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Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne
Producer: Pantaloon Films Ltd.
Director: Sangeeth Sivan
Starring: Zayed Khan, Esha Deol, Rakhi Sawant, Gulshan Grover, Vijay Raaz, Salil Ankola
Music: Himesh Reshammiya
Lyrics: Sanjay Chhel
Singers: Shaan, Alka Yagnik, Mahalaxmi, Sunidhi Chauhan, Gayatri Iyer, and Udit Narayan
Audio On: Sony Music    Number of Songs: 7
Album Released on: 22 November 2002
Reviewed by: Anish Khanna  - Rating: 6.5 / 10
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I suspect that Zayed Khan is trying his best to ape bro-in-law Hrithik Roshan´s career graph. The music of his debut film - "Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne" is along the lines of

"Kaho Na Pyaar Hai" - though nowhere near as good as the original. Himesh Reshammiya has never been the most innovative of composers and produces nothing exactly earth-shattering to hear, but the soundtrack is pleasant on the ears nonetheless.

The title song is boosted from ordinary to extraordinary by Shaan´s and Alka Yagnik´s surprisingly restrained and sweet vocals. Shaan´s Abhijeet-like vocals are a change for somebody who usually overdoes it.

"Mohabbat Hai Mirchi" is just plain ridiculous enough to be catchy - provided that the picturization and dancing live up to the song. Sanjay Chhel went a little overboard writing this one. I assume there is a dearth of new ways to express love in Hindi songs, but what will we have next?

"Mohabbat Hai Aloo Ki Sabzi"...? Shaan and Gayatri Iyer go all out and the rest is made up for by computerized alteration of their vocals. The "hot and spicy" version of this song is a valiant attempt to cash in on the remix craze.

"Don´t You Love Me, Baby" is a typical hero-seducing-heroine and heroine-resisting-hero number laden with shayari from the lead pair. Shaan and Alka Yagnik are sufficient in the number. "Boys Are Best" is a catchy version of the college "ched-chaad" thing done in 50´s "Grease" style. The lyrics making fun of the boy-girl stereotypes are actually amusing. Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan have fun with the song.

No love story album would be complete without a judaai number - so we have "Dil Hai Mera", where Mahalaxmi (after "Sur") is once again impressive and Udit Narayan pushes Shaan aside to assert his superior vocal abilities and expressiveness. The song itself, however, is nothing extraordinary.

Overall - the album is comme ci comme ca. If the film is a hit - the album could prove to be one. If not, Mr. Reshammiya will have to go back to the drawing board.

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