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Sunny, Urmila and Bobby star in 'Dillagi'

Embarrassment of riches

Dillagi has eight music composers and twice as many singers. Nusrat Fateh Ali comes out on top in an otherwise ordinary album

Sunny Deol began recording music for Dillagi, his first film as director, with Jatin-Lalit, but after a couple of songs the composer-duo got busy elsewhere. And in came Sukhwindara Singh; Sunny got him to record two Punjabi numbers. Shankar-Loy-Ehsaan also chipped in with their tunes. And there was another number Anand-Milind had done for a movie Sunny had planned but didn't get round to making. He pulled that out from the closet. Which gave Dillagi a total of eight music directors!

And if you thought that was a bit too much, just you wait till you hear the title song. It's got 10 singers, all stars in their own right.

The album itself may suffer from this embarrassment of riches, but the ten singers in the title track do a neat job. Composed by Shankar-Loy-Ehsaan and written by Javed it's got them alternating some choir-style polyphony with individual essays. You have a diverse range of voices from Shaan to Shankar Mahadevan to Jaspindar Narula to Kavitha Krishnamurthy doing flourishes in their individual styles, and when they sing together they create interesting harmonies.

Dhoom dhoom luck luck is done on a bhagra beat, and features Sukhwindara Singh, Mahendra Kapoor, Shankar Mahadevan, Mridula Desai, Mohini Brahmbhatt and chorus. The tempo gets faster as the song progresses, but the electronic drums spoil the overall effect. Then comes the soft love song Kya yeh sach hai by Shankar Mahadevan and Mahalakshmi.

Amit Kumar and Alka Yagnik sing Koi nahin aisa. Well sung, but the tune's lacking in freshness. If it reminds you of '60s rock and roll, you also have a bit of reggae in Rahon mein chayee sung by Udit Narayan, Shankar Mahadevan and Alka Yagnik. Yeh zamin hai sung by Roopkumar Rathod is overwrought with violins in a style employed mindlessly for many decades but now slowly finding its way out.

The ardent voice of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali sings Tanhai. It's got everything you associate with him, raw energy, unorthodox sargams... The late maestro sings hauntingly about the pain when the beloved has left, and you realise yet again that few can manage his kind of passion. The tune is credited to Anand-Milind.

Sangeet is unremarkable as a tune but acquires some appeal thanks to the strong voices of Jaspinder Narula and Dilraj Kaur.

The film stars Sunny himself, brother Bobby and Urmila Matondkar.

O Priya

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