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Zindagi Tere Naam
Producer: Shree Sai Pictures
Director: Ashu Trikha
Starring: Mithun Chakraborty, Ranjeeta, Dilip Tahil, Supriya Karnik, Sharat Saxena, Himani Shivpuri, Priyanka Mehra, Aseem Ali Khan, Yatin Karyekar, Dia Mirza
Music: Sajid-Wajid
Lyrics: Jalees Sherwani, Faiz Anwar
Singers: K.K, Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shafaqat Amanat Ali Khan, Wajid Khan, Afzal Sabri, Richa Sharma
Audio On: Venus    Number of Songs: 8
Album Released on: 27 May 2008
Reviewed by: Gianysh Toolsee  - Rating: 5.0 / 10
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Music directors Sajid-Wajid, who are heavily backed by Salman Khan set the tunes for this small-budget movie and there is a surprise in store – the qawwali! Unfortunately, the brothers, who have been around for nearly a decade now, have never been in the top league. However, a top league of music directors makes no sense if those part of this so-called ‘top league’ plagiarize and are then promoted by the music companies. Sajid-Wajid’s music does have a 90’s influence – but they always care about the Indian melody. Regular lyricists Faiz Anwar and Jalees Sherwani contribute their part effectively.

K.K is presented in a soft romantic avatar in Tu Mujhe Soch Kabhi, which is beautifully composed and is really soft to the ears. After having heard the singer in hundreds of peppy and high-pitched numbers, the track comes as a break, as K.K effortlessly sails through the rendition. Notice also that he does not exert any pressure on his vocal chords. On the composition side, the song follows a slow paced flow with minimal use of musical instruments and the orchestration is quite simple too. Although it does not get qualified as a 90’s number, ‘Tu Mujhe Soch Kabhi’ is one of those tracks which makes an enjoyable listening.

Milne Ko Nahi Aaye is a romantic duet, with Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan singing in the usual lovers’ mode. The track does not carry much weight as the melody is quite familiar. The music is plain, with standard ballad beats and a passable orchestration. A brief piano music in heard in the first interlude, while a violin accompaniment is used in the 'antaras'. The use of the chorus and the English words do not fit into the song.

Milne Ko Nahi Aaye is repeated in two solo versions by Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan.

One of the better number of the soundtrack is Trishna Trishna Dil – which has a strong Anu Malik hang-over, especially in the 'antaras'. With a strong beats base, this number can make a good remix. The words ‘Trishna Trishna Dil’ rhythm well together and this might be one of the reasons why the song can click. Shafaqat Amanat Ali Khan and Sunidhi Chauhan perform strictly as requested. Lyrics are credited to Faiz Anwar.

Music director Wajid Khan takes the mike, along with Sunidhi Chauhan in the fast-paced Ajnabee Sa Lagta Hai – which turns out to be an average number, with an excessive amount of beats. Wajid Khan who has been chipping bits and pieces in the past, is not bad as a singer and handles the song pretty well. Sunidhi Chauhan is efficient in singing the lower notes clearly. Tauba Tauba sees the same duo, Wajid Khan and Sunidhi Chauhan, in another fun number with a Punjabi flavor and is another average number.

It is the qawwali Kya Khata Ho Gayee which elevates the value of the soundtrack. Sung by Afzal Sabri and Richa Sharma, it is one of these high-pitched qawallis, which has all the right ingredients in the right doses. Richa Sharma is impressive, in her short stint in the track, while Afzal Sabri is highly effective in his rendition. The classical alaaps are not to be missed. ‘Kya Khata Ho Gayee’ is also excellently orchestrated and brings together great music – with the use of tabla, harmonium, sitar and violin. The harmonium is played with vivacity at intervals and as accompaniment to the verses.

The soundtrack of Zindagi Tere Naam is an enjoyable fare – with a mix of romantic and fast-paced numbers and none of them are annoying. There are no unnecessary and superficial remixes. ‘Kya Khata Ho Gayee’ is the best of the lot, while K.K returns with a romantic solo in 'Tu Mujhe Soch Kabhi'.

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