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Judaai
 
Producer: Boney Kapoor
Director: Raj Kanwar
Starring: Anil Kapoor, Urmila, SriDevi
Music: Nadeem-Shravan
Lyrics: Sameer
Singers: Hariharan, Abhijeet, Alka Yagnik, Bali Brahmbhatt, Amit Kumar, Priya, Jaspinder Narula, Shankar Mahadevan, Sapna Mukherjee
Audio On: Tips    Number of Songs: 8
Reviewed by: Avinash Ramchandani  - Rating: 8.0 / 10
 
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Judaai is Nadeem Shravan´s best since the Saajan days. Although not comparable to the albums like Khamoshi or Maachis, this album turns out to be excellent, at least for Nadeem Shravan. Coming off several hits in

Jeet, Agni Sakshi and Raja Hindustani, Nadeem Shravan seems to be in the drivers seat and has come back to the top three composers in the industry today.

The first song is an average song with a Punjabi touch. "Mujhe Pyar Hua" has interesting lyrics, average singing by Alka Yagnik and

Abhijeet and not much to talk about. The song has a peppy beat which is catchy enough to launch the soundtrack.

The next song is N-S´s best since "Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Pagal" in Saajan. "Judaai Judaai" has superb singing by Hariharan, Alka Yagnik and a beautiful Punjabi touch with Jaspinder Narula, who has three other songs in this album also. Alka Yagnik´s singing is excellent, she does wonderful with the ups and down and lefts and rights of singing. Hariharan is superb, nothing less than his best.

The music is even better than N-S´s last "great" song "Mera Dil Bhi". A derivative of the olden humdrum Nadeem Sharavan style is used to create a new more likable creation. In the music added is a singer (who I might add sounds like Bali Bharamabhatt) in the background "Aa re oo re... etc..." which adds a new classical touch to the music. Sameer´s lyrics are much better than his previous hit, "Pardesi Pardesi" although the same technique is used with repeating the theme of the song over and over again.

"Main Tujse Aise Milun" is a medium paced song, but cannot compare to "Judaai Judaai" and sounds like a mix of Aatish-style music and

"Dekha Teri Mast" from Saajan. Alka Yagnik and Abhijeet are average. "Meri Zindagi Main Ek Pyaas" deviates from N-S´s normal, but isn´t that great. Jaspinder Narula is good, although Shankar Mahadevan is barely heard in the song.

"Ooee Baba" is just an okay song with much of a Anu Malik touch attached with it. Alka Yagnik is good, Abhijeet and Sapna Mukerjee are okay. The music is average and the lyrics are Sameer´s second worst of the album.

"Raat Ko Need Aati Nahin" is an okay song, saved by Amit Kumar & Priya´s vocals and the music. This is Nadeem Shravan´s first song with Amit Kumar ever, hopefully by Nadeem Sharavan giving him continuing to use Amit, maybe he might get a break in his down streak. Priya is also superb in her singing, she sounds like a cross between three of four lead singers of today, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurti and Sadhna Sargam. A great start for Priya´s career with a great song and such a high profile film.

The next is the sad version of the lead song, "Judaai Judaai", which is just normal for a Nadeem Shravan movie. Its good, but has the normal N-S formula involved. The final song, "Shaadi Kharke", sung by Bali Brahmbhatt is not worth mentioning.

Judaai is a great soundtrack for what it is worth and for the Nadeem-Shravan duo and fans of their music. For the most part they are at their most non-typical more than usual.

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