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By: Joginder Tuteja, IndiaFM
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Remember a decent comedy called Nayee Padosan that came a few years back? The film was not a big success at the box office but has been enjoying satellite reruns since then. BH Tharun Kumar, director of that feel-good comic love story, is back with yet another film belonging to the same genre - Love Ke Chakkar Mein. Just like Nayee Padosan, LKCM too boasts of a debutant pairing [Akshat Bhatia, Namita] with Rishi Kapoor as the biggest star in the film. Shoma Anand and Satish Shah form the supporting starcast while Anand Raj Anand composes for the majority of numbers with Daboo Malik and Nikhil Vinay contributing up with a song apiece. Praveen Bhardwaj and Dev Kohli share credits as the lyricists.
When an album begins with a song like 'Fat Fat Fatafat Pyaar Ho Gaya', you know that neither the music nor the film have to be taken seriously. Sunidhi Chauhan starts crooning the number with Sonu Nigam joining her in this fun number that "strangely" reminds of the numerous such love songs picturized on the pair of Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh. Why "strangely"? Because Rishi Kapoor himself plays an integral part of the film! This Anand Raj Anand-Dev Kohli song may not be anything great to write home about but has that irritatingly catchy tune to it that makes you suddenly hum it to yourself after you have heard it a few times!
Nikhil Vinay get an opportunity to compose the title song of the film Love Ke Chakkar Mein that begins on a racy note similar to the style of late 70s/early 80s. The way Farhad Bhiwaniwala goes about singing the number, you know that the song has been set in an era of feel-good light hearted films by Basu Chatterjee / Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Farhad is spirited in his rendition of this supposedly background situational piece that moves at a consistent pace with fast beats and the works and should keep the film's momentum going. If one hears closely, there are also shades of Jatin Lalit style of music in the number. This Praveen Bhardwaj written song may be forgotten after the film's run but at least manages to hold your attention while it is on.
After ARA and Nikhil Vinay, it's the turn of Daboo Malik to make his presence felt with 'Hum They Aasmaan Pe'. Yet another old fashioned number with an easy tune, simple lyrics by Praveen Bhardwaj and a basic style of rendition by Shaan, the song just comes and goes by neither making a thumping impact nor sounding like a true disaster, as it continues in the same vein as the rest of the album.
Sunidhi Chauhan gets into a seductive mood with 'Ek Kamre Mein Hum Tum' that is written by Dev Kohli and composed by ARA. Yet another passable number [hats off to the album's consistency as far as being average is concerned!], it is, as title suggests, a song about a couple locked in a room with the girl having an 'upper hand' when it comes to taking 'initiative'. Plain average!
It comes as a relief to see Alka Yagnik's name on the credits and one gets some hopes that at least there would be one above average/memorable track in the entire album. 'Suno Na' is the song in question that turns out to be a decent melody and would be liked by those who have grabbed Anand-Milind's music when it was at its peak. What's good about this song [and rest of the numbers preceding it] that they come easy to ears with no 'shor-sharaaba,' of any sorts! If one hears the song with an unbiased approach and closes eyes to traverse to the world of music as it was a decade or so back, 'Suno Na' composed by Daboo Malik and written by Praveen Bhardwaj is not really a bad composition after all.
ARA brings the album to a close with 'Sach Hai Sanam' that is yet another song written by Praveen Bhardwaj. As the song brings the album to an end, you are sure that either the album was composed 10-15 years back or the composers have taken an extra effort to recreate the nostalgia of a decade or two back! This romantic number by Sadhna Sargam and Shaan too follows the same path and comes across as an average listenable track, though chances are near to minimal that the track would be heard for weeks to come.
As apparent while listening to the numbers, LKCM is an average score that would neither be loved nor hated. There is not a single song that has a chartbuster appeal nor is there anything that makes you look away in disgust. Now it's all on the movie [that has already been long delayed] to create its presence when it releases in a few days from now.