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Ek Ajnabee
Producer: Bunty Walia, Jaspreet Singh Walia
Director: Apoorva Lakhia
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Arjun Rampal, Rucha Vaidy, Perizaad Zorabian, Vikram Chatwal, Raj Zutshi, Akhilendra Mishra, Dayashankar Pandey, Aditya Lakhia
Music: Amar Mohile
Lyrics: Sameer, Jaideep Sahni, Vishal Dadlani and Lalit Ti
Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Vishal, Kailash Kher, Kunal Ganjawala, Joy, K.K. and Shilpa Rao
Audio On: T-Series    Number of Songs: 9
Album Released on: November 2005
Reviewed by: Aakash Gandhi  - Rating: 4.0 / 10
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The promotions for Apoorva Lakhia’s Ek Ajnabee are in full swing now. The music promised high-flying club beats and chartbusting music. But the presence of Amar Mohile as music director does nothing for this film.

Amar Mohile is most notable for his ability to create some haunting background scores for serious cinema, most recently in RGV directed Sarkar. He fails miserably at trying to compose a full-fledged music score for Ek Ajnabee.

The only inspiring and impressive track of the soundtrack is Kailash Kher’s Barf Khushi Hai, written beautifully by Jaideep Sahni. Mohil’s soft touch makes this one a beautiful piece to listen. It will be interesting to see how this type of song will be featured in a film like Ek Ajnabee.

From here on we go downhill. Soniye by Sunidhi Chauhan and K.K. is an attempt to create havoc in the clubs. Unfortunately, the music is much too overdone, the melody carries no spice, and K.K. seems extremely out of tune. Sameer’s lyrics are quite ordinary. Tere Liye is Mohil’s attempt to compose a romantic piece with a beat. Unfortunately, the music is not genuine and the Sameer fails to write something decent once again. This track is full of Hindi Music clichés.

But this is where it really gets bad. They Don’t Know and Blast U Between Ur Eyes are a pair of lame tracks. Director Amar Mohile and lyricist Lalit Tiwari try much too hard to be cool, when they really just turn out as fools! Horrendous lyrics like “You’re going down dog. You son of a bitch. I’m going to blast you between your eyes,” are cringe-worthy. Why are lyricists like Tiwari trying to degrade the genre of Indian Music? Kunal Ganjawala is used to merely sing the interludes of “They Don’t Know…” and Joy suits his pathetic role in the song also. Stranger On The Prowl, sung by Shilpa Rao, is a semi-instrumental piece that has no effect on you whatsoever!

Guest composers Vishal-Shekhar try to save Ek Ajnabee from going to the slums. They succeed, but only because the rest of the music in comparison is so bad. Ek Ajnabee (Mama Told Me) reminds one of Dus Bahaane due to Vishal’s rendition of “Mama Told Me.” The one flaw in this tune is that V-S force the music on you, resulting in the music being much too loud. Sukhwinder Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan sing with energy and style as they always do. It’s a pleasant piece, especially when placed next to the abysmal work of Amar Mohile (excluding Barf Khushi Hai).

Overall, Ek Ajnabee is a sour deal that only cheats you out of your money. Amar Mohile needs to stay in the genre of background scores, as that is where he truly shines. Honestly, after listening to the music of Ek Ajnabee, I have no interest in watching the film. Please stay away.

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