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Producer: K. C. Bokadia
Director: K. S. Adhiyaman
Starring: Madhuri Dixit, Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Shah Rukh Khan and Atul Agnihotri
Music: Nikhil- Vinay, Sajid-Wajid, Nadeem-Shravan, Others
Lyrics: Sameer, Praveen Bhardwaj, Kartik Awastha, Others
Singers: Sonu Nigam, Udit Narayan, Anuradha Paudwal, Bali Brahmbatt, Kumar Sanu, Bela Sulakhe, Sapna Awasthi
Audio on: T-Series
Number of Songs: 11
Reviewed by: Rakesh Budhu
Reviewer's Rating: 7.5 out of 10

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hths1p.jpg (33756 bytes)Finally! After a wait of over four years, a change of almost three titles and the pick up and drop down of a music composer, Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam is finally awaiting its release. With the first pairing of Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri since the Dil To Pagal Hai days, the first pairing of Madhuri and Salman Khan since the Hum Aapke Hain Koun days and the first release of Aishwarya with Salman since Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam it is quite clear that this power packed romance has a lot riding on it. You don’t get a star cast like that everyday, even withholding the fact that they may not be paired up together. We can only wait now and hope that the time hasn’t taken its toll on the script, the screenplay and the overall product, but one thing for sure, there is undoubtedly a lot of style with this one. So much so that the soundtrack weighs heavily on style rather than substance and leaves us with many a beautiful tune but truly nothing extraordinary in terms of lyrics, contents and musical composition.

It seems K.C. Bokadia wanted to back up the powerful star cast with an equally large set of musical composers. That he has, predominantly with the fresh composers of this year, Sajid-Wajid, Nikhil-Vinay, Daboo Malik, Bali Brahmbhatt and with the more popular composers Nadeem-Shravan and Bappi Lahiri taking a backseat. (Of course, it’s already known that Nadeem-Shravan have been left out of the credits for their contribution). Six composers, eleven songs, a must buy?! Sure. Romance buffs who love a mixture of sweet romance, feet tapping romance and sad romance will probably love Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam.

The proceedings begin with a Yash Chopra styled opener, the title track. The eighties style dholak backdrop takes dominance here with effervescent singing from Anuradha Paudwal and Udit Narayan (both sound completely awesome). There is a lot of influence from Jatin-Lalit and R.D. Burman by Nikhil-Vinay here. The rest of the track relies on a certain amount of bass rhythm and use of the familiar violin notes. Sameer’s lyrics are the usual love style. The song is completely lovable despite its minimal familiarity.

The T-Series duo of Sonu Nigam and Anuradha Paudwal team up for Daboo Malik’s irresistible “Khoye Khoye Din Hai”. The guy has only been given one chance of a solo soundtrack and has been composing thereafter with Sajid-Wajid; here he shows a lot of potential once again though he does need to drop the familiar tune hangover. Eighties tunes again takes dominance but the song excels in certain areas of importance, singing and the extremely talented Praveen Bhardwaj’s lyrics. One would have wished however, the piano solitude ending the song would have been a little longer! Over all it is another hit song to follow up the first track.

The disco dancer man- Bappi Lahiri composes the spicy festive number, “Gale Mein Laal Taai”. As soon as one hears Kumar Sanu’s voice you can figure out that this song was composed some time back! Bela Sulakhe sounds a little shrill and a little like Sapna Awasthi. This song is certainly not a highlight in her career. Either way the infectious drums, which are strident through out the song undoubtedly, inject some life into the teaser number. Maya Govind is in her field with fun lyrics that certain don’t come close to her meaningful lyrics in Daman. This has been promised to be an on screen treat for now you can salvage it for what it's worth.

What would a romance be without the mandatory sad song? For that Bali Brahmbhatt contributes both versions of  “Sab Kuch Bhula Diya.” Not much to say about the songs except that they are really sad in parts thanks to fresh lyricist Kartik Awasthi. Sonu Nigam has the Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham sad song hang over in the first version (with the help of a chorus) and the second version has him paired up with the loud but nonetheless effective Sapna Awasthi. In terms of musical composition Brahmbhatt has managed to include some variety in this one.

Our second signification of depressed protagonists is the sad version of Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam. Like most sad songs, this one relies on its chorus and violins to hit the right chords. Sonu still suffers from the K3G sad version hang over and the musical backdrop, while efficient, doesn’t seem to help him much.

With a title like “Na Na Na” one can’t help but say the same about Daboo Malik and Praveen Bhardwaj’s second contribution to the soundtrack! The song seems tailor made for Salman Khan and seems like it will be his introduction to the film (chances are he’s prancing on a stage as he has in most of his films). There is a little of “Aisa Pehli Bar Hua Hai” (Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega) with typical musical instruments for these concert-styled songs, that is until you get midway and the loud swift Latin styled drums take over! Give it a listen and you decide.

Dil Tod Aaya” by Sajid-Wajid is another fast number with a techno beat and an infectious backdrop that is in one word- catchy! Add to it a little of variety and a little use of the guitar and Sonu Nigam and you can develop some liking to it. Jalees Rashid lyrics are enjoyable.

We’re left to assume that “Tarron Ka Chamakta” and “Aa Gaya” are Nadeem-Shravan’s songs, and given the redundancy that these two have been displaying as of late, you’d think it would be easy to figure out?! Nope, not at all! Tarron Ka Chamakta is a stylish number, which reverts to N-S Pardes style of music (my guess is that they composed it back then when Pardes released). The number’s backdrop and musical base is quite similar to “Meri Mehebooba” but they have added several different significant tunes to it. Udit sings with his usual glory and the less said of Bali Brahmbhatt’s contribution the better.

Sameer does a good job in “Tarron Ka Chamakta” but in the case of “Aa Gaya” it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that he is the lyricist with lines like “Life is Love- Able” (sung in that string) and “Love isn’t Sale-Able” and many more lines of un-needed English. “Aa Gaya” is another tune that seems like it was made for Salman Khan and seems like it is a safe pass. The only thing unique about is its horror style musical introduction and conclusion, there is where most of the experimentation lies and not throughout the song! The rest of the song is a swift dance number with N-S’s jhankaar beats about a man’s desire for his one and true love to come to him or he will go to her. Udit is just about average.

The proceedings end with an instrumental theme track. The track relies on the use of the piano, the violin and several run of the mill instruments. The track is too short to enjoy.

Phew! Eleven songs, six composers, (and still no Alka Yagnik!) With all those songs you can’t really help but enjoy one of them though I doubt someone will like each and every one of them. Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam could certainly qualify itself as one of the biggest releases in the near future. However, look at the stale releases of its cast members: Shah Rukh Khan- One Two Ka Four, Madhuri Dixit- Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke and Aishwarya Rai- Albela (Salman has been saved from this list). If you examine that you’ll see that music (especially in the case of One Two Ka Four) had little to no effect on the outcome of the film. A bad film, stale or new, is a bad film. Hopefully, Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam isn’t.