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Dil Maange More
Producer: Nikhil Panchamiya
Director: Ananth Narayan Mahadevan
Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Ayesha Takia, (introducing) Soha Ali Khan, Tulip Joshi, Gulshan Grover, Zarina Wahab
Music: Himesh Reshammiya
Lyrics: Sameer
Singers: Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan, Udit Narayan, K.K., Shaan, Alka Yagnik, Shreya Ghoshal, Jayesh Gandhi
Audio On: T-Series    Number of Songs: 6
Album Released on: 18 November 2004
Reviewed by: Mandeep Bahra  - Rating: 8.0 / 10
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Himesh Reshammiya has been rather prolific recently and almost every other soundtrack these days features his name on the cover. Usually, when an artiste is stretched thin with so much work, mediocrity sets in. However, Reshammiya has come up with a winning score for the dubiously titled, Dil Maange More...

The ever-dependable Sonu Nigam kicks things off with the instantly hummable,

"Gustakh Dil". This is a melodious number with a swinging sixties beat and a ┬┤Rafi-esque┬┤ rendition from Sonu. Not to be outdone, Sunidhi Chauhan does her best Asha Bhonsle impression to match Sonu note for note. Definitely a repeat candidate!

The interesting thing about "O Makna Ve" is that it uses the tag line for the film, "Why does it happen in love?", in the chorus. This may be the start of a new trend. K.K. and Sunidhi Chauhan zip through this bhangra-fusion number with ease and the result is an enjoyable affair.

Udit Narayan and Shreya Ghoshal demonstrate a lot of skill in,

"Maine Chun Liya". This amazingly ear-friendly song is in the style of the old Laxmikant-Pyarelal creations. There is plenty of percussion and a very sweet tune, and Udit and Shreya hit every note perfectly. Encore!

"Kubaku, Mujhe Tu Nazar Aaye" is a more sober affair but no less enjoyable. Shaan proves once again that his talent is abundant. His soft rendition of this romantic number is in contrast to the fast tempo, but the song works nevertheless. Jayesh Gandhi is once again relegated to providing backing vocals. I can almost guarantee that you┬┤ll be humming this song for hours after you hear it.

The frustrations encountered in love are given a voice in "Shiqwa Bhi Tumse". Sonu Nigam┬┤s slightly ┬┤angry┬┤ rendition seems apt for the lyrics but it is not very easy listening. The song has a rock flavour to it but all the electronic instruments bring in a pop sound. I guess the song is more of a ┬┤mock rock┬┤ number. The ┬┤sad┬┤ version is nothing very note-worthy.

Alka Yagnik joins Sonu Nigam for the more conventional love song on the album, "Aisa Deewana". The song is pleasant enough but we┬┤ve heard this type of song a million times before. The track is very reminiscent of the songs composed by Anand-Milind during the early nineties. Alka seems to have trouble with the high notes hear and sounds unbearably shrill in some places. However, if you┬┤re in the mood for a romantic ┬┤filmi┬┤ song, this number certainly fits the bill.

Dil Maange More is definitely worth listening to. Whatever the fate of the film, Himesh Reshammiya can congratulate himself on creating a youthful, entertaining score.

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