Vishal & Shekhar Tashan Review

Soundtrack. Released 2008.  

BBC Review

Tashan is evidence of Vishal-Shehkar's versatility. The pair continue to modernise...

Jaspreet Pandohar 2008

Despite starring top Bollywood A-listers like Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan, Yash Raj Films' run of bad luck at the box office continues with the poor performance of Tashan. But the film's flop is in no way a reflection of its soundtrack, which thanks to composer duo, Vishal-Shehkar, is a resounding success.

If only director Vijay Krishna Acharya's talents could have matched the energy and attitude of Vishal-Shehkar's score the poor man could have had a hit on his hands. While his film's opening was a big disappointment, the opening to the soundtrack comes in the form of the delightfully stirring Dil Haara. Sounding as soulful as ever, Punjabi singer Sukhwinder Singh inserts passion into what could have otherwise been an average song.

Not to be outdone, Sunidhi Chauhan injects some girl power into Chhaliya. Soft and sexy slowly transforms into a lively pop number that was no doubt created to be pictured on the sassy (and super slim) Kareena. Lyrically seductive, you can just imagine young women wiggling their hips along to this one.

Shining out like a diamond is the fantastic Dil Dance Maare. Playback king, Udit Narayan, steps in to partner Sukhwinder and Sunidhi, while Vishal-Shehkar layers the harmonium, synthesizer and dhol to great effect. Its infectious beat and catchy 'Hinglish' chorus make it a perfect floor filler.

If you like your eardrums to be caressed rather than shaken, the beautiful love song, Falak Tak will be to your taste. Mahalaxmi Iyer accompanies Udit in this mellow duet that will please romantics. But the peace doesn’t last long thanks to the heavy rock theme song, Tashan Main, the only real letdown on the album.

Carefully positioned in between the five main tracks are four dialogues in which the film's lead actors introduce their characters in their unique style or 'tashan'. Although novel, their inclusion doesn't bring anything special. Perhaps Vishal-Shekhar could have done better by including another song instead.

Despite this small shortcoming, Tashan is evidence of Vishal-Shehkar's versatility. Along with Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy, the pair continue to modernise Bollywood music without losing its Indian essence.

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