Producer: Afzal Khan
Director: David Dhawan
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan
Music: Anu Malik
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Singers: Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam, Anu Malik, Udit Narayan, Vinod Rathod, Anuradha Paudwal, Sonu Nigam
Audio on: T-Series
Number of Songs: 7
Reviewed by: Rakesh Budhu
Reviewer's Rating: 6.5 out of 10

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Before coming to a conclusion on this soundtrack or even listening to it, there is something everyone should not do- don’t even bother comparing it to the original Hum Kisise Kum Nahin composed by R.D. Burman. Not that Anu Malik and Anand Bakshi don’t have the whit and talent to come up with a classical soundtrack like the original Hum Kisise Kum Nahin, but the genre of the film, a comedic drama, and the director of the film David Dhawan are enough to drop expectations and such comparisons quite low. There’s no reason then not to enjoy this quippy soundtrack of a variety of situational, upbeat and somewhat romantic numbers.

What’s better is the star cast. Multi-starrers seem to be pick of the day lately, and a star cast of such unique talents like these, in such a unique comedy will probably not be seen again any time soon. So the tunes do lend some anticipation for what is to come this May. We’d be worried if Malik dished out a soundtrack like Asoka or Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai here, what we have is what is needed- an equal balance of comedic, peppy and romance- David Dhawan style.

Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai” is a perfect start off to the album; it gives you a good taste of what is to come. Situational it is, thus the singing may not require much. Alka Yagnik and Sonu Nigam serve the tune well while Anu Malik tries hard to pull an Amitabh Bachchan. His rendition is perfect, too perfect in fact. Can’t pinpoint the difference. Hint hint… The lyrics are situational but don’t fail to keep our attention and thus we won’t be saying “yeh kya ho raha hai”.

Dulhe Raja” (parts 1 and 2) starts of with wedding instrumentalism that was quite popular in the eighties with several composers, Kalyanji Anandji, Laxmikant Pyarelal etc. Anu Malik adds some of his own touch to it with the catchy portions of “na na na”. Udit Narayan sings pleasingly well with Alka in support for the first version. Lyrically normal, the tune is definitely one for shaadi celebrations but is still situation in terms of the film.

Hum Kisise Kum Nahin is not in the leagues of Haseena Maan Jayegi in terms of chartbusters, but it surely attempts to cover the territory with “Munna Mobile”. The song opens up like “What Is Mobile Number” from Haseena Maan Jayegi but changes pace with Sonu and the chorus spicing it up. Anu Malik opens up the tune with a few situational lines but gives us the privilege of not enduring any much more of his singing. For those that love tapori numbers, this is a winner. Anand Bakshi shows his versatility here- we’ve heard his melodious and meaningful tunes many a times, it’s nice to hear some funny stuff now and then as well.

O Sapno Ka Saudagar” is a sweet romance number with Sonu Nigam and Anuradha Paudwal, the T-Series duo, singing just as softly and sweetly. While the tune is really typical romance stuff, which probably serves as a typical romantic piece in the film, it is an attraction on the soundtrack.

Main Sohni Tu Mahiwal” is a mixture of typical romance and typical situational tunes. Also on the swift side the song bears resemblance to many of Malik’s past tunes. It’s listenable to a certain extent with Anuradha, Sonu and Vinod Rathod singing well in the tune.

Picking up the pace is “Kya Kehna” which uses over used instruments, typical eighties instrumentalism (more clearer, Bappi Lahiri’s Mawaali), and has its singers Vinod Rathod and Udit Narayan sounding just about okay. The chorus is intriguing and the song holds the listener’s attention, even with Anand Bakshi’s “wife... and life...”

Hum Kisise Kum Nahin is enjoyable for its variety and for the fact that the soundtrack should fit the film well. What’s more is that while the songs are humorous and pointless in their own little ways, they all seem to help the narrative. That would most likely indicate that Dhawan hasn’t blended a thousand films in one hoping that the audience will lap it up. There may just be a plot (“Analyze This” according to the rumor mill). David Dhawan knows that a soundtrack like Taal is a waste in his comedies and while he’s given us better peppy soundtracks, Hum Kisise Kum Nahin is surely not all that bad.