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Love within flower brackets
 

That's what you'll see on the promos, and the slogan that marriages are made in heaven. For all that, this album's made on the assembly line


Kahin Pyar Na Ho Jaye
Venus
Rs 55


A clenched-teeth determination to compose "commercial" songs makes Himesh Reshammiya throw in everything he has heard before into a pot-pourri that gives off a tired flavour.

After Mohabbatein, which showed a bespectacled Shah Rukh Khan playing a violin, here's muscular Salman Khan hugging a guitar.

Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik sing a very forgettable title track, and wonder for our hero and heroine whether they are falling in love. Savariya has Kamaal Khan -- remember him singing Oh o jaane jaana to which Salman flings away his shirt?

This song suffers from too many notes in one range of the scale, it has no movement and seems too low for Kamaal Khan. The words by Sudhakar Sharma talk about the heart being stolen. Mixing of bhangra and rock guitar is fine, but Himesh Reshammiya doesn't blend the two with any ease or conviction.

Want some good old disco style orchestration? Aa meri life starts in this mode. The only thing different about it is that it uses two pop stars, Kamaal Khan and Sunita Rao.

O priya is the most dignified pop track on this side. How come? Because it is 'inspired' by Carlos Santana's Maria. The deep bass complements the tinkling piano runs and unexpected chords strike up some colour. Kamaal Khan, Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, Nitin Mukesha and chorus sing this tune interspersed with alaap phrases which seem to be Himesh's contribution to the tune. But you can't make out who sings the alaap.

Theme, sung by Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik, is dull. The duet again worries about falling in love, Kahin pyar na ho jaye. They din this line so much into your head that you fervently begin to pray that they fall in love and leave you alone.

Dhin tara races all over the scale with a more than normal nasal Kumar Sanu and a chorus. The beat is so hard it could knock you out flat.

Pardesi starts out with a line from the Sultan Khan-Chitra number Piya Basanti . There's a hint of raga Mia Malhar. You hear it also in O priya and Theme.

Pardesi and Kahin pyar na ho jaaye are repeated. And to complement Theme which ended Side A, we have Parody on Side B. This is a recycled track featuring the Rangeela title song and the Bobby song, Jhoot bole kawwa kaate. Sonu Nigam does a good imitation of Rafi and Daler Mehndi. Kumar Sanu can't get near Kishore Kumar, but tries.

You won't regret not listening to this album.

S Suchitra Lata





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