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Praan Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye
Producer: Mahesh Manjrekar, Asoo Nihalani, Sagoon Wagh and Raj Lalchandani
Director: Sanjay Jha
Starring: Raveena Tandon, Sushmita Sen, Namrata Shirodkar, Rinkie Khanna, Diya Mirza, Divya Dutta, Vijay Raaz, Shweta Menon, Mahesh Manjrekar and Aman Verma
Music: Daboo Malik, Nitin Raikwar
Lyrics: Nitin Raikwar, Praveen Bhardwaj
Singers: Vinod Rathod, Nayub Ali, Sonu Nigam, Tulsi Maidasani and Nitin Raikwar
Audio On: BMG Crescendo    Number of Songs: 6
Album Released on: 06 December 2002
Reviewed by: Rakesh Budhu  - Rating: 1.0 / 10
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Someone obviously got their signals crossed when planning the music for Praan Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye. Nothing equates with the horribly insipid tunes. For one, a women oriented film with over five mainstream female leads has a soundtrack where there are predominantly male singers (barring two songs, all of the others are sung by male singers and in those two the female singer is far from dominating the track). Secondly, for a hard hitting subject the songs are dosed with humor and pointlessness lending little to no interest to the story. Finally, none of the songs are listenable and sadly, this is far beyond the un-listenable which encompasses songs that are boring, or regular. These songs are simply ridiculous which in themselves couldn´t help a film which featured super stars, let alone a film with no real hero.

"Chali Humko" is barely two minutes in length. Sung by Vinod Rathod, Nitin Raikwar and the sole female singer on the soundtrack Tulsi Maidasani, one wonders why it is even that long. Pointless concoction of a mixture of boring sounds presenting useless lyrics effortlessly.

"Aye Aye Ya" and "Loan De" have titles enough to distract the listener. And in each, Vinod Rathod is horribly inaudible. Music composer Daboo Malik again walks the path of brother Anu and like brother couldn´t sing if his life depends on it. Vinod has for whatever reason become the first choice for these tapori numbers, and its sad because he can do better. Situational tracks couldn´t get more insipid. Boy has Daboo Malik damaged his reputation! His music for "Aye Aye Ya" is simply bad as are the lyrics by Praveen Bhardwaj. The same and worst can be said for Nitin Raikwar who has written and composed

"Loan De".

In the midst of these horrible tunes a title like "Hum Tere Sanam" actually has us hoping it is a love song, possibly even listenable at that. Noting that Vinod Rathod sings it already tells us we should forget about, and you should.

Perhaps it is because Nitin Raikwar has composed the music, and written the lyrics again. The flute dominates but the music is boring. Raikwar has sometimes given us lyrical treasures, as was the case in say Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya. As of late it has been strictly tapori for him and his latest compositions have been nothing different either. Quite while your ahead, please, and oh yeah, give credit to the lifeless female vocals who were not credited on the album cover.

Unfortunately he doesn´t quit while he´s ahead in this soundtrack. The next, "Lagi Ye Lagi To" is depressing. The mood of the song is quite sad, but you´ll feel worst if you continue to endure Vinod Rathod and Nayub Ali´s poor vocalizations in the song. Nitin refrains from silliness here to go back to the drums and regular orchestration making the song the most normal amidst the many abnormalities here.

Sonu Nigam is the only household name on the album, again providing some hope for decent music. Again, a hope lost. Sonu Nigam in "Shaadi Ki Pehli Baat" has again been drawn down to the low life of singing boring hero songs referring to a man´s wedding dreams, etc. Not that is a poor thing, it´s just one thing when you´re asked to do so with inane lyrics by Praveen Bhardwaj and music by Daboo Malik which doesn´t try to emote feelings but bore you with them.

At some points the music for the songs, especially by Nitin Raikwar sound local. It´s as if your neighborhood band has composed it. Given that the film has to do with a forty nine family village of wide variety trying to keep their

chawls, perhaps that was the feel they intended. What they forgot was to actually make the music likeable or listenable. Maybe music doesn´t play a major role in the film (one hopes), but maybe they shouldn´t have had these horrible songs made as well. A word, though the soundtrack cover is laced with the beauty of its female leads, it is the only good thing about the soundtrack.

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