Producer: Ram Gopal Varma
Director: Rajat Mukherji
Starring: Fardeen Khan, Urmila Matondkar, Sonali Khulkarni, Suresh Oberoi and Rajpal Yadav
Music: Sandeep Chowta
Lyrics: Nitin Raikwar
Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Asha Bhonsle, Sonu Nigam, Alisha Chinai, Alka Yagnik, Chitra, Kavita Subramaniam, Sowmya
Audio on: Venus
Number of Songs: 8
Reviewed by: Narbir Gosal
Reviewer's Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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Music to our ears! Rejoice everyone, as always expected something out of the Ram Gopal Varma camp will always have experimental and ear pleasing music! Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya is no exception in any way what so ever! 2001 has been a year of excellent soundtracks, Zubeidaa, One Two Ka Four, Kasoor and now Pyar Tune Kya Kiya joins those in what will hopefully be a long list of great soundtracks this year. Sandeep Chowta who seems to be a new RGV favourite composes some modern and catchy tunes for the audience and as a result what we get is a very contemporary and innovative album.

The album starts off with the instantly likeable Kambakt Ishq. The song brings together Sukhwinder Singh, the awesome vocal capacities of Asha Bhonsle and Sonu Nigam. The song is the best on the album, kind of a techno infused qawali. The singing is done with a lot of verve and energy. Sonu Nigam dominates his parts very well, and his singing is experimental in a way, he sings from deep within. Asha Bhonsle sounds as young as ever and shines in the song! Itīs no wonder that she won a lifetime achievement award. Her singing in this song is completely spellbinding. Sukhwinder Singh as always is dependable and accompanies Sonu and Asha well, although he is somewhat outshined he holds his own against the other two. The singing for this song in total is done extremely well and the effect canīt be described in words, you have to hear the song to see what I mean. The music is an interesting mix of soft techno and soft melodies. The composition is qawali flavored but doesnīt use any qawali based elements. The violin use is very effective in the bridges. Lyrics are also written with the theme in mind. Nitin shows us that on rare occasion he can give us some great poetry, this is a fine example of that!
Verdict; Listen to it, I was so pleased with this track alone, it left me speechless. It will be the anthem of the year!

The title song comes next, Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya is a track that catches you off guard. It starts off slowly with Alka bringing us into the track, but quickly changes into a techno track with heavily synthesized beats. Something we might hear from Viju Shah perhaps. Alka as always pleases and suits the track very well. Her singing is very soft but hits all the right notes with ease. Sonu Nigam doesnīt put as much energy into this one as he did for the first song but his vocals are carried well in the track. Lyrics are more romantic here and put the title of the film into context. People who have been confused by the titles meaning will definitely learn to appreciate it with this song. The music is the same style as Kambakt Ishq, a slower trance/techno back base. The synthesizer is used particularly well before each verse in the bridges.
Verdict; An awesome song, definitely a chart topper!

Next up we Have a Sonu Nigam solo, Ku Ku Ku. The opening music is easy on the ears, the violins compliment the soft percussion very well. The flute use is trademark Chowta style, very soft and lifting and itīs use in the verses creates an uplifting effect to the singing. In total, the music is experimental, it is modern but uses a lot of traditional instruments and the composition is written with an eastern feel but the use of more western instruments leaves you with an interesting track to listen to. Sonu Nigam holds up well in the track, always dependable he glides through the track effortlessly. His singing in the verses shows his versatility. Lyrics for the track are semi situational, Nitin writes for the mood of the track. As a result we will have to see the picturization of the song to understand the complete feel of the track. Itīs lyrics are somewhat reminiscent of Aiyo Aiyo Rama from Jungle.
Verdict; This one takes time to grow on you.

Up next we have a great surprise! Alisha Chinai returns to the hindi music scene with the oddly titled Roundhe. The mood of this track is very dark and melancholy. The music uses heavy violin to blend with the synthesized beats. It follows the same style as Sandeep Chowtaīs background music for Jungle. The heavy percussion sets a foreboding tone to the song. Drums and violins completely dominate this song and create a gloomy mood very well. Alisha Chinaiīs singing is excellent, you can see that she is one of Bollywoodīs brightest talents and we really do miss her. The style of the song is very commanding and requires her to sing in a very low octave and she does it with ease! Itīs amazing what she can do with her voice and this songs taps her range and capacity in vocal ability. Lyrics are very good although the title of the song is kind of obscure to me, but the lyrics create a very vivid picture describing her feelings. Listen to them in the verse and youīll know what i mean. The only complaint is that we wish the song was longer so that we could hear Alisha some more. It is very short, only one verse.
Verdict; A very different composition that will either win you over and annoy you.

Next Up is the title song but in a different style. Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya sung by Chitra is a more slow version with different music. This one is more melody based with an interesting use of natural sounds. The water drop effect in the chorus is pleasing and the flute compliments the track. Sandeep also uses bells scarcely but well in the track giving a much more tranquil effect. Unlike the first version this one is more slow and not a duet, it is a subdued version of the original. Lyrics like the first version are still enjoyable, they follow the same lines, and are generally poetic. Chitraīs voice is another rare occurrence in the hindi film scene. She does an excellent job in this track alone. Her soft vocals match well with this softer version of the song and she carries the track well. Like Udit Narayan she too sounds as if she is smiling throughout the song.
Verdict; If you liked the first version, listen to this one, itīs also pleasing!

Janaa follows with the vocal talents of Sonu Nigam and Kavita Subramaniam. This song is the only one on the whole album which I personally didnīt thoroughly enjoy. It is okay at best but not great. Sonu Nigam gives us another flawless rendition and has general done very well in the album. Kavita Subramaniam, who we know as Krishnamurthy also does a good job. She has more scope to sing in this track, and hold her own. The music itself is slow paced with good mix of guitar and synthesized beats, but it seems to have a bit of a Rahman hangover in parts. Lyrics are nice and poetic, they fit the romantic mood of the song, and like most other songs on the track they are well written.
Verdict; Personally didnīt like it, but some will find it enjoyable.

Next up is another treat, the Kambakt Mix! Itīs a remix of Kambakt Ishq but with livelier beats! Personally the original version is a lot more pleasing but the remix isnīt that bad. The music is different from the original version. There is a lot more synthesizer used in this track and the arabic guitar is used well. The lyrics like are alike to the original, and there are no changes. Singing is also done well but tends to get semi drownded out by the heavily synthesized beats. Overall this is a more joyful version of the original, and shorter to boot.
Verdict; A great addition, but pales in comparison to the original.

To end the album off we have an encore of Roundhe sung by Sowmya. Sowmya who is a Rahman favourite sounds suspiciously alike to Alisha Chinai in parts. Her singingg is also good, but compared to Alisha itīs okay. Still she slithers through the track with ease. Music is more subdued this time, there is not as much percussion used here, but the piano substitutes with dark and gloomy melodies. The effect is a little more creepy. The violin is kept in tact and flows more freely here and is not bogged down under the percussion beat like the original. This version is much shorter and there is no verse.
Verdict; Itīs okay but the original version is much better, this one sounds like a filler!

So there you have it. This Album is a surefire winner and someone has to like something or the other on the album. Sandeep Chowta gets very experimental here and strays from his usual style of composing. What wasnīt really pleasing was the fact that of the eight songs only five are originals and we have many repeats. To compensate Chowta changes the compositions of his repeats so we get something fresh from each track. Something else Chowta needs to pay attention to is his sythesizer dependant compositions. He may use different beats but in the future he may want to consider more natural instruments just so his tracks donīt get tiring and repetitive. The songs are very original and very ear pleasing! With the exception of Janaa and to some extent Ku Ku Ku the other songs are hands down winners. Kambakt Ishq being my ultimate favorite of the year thus far! So give it a listen cause this one is sure to win most of you over!