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Gumnaam - The Unknown
 
Producer: Shubir S. Mukerji
Director: Neeraj Pathak
Starring: Mahima Chaudhary, Dino Morea, Suman Ranganathan.
Music: Nadeem - Shravan
Lyrics: Sameer
Singers: Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Kumar Sanu, Abhijeet, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal, Sarika, Adnan Sami and Monica Nath
Audio On: Sony Music    Number of Songs: 8
Album Released on: 26 October 2004
Reviewed by: Shahid Khan  - Rating: 5.0 / 10
 
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Mahima Chaudhary seems to be starring in movies that have the film industry as the subject. While she plays an actress in Tanuja Chandra’s forthcoming “Film Star” and a scriptwriter in Junaid Memon’s directorial debut “The Film”, “Gumnaam” is more of a conventional thriller about an actress who falls in love with a stunt man (played by

Dino Morea). Suman Ranganathan is the vamp out to steal the hero from the heroine.

Disappointingly, Nadeem-Shravan’s music is no great shakes. Although there is melody, only one song is likely to become popular in the charts.

And that is “Naa Hone Denge”, rendered by the enthusiastic duo of Alka Yagnik and Kumar Sanu. They have fabulous chemistry and you can imagine the stars having a ball while dancing to this in the film (if it is included in the film). Sanu is in his wonderful romantic mode when he sings the line, “Kisi aur se tumko pyaar… Naa hone denge!” Alka sounds cute when she encourages the chorus towards the end of the number with a “Come on everybody!” It did remind me of that song “Mere Naseeb Main” (Naseeb) where Hema Malini uttered the exact same words. There is “Naa Hone Denge Club Mix” for those who would like this track to have a bit more oomph.

Mohabbat Se Zyada Mohabbat Hai Tumse” is an unimaginative run-of the-mill love song. We are in oh-so familiar territory here with an over-used tune and redundant lyrics. Elements of it do take you back to the days of “Kasoor” and “Raaz” making one wonder just exactly when was this song composed. If there is something positive to be said about the number then it is the singing by Udit Narayan and Shreya Ghoshal. Shreya, especially, sounds exceptionally sweet.

Another number that takes you back by a couple of years is “Zaalim Ishq”. Songs that moaned about that useless

kambhakt, nikamma and kameena thing called ishq were all the rage back then. Now we have Sameer arguing that it is also very zaalim. Like an afterthought after the interesting discussion has come to an end.

Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan must have gone through this one in their sleep having sung so many similar tracks before. Though I like them, they are very predictable choices for such a dance number. This one is nothing new and is barely catchy. A typical item number that will most likely be picturised on Suman Ranganathan or some item girl wannabe.

I found myself liking “Ishq Ne Kitna Majboor Kiya” after a few listens. Adnan Sami is no stranger to this genre having sung many love ballads. He is fine in his heart-filled rendition. Shreya Ghoshal doesn’t sing until the last verse of the number and this is the best part of the entire song. Shreya renders her lines with emotion and her part is lovely to listen to. I actually wish that she had the entire song to herself. The number of lines that she does actually sing is all too brief.

Convinced that their “Mohabbat Se Zyada” is a masterpiece, Nadeem-Shravan have gone ahead and made two more versions of it. They have found a new singer,

Monica Nath and have let her give her voice to the two tracks. Maybe they just wanted a different singer for the sake of it but Monica’s voice is not very good. She is not a bad singer at all but her voice is a bit nasal for a love song. She sings the solo version and the duet with Udit Narayan. Both the versions end with a prolonged piano piece, which is not there in the first version with Shreya.

Good for a couple of listens is “Dhoke Main Na Aana” by Abhijeet, Alka Yagnik and Sarika. Again, it is nothing new but it is zippy enough for the unfussy listener. The lyrics suggest that the song comes during a certain plot development in the thriller. If that is the case, then it might be more fun to watch than to actually listen to it. It is not the kind of song that stays on your mind for long.

If the producers of “Gumnaam – The Unknown” want their movie to do well then they should promote the song “Naa Hone Denge” to the maximum.

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