Reviewed by: Anjali Abrol
After Anu Malik's latest disaster Jung, one would hope that at least Anu would be able to conjure up a halfway decent album, more like his Hera Pheri score...a few good songs, a few silly ones. Unfortunately, Anu has managed to copy off of his own past scores as well as croon (read: ruin) some of them.
The album starts off quite well, with the title song of Hum To Mohabbat Karega. It is catchy and the main refrain is the best part of the song. The song is notably very 70's but is one of the better of Anu's songs. Sadly, Sonu Nigam has taken on imitating Anu Malik, and his own original voice would have fared better with Sunidhi Chauhan...much better. The beginning sounds like Anu's own compostion of Janam Samjha Karo...perhaps Anu is hoping that HTMK catches on like his JSK score. HIT!
Tere Aagey Peeche, sung by Alka Yagnik and Kumar Sanu, switches us from "modern" to "traditional beat" gear. A simple love song, it is hummable and sweet. Imagine Karisma in a lengha on a mountaintop, singing and dancing with Bobby, surrounded by brightly-attired women. Nice
And then the album goes downhill as Anu lends his crass voice in Dada Maanja Baba Maanje. The lyrics are cheesy and the music has the distinct 'tumbli' mix. Alka Yagnik, on the other hand, sings fairly well. It sounds like one of those fun situational songs that are appropriate for the movie only and may actually catch on afterwards for a short while, and that would be due to the picturization of the song and not the song quality. Passable
Yeh Khushi Ki Mehfil, sung by Alka Yagnik and Kumar Sanu, sounds very similar to a fairly recent song. I don't mind Kumar Sanu, but sometimes he sounds just a little too...too flat, and this is one of those times. The song is a typical slow love song, the music and lyrics, ordinary. Okay
Lehliya Lehliya is a much, much louder song, rendered by Sukhwindra Singh, Abhijeet, and Sudesh Bhosle. There are so many old tunes mixed in here, it is impossible to differentiate between all of them! The main refrain almost sounds like the words 'Biwi No. 1'. This is the semi-Punjabi song of the album, and why not? You've got Jatt munda Bobby, and where you have the Deols, you must have at least one Punjabi song! (Recall Dhoom Dhoom Luck Luck). Sudesh Bhosle sounds too much like Amitabh, you almost believe Amitabh is singing alongside Bobby. Good
Suno Suno Kaho Kaho (Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik, again) begins with the Baazigar oh Baazigar tune and mixes in the tune from Baazi. The copy is too blatant and difficult to ignore (or stand). Instead of imagining Bobby dancing with Karisma, the image of Shahrukh on a horse galloping towards Kajol keeps popping up in my mind. The funniest part of the song is when Kumar Sanu sounds like he is going to sing "Baazigar ohhh baazigar" in conjunction to the tune, he sounds like he makes a mistake and blurts out "Hum Toh Mohabbat Karegaaaaa". Blatant copy
Anu Malik lends his voice again for another song, this time for a slow love song, and frnakly, he sounds too feminine, almost as sweet as Shradha Pandit (and that isn't a compliment for him). It is too difficult to listen to and digest. Forward
Anu Malik could not just let Sonu Nigam sing the title song and let it be. No no, he had to try to get into the limelight by singing the potential hit of the album. Sad news is, he sounds way too "Janam Samjha Karo" (imagine Salman and Urmila dancing), and ruined the prospects of this version of the song becoming a hit. Sonu Nigam did a decent enough job trying to imitate you, Anu, did you really have to try to show him up? Listen to the first version
Overall: Better than his latest releases but still not as 'original' as he used to be. Decent album, worth at least the audio tape.