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Dil Vil Pyar Vyar
Producer: Metalight Productions and Insight Productions
Director: Anant Mahadevan
Starring: R. Madhavan, Namrata Shirodkar, Sanjay Suri, Sonali Kulkarni, Jimmy Shergill, Hrishitaa Bhatt, Rakesh Bapat, Bhavna Pani, Kiran Kumar, Riya Sen
Music: R.D. Burman Re-Created by Bablu Chakraborty
Lyrics: Majrooh, Anand Bakshi, Rajinder Krishan, Gulzar
Singers: Hariharan, Abhijeet, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shaan, Babul Supriyo, Kumar Sanu, Preeta Mazumdar, Sadhna Sargam, Alka Yagnik, Kavita K. Subramanium
Audio On: HMV- Saregama    Number of Songs: 16
Album Released on: 04 August 2002
Reviewed by: Rakesh Budhu  - Rating: 8.0 / 10
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Welcome to what is probably one of the most innovative films this year. A film based on R.D. Burman’s music in which fourteen of his hit tunes have been brought to life with each of the protagonists of the story. However, rather than using the original tunes, Bablu Chakraborty has redone them adding his own touch.

Essentially, the tunes are perfectly constructed so as to not damage the effervescence in them, and while all are surely not of the caliber of the original Rahul Dev Burman, the opportunity to listen to this generation’s greatest singers like Abhijeet, Hariharan, Kumar Sanu and Kavita K. Subramanium, in verse of oldies is something to adore. The marketing strategy of Saregama is also catchy. Two cassettes, with eight songs each, in one way at least you are guaranteed something good to listen to.

Interestingly enough, the opener, “O Haseena Zulfon Wali”, originally from Teesri Manzil, is the most average of the songs. The hit song is what inspired the title for this film yet it being the opener seems amidst as for what is to follow. Abhijeet, and the music seem to be peppier than the song called for and of the re-creations, this one sounds more like a remix than a redone song. Sunidhi Chauhan is also very un-listenable in her Asha Bhosle rendition. Like all the other songs, the lyrics have been kept original. Majrooh has done the lyrics for this song.

With the film starring four heroes, a song giving them screen time would be almost mandatory. The song at hand is from Kati Patang, “Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai”, in which Abhijeet, Hariharan and Babul Supriyo join together. The song, quite slow, starts off with an attractive piano orchestration to turn into ballad styled music. Original lyrics are by the late Anand Bakshi.

Kumar Sanu, sounding like he did when he sung last for Rahul Dev Burman in 1942- A Love Story, sings “Yaadon Ki Baaraat”. The original song penned by Majrooh in the film Yaadon Ki Baaraat, this version also takes a slow beat strictly enhance the prowess of Majrooh’s lyrics and Sanu’s vocals.

Mere Samnewali Khidki Mein”, originally from Padosan, is sung by Shaan. His only contribution, the song with lyrics by Rajinder Krishan, is upbeat, festive and is bound to be pictured on one of the heroes pondering his love.

After a pretty slow start, the soundtrack picks up. Side b of the first cassette, along with cassette two all have a wide range of better songs. While the males dominate the soundtrack, the upcoming songs all climb higher and higher to soft, soothing and mellifluous categories, which are bound to please those who love melody.

Babul Supriyo is apparently a rarity in soundtracks these days. His contributions remain small and few in numbers, but his rendition of “Kehna Hai” (from Padoson, again), still asks us why. The slow romantic duet is very appealing and is originally penned by Rajinder Krishan. New singer Preeta Mazumdar is a decent follow up for him.

If one had to pick from the many tunes, “Tum Bin Jaaon Kahan” would probably rank as one of the best, thanks to its lead, Hariharan. He would apparently be the best contendor for the greatest male singer in this soundtrack as the meaningful and touching song is laced with his soothing vocals. Originally from Pyar Ka Mausam, Majrooh’s lyrics are also perfect.

And for those that like fast paced love songs, Ab Ke Sawan from Jaise Ko Taisa, penned by Anand Bakshi, is an excellent pick. Bablu Chakraborty has interwoven several key instruments in creating an upbeat winner. Babul again shows us he is under-rated and rarely heard Sadhna Sargam also matches him well.

The first cassette ends with an instrumental of “O Hansini”, originally from

Zehreela Insaan; the song opens the second cassette.

A little on the slow side, “O Hansini”, penned by Majrooh, is Hariharan’s second solo. The song doesn’t amount to his first though the song is very enjoyable.

The more familiar female singers follow, and how. Kavita K. Subramanium duets with Hariharan after a long while in “Gum Hai Kisike Pyar Mein, Dil Subah Sham”. Originally a big hit from Rampur Ka Lakshman, penned by Majrooh, it is Kavita’s take at Lata Mangeshkar who sung the original. The song is a must listen for those who like the combination of a classical mix of soul and essence but is much better than that because of what Kavita and Hariharan have done. The tune’s haunting vocals of “subaah”, which appear in the trailers, are even better on the audio. Throw in the tabla and you’ve got an excellent song.

Raat Kali Ek Khwab”, originally from Buddha Mil Gaya, penned by Majrooh, is Kumar Sanu’s second contribution. The song also oozes freshness but is reminiscent of “Rooth Na Jaana” from 1942- A Love Story.

Kya Jaano Sajan” is Kavita Subramanium’s second contribution. The song has blended the flute but it is Subramanium who shines atop of all. The original song is from Baharon Ke Sapne and is penned by Majrooh.

A solo rendition of “Kehna Hai”, sung by Babul opens up side b of the second cassette. Same song, just one less singer.

Amidst the popular names, several key names are apparently missing. Until now, Alka Yagnik is nowhere to be seen, and well Udit Narayan has been left out. Never the less, “Tera Bina Zindagi Se Koi Shikva”, from Aandhi, penned by Gulzar is also a contender for the best re-creation. The tabla reigns but

Alka, also accompanied by Hariharan, sings at altos pleasing to the ear. And superb would be one level short to describe Gulzar’s lyrics. Bablu’s blend of it all is great.

A repeat of “Mere Samne Wali”, titled, “Barsaat Bhi Aa Kar” follows. This time it has been sung by Abhijeet, the man with the golden voice. The song is good, and is well rendered. It also reminds us of some of his greatest hits.

Finally, side b of the second cassette concludes with an instrumental of “O Haseena Zulfonwali”.

Aptly sub-lined, “The New Sound of Music”, the music for Dil Vil Pyar Vyar, is perfectly described as something new with something old. While the film itself is taking on a big task, the idea to re-create the song is as big a risk as anything else. Bablu Chakraborty has put in a great deal of effort, and it is evident from many of the songs. However while credit is lost in that these are simply re-creations, he does show his sparks of talent here and there. Thus, they haven’t failed in the sense that the songs are not tarnish to some of Bollywood’s beauties. Lovers of melody, and good compositions will like it and hopefully, the culmination of these songs into a film will work well.

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