Producer: Manohar Prasad, P. Kiran
Director: Tejaa
Starring: Tusshar, Natasha (Introducing)
Music: Nadeem-Shravan
Lyrics: Sameer
Singers: Kavita S., Abhijeet, Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam, Nirja Pandit, Tausif Akhtar
Audio On: Tips
Number of Songs: 9
Released on: December 20, 2002
Reviewed by: Rakesh
Reviewer's Rating: 3 out of 10

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One wonders what happened to the composers who once put effort into their soundtracks. At any rate their soundtracks have been boring, insipid, forget repetitive which in some sense they´ve all been, Nadeem-Shravan have found themselves in a boring rut and while Nadeem may scream on rooftops of the success of his soundtracks sooner or later, no one will want to hear it. Not his screams and for sure, not his music.

While one may have insisted ´Yeh Dil´ is another hit soundtrack from the duo, everything obvious begs to differ. One truly could care less that maestro Nadeem has decided to wield the microphone as his voice is indistinctive, and once again Sameer has betrothed the soundtrack with his overly poor lyrics. One gets sick of his English lines about college girls, college life, and this time the wonderfulness of a telephone. Are they trying to target a niche audience? Sameer may have been better off writing a song like "We want the college students to like this song". One thinks he is not far from doing it.

Though lyrically apt (which is completely forgotten once the other tunes kick in), the title track, "Yeh Dil" has most of the slow romance tunes that Nadeem has used before. Nadeem´s voice is tolerable for the most part but is very lackluster. Nothing distinct about it and in fact one may notice the nasal tone which is usually an indication of an untrained singer.

Kavita Krishnamurthy and Abhijeet as talented as they are, are forced to demotion to sing the bakwaas lyrics and music of "Aye, Kya Ladki Aayen, College Mein...". The song be the first of songs with "college" in it, the music is boringly used over and over again and tried to make peppy with again, little success.

Nadeem always must have some derivation of a qawaali in his soundtracks hence we are forced to it in "Kyon Dil Ke Bichde" a slow somewhat religious sad song sung by Taushif Akhtar. Accompanied, as usual, by another version later on, it gives more reason for one not to buy the soundtrack.

"Tera Dilbar" is no more than a derivation of "Dilbar Dilbar" from Sirf Tum, again coming to no surprise judging the credits behind the track. Alka and Sonu Nigam are horribly inaudible, even with it being the second listenable song on the soundtrack. As usual, the song is repeated on the soundtrack.

"Telephone" is a song which praises the invention claiming that it has made the lives of its hero and heroine. The song is akin to some of the C- grade music that Anand Raj Anand has composed for his equally C- grade films like Annarth, Maseeha etc. Of course Alka Yagnik who has been quite relegated to poor songs the past year (with no true award worthy tune in sight! A surprise indeed), and Abhijeet are forced to sound like they are interested in the song.

"Ek Main Ek Tu" is again boring, reminiscent of the title track, it is sung by Abhijeet and Nirja Pandit. She may be the new N-S protégé seeing as though this is one of the few soundtracks that they have left out Sarika Kapoor from. Nirja is no different and nor is the song any more interesting. Abhijeet was known to be arrogant and hesitant to sing songs for specific composers. His collaboration with Nadeem obviously remaining intact he should realize the quality of tunes being churned out. Very negative!

"College Mein" is a typical masti hero number sung by Sonu Nigam. Nothing much likeable about it as it is dosed with typical orchestration. To keep up as an avid fan of Sonu Nigam one must try and forget these stupid songs and remember as much as possible his irresistibleness in the likes of "Khamoshiyan Gungunane Lagi" (One 2 Ka 4) or "Kismat Se Tum Humko Mile Ho" (Pukar).

It´s hard not to be fumigated by the marketing strategy behind this film. Tips have again used the Raaz tag line of "A magical score by N-S". And while Raaz was no magic it is leagues ahead of Yeh Dil. And why is it so necessary to place the pictures of the maestros and the redundant lyricist (in this case they take up more space on the cover than do the actually stars of the film!). Perhaps its due to Tushar´s lack of popularity but promoting N-S won´t help them and not this film either. Nadeem-Shravan may have found success thanks to their long list of avid supporters. It´s more than obvious that this list is getting shorter by the day or rather, by the release of each of these new inane soundtracks.