There are some who believe that the Darshan brothers and especially Dharmesh are the poor man´s Yash Chopra - Karan Joher and Akshay is to the Darshans what Shah Rukh is to Yash and Karan. In a way Suneel Darshan is responsible for saving Akshay´s career with ´Jaanwar´ and taking him nearer to the top with ´Ek Rishta - The Bond Of Love´ and ´Andaaz´ (only produced by Suneel ). Though Suneel´s last directorial venture with Akshay ´Talaash´ flopped, with ´Mere Jeevan Saathi´ he plans to set the record straight. The music once again has the Darshan favourites Nadeem-Shravan, so let us check it out.
The opening track ´Mere Jeevan Saathi´ by Sonu Nigam is a stage performance song, picturised on Akshay Kumar as he plays a stage singer. The song has good guitar strumming and 80’s style disco beats. It is a nice racy number and Sonu Nigam does a good job, as the song required a lot of energy and he is equal to the task.
´Tum Bin Na Jee Sakenge´ has Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan but some ordinary lyrics by Sameer - ´Jab se mile ho tum aisa lagta hai, Tum bin na hum jee sakenge´. It is a typical Nadeem-Shravan composition, whose style has endeared them to their listeners for over 15 years, starting with ‘Aashiqui’. Udit manages to lift the song. Alka is good as usual.
´Tum Ko Dulhan Banayenge´, has Kumar Sanu and Sadhna Sargam ( after a long absence) . Sadhna is a very talented singer though under utilised and does a good job once again. Kumar Sanu can enhance any song with his effortless singing. The result is quite a quailty duet .Another trademark Nadeem-Shravan composition that should go down well with the masses is a frothy romantic duet that also has the title line ´Mere Jeevan Saathi´.
The introduction to ´Diwani Diwani´ (picturised on Akshay- Karisma-Amisha) has some good ´shayeri´ by Sameer - ´Kaun samjhega unka dard bhala, Jinki dhadkan ne chot khaee hai, Log kehten hain jise ishq yahan, Aisa lagta hai bewafai hai´. The tune (initially) is inspired by ´Jaane kyun log mohabbat kiya karte hain´ from Rajesh Khanna´s ´Mehboob Ki Mehendi´ but once the song starts its quite different. It is a very massy situational number, sung well by Sadhna Sargam and Abhijeet.
Next track ´Tasveer´ by Alka Yagnik borrows a guitar tune from Nadeem-Shravan´s earlier album ´Sirf Tum´. The lyrics go ´Dekhiye kis qadar humko tumse pyar hai, Har taraf aapki tasveer hai´. However the song is an okay romantic track sung well by Alka Yagnik.
´Ek Masoom Sa´ begins with organ sounds and the first line has Sadhna saying ´Ek masoom sa dil ye mera, Mere saajan ne chura liya´ and Sonu responds with ´Ek masoom sa chehra tera, Mujhko deewana bana gaya´. Nice poetry by Sameer. It’s a nice, light, romantic Nadeem Shravan composition. It’s simple and easy to hum. Sonu and Alka combine well.
There is also a repetition of ´Tumko Dulhan Banayenge´.
The album also has ´Mashooqa’ with Alisha Chinoy and Shaan ( may be for the first time). The number is obviously inspired by the same Arabic tune , which inspired Sanjeev-Darshan for ´Kaali nagin ke jaisi, Zulfen teri kali kali´ from the Aamir Khan starrer ´Mann´. The lyrics go ´Aawara aawara dilka, Aawara keh kar bulayega, Mujhe mera dildara´. Alisha and Shaan do manage to redeem the song to an extent. Nadeem-Shravan also try to incorporate a few changes by way of some break-dance beats.
Right at the end there is an introduction to ´Barsaat´ by Priyanka Chopra to Sunil Darshan´s upcoming release starring Bobby, Bipasha and Priyanka. It is touted as Nadeem-Shravan´s best till date and yes the sample piece by Kumar Sanu does sound really good.
On the whole, ´Mere Jeevan Saathi´, does not have the class of ´Bewafaa´ or ´Andaaz´ but it is definitely better than some of their routine compositions, the most recent example being that of ´Gumnaam´. Nadeem-Shravan fans will like the album and the audio will find success in North, East and Central India but it will not be anywhere near to the success of the soundtrack for ´Bewafaa´.