Sanjeev-Darshan made a very impressive debut just over 3 years ago with Mann and then followed it up with a good soundtrack for
Deewane. However, after that they have just gone downhill, and their latest album Talaash is one more step in that direction. S-D havenâ€™t had a release in awhile, and with their current slump they had a chance with his album to bounce back, but it looks like they didnâ€™t take their chance too seriously. There is no creativity at all in any of the songs. Some tunes sound like they were left out of some early-mid 90â€™s Nadeem-Shravan albums. The way things are going for Sanjeev-Darshan, donâ€™t be surprised if they end up becoming extinct from the world of Hindi film music after a year or two.
The album begins with â€śYaar Badal Na Jaanaâ€ť sung by the ever dependable duo of Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik. The tune is very reminiscent of another Alka-Udit duet from
Kasoor, â€śZindagi Ban Gaye Ho Tumâ€ť. The song is very routine and doesnâ€™t seem to hold interest for too long, given itâ€™s still one of the â€śbetterâ€ť songs of this stupid excuse for an album.
â€śMasoom Chehraâ€ť is a solo in two versions, one each by Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik. The lyrics are again just too familiar and Sameer doesnâ€™t seem to offer any originality. Maybe heâ€™s just putting together lines from his previous work and passing them off as â€śnewâ€ť songs.
Alka Yagnik has three other solos on the album: â€śBaaga Ma Jab Mor Boleâ€ť, â€śDil Le Gaya Pardesiâ€ť, and â€śZindagi Se Ab Jungâ€ť. Thereâ€™s nothing exciting about either of these songs, however, â€śBaaga Ma Jabâ€¦â€ť can be regarded as the better one among the others.
I was excited to see Vasundhara Dasâ€™ name on the inlay card for â€śRabba Pyaar Se Mila Deâ€ť. However, I was disappointed again. Das does her best to save the song, but the lack of any creativity makes you want to reach for the â€śskipâ€ť button.
â€śBhangra Paa Leâ€ť is sung by Anuradha Sriram and Udit Narayan, and no points for guessing that this is a Punjabi-style number. Anuradha Sriram has always excelled at these types of songs (â€śChunnari Chunnariâ€ť, â€śPrem Jaalâ€ť, â€śDupattaâ€ť, etc). However, this song is ruined by - you guessed it - the lyrics! With lines like â€śtu hain kudi Amritsarwali, dil hai mera Ludhianaâ€ť you canâ€™t help yourself from stopping the song immediately. The composition itself isnâ€™t anything new either, itâ€™s just an ordinary Punjabi song one would find in a Hindi film.
Talaash is a good example of a bad soundtrack. The over-worked Sameer seriously needs to put more effort into his writing instead of just recycling his previous songs. As for Sanjeev-Darshan, this film is just another addition to their continuing list of pathetic scores. Letâ€™s hope however, the film does offer what it promises to: loads of action and excitement.