Superstar may have garnered some tepid responses at the box office, but I have to say its soundtrack is worth listening to. Its not just that the songs are catchy, but the selections are also unconventionally varied.
There are five songs on the CD (Shamir Tandon composes, Shabbir Ahmed writes) - and the one I picked up the CD for is a collaboration by Rekha Bhardwaj and Ustad Sultan Khan. The resulting ghazal Aankhon se khwab rooth kar is a terrific mood piece paced by a piano and slow beat percussion. Rekha and Ustad Sultan's voices probably don't compliment each other perfectly, but they are both mature enough singers to guide this composition to heights.
Yet the rest of the CD is just as fun to listen to.
First, there is Adnan Sami, making a welcome return to form after his dog days as singing Bollywood clown on albums such as Dhamaal and Rama Rama. On the pop confection Don't I love or Do I love you, Sami's ladoo loaded voice is infectious when waffling on romantic commitments. Sunidhi Chauhan also shows up and makes a rare misstep with some flat variations that almost kills the lilt. (I would probably have picked Nikita Nigam to complement Sami here.) But Sunidhi's piece is short and the song still holds its own.
Hamza Farooqui starts off Mann Tu Talbat (I Love You) in Arabic. And you can call me crass but Arabic in a Bollywood song compels me to stand up and bobble my head at great speed. Hamza also sings in Hindi but keeps the same irrepressible jiggle in his voice. In fact there is not a single line that Hamza sings in a straight note, thus making Mann Tu Talbat memorable and highly dance worthy (a fact that is not lost on Tandon who has ordered two remixes of the original)
And finally, Shaan and Kunal Ganjawala collaborate on Rafa Dafa, a song about friends cut up with over something that may or may not be trivial. Infused with doo-wop chorus', micro-scat jams, jazz licks and even a carnival interlude, Rafa Dafa has Kunal Ganjawala singing what may be his definitive song. He sounds like a guy having too much fun - someone you wouldn't mind partying with.
Kunal, dude, we should hang. Call me!