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Junoon
 
Producer: Roopa Shetty
Director: Sanjay Khanna
Starring: Chandrachur Singh, Shilpa Shetty and Sonali Kulkarani
Music: Aadesh Shrivastav
Lyrics: Nida Fazli
Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Kavita Subramanium, Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, Sunidhi Chauhan, Adnan Sami, Preeti Kapoor
Audio On: Universal    Number of Songs: 6
Album Released on: 16 June 2002
Reviewed by: Rakesh Budhu  - Rating: 4.5 / 10
 
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Junoon may have a ragingly catchy title, but everything falls thereafter. It does have a talented star cast of Shilpa Shetty, Sonali Kulkarani and even Chandrachur Singh. The latter can take the blame as he has choosen poor films. Naturally, there are rare chances that Junoon may be any different. At the very least, the musical score is a justification for the judgement. But there are portions of peppiness and attempts at decent music composotions for

Aadesh Shrivastav.

Sukhwinder Singh sings in Punjabi mode for "Junoon", the title track, a fast paced almost Chaiya Chaiya number. Shrivastav has been composing these techno friendly fast songs but the songs end up lacking class. Junoon is midway between massy and classy. The song doesn┬┤t come close to the likes of Kambakth Ishq or Khallas but does fall in that genre. Sukhwinder also sings well to suite the song. But is it worth purchasing the soundtrack?

Sunidhi has been doing well as of late with several recent hits under her belt. "More Sawariya" from Awara Paagal Deewana, "Main Khuda" from Paanch, but Aadesh ruins it for the bar number "Hey Rama". The typical fast music drowns out Sunidhi┬┤s typical singing and the song fails to invite a listener because of the typical use of the drums in the background. Interestingly enough, the song has a semi-rock beat which just highlights the excellence in the recently released Paanch. In the end, the song is dissapointigly dull.

Kavita Subramanium and Kumar Sanu have been singing many duets together as of late. Pity that most of them go un-noticed since they┬┤ve been for predominantly low key films, a trend which continues here with "Tere Liye Doopon Mein Chav". The beautiful slow love song uses the tabla, a soft whimsical background and the powerful voices of Kumar Sanu and Kavita Subramanium to carry it off really well. If all of the tunes were just as sweet.

Aadesh doesn┬┤t seem like he can shake off the fast paced jhatka numbers.

"Aankhon Ne Kya Ishara" features the highly versatile Adnan Sami but unfortunately wastes his talent. The song is nothing different than any of Aadesh┬┤s peppy numbers. He truly does not experiment withstanding the saxophone and overtoning guitar, which doesn┬┤t provide the song with any vigor.

"Saanson Mein" lyrically does well with the theme and title of the film but other than that Alka Yagnik sings a regular fare. The song is slow, and attempts to project a feel of sadness which its slow beat is succesful in doing. Undoubtedly of regular nature, the song does hold itself making it listenable.

Preeti Kapoor joins Adnan Sami for an encore of "Aankhon Ne Kya Ishara". One wonders as to what reasons they may have for repeating the song?

On the whole, the now re-emerging Nida Fazli is not terrible with the lyrics as they could have been much worst for this low budget venture, and are overall not redundant. And while Aadesh Shrivastav still composes blatantly boring or overdosed tunes, it is not false that not much was expected from Junoon, and it could have been much worst.

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