This is supposedly Raj Kumar Kohliís remake of his Ď70ís hit, Nagin. Nagin boasted a major casting coup, whereas Jaani Dushman can, at best, boast a very minor one! It is also the acting debut of popular singer, Sonu Nigam; but weíll comment on the film when it releases. For now, lets concentrate on the music.
In keeping with the "remake" theme of the movie, Anand-Milind have fashioned a composition that could easily act as a sequel to Naginís main track. "Aaja Aaja...Zindagi Main Tujhi Pe" is strikingly similar to "Tere Sang Pyar Mein" from Nagin! It is even sung by todayís ĎLata/Rafií combo, Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik. The song is enjoyable but certainly not very innovative. There are also two shorter sad versions of the song that are fairly unremarkable. They may serve a purpose in the film but on the soundtrack, they merely act as space fillers.
Gotta hand it to them, Anand-Milind may rip off tunes but at least they rip them off from a variety of sources. "Chal Kuriye" is a rehash of eighties bhangra hit, "Maar Chhadappa" by British bhangra band, Heera. Jaspinder Narula is once again typecast as the ĎPunjabi kudií while Sonu Nigam provides enthusiastic accompaniment. Once again, the song is enjoyable but originality be damned!
Anand-Milindís third contribution, "Ishq Junu Hai" is less derivative, although it is very reminiscent of Anand-Milindís tunes from Dil. Alka Yagnik is her usual self and Sonu Nigam (wrongly credited as Udit Narayan) floats through the number with ease. Prashant provides high pitched interludes; the kind Sukhwinder Singh used to do before he graduated to Ďlead vocalsí. The music here, as in "Aaja AajaÖ", is very similar to Laxmikant-Pyarelalís style and Sameerís lyrics are characteristically banal.
The Punjabi theme recurs in the group song, "Roop Salona Tera Dekh Ke" which has no less than seven(!) singers. Anand Raaj Anandís music is catchy and infectious, providing ample opportunity for all the singers (Sonu Nigam, Poornima, Sanchaita, Harry Anand, Pamela Jain, Devendra Singh and Nayan Rathod) to shine. This track warrants a few listens and will probably stay with you for a while.
Anand Raaj Anand also provides this album with itís best song, "Jaaneman Tu Khub Hai". The song is similar in design to "Deewane" from Indian, and it will get your feet tapping in no time! Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan complement each other as usual. Rewind!
Youíd be forgiven for dismissing "Javed Bhai So Re Le" mainly because of the idiotic lyrics. In fact, Nitin Raikwarís lyrics redefine "inane". However, Sonu Nigamís energetic singing and Sandeep Chowtaís brilliant music somehow make the song immensely enjoyable.
Jaani Dushman is really not the turkey I expected, but it isnít a classic either. Itís probably worth buying the cassette and keeping it in your car for short journeys (it may get tiresome on longer trips).