Lakshya - the word is Lakshya!! That's right
and the word is on everyone's lips right now due
to more than one reasons:
Hrithik Roshan, who arrives on big screen after
almost an year's gap since the phenomenal
success of Koi Mil Gaya
2) Farhan Akhtar, who directs a movie almost 3
years after a path breaking 'Dil Chahta Hai'
that broke all rules
3) Hit 'jodi' of Hrithik and Preity Zinta who
are set to put the screen ablaze again after
4) Big B whose presence is mandatory for all
5) Last but not the least Shankar Ehsaan Loy,
who created a bang with Dil Chahta Hai
and are riding high on the worldwide musical
success of Kal Ho Na Ho.
is a Ritesh Sidhwani venture directed by Farhan
Akhtar, has music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy and has
Javed Akhtar saab handling the lyrics
department. It's practically the same team,
which was behind 'Dil Chahta Hai'. Based
around the Kargil War, 'Lakshya' is the
story of a youngster for whom 'It took 24 years
and 18000 feet to find himself'!
It doesn't get any easier for a singer if he has
to sing for a star who had a complete change in
image an year back. Reference point being Shaan,
who sings to 'Main Aisa Kyon Hoon'
for Hrithik Roshan, who played a mentally
challenged guy an year back and in Lakshya
too isn't exactly in a chocolate lover boy role.
To add to it, in the pre-army days, the lead
protagonist of Lakshya has an altogether
different look and personality, which makes it
difficult for a singer to present through the
vocals. But kudos to Shaan who sings this track
exceptionally well and ensures that it has a HIT
tag all over it. Full marks to Shankar Ehsaan
Loy too for coming up with a very different and
hep tune that has been a rage already (never
mind a hint of the signature tune from James
Bond and Mission Impossible series)! Javed saab
captures the mind set of a young boy looking for
an 'aim' in his life so effortlessly that you
just can't help but appreciate the genius.
Prabhu Deva justifies the hard work done by all
by coming up with innovative choreography that
elevates the song to further heights. In all
this is a song, which will be remembered for
years to come. Though a word of caution here
that the song is being too much over-exposed!
When you have the hot pair of Hrithik Roshan and
Preity Zinta at the lead who arrive straight
from the universal success of Koi Mil Gaya,
then you just can't ignore to have a romantic
number between the two. 'Agar Main Kahoon'
answers this call which is very soft yet
contemporary. It has a good use of guitar
throughout and the lead singers Udit Narayan and
Alka Yagnik do well again, as always. Javed
saab's lyrics are in a conversational mode and
the song has a potential to be another 'Jaane
Kyon' from Dil Chahta Hai. A nice,
To add icing to the cake comes 'Kitni
Baatein' which is typically Hariharan. A
soft and somber number, it is excellently sung
by Hariharan, who is ably supported by Sadhna
Sargam. Hariharan is good as usual but it is
criminally neglected Sadhan Sargam who impresses
all with her soulful rendering. The singers are
one reason you want to hear the number again
when it is repeated. Orchestra in the background
also has a cooling effect and makes for a
peaceful hearing. A separation song with a
difference, it succeeds very well in not getting
into a weepy mood but instead holds your
attention throughout primarily due to good music
[which does sound like A.R. Rehman at times].
From here the course of the album takes a
different route altogether. Soon follow two
patriotic numbers and two related instrumentals
in quick succession. Title song of Lakshya
starts with the sound of a hovering chopper and
then gets in the mould of a motivational song
for the armed forces. There is an extensive use
of electronic guitar and drum beats that help in
creating the desired mood. Seemingly a training
song, it is nice to hear but is mainly
situational. The song will not turn out to be
another anthem but should do well on screen.
Shankar Mahadevan's vocals suit the number well
and he does full justice to it.
Se Milte Hain Kandhe' continues in the
spirit of the earlier title song and tries to
infuse the patriotic feel. The way it is
different from the patriotic songs from the JP
Dutta movies is that it sounds more hep, modern
and rhythmic rather than focusing on melody.
There are number of male singers used for the
track - Shankar Mahadevan, Sonu Nigam
(surprisingly his only number), Hariharan, Roop
Kumar Rathod, Kunal Ganjawala and Vijay Prakash.
Shankar Ehsaan Loy demonstrate their style of
music in this patriotic song which could easily
have taken an easier route by rendering a much
tried and tested path of numerous such similar
Instrumental 'Separation' is
international in appeal and manages to get you
into a sad 'separation' mood! A one-track
musical piece that doesn't deviate at all by
getting into too many variations, it is short
and does somber down the mood. Another
instrumental 'Victory' is exactly
opposite and is (obviously) about the victory
over the enemy. Again very international in
style and substance, it should sound extremely
well when heard in the theatres with surround
systems all over!
One kept wondering all these weeks that why was
'Main Aisa Kyon Hoon' being repeatedly
aired on the tube million times a day with any
new number not in sight! This is understandable
now because apart from 'Main Aisa Kyon Hoon',
there are just 'Agar Main Kahoon' which
has a blockbuster appeal and 'Kitni Baatein'
which will be appreciated by the classes. Apart
from these three tracks, there aren't much
chances that two patriotic tracks 'Lakshya'
and 'Kandhon Se Milte Hai Kandhen' and
the instrumentals will really attract masses, at
least till the release of the movie. Though
there are high chances that the movie's release
may completely elevate the music sales further
depending upon its stay at the box office.
In all, Lakshya does have good music that
is very urban and will appeal to the class
audience. Hrithik's fans, who may be looking for
another feel good score like Koi Mil Gaya
or peppy music in the lines of Dil Chahta Hai
may be a trifle surprised by being served a
different menu all together. But going by the
theme of the movie, the album is pretty balanced
and has been composed with style that speaks of
class. Though 'Lakshya' may not sweep all
the music awards, it is in addition to yet
another good score in 2004 after Murder, Yuva
and Hum Tum.