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Ishq Hai Tumse
 
Producer: G A Seshagri Rao
Director: G Krishna
Starring: Bipasha Basu, Dino Morea, Alok Nath, Gokhale, Tiku Talsania, Himani Shivpuri
Music: Himesh Reshammiya
Lyrics: Sameer and Sanjay Chhel
Singers: Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Shaan, KK, Sagarika, Hema Sardesai and Vinod Rathod
Audio On: Sony Music    Number of Songs: 7
Album Released on: 23 October 2003
Reviewed by: Shahid Khan  - Rating: 4.5 / 10
 
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Bipasha Basu and Dino Morea starring together in a film with a title that has more than one word in it? It just doesn't feel right. After the sleeper hit, "Raaz" and the sleeper flop,

"Gunaah", the lead pair return in a different kind of film this time round. "Ishq Hai Tumse" is no horror or thriller but is an out and out Bollywood romance. For the film, Himesh Reshammiya has composed some lovey-dovey tunes in his trademark style.

The soundtrack kicks off with "Dil Dil Dil" by Udit Narayan and

Alka Yagnik. Not much effort seems to have gone into the lyrics. The first line, in particular, sounds like something a bored person would hum without trying to think about what he is singing. It does have a very promising intro by an ear-pleasing Narayan but the song, as a whole, is too slow and monotonous. Time pass.


The thing that strikes me about this album is that some of the songs remind me of Reshammiya┬┤s past tunes. Whether that is an indication of his unique recognizable style or of his laziness is arguable. "O Sonia" (by the same singers again) brings back memories of "Aap Ka Aana" from "Kurukshetra". Maybe it has something to do with Alka Yagnik who has given similar renditions in both of the songs.

Far more enjoyable is "O Sonia (Remix)", which brings more life into the so-so tune. It also makes you pay more attention to Yagnik┬┤s voice that, for some odd reason, sounds better in the remix version than the original one. Unfortunately, some of the pop music arrangement used here reminds one of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy┬┤s

"Jaane Kyoon Log Pyar Karte Hain" ("Dil Chahta Hai"). Hmm, it is not a good sign when one track reminds you of other songs, is it?

The best song of the album is "Chaahat Ki Khushboo" (Shaan, Alka Yagnik). Himesh exploits the chemistry between Shaan and Alka in this mesmerizingly composed pop song. Both are on excellent form, especially Shaan whose spellbinding voice turns this track into a listener┬┤s pleasure. Sanjay Chhel improves on his lyrics here, which makes you forgive him for "Dil Dil Dil". On first listen, this song may not leave an impression but after a while, it grows on you. I dislike using that expression, "grows on you", but some songs are just like that.


You can┬┤t always win and after pleasing everyone in the previous song, Shaan disappoints in "Humko Chahiye", which is another pop track, this time with Sagarika. It seems to me that the music composer was trying to recreate the success of "Nikamma" ("Kyaa Dil Ne Kaha"). Shaan┬┤s singing is very similar here and, sadly, it irritates. There also does not seem to be as much passion in his voice as there is in the "Nikamma" chartbuster. Sagarika is strictly okay.

Sameer gets to use one of his favorite words ("ishq") in "Ishq Hai Zindagi" where Vinod Rathod joins Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik. The number sounds very alike to "Ishq Bhi Kya Cheez Hai", another song from "Kurukshetra" (this album seems determined to make me revisit that soundtrack!). Reshammiya does away with sound effects and the result is bland fare. A forgettable song.

Finally, there is "Lutf De Gayee" by KK and Hema Sardesai. "Lutf" is an interesting word, isn┬┤t it? I thought it was a typing error on the cassette sleeve (as in "Lut Ke Le Gayee") but apparently "lutf" means a favor or kindness. It┬┤s not often Sameer teaches everyone a new word. The tune is terribly annoying. It is so slow and dragged out. KK is unbearable and, in contrast, Hema Sardesai shines. She is the only bright spot but she makes a late entrance into the song and that is not enough to redeem it.

"Chaahat Ki Khushboo" and "O Sonia (Remix)" are the best songs on this album. Everything else ranges from average to bad. If you are just looking for a soundtrack with a couple of hit tunes and some typical pop numbers to play in your car on a long drive, then this one may appeal to you. Those of you who are looking for seriously good music may well give this one a miss.

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