Jatin-Lalit have some serious waking up to do.
Hello!??!?!? How long can one keep re-hashing their own tunes? Well, Bappi Lahiri tried,
Anu Malik tried (way back before he took the extra "n" out of his first name),
and even Nadeem-Shravan tried in the post-"Aashiqui"
(pre-murderous) days. All of these people quickly realized that one has to constantly stay
on their toes to succeed in big, bad Bollyworld. Jatin and Lalit have yet to learn this
lesson, so here they are with their latest - "Dil Kya
Kare". Is it bad? Well, no. Is it different? Certainly not.
The title song is good. But after stuff like the title song in "Kuch Kuch..." and "Jadoo hain" in "Ghulam", "Dil Kya Kare"
(the song) takes the duo two steps back. It's sweet and Udit and Alka
are in top form, but it isn't the "zinger" of a song that a big budget
film mandates nowadays.
"Do Dilon Ki" is moderately better in that it is
slightly different, but even this number is nothing to write home about. J-L's romantic
favorite Alka is replaced here with Anuradha, who surprisingly manages to
live up to the number. Then again - Anuradha's weak point has always been emoting, and
this song merely expresses the usual lovey-dovey sentiment.
The Punjabi number on this album is not bad. I won't even insult A. R. Rehman by
comparing "Menu Lagan Lagi" to any of his "Taal" Punju numbers, but still - when you have Sukhwindara
Singh and Jaspinder Narula together - can disappointment really
be nearby? Hardly....
The children's numbers in this album don't deserve more than a mention. "Badal
Bijli" (Abhijeet and Children) and "Monday
Bhi Ho Sunday" (Abhijeet, Kavita, and Children) come
and go without making even the slightest impression. (Incidentally - can Jatin and Lalit
STOP insulting Kavita by giving her the stupid songs??!!?!? Have they forgotten what she
did for their "Khamoshi"?)
The album ends with a sweet surprise. Alka Yagnik sounds divine in the sweet and simple
"Pyar Ke Liye" - a pleasant ghazal with some terrific
Anand Bakshi lyrics.
If you are the type of person that loves listening to the much-hyped bubble gum numbers
that become popular through the numerous filmi countdowns and promo's - by all means - buy
"Dil Kya Kare". It is bound to be up there soon enough. For the more discerning
musical ear, however, you might just find yourself putting this album towards the back of
your CD rack sooner than you think.