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The film is inspired by the Julia Roberts-starrer 'My Best Friend's Wedding'
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  Is there something that turns all composers into clones of Jatin-Lalit?
























The usual wedding menu

Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hain shows that all Yash Chopra film songs sound like Jatin-Lalit, no matter who makes the music!

Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hain
Sa Re Ga Ma

Meri Yaar Ki Shaadi Hain is a Yash Chopra production, starring his son Uday Chopra, Jimmy Shergill, and introducing Sanjhna. Sanjay Gadhvi is the director. Jeet-Preetam's music is set to the lyrics of Javed Akhtar.

The film is an Indian version of the Julia Roberts-starrer My Best Friend's Wedding. (You may have read that this Hollywood star has just this week married her cameraman). As the storyline, so the tunes... you know they come from somewhere else.

Ek ladki is sung by Udit Narayan with Alka Yagnik's brief alaaps in the background. The mood is reminiscent of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge songs like Tujhe Dekha To Ye Jaana. There are the Western beats and then the dholak, a combination Jatin-Lalit love using in their songs. The choral, violin and rhythmic arrangements are similar to the style of Jatin-Lalit.

Uday Chopra proudly said somewhere that he was using the same mandolin that Shah Rukh Khan had played in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. This makes the song sound like something from his previous movie.

Just when I felt that the rest of the songs too would sound like Jatin-Lalit, Sharara came. Sung with full force by the evergreen Asha Bhosle, the music has an Arabic feel and is remarkable for its use of the violin. Pictured on Shamita Shetty, this dance number is definitely the highlight of the album.

What's a Yash Chopra movie without a wedding song? Meri Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai is sung by Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, and Alka Yagnik and sounds like the dance numbers from Mohabatein and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Quite an ordinary number and nothing compared to Sharara.

Is there something that turns new composing duos into Jatin-Lalit clones? Nikhil-Vinay, who on their private album sounded fresh, went on the beaten-to-death dholak path in Tum Bin and ended up like Jatin-Lalit. Jeet-Preetam too seem to be going the Jatin-Lalit way.

Jaage jaage, by Sonu Nigam, Udit Narayan, and Alka Yagnik has some freshness. Sonu Nigam brings charisma into his singing. Hopefully, he will stay strong in the music world, despite his upcoming acting debut in Jaani Dushman. Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik sing well too. The use of the veena and guitar complement the melody. To my relief, there was no use of the dholak! It seems even Jeet-Preetam woke up with Jaage Jaage!

And again the old family number is back, with the entire brood singing in chorus. Can't we do without these songs, or at least their cliched rhythm and violin arrangements? Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Sudesh Bhosle, and Jaspinder Narula are the voices sizing up the characteristics of Sanjhna's groom to be, Jimmy Shergill.

Hum Dono Jaisa is sung by the talented and young KK and Sunidhi Chauhan. They had done Dil Pe Chahna Laga from Kya Yehi Pyaar Hain with equal energy. Overall it is a pleasant number.

KK is also a good live stage performer -- he joined the Hearthrobs concert in North America with Hritik Roshan, Aftab Shivdasani, Kareena Kapoor, Karishma Kapoor, and Arjun Rampal and enhanced the program with his hits from Dil Chahta Hai, with Banda Yein Bindaas Hain from Aks, and Tadap Tadap from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.

The KK-Sunidhi team sings this disco-like number, which also has some Punjabi rhythmic patterns. The racy violins enhance the pace. This has a more Western feel than the other songs on this album.

Jeet-Preetam are disappointing, overall. How a Yash Chopra production makes everyone sound like their previous music directors! Perhaps the producers are to blame... this must be the type of music they like. I was hearing a promo for the new Yash Chopra production Mujhse Dosti Karoge, starring Hritik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, and Rani Mukherjee. The music is by Rahul Sharma and again the songs sound like Jatin-Lalit!

Divya Minisandram

Published on 7 July 2002

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