Biwi No. 1, David Dhawan's latest venture minus Govinda. Of
course, the King of Comedy always fancies the King of Copying, Anu Malik himself. Biwi No.
1 will be another original score by Anu, or so by his standards.
The title song sets us off with the image of Salman Khan prancing
around, showing off his biceps, trying so hard to look cool as Memsaab Karisma flutters around in a sari. Upbeat, nice,
typical Anu Malik music, with Abhijeet fitting Salman nicely and Poornima,
in her two-bit role, was bearable, though she oftren sounds quite cheap if she has more
than three words to sing. The background score by some bratty kids singing 'Kasam Se'
got to be very annoying as well. Overall, cute lyrics, catchy song, easily one of the hit
songs of the album. The lyrics Sone jaise baal hai uske is especially fit for Ms Sona
Kitna Sona Hai Karisma. Hit!
Ishq Sona Hai is an annoying duet by dance club sounding
singer Shankar Mahadevan and Hema Sardesai. Usually Hema
is quite good, but she sounded almost as bad as Alisha Chinoy singing filmi songs. Yeck.
Ahhh...it's okay, it sounds like a Sushi (Sushmita)
song anyways...it has to sound cheap! She's the housewrecker of the movie ! Music is
Jungle Hai is a typical Karisma-Salman song (sound like a
lift from Judwaa). Hema sounds quite like Poornima, with her
extra dose of (sickly) sweetness. The song is a bad mix of several songs, mostly from
Judwaa and some of Anu's other 'original' works--it's hard to pinpoint any particular song
(try it--it will give you a headache, trying to wrack your brain for the many songs!). Kumar
Sanu does not mix well with Hema...she needs a younger, more vibrant-sounding
voice like Abhijeet, Sonu Nigam, or Udit Narayan. Lyrics aren't anything special. Passable
Chunnari Chunnari fancies more traditional music with a
modern twist (wonder which song this is "borrowed" from?). Abhijeet carries the
song as Anuradha Shriram [Poornima wannabe] gets a bit annoying...where's
Alka Yagnik or Jaspinder Narula when you need her? Easily one of the better, catchier
songs of the album (try to ignore the overdose of sweetness that Anuradha adopts). The
refrain, though typical Anu Malik style, adds to the hummable twist. Catchy!
Easily a hit!
Side B begins with Hai Hai Mirchi, a confusing but
interesting mix of different types of music. Sukhwindara Singh lends his
heavy, Punjabi voice (a nice change from Kumar Sanu) to mix with Alka Yagnik (ahhh...here
Alka is!). Nice beat, but the lyrics Hai Hai Mirchi are silly and annoying. I despise such
crass lyrics that depict women as such cheap, beauty objects, who prance around in nothing
to attract leering guys. Oh wait--that's the way to get into Bollywood. Oops, sorry, my
bad. Ahhh...Bollywood and quality don't jive. Nice depiction of beauty and jawani.
Whatever. Cheap song--fastforward! Next!
Jungle Hai is sung again, this time, for the kiddies. Once
was enough, but twice? No thanks. Next!
Mujhe Maaf Karna is sung by Abhijeet, Alka Yagnik, Aditya
Narayan (who screeches to no end), and Anmol. It's a rohna
dohna song about the lucky bache who have both a mummy and a daddy. Too sad
to listen to while cruising in the car, but appropriate for the moment in time in the
movie. So let's leave it for the movie! Next!
Aan Milo Ya Milne Se is a nice duet by Udit Narayan
and Kavita Krishnamurthy. Anu Malik ought to lay off the extra attempt to
stick modern clubby music where it doesn't fit, as well as the extra 50's music. Light-hearted and sweet
Mehboob Mere, a duet by Sukhwindara Singh and Alka Yagnik,
concludes the album. Mehboob Mere is a direct lift off of an older song that I cannot
recall for the sake of my life! I believe the older song is Mehbooba Mehbooba,
though I may be wrong. Nevertheless, the singing is pretty good and the music is okay. Good Timepass
Quick Picks: Biwi No 1 and Chunnari
"Blah Picks": Ishq Sona Hai,
Mujhe Maaf Karna, and Hai Hai Mirchi