Money Hai Toh Honey Hai (2008) - Music Review

Cast : Manoj Bajpai, Celina Jaitley, Aftab Shivdasani, Ravi Kishan, Upen Patel, Kim Sharma, Govinda, Hansika Motwani, Isha Koppikar

Directed by : Ganesh Acharya

Producer : Kumar Mangat

Music Director : Vishal Bharadwaj

Lyricist : Sameer

Release Date : 25 July 2008

Entertainer No.1 Govinda and "comedy" are two vital factors in comical entertainers that go hand-in-glove with each other. Kumar Mangat's MONEY HAI TO HONEY HAI, a frothy laugh riot brings them together with bunch of hot "n" happening stars with loads of "masala" music in it. After making unconventional directorial debut with offbeat SWAMI, ace choreographer Ganesh Acharya makes his first commercial directorial move with this hilarious extravaganza. It also marks the first consequential commercial outing for talented composer duo Nitin Arora and Sony Chandy (Nitz 'N' Sony) who made their debut with somber sounding numbers in SWAMI. Will the music of this comical hullabaloo be making this gifted composer duo listed among list of most happening new composers? Let's find out?soothsayers predict win-win situation, is it so?
Nitz 'N' Sony makes innovative moves in incorporating peculiar sounding music, noises and genres to create a emblematic feel of a "hilarious thriller" in sluggishly paced title track "Money Hai Toh Honey Hai". It is profoundly infused with thrilling electronic sounds in low paced with an intrinsically "Chinese" musical binge in its prelude. Talented Harshdeep Kaur gets a major break from her routine Sufi and devotional genre as she is the lead vocalist for this spunky sounding number. The frothiness with glitz and gloss will surely be attracting a large section of listeners and will help it in having major takers from "aam junta".
Adnan Sami leads the bandwagon of funky pranksters in typical Afro-American stylized rap cum reggae number that emotes out the mindset of "money-loving" youth in upbeat sounding "Awaara Dil". This lethargically paced number brings on more bizarre noises in the backdrop with Shruti Pathak, Nitz 'N' Sony, Arya, Bob, Ishq Bector, Shantanu Hudlikar joining the fun. Sameer's funky sounding lyrics with extra "ding-ding", soft piano drills and repetitively rendered rap gives it an all together peppy outlook.
Labh Janjua, a hot favorite in Pritam's album makes a scorching chemistry with Sunidhi Chauhan in stylishly Punjabi cum Sufi folksy track "Chhuriyaan". This song too unravels slow-paced orchestrations flair where mix and match of folksy Punjabi and Sufi music dominates. It's a quizzically paced experimentation where the tempo has been relaxed to get a different feel for a mushy romantic appeal."Ta Na Na", a characteristically choreographer specialist number brings many moods for dancing on floors and beaches as this comes out in upbeat "grind" groovy beat patterns. It sounds like a typical Govinda "jhatkas" song where Kunal Ganjawala brilliantly modulating voices set the mood and festivity for the song. Rekha Bharadwaj voices out as lead female vocalist while back up vocals of Nitz 'N' Sony, Earl and Arya makes it modish with frenzied rap wordings.
The celebratory mood of a lavish get-together is facilitated through synchronized "shehnai" sounds with strong punches of "bhangra" mood taking over the proceedings in "Rangeeli Raat". Daler Mehndi gets a consequential outing for this typical flashy song that is amiably joined in tandem by Master Saleem, Sunidhi Chauhan and Arya.