Kitne Door Kitne Paas  
Producer: Mehul Kumar
Director: Mehul Kumar
Starring: Fardeen Khan, Introducing: Amrita Arora
Music: Sanjeev-Darshan
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi, Anwar Sagar & Abbas
Singers: Kavita Subramanium, Udit Narayan, K.K., Alka Yagnik, Roop Kumar Rathod, Sunidhi Chauhan, Jayshree Shivram, Mohammed Aziz
Audio on: Universal
Number of Songs: 6
Reviewed by: Rakesh Budhu
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 out of 10

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Simply uninspiring. For a film that promises "an international family drama", this attempt at a romantic soundtrack fails to strike any chord. Could Sanjeev Darshan have put any less effort into this soundtrack? Maybe I am being a little harsh, but given the potential of this duo, this is an utter no-no for music lovers. Even their last attempt, Style, had spunky music, though inspired; this one tries to stay romantic and appealing but turns out to be really below average.

Fardeen Khan’s films have always boosted of decent soundtracks since he became popular. For this Amrita Arora introducer a poor soundtrack will be a negative factor in the film, especially for her. One can hope Mehul Kumar is ready to present a strong film that isn’t based on a sappy romance between the hero and heroine.

For what it is worth Anand Bakshi is in form but how much can good lyrics help a re-hashed and dull musically based soundtrack? Not much!

Somehow Kavita Subramanium has not been given the good tunes to sing. Not one musical director has managed to get an "Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyan Maaf Ho" or “Jhonka Hawa Ka” (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam) from her. In our title track Udit Narayan sings with all his glory as usual (his scarcity in recent soundtracks only benefits his vocals). Yet though Bakshi lyrics are sweet and soulful they get too wordy and the repetition becomes a little bit filled with words. Sanjeev Darshan show some ability that they have shown in their early (sole) hits here. While their choice of instruments are enjoyable they aren’t anything new to the ears. Tssk… Tssk… Verdict: Most Tolerable in an array of musical disappointment.

Verdict: Masaladar and a poor attempt at a chartbusting Punjabi tune. Yes, I gave the verdict prior to the description because there is nothing much to describe in “Ji Jeend Jaan”, a song that sounds like it is coming out of Aadesh Shrivastava’s low budget music bank! (Imagine Sanjeev-Darshan copying Aadesh Shrivastava ha ha ha…) Another disgrace to the talented vocalists, Sonu Nigam and Kavita S.

Why Sanjeev-Darshan choose to take Nadeem-Shravan’s music in an attempt at a soft slow tune describing the search for love beats me. There is a qawaali feel to it. Poor singing (by two no names Roop Kumar Rathod and Jayshree Shivram) or maybe it is the lack of inspiration… Verdict: The one you will never listen to after you turn it off in the first two minutes. Oh, and hopefully something better on screen…

We are all quite aware of the questioning of the term “Mohabbatein” when the film was launched. It’s done and over with so we can expect a thousand more songs like “Hasate Hai Mohabbatein”, lyrics the only thing good about this meant to be touching song about the ups and downs in love stories. K.K. does an apt job in this swift pace average song. Verdict: The second and only other tolerable song on the pool of un-motivational tunes on the soundtrack.

I like the “Arabic” moderately fast paced tunes, that is, when they are un-inspired. In their last soundtrack- Style, “Mohabbat Ho Na Jaye” was a complete rip off of pop tunes, and in this soundtrack, the face paced, “Diwana Hai Dil Mera” is engaging but completely ripped off of several tunes. I always wonder why directors rope in extra lyricists to compose these run of the mill numbers. Never the less, itsī fast pace and music composition adds to a certain enjoyable feel to it, but the Verdict is: Completely un-original and lacking freshness.

It wasn’t only Sanjeev Darshan lacking inspiration here, Anand Bakshi who composed decently with the previous tunes gives us “Friends, I am Going To India”, oh wait, it’s not Sameer we’re talking about, this one is actually in Hindi, otherwise known as “Yaar Mein India Chala.” Sonu Nigam and Mohammed Aziz do nothing but sing with no feeling. What is more sad is that you can actually see Fardeen singing this one (Hum Ho Gaye Aap Ke hang over). Verdict: Again, nothing fresh, and the outcome is really uninspiring.

So if you summarize the verdicts, you can pretty much get a feel for this soundtrack. “Most Tolerable in an array of musical disappointment”; “Masaladar and a poor attempt at a chartbusting Punjab tune”; “The one you will never listen to after you turn it off in the first two minutes”; “The second and only other tolerable song on the pool of un-motivational tunes on the soundtrack”; “Completely un-original and lacking freshness” and “Again, nothing fresh, and the outcome is really uninspiring”. Enough said.