‘Pappu can’t dance saala’ is the latest offering by one of the best Indian music composers of our times, A. R. Rehman. Shocked as I was after listening to the songs of the movie ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’ (JTYJN), I almost got a heart-attack when I learnt that the maestro had composed the music for the movie. To expect anything less than the best would be unjustifiable when it comes to A. R. Rehman. That man who is known for revolutionizing the Indian music scene with his compositions (Roja, Bombay, Rangeela, Dil Se, Taal, Saathiya, Swades, Rang De Basanti, and Guru etc) would do such a dismal and forgettable job in his latest score (JTYJN) was unimaginable.
No doubt that almost all songs of Jaane Tu are big hits of the day but for the reasons that even an average music listener understands, these songs will not be remembered for long… There’s nothing to be called ‘new’ in any of his songs. I mean, if we were to listen to something ‘usual’ and ‘ordinary’, we would rather prefer listening to Himesh or Anu Malik. Although, to put the blame for the failure entirely on Mr. Rehman’s shoulders would be saying a little too much. Lyrics for almost all songs of Jaane Tu are awful at best! I mean how bad can you go to write something like ‘Pappu can’t dance saala!!’. A fifth grader might have penned down a better song!
And, as those of you who have a background knowledge of music production might have already noticed, the sounds (basslines, beats etc) used in most songs are pretty basic. I am really not sure if a good music critic would not like to bash his club on Mr. Rehman’s head for making him/her listen to this ‘stuff’! Some of the songs are still listenable to variable extents but most are outrightly disastrous!
My personal advice would be to listen to the songs only when you’re shaking a leg in the disc or when you are pitch drunk or suicidal! Guess it’ll help you push yourself over the edge!!
Sorry Mr. Rehman, we don’t really dig this ‘sh*t’! We are beginning to know the difference between the ‘good’ and the ‘ordinary’ and sorry as I am to say that your music is increasingly becoming the latter. Hope you regain the Midas touch the next time so that I can make another CD of your songs for my collection!
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