Music has no language barriers. Having said that, it sure is fun looking at a track list of a movie that’s remade from one language and has retained the soundtrack/music. With the soundtrack listing of ‘Ek Deewana Tha’ (EDT) having released, I can’t help but draw parallels to the originals from ‘Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya’ (VTV). The last time that this happened with ARR music (Tamil-Hindi or vice versa) was with Alaipayuthey and Saathiya. While the music in both Alaipayuthey/Saathiya surely seemed to be catchy, classy and all that, I wouldn’t say the same about the movie in Hindi.
(Lakeer reused tunes from Rhythm partially, but for an entirely different movie. The music for Yuva/Aayitha Ezhuthu and Raavanan/Raavan got released around the same time. Sajni – Kannada, being the remake of Jodi – Tamil, reused tunes from the Tamil version, which were originally reused from Doli Sajaake Rakhna – Hindi.)
Looking at the track list in Hindi, it has retained all seven tracks from Tamil, while a few more tracks and instrumentals have been added. What seems interesting is that with the exception of Aaromale and Kannukkul Kannai (Dost Hai, perhaps), the singers of the Hindi tracks seem to be different from singers of the Tamil tracks. The biggest surprise is Madhushree replacing Shreya Ghoshal in Mannipaaya (Sharminda Hoon, perhaps). While I sure appreciate Madhushree in In Lamhon Ke Daaman Mein, Tehzeeb ghazals, Hum Hain Iss Pal and Kabhi Neem Neem tracks, I sincerely hope she has done a good job rendering this track that was kind of immortalized by Shreya Ghoshal in Tamil (and Telugu). Also, I hope that the ARR-Madhushree duet combination from Marudhaani and Kabhi Neem/Sandai Kozhi succeeds in this too!Aaromale sounded quite different in the teaser promo, with some techno segments, and hopefully it hasn’t hampered the feel of the song. It’s also interesting to see Malayalam lyrics in Phoolon Jaisi (can be easily guessed to be Omana Penne), which could mean Amy Jackson plays a girl from Kerala in this version, as well. So we get to see Kerala in this movie too 🙂 The new tracks seem to be Zohra Jabeen, Broken Promises, Moments in Kerala, Jessy’s land, and Jessy’s Driving Me Crazy. Perhaps a few of these are from the VTV – Collectors Edition CD, which I am yet to lay hands on. Broken Promises with Shreya Ghoshal could very well be the Aaromale version, though I secretly hope it’s a different version of Mannipaaya. The only released song (as of Dec 21st 2011) Hosanna features Leon D’Souza and Suzanne D’Mello. As with the original, the tune is pretty catchy, but one can’t help but notice the way a few of the words in the lyrics are made to fit into the tunes (always a problem with multilingual albums). It’ll soon be time to have a VTV —> EDT transition. VTV surely impressed me musically and visually. Here’s hoping that EDT follows suit.