekhar
Lyrics: Vishal Dadlani

The music directors have sung this song themselves. A mix of both English and Hindi lyrics, the song is a romantic number. A slow number expressing love has a little bit of soft rock music blending with Indian music giving just the right feel to the song. The song will surely be famous with youngsters in love. The voices blend well with the music. The western accompaniments in the song actually remind you of the music of 70’s, 80’s and even that of Jhankar Beats. The lyrics are also good.

Bachke o bachke...
Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan
Lyrics: Anvita Dutt Guptan

The song begins very slowly and with instruments playing almost for a minute, it kind of bores you. The song then slowly picks pace but it’s not as impressive as ‘Thak dhina din’ which was also sung by Shankar and Shaan. Although the arrangements are good the song does not surely make an impression.

Giri Giri...
Sanjay Dutt
Lyrics: Vishal Dadlani

The beginning of the song sounds just like the beginning of a bond movie. Sanjay Dutt has sung this song. Not a bad performance one would say. Like the rap number describing genie this song describes the ring master but it doesn’t make to half the mark as much as genie rap did but the effort surely can be appreciated.

Genie Rap Remix ...
DJ Suketu
Lyrics: Vishal Dadlani

Remix of the original genie rap. There is a very Punjabi flavor to the song that somehow makes you feel you are listening to the song in some wedding or a function. The original version is certainly better.

Ore Saawariya Remix...
Vocals: DJ Suketu
Lyrics: Vishal Dadlani

This one again has a Punjabi flavor but at least the pace of the song is faster making this version better than the original. Somehow the classical and folk tunes blend better in the remix version making the listening actually a pleasant one.


It is becoming a routine for director Sujoy Ghosh to sign the pair Vishal and Shekhar for his movies. (Jhankaar Beats and now Aladin). Although the pair did not create an impact as they did with Jhankaar Beats or Dostana, directed by Tarun Mansukhani, the songs are quite racy and fun listening to. There is an effort to mix Hindi classical, western and folk music in more than one song. Although the songs are not great, one or two will surely hit the chartbusters. The genie rap and Tak dhina din are likely to be the most liked ones.
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