Nadeem-Shravan have revamped their music lately: gone are
the old fashioned sounding bongos and over-emphasized strings; heavy, electronic
beats now rule the N-S roost. A very effective use of this new style was witnessed
recently in the brilliant "Otashi Anata" from AA AB
CHALEN. This new revamped style continues with SIRF TUM.
The title track is not instantly appealing, but the exquisite composition soon wins you
over. The song is more like a western ballad than an 'indian song' and Anuradha
Paudwal and Hariharan provide vocals to match.
"Dilbar" is another noteworthy number for its fusion
of indian and western percussion to create a foot-tapping rhythm. The tune is easy to pick
up and Alka Yagnik just provides us with another reason to hit the rewind
With two relatively innovative numbers whetting our appetites, "Pehli
Pehli Baar Mohabbat Ki Hai" comes as a disappointment to our musical
palates. We've heard this kind of song several times before with the standard 'love-song'
lyrics. The large and loud string section re-appears and Kumar Sanu and
Alka Yagnik are unable to steer the song away from monotony city!
Udit Narayan's "Panchhi Soor Mein Gaate Hain"
is okay, although I can't understand why a grown man would sing about such things! This
song sounds like it would be better suited to Udit's annoying son, Aditya!
Ameen Sabri and Fareed Sabri team up for a qawwali
(surprise surprise!), "Ek Mulaqat Zaruri Hai Sanam".
The song will probably go down well with fans of this genre but there is nothing
exceptional about this rather lengthy number.
"Uparwala Apne Saath Hai" has Kumar Sanu telling us
that everything is in the hands of God so don't worry, or be frightened, etc. I'm not sure
I agree with Sameer's simplistic lyric, absolving us of responsibility for the way our
lives turn out and blaming it all on God! However, there is no escaping Nadeem-Shravan's
Finally, the obligatory Punjabi-style number makes an appearance in the form of "Dekho
Zara Kaise Balkhake Chali" by Gurdas Maan. I've always
been perplexed by this man's enormous fan-following. His singing is perpetually off-key,
yet he has somehow amassed a multitude of supporters! Maybe its because of the energy and
spirit he infuses into his songs, both of which are present in abundance in this number -
Melody be damned!
SIRF TUM has some average to very good numbers, but the success of the soundtrack will
probably depend on how well the film does.This is
supposedly a remake of a Hollywood movie - these sometimes work (DIL
HAI KE MAANTA NAHIN and PYAAR TO HONA HI THA being
prime examples). However, with a star cast of Sanjay Kapoor,
Priya Gill and Sushmita
Sen, none of whom have made any major impact in the industry, the odds
don't look good!