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Producer: Vashu Bhagnani
Director: A. Muthu
Music: Ismail Darbar
Lyrics: Sameer

Reviewed by: Anjali Abrol

The National Award-winning music director, Ismail Darbar, is in demand now with high expectations, setting his mark with the amazing music composition of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Definitely a man with talent and creativity, a rarity nowadays among the Bollywood industry. After the success of HDDCS, the touchy assignment of composing the 'in high demand' Abhishek Bachchan starrer, Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa fell in his lap. Could he deliver another exquisite composition to beat Abhishek's first release's, Refugee, music, or more challenging, to meet or surpass his very own HDDCS?

The album starts off with an amazing title track, rendered by the emotional duo, the versatile Sonu Nigam and deep Chitra. Tere Jadoo Chal Gayaa is sung perfectly, with the right blend of voices and music, to create a definite chart topper. The song on the first listen, is slow and mesmerizing, but after a few listens, it is definitely a song that can be danced to (performance-wise) as well, if done well. The song will catch on even more with the release of the film and the lyrics have the ability to linger as they are beautiful, the song, excellent. AMAZING!

Jo Ishq Ka Matlaab Samjhega is picked up by Shankar Mahadevan, who has a voice to get used to, but this song works his voice in a very pleasant manner. The music is a combination of several different beats that would not normally be put together, but Ismail experimented and came up with a very interesting and a very nice piece. Just listening to the music makes it sort of confusing to distinguish all of these beats, but the end result, combined with the singing and excellent lyrics, is a very nice song. EXCELLENT!

Mujhe Pyar Karo is picked up again by Sonu Nigam, who is now joined by Alka Yagnik to deliver a very emotional and catchy song. The music is a fusion of slower beats alternated with fast beats to keep the pace upbeat yet mellow (it will make more sense upon a few listens). WONDERFUL!

Aai Chaand Teri is sung by the same Nigam-Yagnik duo and they switch gears to a more lighthearted, sweet love song with very 'open fields and flowers and sunshine, and women in beautiful brightly colored lenghas, frolicking in the flower beds and swinging their long hair' music. The song is slow and grows on you, as the lyrics give a feeling of warmth, depth, and simple beauty of life. MESMERIZING

Chori Chori Chupke Chupke...Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa, (an upbeat title song) is definitely a masterpiece (of fast songs) and also one of my favorite tracks of the album (the other being the title song). The singing does not sound like Babul Supriyo but of another singer, but nevertheless, the singing is noteworthy. The lyrics are cute and sweet as well as very catchy. The music is very catchy as well, with a combination of just the right (very different) instruments to produce a musical pleasure. This will definitely be a major dance masterpiece in the movie (I would hope!) and will make the song all the more better (yes, up there with Hrithik's Ek Pal Ka Jeena). For Hrithik, it was Ek Pal Ka Jeena as a major noteworthy song and a definite chartbuster, and this is Abhishek's. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, CATCHY!

Qayamat Ho is a very nice, beaty qawaali song with beautiful, clever lyrics and traditional beats with a fresh subtle twist. The elders enjoyed this song especially (an uncle was humming this on the first listen!). Sung by Sonu Nigam (again) and Kavita Krishnamurthy, the song delivers another angle to the already versatile album. BEAUTIFUL

Aagre Mein Hai Mashoor is very appropriate for an Abhishek movie, as the song is fast-paced, fun, and catchy, a very Amitabh-like song (a patent in his day). Now it's time to pass on the tradition to his son. An interesting observation: when people hear this song, they will think of Amitabh dancing and singing this song in the film, and when it comes in the movie, given Abhishek's resemblance to his father in voice and looks/stature, many people will see and imagine a young Amitabh, hence, his popularity will rise as the public has a soft spot for Amitabh patents (I being one of the ones up there cheering on the Bachchan legacy!). Sung by Vinod Rathod, Farida, Nitin Shankar and chorus, the old Amitabh movie feeling comes back, and is definitely comforting, since he was the only one who could pull of such songs so well. GOOD!

The instrumental version of Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa makes a pleasant listen as well as the last song of the album.

Overall, the music is amazing, the singing, up-to-par, the lyrics, beautiful, and the album? Worth a CD. Personally, though HDDCS is an amazing album, I prefer Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa and I think Ismail Darbar managed to surpass his first landmark, and the album makes the wait for the release of the film all the more harder.

The album is a masterpiece in itself!