Starring Kareena Kapoor, model-turned-actress
Bipasha Basu, Bobby Deol and Akshay Kumar, this film comes from the
director duo of Abbas-Mastan.
In their earlier films, Baazigar and
, Abbas-Mastan had portrayed stran
gers turning acquaintances and
more. They seem to have returned to their favourite
theme, if you go by the catchline
on the album, "Never trust a stranger".
Wish Anu Malik had trusted Ranjit Barot, who
probably was a stranger to him two years ago. Ranjit assisted
him on the score for
Ajnabee has no hint of the interesting things Anu has
attempted in that Amitabh Bachchan starrer. The orchestra in
Ajnabee is on some kind of auto-pilot, doing things on
its own and oblivious to any expectations you may have
that it may take a new course. Not a whiff of original thinking
Adnan Sami makes a guest appearance with his
tune Mehbooba mehbooba, which he sings with Sunidhi Chauhan. With a
beginning gambit taken from Batman
, this doesn't sound strikingly original either. The
track comes in a second,
noisier version, called "e-groove mix" (in any case you don't find many natural instruments on this
album). DJ Khalif, in true
trance style, distances the voices and gives us more indigestible synth sounds.
Mohabbat naam hai kiska (Udit Narayan
and Alka Yagnik) and Mere zindagi mein ajnabee
(Kumar Sanu and Sunidhi Chauhan) fall very
much into the mix-and-match section of Anu Malik's
sultry number Mujhko neend aa rahi hai by Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi
Chauhan is low pitched. In spite of the booming bass and drum
tracks, and the whisper of waves which make
the interludes interesting, the song sounds formless. The mix of grand sweeping
tremolo violins, orchestral bangs and tender flutes does excite a bit
of curiosity though.
music is just that. Loud, not much thought going into it.
Kaun main haan tum echos
Chura ke dil mera
in the beginning. And then you
hear four characters mouth some unconvincing
Kasam se tere aankhen aiya re aiya re
starts with an interesting beat but
simmers down to a stale 4/4 beat and an even more insipid tune by
Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik and Sunidhi Chauhan.
tumhe aashiqui maloom
by Kumar Sanu has a nostalgic whistle intro. Late '80s R D Burman
gone haywire. The more expressive Kumar Sanu tries to sound the more the uncertain edges
of his voice peek out.
all Anu Malik does is recycle his earlier hits. The
album even features a song welcoming the new millennium, and you end up
feeling as though you are reading a newspaper two years old.
Totally uninteresting, in the final reckoning.
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