When Ekta Kapoor launched the movie ‘The Dirty Picture’ we were not quite sure about her movie making capabilities – and taking a cue from the serials that she used to make, we did not feel that we had anything to look forward to. But when we saw Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, we even forgave her for changing Mumbai’s name… and we actually thought of her as the Robin Hood of Bollywood - she steals from the small screen and makes awesome movies for the big screen.
Apparently, The Dirty Picture is based on the burgeoning B grade cinema that was and still forms a major chunk of Bollywood releases and money. It may not be known to many, but all over India, there are more than ten to twenty movies releasing every week, and just a few years ago, Mithun Chakraborthy was the darling of the B grade cinema. However, we digress. Onwards to the movie review!
The first song, Ishq Sufiyana, is a sufi song, as the name suggests, and is sung exquisitely by the warm voiced Sunidhi Chauhan, who we think is one of the best sultry voices in Bollywood today. The Sufi song is a light, soft song and is one of the many old school compositions, which we suspect must be the mainstay of this movie. This song is not as much as a song as it is a Sufi poem that has a deep meaning, this one should be right up the alley for Sufi fans, as well as those looking for some silent perambulations.
Honeymoon ki Raat
Honeymoon ki Raat is a guilty pleasure. The guys from the seventies and eighties will remember the risqué Southie songs that they used to hear on channels like ATN (remember that channel?!, by the time it ended it showed a Jeetendra movie every day of the month!) and this one will take them (and me) straight back to that time.
This song has it all. The faux disco beat, the trumpet, the earthy lyrics, and the master stroke is some words that don’t fill the rhyme scheme, but they are just added – what the heck, who’s listening!
Listen to the song here:
Ishq Sufiyana (Male)
Kamal Khan once again renders Ishq Sufiyana in the male voice, and this one is one of the better rerenditions of songs in recent times. People who felt that they were shortchanged in the audio of songs from Bodyguard, etc. will agree that both the songs have a quality that makes them worthy album additions. This one is a good song, because though the lyrics and the composition are same, there is still some kind of distinct difference between the first song and the second song. Kamal Khan and Sunidhi Chauhan do justice to the song in both the renditions.
This album is the quintessential 80s album, where the lyrics made no sense, the songs were almost a remake of the Hollywood movies that came in spurts and bursts, and even have the little nod and English words, just because these things worked at the box office. We are still wondering whether this is an ode to the eighties, or whether it is a spoof of the eighties. Whatever is the case, this album, and every song definitely puts more light to the music and movies scenario back from the seventies and the eighties.
Listen to the song here:
Ooh La La
Ooh La La is the song of the album. If there ever was a song that could be considered to be the embodiment of the eighties, it would be ooh la la. We once again have the fake disco and pop music aspects, the inane lyrics, and the King of Eighties, Bappi Lahiri. It is quite refreshing to hear Bappi Lahiri and Shreya Ghosal together, and one cannot help but look at the song that has been brought together by two generations of movie making. Shreya Ghosal has come onto the screen much, much after Bappi Lahiri, and yet the two sing the song as if they have been singing together for decades together.
Ooh La La Dhol Mix
People who do not believe in Bollywood will not buy the album when they see that the two song have been rendered, and even we would not have, if we did not have faith in Vishal Shekhar. The Dhol mix takes you back to the Tohfa days, and you can actually picture Jeetendra and Sridevi singing and dancing to this song. Again, there is everything that made the eighties the eighties in this song. The ‘Ah Ha’ chorus, the extended middle piece, and a term that you would hear only in the music director’s ‘galli’, like the ‘humba’.
Listen to the song here:
The movie is said to be inspired from the many mainstream actors who were known for their skin show and bold antics, both in Bollywood as well as Hollywood, and the songs do give the taste of something like that. We liked the songs, and we especially liked the fact that they went ahead and kept the songs exactly as Bappi Lahiri would have done them back in the eighties – the special song from back then, sung by him and Shreya Ghoshal does give the album a better look.
The movie itself stars some of the best talents of Bollywood. It has Emraan Hashmi, Naseeruddin Shah and Vidya Balan. This will be the second movie that Vidya and Naseeruddin Shah will be working together in, and will be the first time that Emraan and Vidya Balan are acting together. This will, however, not be the first time that Vidya Balan will be working with the Balaji Telefilms banner. She was, in fact, launched by Ekta Kapoor in the nineties sitcom Hum Paanch.