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Producer: Vipul Amrutlal Shah
Director: Nishikant Kamat
Starring: John Abraham, Genelia Dsouza, Raj Babbar & Mohnish Behl
Music: Harris Jayaraj, Lalit Pandit
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Singers: K.K, Suchitra, Karthik, Bombay Jayshree, Mahua Kamat, Naresh Iyer, Shreya Ghoshal, Vijay Prakash, Shalini Singh, Neha Bhasin
Audio On: T-Series    Number of Songs: 5
Album Released on: 31 August 2011
Reviewed by: Tanuj Manchanda  - Rating: 7.0 / 10
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Nishikant Kamat who had earlier directed the critically acclaimed Mumbai Meri Jaan is at the director’s chair and the music is composed by the South sensation Harris Jayaraj, while the lyrics are penned by none other than Javed Akhtar. Looking at the credits, one can surely expect fireworks here. The album consists of five tracks and thankfully, there are no remixes.

The first track ‘Khwabon Khwabon’ which is currently making waves on air is sung by K.K in his inimitable style while Suchitra lends good support. The song is a romantic one and starts off with the vocals of Suchitra singing in some other language which sounds very pleasant to the ears. The interlude portions have sitar in the background which is quite an innovative effort on the composer’s part. Lyrics are meaningful as expected from Javed Akhtar but the composition here overpowers the lyrics.

Next comes ‘Chahoon Bhi’ sung by Bombay Jayshree in her characteristic carnatic style which is melodious to the core. Although a brilliant singer, she is rarely heard in Bollywood songs. In the second ‘antara’ comes Karthik with his soothing voice providing the song another dimension. It touches the soul instantly. The highpoint of this song is its melody which has a South Indian feel and also the lyrics are simply magical. The use of instruments is refreshingly amazing. This one is certainly the best of the lot. After two soulful songs comes a soft rock track composed by guest composer Lalit Pandit. Sung by Mahua Kamat, this track is purely situational and suits the action genre of the movie. There is considerable use of rock guitar which enhances it a bit. But it looks pale in front of the other tracks. Skip this one!

The fourth track ‘Main Chali’ is sung by Naresh Iyer and Shreya Ghoshal is again a romantic song but with a difference. The composition is multi-layered and the use of Indian instruments such as tabla and flute makes it a must hear song. It has an ethereal feel attached to it in the way Shreya Ghoshal has sung it and the parts sung by Naresh iyer are energetic reminding us of A R Rahman songs down south. Lyrics are efficient in complementing the composition.

Last but not the least comes ‘Dil Ki Tamanna’ which is philosophically romantic as the lyrics here are very emotive describing the state of mind of the lovers. It starts off with a mellifluous sound of whistle and is sung by the very talented Vijay Prakash, Shalini Singh and the new singing sensation Neha Bhasin. Vijay Prakash’s rendition is brilliant which takes the song to another level.

After hearing all songs, one can say that this is undoubtedly one of the best albums of the year both in terms of lyrics and compositions. Harris Jayaraj has proved his mettle time and again and this time also he succeeds with flying colours. Javed akhtar as usual is dedicated towards giving his best. And the best part of the album is that all songs except ‘Dum Hai To Aaja’ are soulful and a treat for all music lovers and does not have any remixes to rob off the impact. Force is definitely recommended!

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