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The backing orchestra, more than the melodies, is the defining element in Viju Shah's music
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Viju Shah, who made the smash hit song Oye oye, pays more attention to the orchestra than to the tunes in Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat

Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat

Pyaar Ishq aur Mohabbat brings back the team of director Rajiv Rai and music director Viju Shah. Rajiv Rai, who made the thriller Gupt, is now doing a romance with three guys and a girl. Tum Bin also had the same sort of line-up -- are love "squares" the in-thing or what? This one stars Sunil Shetty, Aftab, Kirti Reddy (her second Hindi movie after Tera Jadoo Chal Gaya), and model Arjun Rampal.

One doesn't hear much about Viju Shah, like one does about Anu Malik, Nadeem-Shravan or Jatin-Lalit. Viju won a Filmfare award for his background score for the murder mystery Gupt, and also a nomination for the music of Bade Miyan Chote Miyan. His best known song to date is Oye oye , a number that made singer Abhijeet's career, from the film Tridev.

The title song here, by the all too common duo Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan, has some fresh-sounding instrumentation and unusual chords, with a beat reminiscent of Gupt .

The orchestra is the defining element of Viju Shah's music, not the main tune. There is a good chance that a listener who hears this song will know it is by Viju Shah. The beat keeps changing, but there is none of that usual dholak bore. It has drum sounds one doesn't usually hear. Alka Yagnik's voice sings two tunes at the same time. Done with the help of an electronic harmoniser?

Shaan shines in Apni yaadon, just like he did in Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hain . Electronic sounds dominate. Shaan's voice sounds faraway, again a trick of technology I'm sure. A snappy tune.

Chand ho offers a fresh duo: Alka Yagnik and Sonu Nigam. This team, which barely managed to save a mediocre Chamakti shaam hai in Yaadein , improvises on an already good tune. The song begins with heavy electronic instruments, and melts into the light sounds of bells complemented by soft chords. The sitar gives the song a start. The beat shows a tabla which sounds extremely electronic. The voices emote well: two lovers meet and describe the night in Anand Bakshi's words. The first musical interlude is layered with some voices, the sitar, and electronic elements again.

Dono taraf starts off with a beautiful Irish melody filled with flute and guitar harmonies. Then, suddenly you are listening to a routine song. Nothing remarkable -- Kavita Krishamurthy-Subramaniam and Kumar Sanu don't have much to do on this mediocre track. Rakesh Pandit does some alaaps in the background. The chorus is annoying and chirps in once in a while.

The Irish intro is repeated in the interludes... it is a shame that it couldn't be used in a song more suited to its beauty. The closing alaap is sung by Kavita against the Irish tune and is such a welcome dessert to a bad main course. Irish music seems to be slowly creeping into Indian film music, as Sandeep Chowta used it in both Jungle and  Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya.

Parts of Jab tujhe maine by Sadhna Sargam and Udit Narayan sound less like Viju Shah and more like Jatin-Lalit. Sadhna Sargam sings well but she shows up very little in Hindi music these days. Wherever you hear her -- singing title songs in Hindi serials, or tamil films songs -- she is excellent.

Hariharan and Janki sing Tum lakh chupe ho which pays more attention to the tune than the orchestra. Hariharan sings improvisations with an Indian classical touch. Janki is a nice fresh voice who sings alaaps as competently as Hariharan.

Theme teams up Sadhana Sargam and Shaan. This is a soft song. The chorus and the piano are perhaps the only two elements not electronic. Again the beautiful Irish interlude from Dono taraf makes an appearance. There is a little bit from each of the other songs.

Main bewafa begins with a variety of tunes heard in previous songs. I finally heard a non-electronic flute and orchestra, good on the ears.

Divya Minisandram

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