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Producer & Director: J.P. Dutta
Music: Anu Malik
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar

Reviewed by: Aniket Joshi

Refugee will introduce us to two star kids, Abhishek Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor. The film is one of the most eagerly awaited films of this year, not only because it will introduce us to these two newcomers but also because it’s directed by the same person who gave us a masterpiece in Border. The trio of J.P. Dutta, Anu Malik, and Javed Akhtar came up with an amazing soundtrack for Border, and the same can be said about the music for Refugee. The music is very Indian, and very ear-friendly. Anu Malik again proves with this album that given a chance and some motivation he can also come up with music that will leave a lasting impression.

The voices of Abhishek and Kareena give prelude to “Panchhi Nadiyan Pawan Ke Jhonken” which is rendered by Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik. The singers do an excellent job with this soft tune, which is complimented by Javed Akthar’s thoughtful lyrics.

Aisa Lagta Hai,” again sung by Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik, is my favorite song of the album. The singing here is just beautiful, and so are the words. The song describes feelings of the two lovers as they are beginning to fall in love.

Abhishek and Kareena are heard again in the beginning of “Raat Ki Hatheli Par.” Udit Narayan is amazing in this song, because he’s very successful in getting into the mood of the song. The tune is very haunting mainly due to the frequent use of Alka’s voice during the song.

Mere Humsafar” is a semi-classical song, sung mostly by Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam joins her near the end. Alka Yagnik is brilliant in this song and she showcases her versatility as a singer. However, the best part about the song is the awesome tabla rhythm that remains throughout the entire song – very creative Anu!

The last duet by Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik is “Taal Pe Jab.” This song has somewhat of a sad feeling, due to the wordings. But it’s a good song nonetheless.

The let down of the album comes in the form of  “Jise Tu Na Mila.” Sukhwinder Singh and Shankar Mahadevan try their best to save the song, but the length (nearly 11 minutes) and the not-so-catchy tune make you want to skip this one. However, this song might be worth watching in the movie since it’s supposed to take place near the climax. I’m assuming Sunil Shetty and Jackie Shroff would be singing it in the film.

Overall, Refugee is an achievement for Anu Malik. He has proven that he can deliver if given a good director, good lyricist, and motivation. Lets hope that the film turns out to be as good as, if not better than Border.