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Apne - Music Review

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By: Joginder Tuteja, IndiaFM
Thursday, June 07, 2007
The Deol family coming together is a reason to celebrate in itself. To add to the fun if Gadar-Ek Prem Katha director Anil Sharma is associated with a project and Himesh Reshammiya and lyricist Sameer are the helm of compositions, you can surely look forward to what Apne has in store.

With stars across generations [Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol] playing key roles in the film, the music is also expected to have a varying sound and a notch above ordinary. When Himesh Reshammiya is entrusted with the job of composing a song, it is but obvious in today's musical scene for him to kick-start the proceedings with a song crooned by himself. The same happens in Apne as well as he gets into his vociferous best with his usual 'dhinchak' approach.
A stage number with a rock concert look and feel, 'Mehfuz' features Bobby Deol in a jazzy getup as he dances along to Reshammiya beats. As is the case with most Reshammiya tracks, the song appears like yet another heard-before song but starts catching up on you as you hear it repeatedly.

By the time you arrive at the remix version of the song, you know that you are not going to mind it as long as it is played. No, it is not of chartbuster variety but decent enough to look good on screen and play on for a few weeks.

Proceedings take a turn only or the better as 'Dekhoon Tujhe To Pyaar Aaye' comes next. Yes, it is a usual Reshammiya composition but those who have liked this style over the last couple of years would like lapping the tune up yet again. It's the rhythm factor which makes 'Dekhoon Tujhe...' a pleasant hear and the song gets on your lips pretty quick. Also an oriental feel to the setting makes it a number that moves in a slow and steady fashion without going overtly vociferous.

Singer Akriti Kakkar, who is being promoted by Reshammiya in number of songs during last one year, pairs up with Reshammiya and is good yet again. It is high time that other composers too make a note of her and rope her in. As expected, there is a remix version of the song as well but thankfully doesn't jar. It's the groovy approach of the composition that makes 'Dekhoon Tujhe ..' a good hear.

Title song 'Apne comes after all the dance and rhythm and instantly reminds one of the kind of compositions that Anu Malik composed for J.P. Dutta in his war films. No, it is not the theme of the song which belongs to that genre; it's the treatment factor. A pleasant song which is soothing to ears; it is situational which should come at numerous junctions in the film.

Longest track of the album, it is a welcome relief to hear Sonu Nigam this time around. A number that propagates family values and in short also narrates the basic theme and essence of the film, Apne has Jaspinder Narula heard in her rustic vocals after a long time. With Jayesh Gandhi as a co-singer, this is a track which showcases a different Himesh Reshammiya as the tune is completely different from what we would have heard in his last 50 hits!

Album gets back into the 'Mehfuz' mode with 'Ankh Wich Chehra Pyar Da' that has entire men power of Himesh Reshammiya, Shaan and Kunal Ganjawala coming together behind the mike with sole female singer Amrita Kak accompanying them. Who Amrita? Well, she is the same girl who had sung 'Just Chill' [Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya] a few seasons back!

She makes a good impression yet again in 'Ankh Wich...' that takes a thumping approach once. By this time, there is a caution sign though as those who traditionally have not been enjoying the composer's sound may not be kicked with the music of Apne. This makes 'Ankh Wich..' too as a kind of song which is primarily for Reshammiya fans. Ditto for the 'remix version'!

In between comes a 2 minute filler track 'Bull's Eye' which is set as a club track. Crooned by Earl and Shaan, it has a Western setting and in all likelihood should be picturised on Bobby Deol and Katrina Kaif.

Last track to arrive in the album is 'Tere Sang' that hardly lasts 2 minutes but makes for a nice feel-good setting in the film. Starting off with the theme tune from the title song Apne, it builds itself on Punjabi folk tune and turns out to be yet again composition that bears an Anu Malik touch. With Sonu Nigam and Jaspinder Narula coming together again, 'Tere Sang' is a situational track that has shades of Yash Chopra school of music feel with clap beats and 'dholki' forming the rhythm.

Apne turns out to be a decent album with usual Himesh Reshammiya tunes plugged with a couple of tracks that bring in the rural flavour of Punjab [as required due to the presence of three Deols]. There isn't blockbuster written over the album but for a film which is a mix of family and action genres, Himesh Reshammiya has given decent tunes that have potential to make for good visuals on screen.

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