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Ek Hindustani
Producer: Amar Sharma
Director: Tinnu Anand
Starring: Sunil Shetty, Raveena Tandon, Mohan Joshi, Mohnish Bahl, Ashish Vidyarthi
Music: Anand Raj Anand, Daboo Malik
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi, Praveen Bhardwaj
Singers: Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Anuradha Paudwal, Ramshankar, Rajlakshmi, Tinnu Anand, Anand Raj Anand
Audio On: T-Series    Number of Songs: 9
Album Released on: 31 August 2002
Reviewed by: Rakesh  - Rating: 4.5 / 10
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Will they ever produce soundtracks any different? That is the question that comes to mind when listening to the typical T-Series soundtrack produced with the long delayed Ek Hindustani. To think that people may not get sick of hearing the same music, same beats, same compositions, same orchestrations and the same singers is quite a concept to grasp. Ek Hindustani┬┤s tunes are not horrendously unattractive which is certainly a plus, but with no promotions for what is already a delayed film and a star cast of the much repeated Sunil Shetty- Raveena Tandon duo, much more is required.

The pleasing yet redundant opener also brings up another subject in itself. While composer Daboo Malik has composed in this album, the opener "Chori Chori Dil Diya Tha" sounds not at all different from his kind of music. But then there is Nikhil-Vinay who composes the same way. Yet it is Anand Raj Anand who has composed this tune. Ultimately, talent is missing. Anyone can obviously compose the eighties styled tune which has typical jhankar usage. Anand Bakshi┬┤s lyrics are predominantly romantic but sweet nonetheless. If there is a saving grace it would have to be Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik. Their soft vocales compliment the music excellently and it has been a while since they┬┤ve sung together in this alto.

The same singing duo has been repeated for "Mohabbat Ko Hum Chhod Dein" which is a flashback song. Naturally it is not a flashback song for the film but for us. Can sweet melodious songs be re-composed so frequently? T-Series and Anand Raj Anand feel that way. Yes it is nice, listenable but lacking novelty.

"Chalo Achchha" is another romantic tune with a dholak backdrop and typical violin use. The duo of Kavita Krishnamurthy and Udit have taken the microphone now. Again, there is nothing to distinct this from a regular love song. While we all like to listen to them it is easy to simply replace the lyrics from the likes of "Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam" or "Maine Dil Tujhko Diya" and the songs would sound exactly the same.

Trying to see the densely mushy mood that has been set Anand Raj Anand composes "Yaaro Ka Dil Tod Ke" which is not much of a different romance song but has been laced with semi-Punjabi lyrics and a fast paced drum beat. Singers Ramshankar, Rajlakshmi are a refreshing change but the song is not striking by any means.

Praveen Bhardwaj has managed to give excellent lyrics thus far. In every soundtrack that he has contributed to there has been something distinguishably different in his romance songs. Yet his contribution here is tacky. "Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage" is not only a title stolen from the recent horrendous Hrithik starrer its music is slow and typical Daboo Malik. (Or should we say Nikhil-Vinay and all other T-Series proteges). Sonu Nigam and Anuradha Paudwal do not do much to save the song from dullness. It has a sad version as well which like all other T-Series sad songs ala Maine Dil Tujhko Diya and Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam, has been sung by Sonu Nigam.

"Sone Waale Neend Se Jaage" has typical lyrics that have been used by Anand Bakshi before. The song is a peppy upbeat number with nothing extravagant about its lyrics. It ends off on a dramatic note with just as fast beats. Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik don┬┤t sound interested in the song and composer Anand Raj Anand has sung in it just as uninterestingly.

And patriotic films require patriotic numbers. The oddly titled Ye Fauji Jung Mein Jeeta has director Tinnu Anand singing with music director Anand Raj Anand. That alone is enough to give it a pass.

Ending it all off is an Udit Narayan solo "Dilruba Nakhrewali". Udit is in his masti tone but there is nothing fun about the song.

Ek Hindustani┬┤s tunes are absolutely boring. While some of the early tracks on the soundtrack are enjoyable, the impact the soundtrack leaves on the listener is minimal and the lack of originality stands out.

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