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Jaal - The Trap
Producer: Vinod and Harish Shah
Director: Guddu Dhanoa
Starring: Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff, Tabu, Reema Sen, Farida Jalal, Amrish Puri, Anupam Kher, Virendra Saxena and Shahbaaz Khan
Music: Anand Raj Anand
Lyrics: Sameer
Singers: Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Chitra, K.K., Saswati Phukan, and Anand Raaj Anand
Audio On: Universal    Number of Songs: 6
Album Released on: September 2002
Reviewed by: Narbir Gosal  - Rating: 2.0 / 10
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I really have no idea what I was thinking when I picked this audio up from a local video store. The film Jaal- The Trap, has been in the making for some time now, the project itself looks stale. To add to it, the story is nothing new, just the same old Deol action fare. If this film had been released at the beginning of the year I´m positive that people would have surely thought they were watching a promo for Maa Tujhe Salaam. But the greatest burden that Jaal- The Trap has to carry is the moronic decision to sign Anand Raaj Anand to ´compose´ (I use that term very loosely) the ´music´ (I don´t even think Raaj remembers what that is). Jaal- The Trap is one of Anand´s countless offerings this year, and like most of his other soundtracks, this one is just as forgettable.

The album starts off with the wannabe romantic solo, Pehla Pehla Pyar Ho Gaya, sung by Kumar Sanu. The song is boring to say the least and doesn´t hold your attention for long. Sameer´s lyrics are typical (what were you expecting?), Kumar´s rendition is not up to mark, and on the whole you´ll be ready to fast forward this number in no time.

Another solo featured on the soundtrack is Alka Yagnik´s Hamsafar Ke Liye. Here Anand composes another non-catchy number which will have you reaching for the Tylenol, especially the ending of the song which has the heroine screaming I love you´s hysterically. Alka has been featured in better songs and has belted out better renditions before a well. The lyrics are again non-creative, but then again with Sameer as the lyricist, it doesn´t come as a surprise. And as of late, Anand has been incessantly copying from older films. This one takes heavy inspiration from "Kab Ke Bichde Re" from Laawaris.

The album contains two duets. The first is Ek Ladki Bas Gayee sung by Udit Narayan and Saswati Phukan. The reason this song doesn´t live up to mark is solely Anand Raaj Anand´s fault. He fails to impress with the haphazard composition and his lyrics don´t impress either. Udit and Saswati sing their way through another forgettable song, they don´t even put in the effort to try and uplift the track. Can you blame them?

The next duet is Jo Pyar Tumne sung by Chitra and K.K. Anand Raaj Anand desperately tries to copy A R Rehman´s style of composing and gets it all wrong. The song is much too slow to hold your attention. If you add Sameer´s lyrics and the unimpressive rendition by the two singers and you get another forgettable number, which seems to be a trend on this album.

The final two tracks on the album are it´s only passable offerings; sadly they are the obligatory bhangra numbers which feature in almost every film these days especially Deol ones, so it´s nothing new to the audience. Udit Narayan lends some charm to the first track titled Sona Sona Soniye. His rendition is uplifting which adds to the song, but Sameer´s lyrics dilute the impact. The composition is typical Punjabi stuff with dhols and fast beats, it is listenable but not memorable.

The second bhangra flavored item is the patriotic Indian Indian written, composed and sung by Anand Raaj Anand. The song isn´t all that catchy and seems like a last minute addition to help uplift the sales for this album. Raaj has a decent voice and does a decent job in this song, and the lyrics are interesting only for all the patriotic references. But all said and done in the end, it´s just listenable, not memorable.

Anand Raaj Anand and Sameer need to rethink their strategy. Raaj thinks he is a top notch composer but of the countless soundtracks he has released this year only Kaante and Sandhya stand out. You know you are burning out when you have at least two new soundtracks releasing every week and they all fail to impress. Sameer needs a dictionary. He needs to learn new words to better express himself as a lyricist because his typical wordings are getting to be very annoying. Overall this album is going to do very little for the film, the songs are very unimpressive and as a result even the renditions seem to suffer. Don´t fall into the trap by buying this audio, you will regret it.

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