Producer: Mahesh Bhatt
Director: Mahesh Bhatt
Starring: Sanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt, and Deepak Tijori
Music: Nadeem-Shravan
Lyrics: Sameer
Singers: Anuradha Paudwal, Kumar Sanu, Abhijeet, Manhar Udhas, Debashish Dasgupta, Junaid Akhtar and Babla Mehta
Audio On: T-Series
Number of Songs: 9
Released in: 1991
Reviewed by: Rakesh Budhu
Reviewer's Rating: 8 out of 10

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The now popular Bhatt- Nadeem Shravan team has come up with a number of excellent soundtracks. Ranging from the twenty first century hits like Raaz, Kasoor to this melodious soundtrack that compiles melody at its very best titled- Sadak.

Going with the low budget hit trend, Sadak was a stylish thriller whose music was perhaps one of the biggest factors in its presentation. Nadeem-Shravan are one of the most sought after musical duos now, not so much because of extreme creativity but the fact that they have some knack to create hit soundtracks which always benefit a film. Sadak falls in both categories; you’ll appreciate it more for the fact that its melody is excellent and will have you hitting the repeat button more and more.

The soundtrack opens up with the best song of them all, “Hum Tere Bin Kahe Rehe Nahin Paate” a beautifully penned number by Sameer, which infuses jhankar beats with the harmonium, and beautiful singing by Manhar Udhas and Anuradha Paudwal. Each singer delights in the chorus intervals accentuating the well-done job by Nadeem-Shravan. This is one popular song and one can easily see why.

To follow up is “Jab Jab Pyar”, another romance song that begins with a somewhat dramatic-chorus influenced tune. The song sung by Anuradha and Kumar Sanu is good as well except that the stretching of “Mohabbat” does tend to get very unfriendly to the ears. Sanu in his old days almost always accentuated the use of nasal sounds and while toned down here, it is still listenable but evident. Anuradha sounds young and sweet. While the song does tend to get a little wordy it is still very much in tune with the romantic feeling throughout the soundtrack.

Kumar Sanu and Anuradha Paudwal continue with "Tumhe Apana Bana..." Quite the popular song back then the romance tune excells with Sameer's lyrics and a different back drop from Nadeem-Shravan. A hit song, to say the least, especially with the "Khaye Hai" refrains.

An excellent slow and meaningful tune would be the next, “Kya Sochta Ae Dil”. Anuradha Paudwal sings with such effervescence that one can’t help but ask, what is the heart thinking about? Using the flute and violin Nadeem-Shravan score big time here along with Sameer and his romance lyrics. Still a lot of jhankar use (but don’t we like it?)

Anuradha continues with her excellent singing in yet another emotive tune on the soundtrack, "Zamane Ke Dekhe", the song is a tad bit sad with more of the regular use of the saxophone and jhankar beats. Abjieet contributes sounding just as good though much different than he does now. This is his only contribution to the excellent soundtrack and for that matter is reason alone to hit the repeat button. This is melody at its best, especially with Sameer's beautiful lyrics.

Picking up the pace is “Mohabbat Ki Hai Tumhare Liye” another romantic duet by Sanu and Paudwal. The song opens up and attracts the listener into another sweet song. The singers, beats and music all add the necessary melody to this song. Definite rewind material.

Preventing the soundtrack from becoming perfect are, “Rehne Ko Ghar Nahin” and “Tak Dhin Tak”, situational numbers with a lot of experimentation. The songs sung by Sanu, Debashish Dasgupta, Junaid Akhtar and Babla Mehta, are enjoyable for on screen purposes and don’t find much life on the stereo system.

Sadak was one of the feathers in N-S caps in the golden years when they were the kings of the pack. They may be arguably getting there once again today, but with the dramatic change in orchestration today, and the fact that they are trying to get there with the same instrumentalism from the golden years, chances are they won’t be able to acquire the status that was once when Sadak released.