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KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK MUSIC REVIEW
Review by : Gayathri Sarangarajan
Music Director : Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy
Vocals : Shankar, Loy, Clinton Cerejo, Alyssa Mendonsa, KK, Kailash Kher, Sukanya Purayastha, Monteiro, Malika Singh, Suraj Jaggan.
Lyrics : Javed Akhtar
First a musical and now a psychological thriller - Farhan Akthar is donning roles a many. Karthik calling Karthik is one of the much-awaited Hindi movies directed by Vijay Lalwani. Apart from acting in the lead, Farhan is also one of the producers of the movie. Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy have composed the music for this movie.

Hey Ya...
Vocals: Shankar, Loy and Clinton Cerejo


Hey Ya begins is a hinglish song beginning with English lyrics. A very simple straight song - no big experiments and no different tunes, but the lyrics and the soft tune grows on you. All credit to Javed for the good lyrics. This song should be work mostly with those in love.

Uff Teri Ada...
Vocals:
Shankar, Alyssa Mendonsa


The song begins with Shankar at the helm capturing interest with his mesmerizing voice. Little slow when it
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starts but picks up pace as it goes along. Like the traditional Shankar-Ehsaan- Loy music, this one has a mix of rock and Indian music. Although there’s a little bit of beat here and there, the song is still slow and soft. And the way Shankar says Sahiba reminds you of his album nine.

Jaane Ye Kya Hua...
Vocals: KK.


When it’s KK you cannot but like the song. He has done what he does best – added magic to the ballad. Soulful rendition – everybody would agree. The tunes are very simple but very pleasant to hear. And importance has been given to the vocals rather than the instruments which KK has capitalized. You may want to hear the song again and again.

Kaisi Hai Ye Udaasi...

Vocals: Kailash Kher and Sukanya Purayastha

The song beginning with the beautiful tunes on the flute not only sets the mood but also calms the mind. Kailash has turned a mellow number into a heart warming one with his voice and feel. Sukanya, who joins him, is also very impressive. Yet another soft song but intense song in the movie…


Karthik Calling Karthik...
Vocals:
Shankar Mahadevan, Caralisa Monteiro, Malika Singh and Suraj Jaggan

The title song of the movie is quite impressive. However, this song reminds me of songs from Colonial Cousins and another Tamil song called Anbe Sivam from a Kamal Haasan’s movie. The tune is quite OK but the dialogues in between get very irritating after a while.

Like it’s the tradition with the Hindi music directors today, there are four songs that have been remixed. I guess it’s an obsession or rather a compulsion.

Finally, the music livens with Karthik 2.0. Composed by Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale, this tune is much better than the earlier title track. This also suits the subject, one would say. Very good rhythm and tune on the guitar. Makes you finally sit up and want to listen.

The next remix of Karthik calling Karthik, again composed by Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale, is not quite necessary but certainly sounds better than the original.

Remix of Hey Ya and Uff Teri Ada are also quite unnecessary for that fact so are all the remixes of today. The tunes are just fast with beats thrown in here and there. However, the remix version of both the songs is much much better than the original. What makes me sit up and wonder is that why can’t people just do with original and save the remix as only version.


Verdict:

One would wonder why so many soft melodies for a thriller. If you expected fast-pace numbers, you are in for a great disappointment. One only hopes that at least the rerecording and background score will add some life to the movie because the songs fail to do that. The other surprising factor is that Javed Akthar has done a very mediocre job with the lyrics, which is so unlike him. The songs are not great to listen to but will pass for the moment.
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