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Xcuse Me
 
Producer: N. Chandra
Director: N. Chandra
Starring: Sharman Joshi, Sahil Khan, Jaya Seal, Sonali Joshi (introducing),Saurabh Shukla, Mushtaq Khan, Pratap Singh
Music: Sanjeev-Darshan
Lyrics: Abbas Katka
Singers: Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal, Abhijeet, Sunidhi Chauhan, Hema Sardesai, Sanjeev, Darshan
Audio On: Sa Re Ga Ma - RPG    Number of Songs: 6
Album Released on: 06 August 2003
Reviewed by: Ron Ahluwalia  - Rating: 3.5 / 10
 
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Chantu and Bantu are back! That┬┤s right! N. Chandra has once again teamed up with Sharman Joshi and Sahil Khan to see if they can recreate the magic of their surprise hit, Style. This time,

Xcuse Me (named after the popular song from the prequal) they┬┤ve roped in Jaya Seal ( last seen in Chhal) and Sonali Joshi as the leading ladies, retaining Sanjeev-Darshan as their music directors. Was that a smart idea? Keep reading...

The album opens up with Shaan and Shreya Ghoshal in "Ishq Hua." The song is very reminiscent of "Mohabbat Ho Na Jaaye" from Style, but that┬┤s not a bad thing. Shaan is in great form, but Shreya seems like a fish out of water in a song like this; definitely not the calibre of singing we┬┤ve heard in

Devdas or Jism. The song is repeated later on, with Udit Narayan replacing Shaan, which makes for a better song. This song might end up a chartbuster, but you┬┤re sure to forget about it in a month┬┤s time.

Of course, in a film like this, there┬┤s the necessary tapori number. This time, it comes in the form of "Yeh Tu Kya Kar Rehela Hai?" Very much like "Excuse Me" from Style, this song is nothing outstanding in terms of lyrics (the cricket and

filmi analogies are crazy), or in the composition department. Abhijeet and Sunidhi Chauhan are great for a song that doesn┬┤t demand much. A total time-pass song.

Ricky Martin, congrats for being the latest foreign star to have "inspired" an Indian music director. That┬┤s right, the title song sadly takes protions from "Un dos tres," without doing justice to the international smash hit. Hema Sardesai, after doing a good job in

Qayamat, lacks any trace of talent in this song. And please, don┬┤t get me started on the lyrics. Nothing could be more lethargic or mundane!

In "Boom Boom" Sanjeev and Darshan make their debut as playback singers. As composers they were able to compose some decent soundtracks like

Mann and Deewane. But their future as singers is not bright. Through the whole song, they try too hard to sound like K.K., which is an insult to K.K.┬┤s immense talent. The lyrics, once again, are pointless, and are nostaligc of Style (Hum hum hain. Baaki sab paani kum hai). Don┬┤t bother with this one.

Finally, there is "Ladki Ladki," sung by the reliable Shaan and Abhijeet, but their abilities are not able to lift this disgraceful song. Downright despicable!

That┬┤s it! I┬┤ve had enough! There┬┤s something definitely wrong when there is not a single decent song in an entire soundtrack. I never imagined that so much stupidity in the lyrics department could be found in one soundtrack! Xcuse Me, but Sanjeev-Darshan and Abbas Katka better find their long-lost talent before it┬┤s too late (I think it already is!).

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