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Deewane Huye Paagal
Producer: Firoz Nadiadwala
Director: Vikram Bhatt
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal, Shahid Kapur, Rimi Sen, Sunil Shetty.
Music: Anu Malik
Lyrics: Sameer
Singers: Anu Malik, Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Kunal Ganjawala, Krishna
Audio On: T-Series    Number of Songs: 8
Album Released on: November 2005
Reviewed by: Rakesh Budhu  - Rating: 2.5 / 10
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After churning out some (and that should be stressed) semi-decent tunes for the original, Awara Paagal Deewana, Anu Malik has re-teamed with Vikram Bhatt for the sequel Deewane Huye Paagal. Anu Malik has been completely on a down slope recently, for this year in fact, and Deewane Huye Paagal is another push down further. Sure, there are feet tapping tunes here some that may catch the ear—but where is the originality? Furthermore, whatever happened to making it conspicuous rather than blatantly in-your-face! To go along with Malik’s ultimate demise of originality, Vikram Bhatt has been suffering from his own. After years of success (and rightful ones, despite) with re-creations of Hollywood films, his recent endeavors have been quite lackluster both musically and film wise. The former situation, music, has always been a plus for Bhatt but without that he seems kind of lost with relying solely on his films alone. Thus, one wonders where Deewane Huye Paagal falls under. Perhaps fans will eat up the completely distasteful rip off of several overseas tunes (mounted worst so as Malik sings a few himself) or will their continuing drop into the Bollywood nothingness go on?

The first plagiarized track is “Maar Sutiya”, a Punjab rip off from multiple sources, more memorably Rishi Rich’s “Dil Mera” from Kyaa Kool Hai Hum Hum but really from Jazzy B’s “Dil Mera Lutiya”. Anu Malik has really stooped low when he picks off of Himesh Reshammiya labeled soundtracks (despite the source being a Rishi Rich song). Unoriginality aside, the song is your typical upbeat club catchy song that action flicks usually contain.

Anu Malik’s second rip off is “Chakle Chakle” a beat to beat rip off of the Western tune “Turn Me On” sung by artist Kevin Lyttle. The tune which is quite popular in western clubs is certainly not foreign to any overseas listener but perhaps that is not what Malik is banking on. A remix version follows. Anu Malik is as screechy as ever and for anyone it’s hard to listen to without thinking of the original.

Anu Malik hasn’t spared us much either. He is even singing in the romance songs as well. “Jaane Jigar” is another Anu Malik song which is typical and almost painful to listen to just the same. Malik transparently is failing on both ends, music composition and singing as well.

And yes, Anu Malik is not over. His next tune appears twice as well and is twice as painfully boring. “Sutradhar”, both parts, is verbosely dull but high on the guitar and English influence. Influence? Isn’t the theme of this soundtrack…?

Aah, he’s done but we still have his music to listen to. “Tu Tu Hai” is a Latin influenced track which Anu himself has tackled before. This song is more in Nadiadwala/Bhatt territory and seems like the only one composed to fit the theme of the music well and take some effort in doing so. Unfortunately Shaan is the only one who sounds like he cared in singing the tune. Sunidhi Chauhan, his partner in the tune, has sung much better.

Finally Malik came up with the perfect way to force people into believing he was the best singer in this horrible soundtrack. Throw three singers, Krishna, Shaan and Kunal Ganjawala in a terribly long song so that everyone could simply not tolerate them further. “Aisi Umar Mein” is long, thematic and represents the three main protagonists’ story, Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Shahid Kapoor. At this point in the soundtrack if anyone still cared then perhaps the tune would actually carry some interest. Otherwise it is further motivation to throw the CD in the garbage.

Anu Malik has had his good years and his bad. He has had his good soundtracks and his bad. But Deewane Huye Paagal is just plain old terrible on all accounts but more particularly that which describes that he sung half of the songs on the album. For Malik, this soundtrack should be best forgotten if not for his singing (which is the most forgivable aspect of the soundtrack) for the songs that he shamelessly copied but couldn’t make his own.

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