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Dance has been an integral part of Hindi movies. From the days of Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje to Disco Dancer or Taal to the very recent Aaja Nachle, filmmakers have tried to explore this area. However we still have not been able to come close to making a Flashdance or the whole Step Up franchise. UTV’s next production ABCD – Any Body Can Dance might bring Bollywood closer to Hollywood in this respect. Directed by the ace choreographer Remo D’Souza, this one stars the dancing sensation Prabhu Deva. Since it is a dance based movie, music is an integral part. Remo has repeated his F.A.L.T.U duo of Sachin-Jigar to compose this one as well with Mayur Puri as the lyricist. There are 9 original tracks with lots of foot tapping music.

Prabhu Deva and Ganesh Acharya in a still from ABCD – Any Body Can Dance Movie
Prabhu Deva and Ganesh Acharya in a still from ABCD – Any Body Can Dance Movie

Shambhu Sutaya – ABCD – Any Body Can Dance Music Review

Album begins with Shambhu Sutaya, an ode to the Lord Ganesha. As one should begin all things with Ganesha’s blessings and prayer, this one fits in beautifully and does the work. Vishal Dadlani and Shankar Mahadevan render their voice to the same. Both have powerful vocals and add oodles to the song. It is a theme-based song, which surely will do justice to the situation.

Bezubaan – ABCD – Any Body Can Dance Music Review

Next track is where you start getting the feel of ‘Step Up’ genre. Bezubaan appears as a warm up and practice track for the dance group, as it’s a mixture of rap with ballad. Beats are hip-hop based and the shift from rap to soft music is effortless and seamless. There are a host of talented singers Mohit Chauhan, Priya Panchal and Deane Sequira who have made the track interesting. Track begins with Mohit’s smooth voice and then picks rhythm with Priya’s voice with the chorus adding its bit. This track has the ability to tie down a listener and bring him back for more.

Psycho Re – ABCD – Any Body Can Dance Music Review

Psycho Re is a fun track rendered by funky Mika Singh and the surprise package Udit Narayan. Mika renders the track in his usual bindaas-n-entertaining manner while Udit Narayan adds a sober and softer touch. However, it’s the lyrics and the music, which will catch your attention. Moreover Punjabi meeting South Indian mix is intriguing too, specially the music instrument clarinet. Mayur Puri’s lyrics are cool and would remind you of what Mehmood did in Padosan. This track will grow on the listener and would definitely add fun in parties.

Man Basiyo Saanwariyo – ABCD – Any Body Can Dance Music Review

Ever bubbly and ‘joshilee’ Anushka Manchanda renders the next track titled Man Basiyo Saanwariyo. This track has very traditional and Awadhi lyrics by Mayur. However the contrast comes with the music and Anushka’s Western singing style. Such fusion tracks give lot of room to the choreographers to showcase and explore their talent. This song would be exciting to watch on screen as it provides that space to the director.

Chandu Ki Girl Friend – ABCD – Any Body Can Dance Music Review

Chandu Ki Girl Friend is a groovy track rendered by a group of singers namely Raman Mahadevan, Jigar Saraiya, Divya Pushkarna, Sagar Kendurkar and Madhav Krishna. It’s a youthful track which describes a situation in the movie. Such songs used to be very popular in 90s and this one will remind the listener of the same. Lyrics are very casual and day-to-day and hence fun to enact and watch on screen. This one would fulfil the need of entertaining dance track in the album for everyone to let their hair down and showcase their talent.

Duhaai – ABCD – Any Body Can Dance Music Review

Next track Duhaai changes the mood of the album and heads to being a romantic ballad. Sachin-Jigar with Madhav Krishna deliver this track with lot of desire and earnestness. It has a lot of twists and turns with very appealing music and coming together of instruments. Mix of ballad with soft rock and emotions works for the track. It’s an attractive composition, which will find its takers.

Sorry Sorry – ABCD – Any Body Can Dance Music Review

Sorry Sorry takes the mood back to Chandu Ki Girl Friend. Composed on very similar lines, this track is rendered by Jigar Saraiya who is famous for his song Awaaz from F.A.L.T.U. However, the music here is at a little higher note than that. Lyrics are attracting for the youth and very much on the lines of songs from F.A.L.T.U. In fact lyrics lile ‘Sorry sorry sorry, bacche ki loge jaan kya’ will take you back to ‘chaar baj gaye lekin party abhi baki hai’. Latter was a hit and this one too comes with the potential to click with the same generation.

Kar Ja Re Tu Mar Ja Re Tu – ABCD – Any Body Can Dance Music Review

Kar Ja Re Tu Mar Ja Re Tu is an electronic rock based track which begins with an instrumental of ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ and than changes its course to rock. Suraj Jagan renders this one with a lot of josh and passion. This track contributes in a major way to add on to the album’s diversity, hence making it a complete affair.

Sadda Dil Vi Tu (Ga Ga Ga Ganpati) – ABCD – Any Body Can Dance Music Review

Last but not the least is Sadda Dil Vi Tu (Ga Ga Ga Ganpati). The album began with an ode to the Lord Ganesha and ends with the same. However, one could not have been more different from the other. Hard Kaur, who does not need any introduction, has rendered this fusion-n-rock based Ganpati ‘aarti’. It’s a perfect track for a dancer to showcase his talent. It won’t be a surprise to find this track at the end during the final competition and give everyone a platform to perform. Sachin-Jigar have done a great job by mixing various sounds and cultures, hence definitely showcasing their talent and capability. The onus now is on Remo to make this one a dancing marvel on screen.

The Last Word – ABCD – Any Body Can Dance Music Review

Music is an essential part of ABCD and Sachin-Jigar, with all their sincerity, have made a good attempt in providing music as per the need of the movie. Music has all the ingredients for a choreographer to paint his picture completely. However, the tracks, though working as a package, fall short of becoming independent wonders. Hence it would all boil down to choreography and picturisation being superlative enough to result in a hit soundtrack. Hopefully Remo’s excellence will help in achieving that.

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