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Dil Diya Hai: Music Review

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By: Joginder Tuteja, IndiaFM
Thursday, July 20, 2006

Aashiq Banaya Aapne as the same team returns with Dil Diya Hai. Producer Balabhai Patel, director Aaditya Dutt, actor Emraan Hashmi, lyricist Sameer and above all composer Himesh Reshammiya, who held the mike for the first time in ABA and since then neither he nor the music company has looked back. The film stars new find Geeta Basra as the sole heroine along with Ashmit Patel and Mithun Chakravorty. In company of lyricist Sameer and DJ Akbar Sami, Himesh Reshammiya promises to churn out yet another string of hit tunes, that come in a rather standardized format of six tracks and remixes for each of them!

The question on everyone's lips is - "Will the magic of Aashiq Banaya Aapne be repeated with Dil Diya Hai"? Well, after hearing the album one feels that it doesn't really happen in it's entirety but still there are certain songs that would keep the listener interested in the album!

First of all good news for all Reshammiya fans! The composer in Reshammiya gives the singer in him 8 out of 12 tracks in total. First to come is the title song 'Dia Dil Dil Diya' that is a good fusion of Indian classical and contemporary music. A slow moving number with light beats and an unconventional tune that has numerous twists and turns, it has variety in the way the song is rendered. While Reshammiya is full throttle in high pitch, new entrant Himani puts her husky vocals to best use as she sings in a low pitch, hence making for a sensual outing. Obvious question that comes is whether it is in the league of the title song of Aashiq Banaya Aapne? Well, it is not but if heard as a standalone composition by Reshammiya, it works! While the original version was purely based on Indian arrangements, the shorter remix version has the guitar in action hence changing the mood of the song.

It is the rhythm at the beginning of 'Afsana Banake Bhool Na Jaana' that makes the number stand apart from numerous other Reshammiya compositions in last few weeks. The same rhythm plays an integral part of the song throughout its duration hence pepping up this dance floor number. It has that typical Reshammiya stamp as far as the music and singing is concerned and as soon as Tulsi Kumar joins the scene, you are sure that this is yet another chartbuster song in the offering for the hit 'jodi'. One of the best rendered songs by Tulsi in her short career so far, she seems to have grasped the grammar of singing quite well by this time which reflects in the final outcome. A good mix of Indian melody and rhythm with fine overall arrangements to boost, watch out for Geeta Basra gyrating on the floor with her heart-stopping looks! The pace gets into a fifth gear right away as soon as the remix version of the song begins. Well, since the original itself had a good pace to match, the remix looks mainly as an extended and little faster version, but that's about it.

After having Himani and Tulsi Kumar for company, Reshammiya goes solo with 'Yaadan Teriyan' that turns out to be the best of the enterprise so far! What is noticeable again is that it is the strong overall Indian feel to the song that makes it worth a repeated hearing. Watch out for the 'tabla' that plays in the background and it would be hard to ignore this sentimental song that is one of the best rendered numbers by Reshammiya so far. In fact it comes quite close to the class that Reshammiya has recently shown in Ahista Ahista and it's a surprise that it comes after a couple of numbers in the album. Sameer's lyrics also stand out in this number that doesn't sound like a drag instead of sad overtones. And yes, one hearing of the song and Reshammiya detractors can stop accusing him of his so-called nasal singing. Akbar Sami is back in action with a faster remix but one would go with the sweetly paced and arranged original.

Reshammiya and Tulsi get back together for the duet 'Mile Ho Tum To'. Unconventional with surprising twists - this is how one can describe this song that could be billed as another title song due to the words Dil Diya Hai in the opening line. The song starts off extremely slowly making way for a melodious outing to follow but what comes in the beginning is a surprise as Reshammiya gets into a 'ghazal' mode and changes track to a fast paced rendition soon after. The music too takes a twist but gets back into the 'ghazal' mode in a matter of seconds. The rhythm of 'Na Na Na Re' is the mainstay of this romantic track that could be called as the most unconventional by Reshammiya in last few months. One waits to see how Akbar Sami presents his DJ version for the song. Well, he retains the pace and mood of the song but adds on his club beats in and around the song. Result? A lounge outing that could be one of its kinds to be coming from Reshammiya-Sami combo.

For the first time in the album, Reshammiya makes way for some other singer to take center stage. It is Alisha Chinai this time who croons 'Jabse Aankh Ladi' with Jayesh Gandhi getting one of those rare opportunities to sing as a main singer rather than the voiceovers he has been doing for Reshammiya since years. For the first time when one hears the song, it sounds like such a below average track that you don't care least about when it began and ended. A song that tries to be a love song but actually ends up coming close to being an item number set in a bar, 'Jabse Aankh Ladi' is hardly exciting even in the second hearing. The last hope is the remix version but alas, to no avail even as Sami tries to camouflage the vocals with his beats. First disappointing song of the album!

'Chalo Dildar Chalo' that comes in the end is a shift from the melodious numbers heard in the past and takes a peppy route instead. Newcomers Hemchandra and Vinit are good behind the mike while Himani gives them an able company in this romantic number. On hearing the song a couple of times, one realizes that it sound more like a number coming from Pritam stable rather than Reshammiya's in the way it is paced with an overall feel good peppy effect. The mood is further enhanced by the remix version that is apt for a song like this.

While 'Chalo Dildaar Chalo' makes for a fine finale after a not-so-happening 'Jabse Aankh Ladi', a listener would still be compelled to revisit the songs sung by Reshammiya, especially 'Yaadan Teriyan', 'Afsana Banake' and 'Dil Diya' [in that order]. Though Ahista Ahista would still rate as his best album in recent times, Reshammiya fans won't really mind preferring the score of 'Dil Diya Hai' over some of the other releases by the composer in last few weeks.

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