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Sound Check '06
The year 2005 has been a musical success for Bollywood and this new year promises to be a bigger hit with filmmakers like Karan Johar, Sooraj Barjatya, Rakesh Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, JP Dutta and Ravi Chopra lining up their latest flicks. 2006 also looks slated to be the year of superstar releases with a lot of international music’s biggest names returning in full force. We’ve done some extensive digging and brought you nuggets of information on what may well prove to be musical successes of 2006.

Baabul (Ravi Chopra / Aadesh Shrivastava / T-Series)
Director Ravi Chopra’s last film Baghban had met with huge success, not only at the box office but also on the musical scene. Songs like Soni Teri Chaal and Chali Chali had become rage on the music charts making the evergreen pair of Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini charm cinema lovers again. Aadesh Shrivastava too delivered arguably the best score of his career in this film. The same team ~ Ravi Chopra, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini and Aadesh Shrivastava are back with Baabul. The music of the film is definitely going to be peppy, yet rooted in culture, as was the case with Baghban.

Dhoom 2 (Sanjay Gadhvi / Pritam / Yashraj)
Dhoom created history on the music charts and introduced Tata Young to India. The film made careers of many people and the sequel to the blockbuster promises to be much bigger. Pritam, whose career reached dazzling heights with this film, will be back with a bang creating thumping melodies for this Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan and Ashwariya Rai starrer. Director Sanjay Gadhvi will leave no stones unturned to ensure the success of this film being produced by the Yashraj banner. For the record, Dhoom Machale is the largest downloaded ringtone in Indian Telecom circle and Dhoom 2 promises to revisit the phenomena.

Don (Farhan Akhtar / Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy / T-Series)
Khaike Paan Banaraswala is one song that was a rage in the ’70s and now the same magic would be recreated by Farhan Akhtar who is remaking the classic. Even though Farhan has roped in his favourite Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy to work on the soundtrack, some songs from the original classic would remain untouched. Starring Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Arjun Rampal, Don is definitely a film one would be waiting for, both from the movie and music point of view. Considering Farhan’s first two films ~ Dil Chahta Hai and Lakshya ~ had some fabulous music, expectations from Don are sky high!

Fanaah (Kunal Kohli / Jatin-Lalit / Yashraj)
This film is important in several ways. It marks the comeback of Kajol into active cinema after a period of hibernation. It also is the second time pairing of Aamir Khan and Kajol, last seen together in Ishq. The film comes from the Yashraj stable, is directed by Kunal Kohli and most importantly it is the last film of composer duo Jatin-Lalit together. Fanaah will mark the end of a legendary association of Jatin-Lalit who has given innumerable blockbusters to the industry. The fact that their trademark melodies would never be heard again makes this film extremely special for music lovers.

Even amidst talk of a record label switch for alt-rock surrealists Radiohead, fans will be happy to note that the band have been busy at work on their seventh studio album. The follow-up to 2003’s Hail To The Thief is expected in the first half of this year and you can be sure that Thom Yorke and his bandmates will be back with intricate metaphors, complex arrangements and musings that you can appreciate only after repeated listenings.

Diddy - who’s that now? None other than Sean Combs/Puff Daddy/P.Diddy ~ now known as Diddy. Phew! If you have been keeping up with his music as well as his name changes, then get ready for a brand new release by this superstar. The record is titled PD5 and is produced by Diddy himself. The rapper has been busy working on the Notorious B.I.G. tribute project but fans can be sure he’s got some gems saved up for his new release as well.

The Corrs
For Ireland’s most famous siblings, home is definitely where the heart is. Their new album, due next month, sees the quartet come full circle on a disc simply titled Home. Compiled using the songbook of their late mother, the band seeks to bring new interpretations to traditional Irish songs. After 15 years travelling the world with their music, home seems like a good place to take their fans.

Justin Timberlake
If Justin Timberlake’s tunes rocked your body on his debut album, then get ready because he’s back again. It’s been an eventful journey since his first release ~ he broke up with Britney Spears, hooked up with Cameron Diaz and is even exploring acting along the way. While the new album is being kept under wraps, you can be sure that JT will have some surprises up his sleeve.

You can read the rest of Sound Check '06 in the January 2006 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.


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