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Producer: N.R. Paschisia
Director: Rohit Shetty
Starring: Ajay Devgan, Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Amrita Arora
Music: Himesh Reshammiya
Lyrics: Sameer
Singers: K.K., Hema Sardesai, Shwetha Shetty, Shaan, Babul Supriyo, Alka Yagnik and J.G.
Audio On: T-Series
Number of Songs: 7
Released on: August 20, 2003
Reviewed by: Rakesh Budhu
Reviewer's Rating: 7 out of 10


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Actor Ajay Devgan is off to defend his country again in director N.R. Paschisia´s patriotic fare Zameen. Hit music director Himesh Reshammiya, who has just been lauded for his melodious work in Tere Naam, has come up with a fairly decent soundtrack for Zameen. Unlike his previous soundtracks, there is less melody here and a sort of a combination of attempts at super hit chartbuster dance numbers that are simply trying to reel audiences in. That they may do, otherwise, the seven song soundtrack of which unsurprisingly two songs are repeated is pretty much regular.

Before one can lambaste the redundant Sameer for “Tere Sang Simple Si Coffee”, for once it is worthwhile to listen to song first. The song does have the potential to be a chartbuster and singers K.K. and Hema Sardesai have added that much needed spice to it. Hema is a welcome change from Sunidhi who has been used recently for songs like this. Though the sound effects which indicate that the song will be picturized as a stage dance number do not provide that much of a positive effect, the song is still feet tapping. Laced with a spicy beat that is almost a trademark for Himesh, the song is definitely worthy of a repeat and a purposeful way to open up the soundtrack.

Bas Ek Baar” is oddly the only true romantic song on the soundtrack, which is rare for T-Series and lyricist Sameer as well. By and large the song is enjoyable and can even be considered good in its own miniscule way. Alka Yagnik and Babul Supriyo are a refreshing soft and the paciness of the song does it well.

If “Tere Sang Simple Si Coffee” wasn’t upbeat enough, there is “Dilli Ki Sardi”; a Punjabi hit number which is featured in a remix later as well. Shwetha Shetty’s husky vocals are enticing as K.K. provides more than ample support in this other hit number. If anything makes the song catchy besides the excellent beat it is Shwetha Shetty’s contribution. The remix version is not vastly different from the original just a bit faster which is a welcome change.

Though the initial beats sound like the thousand “Galiyon Ka Chaman” remixes that have hit Bollywood recently, “Mere Naal”, the second Punjabi flavored number is indeed different and equally as catchy. Hema Sardesai sounds a bit like Jaspinder and rather than K.K., Shaan has provided the male vocals. Both are good as is the song itself which manages to please. Newcomer (?), J.G. is the background vocalist who contributes to the feel of the song. Again, a fast dance number which keeps its listener entertained.

The title track “Sarzameen Se” is your typical patriotic fare, lyrically especially, though it should be noted that even this song has been filled with that upbeat instrumental tone that Himesh has used frequently. But even then, a variety of instruments like the flute, sitar, etc. are used in attempt to make it something noticeable. Shaan is ok in his rendition but overall the song as situational as it is, can get redundant and dull. K.K. provides the second vocals making it seem like the song will be picturized on both leads. It should be noted the song has been mixed with a few English lyrics and that may add to the boring factor of the song. The instrumental version of the song closes off the soundtrack.

There are a few reasons to simply just be satisfied with the soundtrack of Zameen. Primarily and foremost, Zameen being the thematic film that it is, will probably not need an abundance of song breaks and the soundtrack indicates that there are hopes that the director has not thrown them in there. Secondly, there is considerably only one romance song, which means that furthermore any song breaks won’t all be for running around trees and/or flowery beds of grass. Finally and once again taking the theme in consideration, even the number of patriotic songs has been kept to a minimum and that too upbeat as well. Ultimately, Zameen’s soundtrack saves itself from being boring and lifeless and provides listeners with a few potential chartbusters if not definitely upbeat and catchy tunes.