Khanna & Iyer Music Review
2007 would see number of films coming from the production house of Subhash Ghai. Most of them are small films that would be introducing new talent, both from front and behind the camera. Khanna & Iyer is expected to be one of the first to arrive this summer. A light hearted romantic entertainer that marks the directorial debut of Hemant Hegde, the film also acts as the launch pad of newcomers Sarvar Ahuja and Aditi Sharma.
Presented by Zee Telefilms Ltd. in association with Mukta Tele Media., Khanna & Iyer is touted to be a feel good romantic thriller with music by Tabun Sutradhar with lyrics by Rajesh Johri and Sunil Jha. Incidentally, Tabun was the composer for Subhash Ghai’s ‘Joggers Park’ too and had given a hummable tune or two. Sadly, in case of Khanna & Iyer, there is hardly anything that you take home.
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There is an echo effect in the way opening track ‘Rootho Naa’ (written by Rajesh Johri) is arranged. A love duet by Kunal Ganjawala and Shreya Ghoshal, it has a sugar coated melodious feel to it with the song moving at its own leisurely pace. Almost like a nursery rhyme, it seems like an effortless composition as it doesn’t try to go over the board and sticks to the basics of a routine love song.
Though not a kind of track that gets into your ‘memorable numbers’ list, it is a decent track that comes again in the vocals of Jojo and Suzanne. If one has to pick between the two versions, one would rather go for the former since it sounds more innocent and sweeter. And for those who want their tracks to be purely instrumental, there is a ‘Piano Piece’ built around ‘Rootho Naa’. In fact this is what turns out to be the best part of the album.
There is a haunting ‘jungle’ feel, as per the situation the two protagonists find themselves in, in ‘Raasta Pyaar Ka’ that at most fits itself as the background theme piece. In fact at places, the tune comes across as so average that instead of a melodious mood expected from this Kunal Ganjawala/Shreya Ghoshal sung track, what you end up getting is an anthem feel that is reminiscent of a cricket cheer or a patriotic passion building up. Written by Sunil Jha, the song arrives in a ‘remix version’ by Aks that only takes the anthem mood forward. Not really happening!
A love song with a ‘bhangra’ rhythm to it and a touch of western arrangements, ‘Meri Jindari’ is second straight song in succession that doesn’t quite cut the ice. Written by Rajesh Johri with Sukhwinder Singh and Madhushree at the helm, it is as predictable as it gets with hardly anything in it that would make you pine for this album.
In fact it’s only the interspersing female chorus that peps up the song to some degree even as rest of the track doesn’t quite raise itself to be anything above being average. Later arrives the ‘remix version’ by Aks that speeds up a little but still fails to make you go gaga over it.
Kunal Ganjawala comes along with Sudesh Bhonsle for ‘Boom Boom Boom’ that has lyrics by Suni Jha which go like ‘Dil Garden Garden Ho Gaya’. A kind of campus number that you had heard too often in the early 90s when Nadeem Shravan, Anand Milind and Jatin Lalit used to churn out in dozens, it reminds one of the genre to which ‘In the Morning By The Sea’ [Jaan Tere Naam] belonged.
On hearing it closely, one wonders if it is indeed Sudesh Bhonsle at the helm since the voice is pretty much sounds like that of Amit Kumar. Yet another average number in an overall lukewarm album.
Except for ‘Rootho Naa’ [which is again not spectacular by any means], there isn’t much that one remembers after hearing the songs of Khanna & Iyer. One can clearly sense that for a low budget film like this, there hasn’t been much time and effort spent on making music that would belong to the blockbuster category. At maximum, the songs stand as fillers that are required for any routine love story.
This one can be given a skip.