Producer: Suneel Darshan
Director: Suneel Darshan
Starring: Bobby Deol, Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Chopra
Music: Nadeem-Shravan
Lyrics: Sameer
Singers: Alisha Chinai, Udit Narayan, Kumar Sanu, Sonu Nigam, Abhijeet, Alka Yagnik, Sapna Awasthi, Kailash Kher, Ishq, Indi
Audio On: Shree Krishna Audio
Number of Songs: 8
Released on: June, 2005
Reviewed by: Mandeep Bahra
Reviewer's Rating: 5 out of 10
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Barely have we had time to savour the mediocrity of Mere Jeevan Saathi, when the mediocre soundtrack for another Suneel Darshan film has released. Barsaat boasts the claim that it is Nadeem-Shravan’s best music. While flashes of brilliance are witnessed in a couple of tracks, the rest of the album can only be described as “different bottle, same old wine”.

The title track, “Barsaat Ke Din Aaye”, is pleasant enough. Both Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik do an adequate job but the tune is so similar to hundreds of previous Nadeem-Shravan creations. The peppy music will ensure its place on the sundry chart countdowns that plague the TV and radio channels but this track will hardly be a timeless classic. So enjoy it for now until another one comes along.

It’s really hard to like “Mushkil” when it begins with Alka Yagnik mouthing inanities like “He loves me, he loves me not…” Thankfully, she doesn’t repeat these lines throughout the song. Abhijeet joins Alka with his excellent vocals for this promising number. However, the languid pace will have the impatient among you reaching for the ‘skip’ button.

Sonu Nigam proves once again how brilliantly talented he is in “Pyaar Aaya Aur Zyaada” along with Alka Yagnik. However, once again the song drags and it’s difficult to endure all the way through to the end. The song’s style is reminiscent of R.D.Burman’s creations for Gulzar’s films in the seventies, but is no way nearly as good.

Alka then zips her way through two numbers that sound so similar that it’s difficult to pinpoint where one song ends and the other begins. “Aaja Aaja” is followed rapidly by “Saajan Saajan Saajan”, the first a solo and the second a duet with Kailash Kher, with dialogue interludes by Priyanka Chopra. Incidentally, Priyanka’s husky voice is in stark contrast to Alka’s high-pitched singing. N-S could have tried to find a more fitting voice for the former Miss World.

Some funky percussion and an ear friendly tune add listening value to “Chori Chori Ladi Akhiyaan”. The song is an obvious attempt to recreate “Pardesi Pardesi” from Raja Hindustani, but the arrangements here make “Chori Chori” the more appealing song. Udit Narayan is his usual excellent self and Alka sounds sweet here, particularly in comparison to Sapna Awasthi and Indi’s atrocious rustic renditions.

Alisha Chinai was the saving grace in Mere Jeevan Saathi with the track “Mashooka” and she pretty much saves this album too with “Nakhre”. N-S abandon their usual formulaic music and venture into Hip-Hop/Bhangra territory. Perhaps inspired by Anand Raaj Anand’s brilliant “Yeh Zamaana” from Wajjah, N-S have created an equally appealing dance track with fusion beats and English rapping by Ishq. However, the rap is less authentic here than in Wajjah’s song. After her award-deserving turn at the microphone in “Kajra Re” from Bunty Aur Babli, Alisha adds another feather to her cap with this repeat worthy number.

Alka then belts out another banal solo, “Maine Tumse Pyaar Bahut Kiya”. Stock Nadeem-Shravan music and forgettable lyrics make this boring number a total waste of time. Skip it!

The title track, “Chori Chori” and “Nakhre” are definitely worth listening to, and if you can manage to stick with them, “Mushkil” and “Pyaar Aaya” may also serve you well. However, overall Barsaat will hardly create a storm.