Long before Raveena Tandon hit the big time, her elder brother Raj Tandon made his debut in an ill-fated attempt at stardom. Ek Main Aur Ek Tu was a total disaster at the box office and therefore itâ€™s good soundtrack got buried alongside the movie. The album is not an exceptional piece of work but the songs are good enough to have deserved some recognition at the time.
Check out Anand Bakshiâ€™s lyric for the first track, "Main Deewana". The line, "O meri jaan ki dushman tu meri jaan bangayeeâ€¦." sounds odd at first but soon becomes the most memorable refrain. Add to this R.D.Burmanâ€™s anodyne melody and the song is a real winner! Asha Bhosle and Mohd. Aziz sing their hearts out in this romantic number which boasts of violins galore and plenty of choral arrangements.
Asha Bhosleâ€™s solo, "Jhar Jhar" is a peppy number with music that is unmistakably R.D.Burmanâ€™s. The track sounds as if it was composed for a Nasir Hussain film. The flute seems to take centre stage in the arrangements giving the song a softness that is very endearing. Ashaâ€™s vocals dutifully reflect the inebriated heroine at this point in the film. Definitely one to rewind!
Amit Kumar gets to showcase his vocal gymnastics in the crowd-pleasing, "O Haseena". The music here is very innovative, mixing reggae, modern jazz, Latin rhythms and some good old â€˜80â€™s â€˜scratchingâ€™! The tune is catchy for this â€˜stage showâ€™ number and there is plenty of audience (chorus) participation.
"Re Main Logon Se Bol Doonga", has the lead pair declaring emphatically that they will marry each other or die single! Asha Bhosle and Mohd. Aziz put the right amount of enthusiasm into the song to make it enjoyable. The tune for this song was recycled by R.D.Burman himself a few years later. Since this song didnâ€™t get any recognition, R.D. probably wanted to try the tune out again. Unfortunately, the tune resurfaced in 1990 in Rajesh Khannaâ€™s â€˜Jai Shiv Shankarâ€™ as "Kisi Roz Maangi Thi". Jai Shiv Shankar has yet to see a release date!
The album rounds off with the insipid, "S..S..Sunny Re", which has Kishore Kumar and Shailendra Singh playing father and son respectively. The song is supposed to be funny and is obviously very situational but finding the patience to sit through the number may be difficult.
Ek Main Aur Ek Tu is an enjoyable album that should be heard. It certainly doesnâ€™t deserve to be languishing in the â€˜80â€™s box office graveyard. So dig up this album and treat your ears to some really great tunes.