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Shravan's sons score above-average marks

Sanjeev Darshan's first film Mann flopped, but its music won praise. Deewane shows that they're no flute punters

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Sanjeev Darshan's debut film Mann was a flop but its music was considered among the very best scores last year. The duo return with their second offering, Deewane.

Interestingly, Nadeem Shravan's comeback score, Dharmesh Dharshan's Dhadkan, is already out. So it's time for papa vs sonny boys! Another coincidence is that both Dhadkan and Deewane are traingular love stories -- Deewane has two heroines and a hero while Dhadkan has two heroes and a heroine.

The music on this album is pretty decent. The title song, Deewane, is a catchy melody akin to a Jatin Lalit number for Yash Chopra. It has a sing-along feel. Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik do a competent job. Ajay Devgan pitches in with a few dialogues. And like in Dilwale and Diljale, each song starts with a few dialogues from the movie. Harry Baweja was the director of those movies too!

The next number Churao na dil starts with dialogues that set the mood, like in the Aradhana number Roop tera mastana. But no, this song is different. Again, a very competent tune. Sung by Udit Narayan and Kavita Krishnamurthy, it repeats the opening words so many times you too start repeating them. The female chorus throughout the song lends it an old world charm.

Jaspinder Narula and Sukhwindra Singh are on a roll these days. They continue in Deewane too! Both feature in no less than three songs. Ishq da gunjal padh jaaye features them. As does another song Sajna ne phool. Ishq da is a rather simplistic number with okay interludes. Some good singing by Sukhwindra. The singers get a free hand, and redeem this song. But contrastingly, the duo's other song Sajna ne phool marya is slow and very qawwali-ish. Nothing new in the tune or the rhythms.

Jaspinder has a solo in Aye dil. This mellow number will definitely bring accolades to her. Some lovely orchestration and brilliant singing make it the choice of this album. The song ends with a scale change, made famous partly by Rahman's Humma Humma. Overall, a very pleasant number. Hariharan's version of Aye dil is equally enchanting; his voice suits the song.

Just before Qayamat, the next song, one the heroines shouts at the top of her voice that she loves the hero! Credit should go to Sanjeev Darshan for coming up with a very different tune. The tune is mildly middle-eastern and has fine interludes.

Jaspinder and Sukhwindra team up again in Jogiya, an average number. Oddly paced, the background and interludes leave you a bit confused. Takes time to sink in.

Sanjeev and Darshan are no patch on their illustriuos father and his partner, but yes, they are on their way. Deewane is soft and easy on the ears. If the composers had a say, they might have done away with the dialogues preceeding each song. We too!

Karthik S

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