After a breif hiatus, Feroz Khan is returning to the screen in more ways than one. As an actor and as a director, for his new project Janasheen. Starring son Fardeen and introducing Celina Jaitley, the latest model - actress to join the film industry. In the past Feroz Khan´s projects (as a director) have had a reputation for good music. However his last release Prem Aggan was a big letdown (does anyone remember ´Exercise´?). So to make up for it he signed not one or two, but four music directors to help him out on this album. Channi Singh (Yalgaar) and Biddu (Qurbani) have both worked with Feroz in the past while Anand Raaj Anand and Sukhwinder Singh are roped in for the first time. The problem is that with four directors the album becomes inconsistent, but still there are a few tracks which manage to hit the spot.
Anand Raaj Anand composes four of the eight tracks. The album begins with Pyar Hone Laga Hai sung by Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik and penned by Praveen Bhardwaj. The song is pretty hummable and a good opener. Anand uses instruments like the spanish guitar, violin and flutes to give the normal composition a lift. Sonu and Alka do their usual best, lyrics are pleasant. All in all this track will go down well with the masses.
Ishq Fitrat Hai Meri is sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan who make an interesting vocal pair. Sukhwinder´s folksy voice is a perfect compliment to Sunidhi´s pop style, and both do their best to keep your interest in the song. Dev Kohli´s lyrics are decent, considering the theme of the song. Anand mixes regular club beats with an arabic/persian (a dominat theme on the album) flavour to put a spin on the compostion and it works to an extent.
Sunidhi Chauhan is joined by Adnan Sami in Nashe Nashe Mein Yaar, an average track lifted by good singing. Both Sunidhi and Adnan sound like they are in nasha themselves and make another interesting vocal duo. Anand messes up his composition by trying to mix Arabic with Latin at several points during the song. A bigger dissapointment is that he uses the basic structure of ´Ishq Samundar´ to make this track, and it´s very obvious. The song still has it´s moments but looses charm on repeats. Tejpal Kaur´s lyrics don´t help matters much.
Dil Ne Dil Se Tujhe Pukara opens up with a great violin interlude. Newcomer Guari Bapat appears solo and makes the most of it. Although still a little raw at places she manages to please. Dev Kohli´s romantic lyrics are fine. Anand´s composition is pretty good this time around, he uses the violin well here, and keeps the composition relatively uncongested (unlike Nashe Nashe Mein...).
Gauri Bapat joins Sonu Nigam and Jaspinder Narula for Deewani Hoon Deewani Hoon. Composed by Biddu this track deserves a fast forward. Biddu has given us some really memorable club tracks in the past (Boom Boom anyone?), but this one sounds like a pop album filler. It´s not so much the synthesized beats that annoy, but it´s the vocal sound effects mixed into the composition. The song just drags on in the end with a built in remix which grates on the nerves. Singing is good, but the vocalists are drowned out by a overbearing composition. Timon Singh´s lyrics are nothing special, but not good enough to save a song like this.
Gauri Bapat´s third effort on the album is Ab Ke Baar Poonam Mein where she is joined by Babul Supriyo. Compsed by Channi Singh and Mrinal Sampat (courtesy Basir Kazmi) the song is likeable. It opens with a cheesy dialouge, but quickly makes the transition into a slow romantic number with a rustic flavour. Bapat and Supriyo sound very good together although Gauri gets more singing time than Babul does. Nasir Kazmi pens some very refreshing lyrics, a main attraction for all those poets out there. One just wishes they had added a second verse.
Channi Singh and Mrinal Sampat also compose Ankhiyan Ankhiyan sung by Sukhwinder Singh. The song is plain average, but deteriorates on repeated listens. It´s all due to Channi and Mrinal´s attempt at a latin vibe. They crowd a simple beat with a whole orchestra. Singh´s vocals are suited for songs like this and we´ve heard him in this mould before so his contribution doesn´t really add much to the song. Ijaz Ahmed Ijaz´s lyrics speak volumes of Celina Jaitely´s beautiful blue eyes, but do not impress.
Sukhwinder Singh sings and composes Marhaba where he is joined by non-entity Muskan. The song sounds like Jaan Leva (Moksha), because Sukhwinder has composed with a similar beat. The composition´s thumping beat overshadows all the singing and the track ends up sounding like a theme piece (maybe that´s what was intended). Sukhwinder´s vocals barely register an impact, but Muskan only gets a few lines to sing at the end of the track (she wasn´t really needed). Ibrahim Ashq´s lyrics are the pits. With lines like, ´Love me oh love me Janasheen´ or ´Love me oh hold me Janasheen´ you can see why. Other than the english lyrics there is hardly any other wording to talk of.
Janasheenseems like a pretty average attempt considering the amount of talent going into the project. All four composers give a halfbaked effort. Still a few of Anand Raaj Anand´s songs lift the album, but the others will only find selective audiences. A big problem with the songs is that they wear out much too fast. After a few listens, you´re ready to put the audio down. Still Ab Ke Bar, Pyar Hone Laga, Dil Ne Dil Se and to some extent Ishq Fitrat Hai will appeal to most crowds and may even find place in the charts. But overall another let down from Feroz Khan, let´s hope we don´t have to say the same for the movie.