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Producer: Mukesh Bhatt
Director: Vikram Bhatt
Starring: Faraaz Khan, intr. Suman Ranganathan, intr. Milind Gunanji, Ashok Lath, Kunika
Music: Jatin - Lalit
Lyrics: Sayeed Quadri
Singers: Udit Narayan, Alisha Chinai, Kunal Ganjawala, Shreya Ghoshal, Shraddha Pandit, Sonu Nigam.
Audio On: SaReGaMa    Number of Songs: 5
Album Released on: 30 May 2005
Reviewed by: Shahid Khan  - Rating: 7.0 / 10
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Very rarely do we see two sister actresses in one film but "Fareb" will offer just that. Shilpa Shetty and Shamita Shetty will bicker onscreen for the affections of

Manoj Bajpai. Yep, another story loaded with intrigue, betrayal, temptation and jealousy. Does the film´s soundtrack reflect all that?

Ostensibly a sad song, "Pehle Se" does bring across the steaminess and intrigue of lust and betrayal. And who better to sing it than Kunal Ganjawala? This man is amazing - he doesn´t just sing to the microphone but he makes love to it! He still manages to sound like that in a song about the blues. Shreya Ghoshal matches him step for step with her dusky vocals that feel like words flying through the night. The background chorus vocals set up the ambience of a melancholic lullaby with their knowing whispers. Ghoshal is absent in "Pehle Se (Remix)" an instantly appealing retake on the same song.

Shamita Shetty soaks up the rain in "Baras Ja Ae Badal Baras Ja" - a so-so dance number by Sunidhi Chauhan. Anu Malik opens up the track with a clap of a thunderstorm, which is a tactic that he has used in many other compositions of his. The choral chantings of "rainbow ooo rainbow" sound silly. The music is inspired by the Weather Girls´ "It´s Raining Men" (which was remade by Geri Halliwell).

"Jaayoon Kahan" is a soothing ballad that picks up where "Pehle Se" left off. Udit Narayan´s dulcet tones caress the notes of this romantic melody.

Shraddha Pandit accompanies his vocals with her singing. The chorus open the number and on the first listen it does sound like they will ruin a potentially good song but they highlight the lovey dovey mood rather than taking anything away from the tune. Anu Malik is an expert at such a genre and scores here once again. He himself belts out a couple of lines at the end of the track.

Length is the main problem of "Shaam Aayegi" by Sonu Nigam. A song laced with sadness and pathos, it is too long for its benefit. Nigam overdoes the pain and anguish that he is trying to express through his voice. On the plus side, Sayeed Quadri´s lyrics are introspective and meaningful. To be fair to Nigam, he does deliver the following line beautifully:

"Tu hi bata ae dil-e-awaara kidhar jayega".

Quadri offers us his musings on night and dawn once more in the sensuous "Subah Bhi Beqaraar Hai". Alisha Chinai sparkles in this seductive jewel. Like her last year hit "Dil Ko Hazaar Baar" ("Murder"), there is an old world charm in this ballad coated with the sinful colours of the night. It has all the grace and mystery of a puma treading elegantly through the wilderness of the witching hour.

So far, the soundtracks for Deepak Tijori´s films haven´t been particularly memorable but

"Fareb" does spring a surprise. Hopefully, the quality of the script and direction in the film itself will also be a surprise rather than a letdown.

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