Raja Hindustani
Producer: Ali Moorani, Bunty Soorma, Karim Moorani
Director: Dharmesh Darshan
Starring: Aamir Khan, Karisma Kapoor
Music: Nadeem-Shravan
Lyrics: Sameer
Singers: Sapna Awasthi, Udit Narayan, Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, Suresh Wadkar, Alisha Chinoy, Bela
Audio On: Tips
Number of Songs: 8
Released in: 1996
Reviewed by: Aniket Joshi
Reviewer's Rating: 9.5 out of 10
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Director Dharmesh Darshan returns to the foray after “Lootere” with Raja Hindustani. This time around, Nadeem-Shravan, reigning after hits like Aashiqui, take the baton. The outcome is great. For a romantic film, the music here works and is likely to make the Aamir Khan- Karisma Kapoor starrer a success.

The album starts out with "Pardesi Pardesi", a chartbuster, sung by Sapna Awasthi, Alka Yagnik, and Udit Narayan. The song has good rhythm and excellent lyrics. The singers are good but I think Ila Arun would´ve been better instead of Sapna Awasthi.

The next song is "Puchho Zara Puccho" sung mostly by Alka Yagnik, but Kumar Sanu has a little part. It is good and is sung beautifully. The pace is also a bit more upbeat than your regular love song which works in its favor.

The next song is "Aaye Ho Meri Zindagi Mein", sung by Alka Yagnik. The lyrics by Sameer are good and Alka Yagnik is superb in the ghazal styled tuned which is interlaced with a shaadi interlude. Definitely a tune for the repeat button.

The next song is the last one for the first side of the album it is "Kitna Pyaara Tujhe". The song is outstanding although its lyrics have been taken off of the Sonu Nigam hit, "Kinna Pyara" from Aisi Bhi Kya Jaldi Hai. Alka Yagnik sings in the song too but she overshadowed by the beautiful Udit Narayan. The song is melodious and definitely hits the spot.

The B side starts out with again "Pardesi Pardesi" sung by Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik; it is as the previous version, very well done. Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik both sing the song really well; the lyrics are a bit different from the previous Pardesi number. Next is a repeat of "Aaye Ho Meri Zindagi Mein" sung by Udit Narayan. This is better than the one sung by Alka Yagnik, although Yagnik´s version is excellent also.

"Tere Ishq Mein Nachenge" is a passable number sung by Kumar Sanu, Alisha Chinai, and Sapna Mukherjhee. It is clearly included to have an upbeat number amongst the romance ones and stands out as that.

The album ends on a good note, a third Pardesi! "Pardesi Jana Nahin" sung by Suresh Wadkar and Bela. It is definitely worth a hear because of the music given by the orchestra. The singers do a good job, however the song ends rather abruptly.

Overall, the album itself is good, but the only thing wrong with it is that Nadeem Shravan have repeated the songs too many times. Otherwise, Raja Hindustani is a must for lovers of good ever lasting melody.