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By: Joginder Tuteja, IndiaFM
Friday, April 07, 2006
It was Ram Gopal Verma who started the trend of incorporating promotional music videos for his otherwise song-less films. He started it with Bhoot [Bhoot Hoon Main picturised on Sunidhi Chauhan] and followed it up with Darna Mana Hai [Jo Dar Gaya So Mar Gaya picturised on Sameera Reddy]. While the trend has caught up fast with every movie worth its salt coming up with a promotional video [Dhoom, Hum Tum, Bluffmaster, Aksar, Tom Dick and Harry, Humko Deewana Kar Gaye to name a few], RGV does it again for Darna Zaroori Hai, sequel to his moderately successful Darna Mana Hai. The girl in question is Nisha Kothari this time around while Mohit 'James' Ahlawat too joins her for another music video. Taabish Romani and Nitin Raikwar, who have been associated with RGV with number of projects in last few years are the men behind the film's music.
DZH mainly has just 3 unique songs along with remixes of two of them while rest of the album is stuffed with songs from Mr. Ya Miss and James. First to come is the heavily promoted Khabardar that appears in two versions Maut Ka Jayeka and Zindagi Ka Zayeka. Mohona Sarkar, who had sung Dhokebaaz and Khud Ko Maar Daala Re in RGV's D last year, gets yet another opportunity to make her presence felt in the music industry.
Strong beats, western arrangements and scary sounds mark the beginning of the first version Maut Ka Jayeka that has Sukhwinder Singh pairing up with Mohana. Sadly, the song is nothing but a rehash of 'Khallas' [Company] with not much difference in terms of pace and style. The style was anyways exhausted in Dhokebaaz and hence there is not much interesting when one gets to hear something so similar in DHZ. The singers do their job well while the actors (especially Nisha) performs with conviction too but it's the music by Taabish Romani that proves to be a downer. A little slower but similar in style and rhythm Zindagi Ka Jayeka follows after a gap. Kunal Ganjawala pairs up with Mohona but that's still not good enough to make a beeline for DZH in front of music stores.
After Tabish Romani, it is Nitin Raikwar's turn to compose and write for the two versions (original and remix) of Aake Darr. Scary sounds prevail the beginning of this track too that is noticeable due to Mohona's style of rendition where she really stretches her vocals an extra distance. In a similar style as the title sequences of a James Bond flick, the music is intriguing, scary, sensual as well as exciting. Though it is by no means a classic, it should do well to create an eerie feel in a dark auditorium. The tune is again set on a western base and though the remix version makes it more, belonging to the dance-mix mode, one would still prefer the original.
'Boo' is the last original track in the album and is yet another ordinary tune by Taabish Romani. The interlude portions in electronic guitar somehow catch your attention but the tune on which Sunidhi Chauhan sings along is simply average. There are scary sounds and works accompanying the tune that hardly make an impact. The song would be restricted to the film's promotion but nothing more than that.
Rest of the tracks have already been heard before in Mr. Ya Miss [Fakr Hai Aurat, Fakr Hai Aadmi, Kamsin Kali] and James [Zindagi Jeene Ka Naam Hai, Jaan Hai]. Since most of them were just about fine with no songs turning out to be a real chartbuster when originally released, they atre still not good enough reasons to grab a copy in haste because it is so good.
In the end, Darna Zaroori Hai is a lukewarm album that doesn't really hold your attention much. One of the weakest musical scores from a RGV film, one wonders if the album may have sounded better if it was made of background pieces from the film, just like in case of Satya?