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Ramesh Sippy's Bluffmaster!

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Bluffmaster presents a fine example of Bollywood's fascination and eventual absorption of anything radical and sellable; in this case the short wave of yesteryear remixes that flooded Indian markets in this early decade of the 2000s. Though the short-lived era of remixing anything and everything Indian might have died down by now and Bluffmaster arrives late in this Mexican wave, it is still is a well-conceived album with equal doses of remixes and original tracks providing a theme-based soundtrack rather than situational songs typical of Bollywood. Vishal Shekhar invites various composers here, the most prominent being Trickbaby who released their debut Hanging Around in 2004. "Indi-Yarn," "Neela," and "Nine Parts of Desire" are hand-picked from Hanging Around and provide a lounge-based remixes of decades-old Bollywood hits. "Parde Ke Peeche" is a Hindi version of "Nine Parts of Desire." "Sabse Bada Rupaiyya" by Trickbaby is a standard-issue dance-pop remix of a 1976 song by Mehmood. Sameerudhin provides the most soothing and innovative remixes here with "Tadbeer Se Bigdi Hui Taqdeer," "Do Aur Do Paanch," and theme songs "The Gateway Theme" and "Come Fishing." "Tadbeer Se Bigdi Hui Taqdeer" is over five decades old; Geeta Dutt providing a remix of a singing style that varies by miles from present-day styles; a challenge well accomplished by Sameerudhin. Apart from these remixes, Robert Uhlmann and Arash compose the original music with "Say Na Say Na" sung by Aneela. Sweden based Arash sings "Bure Bure" in his typical Persian accent and creates a dance track that has made successful rounds in the Indian club/dance community. Vishal Shekhar composes the highlight song on this album -- the hip-hop influenced "Right Here Right Now" sung by lead actor Abhishek Bachchan. Vishal Shekhar has been experimenting continuously with their music and a successful hip-hop track has helped them solidify their presence in the Indian music arena. Vishal Dadlani raps on "Right Here Right Now" (Hip Hop Mix)."

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