Spoke too soon. Saawariya the real deal?

A few days ago I wrote about how I thought Om Shanti Om might just have the best soundtrack of the year. Well, less than a week later, I am forced to re-think that statement courtesy Saawariya, also due out this year. By Sanjay Leela Bhansali, with music by Monty (anyone heard his name?) and lyrics by Sameer, the movie stars two newcomers in lead roles with Ranbir Kapoor (Rishi Kapoor's son) and Sonam Kapoor (Anil Kapoor's daughter), and special appearances by none other than Salman Khan and Rani Mukherjee.

A couple of notes on the film. The first Hollywood production house Bollywood film that received good press in the NY Times at this link:

The studio behind “Saawariya,” Sony Pictures Entertainment, is the first in a wave of American studios to produce their own kaleidoscopic Bollywood musicals. The American studios are keen to make money in India, but in a nation where $19 of every $20 spent at the box office goes to indigenous films, the studios are deciding to join Bollywood, not conquer it with their American-made fare.

Fair enough. Initial reactions to the soundtrack lead me to comparing this to the soundtrack of Jaan-e-Mann (2006) starring Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Preity Zinta and Anupam Kher. I'll have a more extensive music review later on.

For now, suffice it to say that this is one soundtrack to cherish. And one movie to look forward to.

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