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Producer: Reeta J Shukla
Director: Suniel Tiwari, Praful Tiwari
Starring: Amarjeet, Tulip Joshi, Lucky Ali, Shawar Ali, Deepak, Sharat Saxena
Music: Shamir Tandon
Lyrics: Shabir Ahmed
Singers: Mustafa Zahid, K.K, Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Ravindra Upadhyay,
Audio On: T Series    Number of Songs: 7
Album Released on: 03 June 2009
Reviewed by: Atta Khan  - Rating: 5.5 / 10
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Movie soundtracks (OSTs) have dried up since the unfortunate strike (between producers and multiplexes) began a few months back and those which have released have been of variable quality to say the least! With today’s official announcement marking the end of the strike, music fans can at last look forward to updating their playlists instead of having to revert to past favorites (admittedly there’s nothing wrong with a little break in proceedings but it’s been a bad year from the start!).

Of all the OSTs released of late, Runway manages to grab the attention more than others due mainly to one cracking song called Khuda Ke Liye. It’s got that special sombre feel to it which many great anthems have and whilst overall, it doesn’t quite reach that ‘special’ status, it’s still a very enjoyable number. Shamir’s enlightening piano tune is topped off with some brilliant vocals by Pakistani singing sensation Mustafa Zahid (Tho Phir Aao fame) who confirms the incredible versatility in his singing armour! The song is also well supported lyrically by Shabir Ahmed. Notwithstanding the attractions of the original version, it is perfectly suited for a remix and DJs Chetas and Nyk don’t disappoint with Khuda Ke Liye Remix. Highly recommended all round!

Teri Yaadein Leke Dil Mein isn’t a terrible track but after the opener you feel a little disappointed with Shamir’s efforts here. It’s still a breezy number that can be enjoyed by all but don’t expect it to stick in the minds after a few listens. K.K’s vocals are not tested in the slightest and the lyrics by Shabir are hardly inspiring. Worth a try but nothing more. The Remix version doesn’t infuse the required energy required to lift this above mediocrity.

Thankfully an improved track follows in the form of Roshan Dil Ka Jahan although in reality it’s still leagues behind the quality of the opener. The romantic duet sung by Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan is quite enjoyable although the remix version is likely to be more popular with the masses. Incidentally the music programmer Raaj joins Sunidhi Chauhan in the Remix version and whilst the lyrics are the worst feature by a long way, it’s still a good listen.

The soundtrack ends on a poor note with Pyaasi Machuriya sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and Ravindra Upadhyay. The song has little to offer so skip it!

Shamir Tandon has shown potential in the past but has never quite hit the big time and Runway continues to prove just why. There is simply no consistency in the quality here and one or two good tracks does not win you any awards nor does it make you stand out from the likes of industry favourites such as Pritam. Talking of industry favourites, now that the strike is over we can expect some better soundtracks in the near future such as Love Aaj Kal, Kaminay and to a lesser extent Kambakht Ishq. Until then Runway should keep you mildly entertained, particularly the potentially chartbusting Khuda Ke Liye!

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