Zameer has been in the making for quite some time now. Directed by Kamal, Zameer stars Ajay Devgan, Amisha Patel, and Mahima Chaudhary. There are two things that make it evident that this film is pretty out-dated: One, Ajay Devgan’s physical appearance has changed drastically in the past years and is apparent in the various clips of the film. The second piece of evidence, which is more relevant to this review, is that the music is pretty out-dated as well.
The melodies for this film are handled by two teams, Jatin-Lalit and Nikhil-Vinay. Although today Jatin-Lalit are still in the musical picture, they are no where near the height that they had reached in the 90s. Yet, they still surprise us with their signature melodic tunes, such as their most recent Chalte Chalte and Hum Tum. Opposite them are another pair, Nikhil-Vinay, who never really were able to make a name for themselves. Nikhil-Vinay peaked in the mid 90s and ever since were not really able to find the touch. Zameer showcases seven compositions, five of which are handled by Jatin-Lalit and the rest are created by Nikhil-Vinay. This soundtrack also features a variety of lyricists. The majority of the songs are written by Sameer, and a couple written by Praveen Bharadwaj and Israr Ansari. On to the music…
The album starts off on a stale note. Nikhil-Vinay compose the first two songs on the album, this one titled “Tum Kitne Baichan Ho.” Nikhil-Vinay fall short of creating anything new; rendered by Sonu Nigam and Anuradha Paudwal, this song can be skipped! One thing that I noticed, which made it even clearer that this album was composed a while back, is the fact that Anuradha Paudwal has sung it. Earlier, Anuradha Paudwal used to be a regular when it came to renditions. As of late, say the past few years, she has only started singing quality songs that are lyrically beautiful. Here, Sameer’s lyrics are as predictable as ever. I was literally singing the song on the first listen. Anyhow, this song deserves to be played back in time, and even then it would be written-off as ‘Below Average.’ Verdict: Out-dated and Stale!
The second piece by Nikhil-Vinay is “Dil Ke Badle Dil.” This piece, in comparison with the former, is good. The vocal reigns are given to Babul Supriyo and Shreya Ghoshal, who do justice to their parts. The composition carries nothing innovative with it and there isn’t really anything to review. The lyrics, provided by Praveen Bharadwaj are the highlight of this song…and the album! Verdict: Average
The rest of the tracks are composed by Jatin-Lalit. The first in their litter is titled “Pardesi Pardesi.” This one can probably be compared to Dil Ka Rishta’s “Sajan Sajan” in terms of how the song is handled. While listening to this soundtrack, almost any listener can hear the difference in the next five songs from the first two. Jatin-Lalit provide a nice number here. Although the composition is in the Average range, at least it provides us with some creativity. Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, and Sapna Awasthi are all up to par. The lyrics by Sameer are nothing really spectacular but deserve credit when compared to his horrendous entrance into this album. Verdict: Not good but not bad.
The next piece, Tere Pyar Ne Diwana, is my favorite of the album. Listener’s are in for a pleasant surprise as Alka Yagnik opens the song up with her smooth vocals, where she renders to no music at all. Jatin-Lalit slowly build the tempo with the guitar and then introduce Babul Supriyo to accompany Alka Yagnik. Their chemistry is great in this song and J-L’s trademark melodies only add to the quality. The lyrics written by Sameer are of some substance. Verdict: Finally, a song worth some applause!
“Kum Nahi Kisi Se” is the song next in line. This one caused me a lot of pre-hype mainly for one reason, Kavita Krishnamurthy. Kavita ji is my personal favorite when it comes to rendition. Unfortunately, as of late she has kind of faded away from the musical world. When I saw her name on the credits I surely thought that this would be a gem of a song. Unfortunately, this song contains nothing to make it stand out from the crowd. Jatin-Lalit’s composition is pretty bland and the theme of the song, that of Girl-Power, is something that has been sung about numerous times in the past. Her vocals are good, but could be much better. You can’t really blame her since she didn’t have the best of music to sing to or the best of words to sing. Sameer, once again, falls flat with another song about Aaj ki ladkiyan. Verdict: Amateur!
The next song, “Dil Ye Dua De,” reunites Kavita Krishnamurthy and Udit Narayan after they created magic in one of the most beautiful songs to date, Devdas’ Hamesha Tumko Chaha. Unfortunately, this song comes NOWHERE near their previous duet. Even though this song is less than five minutes in duration, that doesn’t prevent it from dragging…dragging…dragging. The renditions are good, but once again, what good can a quality rendition do if it has no musical / lyrical support? Sameer and Jatin-Lalit fail at their jobs here. I found it difficult to listen to all four minutes and fifty-one seconds of it! Verdict: Boring!
You would think that they would at least save their best for last right? Wrong! “Zindagi Ke Faisle Mein” is yet another boring track. It feels like you’ve gone back two decades while listening to this track! I think that Udit Narayan realized that this album has lost all hopes, since it is evident in his rendition that he isn’t really interested in this song much. I don’t blame him! Israr Ansari, Haasil’s Aankhen Bhi Hoti Hai fame, writes another song on dard-e-dil and pyar-mein-dhoka. Verdict: A really bad ending…
I don’t know why T-Series agreed to distribute the music of Zameer, but nevertheless, it seems as if they knew that Zameer was a disaster from the beginning as they have added seven songs from various hits! With only one song (“Tere Pyar Ne”) worth a listen, this album is one of the worst to date. Stay away from this one unless you really want to get burned! I am really praying that the album is not any sign of what to expect from the film…