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Thinking of Mehbooba

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This Akshaye Khanna-Sonali Bendre starrer has music composed by Adesh Srivastava and Anand-Milind. The opening track Jab Se Tujhe Humne Dekha Sanam, sung by Udit Narayan and Anuradha Paudwal (who seems to be making her comeback into mainstream film music in a big way) has the same breathless freshness that the duo always manage to create. The track is well embellished with violins and the tabla. But the melody is mediocre. So are the lyrics by Shyam Raj.

Sawan barse tarse dil is a number that combines a light melody with the warmth of Hariharan's voice. The use of seconds with the main melody adds an intricacy to an otherwise simple structure. Sadhna Sargam's high-pitched voice complements the smooth flow of Hariharan's vocals. Majrooh Sultanpuri's lyrics are simple and earthy. The song has no frills and is very hummable.

Meri jaan hai tu is an all-rounder of a number -- good lyrics, good sound. Rendered as solos by Roop Kumar Rathod and Alka Yagnik, the song uses a deep bass and the sarangi to create a slow rhythm and melancholy effect. Feelingly sung to the parallel picking of the accoustic guitar and the flute, Madan Pal's lyrics have just the right balance of simplicity and depth.

Ho gori aaja with its heavy bass and dance rhythm reminds you of R D Burman's Mehbooba mehbooba (from Sholay). It is in the same Moorish genre in the opening bars, but surprisingly, breaks off mid-way to bring in an Indian folk rhythm. It's as if two different songs were strung together, and the end result isn't unpleasant.

Tujhe dekhte hi yeh dil and Kaha kare koiee are both light numbers sung by Kumar Sanu and Udit Narayan/Sadhna Sargam respectively. Set in the genre of the youthful serenade (which Papa-kehte-hain-Udit Narayan excels in) these two are easy on the ear.

In totality, the soundtrack of Dahek is a good combination of moods and varied styles of renditions. Sadhna Sargam and Adesh Srivastava are artistes to watch out forů they'll go a long way.

Maya A

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