Producer: Subhash Ghai / Mukta Arts
Director: Abbas - Mustan
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra & Amrish Puri
Music: Himesh Reshammiya
Lyrics: Sameer
Singers: Alka Yagnik, Adnan Sami, Alisha, Jayesh Gandhi, K. K., Kunal Ganjawala, Sunidhi Chauhan and Udit Narayan
Audio On: Sony Music
Number of Songs: 15
Released on: September 27, 2004
Reviewed by: Abid
Reviewer's Rating: 7 out of 10
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There was a time when the Mukta Arts was the guarentee of excellent music. Despite the failure of his last two few films, including those directed by outside directors, Subhash Ghai still comes up with good music which is relevent to the movie. Abbas-Mustan have directed movies that always boast of chartbursters. They come together to give us ´Aitraaz´ and it will be interesting to find out what they have to offer.

The album opens with a soft romantic duet ´Aankhen bandh karke ek chehra nazar aaya´ the tune is fresh and the vocals of Udit and Alka are good. Sameer´s lyrics are in tune with the mood of the song. Will appeal to the romantic-at-heart.

The next track ´Talatum talatum talatum talatum, talatum mein hum tum´ opens with a high pitched couplet by Jayesh Gandhi and later Sameer uses the arabic-persian word ´Talatum´ (approximately meaning frenzy or restlessness) to a good effect to create some meaningful lyrics. Singing by Alka and Udit is once again quite professional. A good number.

Its Udit and Alka once again in ´Woh tassavar tera´ and the number has Himesh crossing over into Nadeem-Shravan´s domain and is quite good at it. The stuational song featuring Akshay, Kareena and Priyanka will sound better with every hearing. The lyrics by Sameer are excellent and the singing by Alka, is excellent as she puts in a lot of feelings. The song will find favour with the mass and may make it to the charts.

Next up ´Nazar aa raha hai´ is another romantic duet by Alka and Udit and is average on all three counts, singing, lyrics and tune.

´Gela gela gela dil gila gila´ has been spoiled by some bad lyrics by Sameer where he tries to use the word ´Gila´ for conveying two meanings but fails this time unlike ´Talatum´. However credit must be given to Adnan and Sunidhi for lifting the song in the ´antras´, though its not a patch on Abbas-Mustan Adnan-Sunidhi combo ´Main sirf tera mehboob´ from ´Ajnabee´. Still it will become popular after being seen on screen.

Now a word of caution, the title ong ´Aitraaz - I want to make love to you´ has some naughty lyrics and some passionate high pitched singing by Sunidhi and she does a good job of it. The song has potential to get popular. Sameer´s lyrics, partly in English have few surprises!

The other version of the same song by Kunal Ganjawala follows and the singing by Ganjawala is class and this singer will soon create a name for himself with his unique style. The song may find favour from certain sections.

´Hey you , yeh dil tumpe aa gaya´ by K.K. and Alisha is the music for the dance floor. K.K. is at ease scaling the high notes effortlessly and Alisha adds her perky trademark bit to make the song sound better.

The album also has the remixes of  the above seven songs, which is an effort to outdo the rival companies before they remix them, using the loophole in the copyright act. A good idea that was used in Salman´s home production ´Hello Brother´ and did yield good results, at least for the album.

Some of the remixes have very fancy names like ´Nazar aa raha hai - the dream lounge mix´, ´Aanken band karke - close your eyes mix´, ´Gela gela gela - the dance beach mix´, ´Aitraaz - I want to make love - the passion mix´, ´Talatum talatum talatum - the cyclone mix´ and last but not the least ´Yeh dil tumpe aa gaya - the slip and slide mix´. The remixing is good and professional though some inspirations are obvious like ´Eye of the tiger´ from the ´Rocky´ series.

On the whole, ´Aitraaz´ is a good album and shows why Himesh is taking over from Anu Malik. If it had been launched at any other time it would have broken into the top 5 with ease, but with ´Veer-Zaara´ ruling the charts and ´Swades´ improving its sales figures and with ´Musafir´ audio to follow soon, the battle for ´Aitraaz´ is going to be tough and one feels that Subhash Ghai has let his ego get the better of him and sacrificed a good album by releasing it now.