Dharmendras next production after Barsaat (1995), in
which his beta Bobby Deol made his
debut as an 'actor'. In Dillagi, his older beta Sunny
Deol, makes his debut as a director. Sunny wanted an 'international look'
for Dillagi (formerly titled London) so he roped in four music directors. The songs
dont really give that feeling. They sound much like any other song that one would
find in a Hindi film. I expected the soundtrack of Dillagi to be a masterpiece, taking
into consideration there are four music directors. Well, my expectations are short lived.
Dillagi isnt a masterpiece. However, there are a couple of songs which are addictive
and will stay in my head for a long time to come.
The album opener Dillagi will be stuck in
your head after the first listen. Whats amazing about the song is that there are TEN
singers. Udit Narayan, Abhijeet, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sukhwinder
Singh, Shankar Mahadevan, Sonu Nigam, Jaspinder Nirula, Mahalakshmi and
Shaan make up the list. Each one has a few lines to sing and they all do justice
to their little share. The song is very catchy, courtesy of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.
Jatin-Lalits best composition is Yeh
Zameen Hai sung by Roopkumar Rathod. Theres an
emotional feel tagged along with the song due to the beautiful lyrics which makes the song
as good as it is. Roopkumar Rathods rendition is excellent; hes singing really
well these days. After Khamosh Raat from Thakshak,
this may be another addition to his hit list.
Dhoom Dhoom Luck Luck is a disappointment thanks to Sukhwinder Singh who composes the song. The number couldve
been good, had not Mr. Singh change the melody so many times. There is a bright spot in
this song however, in the form of Mahendra Kapoor. Yes, the great singer
of yester years has a couple of lines to sing here and does justice to them. Other singers
include Sukhwinder Singh, Shankar Mahadevan, Mohini Brahmbhatt.
Koi Nahin Aisa is sung by Amit Kumar
and Alka Yagnik. The chorus, the beats, and the strings remind of an 80s song
English song, but I cant figure out which one. Nonetheless, this one is well sung to
say the least.
Kya Yeh Sach Hai has an enigmatic/deep forest feel
which makes it a winner. Shankar Mahadevan and Mahalakshmi are the singers. Raahon
Mein Chhayee sung by Shankar Mahadevan, Alka Yagnik, and Udit Narayan
is a listenable number. The song can be described as a feel good number.
Haan Haan Mujhe Pyar Hai is sung by Abhijeet.
Its somewhat short compared to the length of an ordinary Hindi film song.
Nonetheless its listenable for Abhijeet, who shines in it.
Kumar Sanu sings Main Kya Karoon,
his only song in this album. To put it simply, he just tears it to pieces. He sounds like
a complete hijra due to his nasal talents. If J-L had picked another singer, the
song wouldve been listenable.
Sangeet is a punjabi-ish wedding song rendered by
Jaspinder Nirula and Dilraj Kaur. Not much to say about this one.
Tanhai is rendered by the late Nusrat Fateh
Ali Khan. Its a slow, sad song sung nicely by the great Ustad. The beats
are pretty good, thanks to Anand-Milind. I doubt if they
actually composed this song, since Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan usually composes his own tunes
and lets other musicians
arrange the music.
The only complaint is, why are only Jatin-Lalit given the credit for music on the front
cover? All four of the music directors deserve the credit. Maybe Venus is just trying to
sell more cassettes/CDs with J-Ls name since the other three are not doing so well
or are hardly known to people. Dillagi is a worthy buy for a few songs. I still wonder how
the title song will be picturised since there are ten singers. Maybe Sunny will ask some
of our philmy sitares to make a special appearance and lip sing a few lines?