album, Khoobsurat includes 2 songs by
Narayan Parshuram which are quite small and insignificant on the audio cassette, and a
punjabi "item" number by Sukwindara Singh. This isnt J-Ls best, or
even close to J-Ls best, but comes out to be a decent album. Probably J-Ls
third best of the year after Sarfarosh and Sangharsh. Dillagi comes a close
fourth, though the best songs in that album are not by Jatin-Lalit; Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
steal the show in that one.
Let me start by saying that Abhijeet and Sonu Nigam have been the two winners with
songs this year. Abhijeet has had several big hits, including his top singing in Baadshah, Dillagi, and brief exposure in other songs. Kumar Sanu,
so far, with the exception of this film, has been the big looser this year. His songs have
been everywhere, but his singing has been the pits
especially in his songs in
Dillagi and Sangharsh. I wish he could get a pill to clear his nasal passages. Udit
Narayan has stayed on top form this year, and Sukwindara Singh and Shankar Mahadevan have
both arisen in ranks. Also, Amit Kumar has made a couple surprise appearances in Dillagi
as well as Silsila Hai Pyar Ka. On the womans side, Alka
Yagnik and Kavita Krishnamurti have stayed where they have been in the past few
yearson top. Anuradha Paudwal has made a strong re-appearance, though she will have
to revert 10 years to be on top. Other singers have made sparse appearances, including
Sadhna Sargam, Poornima, Chitra, and of course Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle. But the
real surprise of the year is Jatin-Lalits younger sister, who first sang in Khamoshi-The Musical as Shraddha. She now appears as Shraddha
Pandit and is part of two songs in this album.
Furthermore, Neera Pandit (presumably another sister) makes an
appearance in the first song, "Bahut Khoobsurat Ho."
She doesnt have to do too much in the song but sing a couple scales and the
occasional humming. Abhijeet dominates the song and though he only sings
two of the eight songs, he dominates the whole album with his singing. This one is going
to be a hit! Oh yeah, and by the way, the lyrics are also wonderful; Gulzar puts his pen
into a wonderful song.
Or maybe, Sanjay Dutts anticipated appearance as a singer will
appear on the hit charts. Sanjay is opposed by Shraddha Pandit. "Aye
Shivani" has a quick beat with decent singing by Sanjayunlike
Aamir, Sanjay sounds a bit off pitch when raising his voice past a certain note. Oh well,
good try Sanjay, and I hope you continue acting.
I wish I could say the same for Kumar Sanu sometimes, but not this
time. Sanu sounds surprisingly good in the third love song in the album, "Mera
Ek Sapna Hai". He is joined by a not top form Kavita
Krishnamurti in this song. Her singing is not as good as Sanus in this
song, though it is adequate. The song is a little bit above average.
The fourth song is the best love song in the album. Sanu is joined by Anuradha
Paudwal. Her singing is okay. And Sanu is pretty goodthough I still wish he
could improve the nasalness of his voice a little bit. He is still a little bit annoying.
Anyhow, this song is good, its slow and peaceful.
The next two songs are the two by music director, Narayan
Parshuram. They are very shortprobably in combination about 2 minutes. Just
to mention, Sanjivini, former Sa Re Ga Ma finalist, sings a short portion
of the first of the two songs. Her appearance is promising (again), though I would like to
hear her voice in more songs. It would be nice to hear her instead of the same old Kavita,
Alka and Anuradhathough just for a change, not that those three are bad.
With weird lyricsI really dont know what Gulzar was thinking with this
song"Azmale Yeh Formule," Abhijeet makes another
appearance with Shraddha Pandit. Her singing is not heard too much again. Abhijeet excels
again. His rendering includes a small part that is in qwaali style. The singing is so
nice, I wish that he would have sung the other duets! Oh well, variety is good also.
"Main Adhuri Si" is sung by Anuradha. Her rendering
of the song isnt great, but isnt bad. Its just passable. Her high notes are
still strained, though when her voice is low it is bearable. The song has a nice peaceful
beat, but her singing makes some of the words undistinguishable.
The final Jatin-Lalit song is another Sanu-Krishnamurti song with an Indian-style beat.
Its a decent, passable song. Nothing special, but not bad either.
The Punjabi "item" number is the final tune of the album. Sukwindara Singh sings it with ease, though the
number isnt the best Punjabi number I have heard.
Overall, this album contains a variety of numbers. Mostly, they are average, but since
the album is on T-Series, it may be worth buying a nice cheap compact disc. As far as the
movie goes, Sanjay Dutt and Urmila have promise, so we shall see the outcome.