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Tom Dick Harry
Producer: Sudhir Kumar, Surendra Bhatia, and Avinash Bhatia
Director: Deepak Tijori
Starring: Jimmy Sherguil, Dino Morea, Anuj Sawhney, and Celina Jaitley
Music: Himesh Reshammiya
Lyrics: Sameer
Singers: Himesh Reshammiya, Kunal Ganjawala, Sunidhi Chauhan, Ahir, Tulsi Kumar, Sonu Nigam, Richa Sharma, and Arya
Audio On: T-Series    Number of Songs: 12
Album Released on: March 2006
Reviewed by: Aakash Gandhi  - Rating: 7.0 / 10
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Rarely do we witness a personality gain so much popularity and demand in such a short period of time. It happened with A.R. Rahman after Roja, with Hrithik Roshan after Kaho Na Pyar Hai, and now it’s Himesh Reshammiya’s turn. The man is on fire, as he’s virtually on every music channel, every billboard, and every cover. And now he’s even featuring in his own music videos! Oh, and he just released his hit album “Aapka Suroor.”

It’s quite obvious that he gained mass appeal only after his singing debut in Aashiq Banaya Aapne. But how many know that the man has been a part of the music industry since 1998 with his solo song Odh Li Chunariya from the film Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya. I guess he’s the epitome of relentless pursuit. But the day of judgment has arrived; and it seems that today Reshammiya is rediscovering himself from head to toe.

Deepak Tijori’sTom Dick Harry is a corky comedy that features Jimmy Sherguil, Dino Morea, and Anu Sawhney in the three lead roles. The music of the film is composed by none other then Himesh Reshammiya, with his regular side-kick Sameer heading the lyrics.

If one were to go by Tijori’s unimpressive past (Oops, Khamosh, and Fareb), then Tom Dick Harry is nothing to look forward to. But Reshammiya to the rescue, as he composes yet another music video to promote the film titled Zara Jhoom Jhoom. And the rest is history! Shot in shades of black, the song features the principle cast of the film. But the man in front of the camera is Reshammiya himself, who appears in his signature hat and jacket attire. The song is a mega-hit already and all credit goes to H.R. His trademark vocals along with the foot-tapping music leave you nowhere to hide. Zara Jhoom Jhoom!

I guess the industry’s obsession with remixes isn’t going to fade anytime soon. Reshammiya comes up with a remix to all six of his tracks in Tom Dick Harry. All I can say is that they’re typical remixes with nothing extra special.

Up next is the Sunidhi Chauhan rendered Cheena Re Cheena Re. The song reminds us of many past H.R. tracks but still has its own flavor and feel. Reshammiya tries his luck with some rap, rendered by Arya, but to no avail. Sunidhi Chauhan is the best thing about this song, as she gives yet another impressive rendition. The song isn’t able to break into any new sounds, but keeps up with Reshammiya’s trademark style. If you want something fast then thre’s always the remix.

O Mitra Re, a solo by Kunal Ganjawala, is very reminiscent of Reshammiya’s previous Dil Keh Raha Hai (Kyon Ki). All similarities aside, the piece could have worked at a much higher level if Reshammiya’s arrangements were fine-tuned a bit more. But I loved the inclusion of the table throughout various parts of the track. Coupled with Kunal’s fine rendition, the song is by no means a let-down.

Up next is my favorite of the bunch, Tanha Jiya Na Jaaye. Full marks to Reshammiya for starting the song off on a completely unique note. And no I wont give it away, go listen to it! Along with the sweet melody and smooth arrangements are Reshammiya’s first-rate vocals. He restrains himself this time, and I think that’s what makes this one of his best rendition to date (as few as they may be). Another impressive quality that Reshammiya possesses is that he does work with fresh voices. After introducing the sensational Tulsi Kumar in Aksar, he introduces a similar voice by the name of Ahir. She keeps up with the pace of the track beautifully and only adds to the colors of this pleasing track.

Speaking of Tulsi Kumar, she teams up with Reshammiya to croon Tere Sang Ishq. Overall, I’m going to have to say that this song pales in comparison to the likes of Jhoom Jhoom and Tanha Jiya Na Jaaye. The track doesn’t have the “kick” in it and plain drags for four+ minutes.

Last in our kitty is the awkwardly title track Yeu Kasi Kasi. Richa Sharma and Reshammiya team up after a long hiatus to come up with a unique song. But unique isn’t synonymous with the word “good.” Rendered by Richa Sharma and Sonu Nigam, the piece will not work due to its loud arrangements and lack of creativity (the song reminds of Yeh Bekhudi from Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge).

Lyrics throughout the album by Sameer are typical of the man: Average. His most notable work is in Tanha Jiya Na Jaaye.

Bottom Line: People are buying this soundtrack because of Zara Jhoom Jhoom – no surprise there. The other track that is worth adding to your playlist is Tanha Jiya Na Jaaye. Other then that, the soundtrack is average. But Director Deepak Tijori needs to take Reshammiya out for a cup of coffee one day, as it’s because of him his film is in the spotlight.

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