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Dil Hai Tumhaara
 
Producer: Kumar S. Taurani and Ramesh S. Taurani
Director: Kundan Shah
Starring: Rekha, Preity Zinta, Mahima Chaudhry, Arjun Rampal, Jimmy Shergill, Aloknath and Govind Namdev
Music: Nadeem-Shravan
Lyrics: Sameer
Singers: Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Sarika Kapoor, Tausif Akhtar
Audio On: Tips    Number of Songs: 9
Album Released on: 28 June 2002
Reviewed by: Manish Dhamija  - Rating: 8.0 / 10
 
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Nadeem-Shravan’s albums always have an immediate feeling of déjà vu. As such, for those searching for an innovative, fresh soundtrack, their best bet would be to stay away from their latest, Dil Hai Tumhaara. But, for those yearning for simple, yet melodious tunes, then this album is right up your alley. This latest offering brings back the Tips-Kundan Shah-Preity Zinta combo that brought us Kya Kehna! Several years back. And although that film took several years to make, it still kept the registers at the box office ringing for weeks. Not only that, but it pushed Preity Zinta further into the limelight as a truly spontaneous, extremely talented actress with a knack for picking a variety of diverse roles. Her latest film has music that is extremely catchy and well orchestrated, yet really offers nothing new to the world of music.

The first track of the album seems to be an immediate chart-topper. Called “Mohabbat Dil Ka Sukoon”, it is sung by the unconquerable trio, Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, and Udit Narayan. The tune is fast-paced and is definitely very appealing. The lyrics are nice and the vocals are done very well. Alka Yagnik usually sounds the best when she is singing for this musical duo. And this song is no exception. The song is picturized on all four lead actors making the video a visual delight.

The next track, “Dil Laga Liya Maine”, keeps Udit Narayan, where he is accompanied by Alka Yagnik. Yagnik very expectedly dominates this entire album. This song is sung beautifully by the two and maintains the theme of love expressed in the first song. The music is very Nadeem-Shravan, almost making it seem as if this song could have been part of earlier soundtracks like Kasoor, Ek Rishtaa, or Haan Maine Bhi Pyar Kiya. Nonetheless, it still proves easy on the ear.


The next song thankfully strays away from the typical Nadeem-Shravan stuff. “Sahiba O Sahiba” is sung by Sonu Nigam and Kavita Subramanium and is a slow-paced, somewhat melancholic love song. The lyrics are well done and the singing is in top form. Sonu Nigam displays a wonderful flair for singing sad songs really well. His vocal similarities to earlier legend Mohammed Rafi and very apparent. Kavita Subramanium sounds very nice as well, although her vocals are much more impressive in soundtracks like Khamoshi, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, and the recent Devdas.

Sonu Nigam departs for the next song and is replaced by Shaan for “Chayya Hai Jo Dil”, a duet with Kavita Subramanium. Shaan’s voice is always a pleasure to listen to and it is unfortunate that he is not used as often as he should be. This song picks up the pace from the earlier “Sahiba O Sahiba”. Another love song, it is very likable and is probably one of my favorites on the album. Kavita Subramanium sounds pleasing as well. The two singers make a very interesting duo as they do not sing many songs together, making this song sound very fresh and new.


The next song is entitled “Khamoshi Ka Betaabi Ka” and really comes in two versions. One is sung by Sarika Kapoor, who sung for an earlier Nadeem-Shravan soundtrack, Haan Maine Bhi Pyar Kiya. The other version actually has a different title, “Kabhi Hasna Hai Kabhi”. Both versions are decent, although I appreciated the latter much more than first. The second version uses Tauseef Akhtar,who has been seen last in N-S's own Tum Se Achcha Kaun Hain. Sarika Kapoor’s voice is average and actually sounded much better in Haan Maine Bhi Pyar Kiya. Her version is very short and seems to serve as a space filler. Tauseef Akhtar’s voice is nice, but not too distinctive. His version is a bit longer and not as slow and depressing.

Why the title song was placed towards the end of the album, I have no idea. But, it definitely is a sure winner. The song brings back the ever-so-popular trio, Udit Narayan, Kumar Sanu, and Alka Yagnik. The pace of the song is nice, the lyrics simple, and the music very harmonious. This was one song where I felt like pressing rewind several times. The singers do a fine job and will be an immediate favorite for those who are die-hard fans of these singers.

Sonu Nigam returns for the next song, “Chaha Zubaan”, with Alka Yagnik. No points for guessing that this too is another love song. Sonu’s vocals are amazing, displaying his awesome versatility. The music is decently paced, but it is the singing that makes this song so appealing. It almost seems like a song from back in the day of my parents’ generation. Alka Yagnik does a beautiful job as well, making this song another one of my immediate favorites on this album.

The album ends with the most popular duo of the early 90s. And who else to direct them musically but the same musicians that catapulted them into popularity. Called “Kasam Khake Kaho”, this song is of course sung by Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik. Very Nadeem-Shravan, very Alka Yagnik, very Kumar Sanu, and very Sameer. Seems like much more can’t be said about this song. It is nice, but probably nothing about it makes it stands out from the many romantic love songs we have heard before from this musical duo.

And, at last, the journey has come to an end. If it feels like you’ve been there before, you are probably right. So, fine, the album gets very little points for originality. But, who says riding the same ride over and over again can’t be fun. It is hard to deny that these songs are still very enjoyable. The bottom line is: if you want something new and unique, prepare yourself for a different journey! But, if you are searching for something attractively simple, yet familiar, then go out and buy this album as I’m sure you will not be disappointed.

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