It’s ironic how Salman Ahmad’s new song, ‘Kaise Bolun’, from the upcoming Bollywood film Rhythm, echoes similar feelings in one as the title lyrics because we really don’t know how and what to say about this disaster of a song. If you think ‘Chand Sitara’ was bad, wait till you hear this one. ‘Kaise Bolun’, showing a modern day, ‘spiked’ Sufi Salman performing dance moves that make Happy New Year’s Team India look like pros, is hilariously amusing (as predicted earlier), downright silly and is a testament to why most of today’s Bollywood music has lost novelty value.
Ahmad’s urgency and desperation to keep making a comeback into music is evident in his frenetic rendition of the song and though it is meant to evoke passion, what it manages to stimulate is only anguish. It also seems that Junoon isn’t the only thing inspiring Ahmad for years, Taher Shah has also. But while ‘Eye to Eye’ was interesting in its absurdity, ‘Soul to Soul’ is a mockery unto itself and frankly, unbearable. From the lyrics to the soundtrack to the kaleidoscopic video, everything is out of place and comes across as simply crass. We really don’t blame Ali Azmat for not wanting a Junoon reunion. It makes perfect sense now. The song not only tarnishes Junoon’s legacy but also Ahmad’s musical prowess and one wonders if there really is a possibility left for Ahmad to come back from this. ‘Kaise Bolun’ offers one a clear-cut strategy of surviving our days on earth – avoid repetition of this song, at all costs. Don’t believe us? Check out what people have to say about it on Twitter!
- Nida Ameen