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Kaisay Kahein
Producer: Smita Thakerey, Prakash Pange, Sahara One Motion Pictures
Director: Mohit Hussein
Starring: Rajveer, Neha Julka, Kunal Kumar, Shital Shah, Aditi Govitrikar, Meghna Malik, Zarina Wahab
Music: Pritam
Lyrics: Irshad Kamil and Rahul Seth
Singers: Shaan, Sonu Nigam, Nikita Nigam, Zubeen Garg, Sukhwinder Singh and Mahalaxmi Iyer
Audio On: T-Series    Number of Songs: 8
Album Released on: August 2007
Reviewed by: Atta Khan  - Rating: 6.0 / 10
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When soundtracks are topped up with an additional music compilation (of old songs) it makes you wonder…why are there insufficient ‘new’ songs? Does the movie not warrant them? Or did the producers try to cut corners in a bid to manage a tight budget? Or were they simply rushed? And more importantly does it mean the music director has put in a half hearted effort? The optimist amongst us will argue that fewer songs mean that the composer can concentrate on making a bigger impact with those available.

Take this year’s Nishabd as a case in point; two original songs in the form of ‘Rozana’ and ‘Take Lite’ which turned out to be two very fresh and enjoyable songs to warrant some interest in the movie or a purchase of the soundtrack (even though neither made an appearance in the movie itself). But let’s not forget the recent Naqaab with only three songs (also from Pritam), how average was that?

Well Pritam has four tracks here to convince us that Smita Thakeray’s latest venture, the romantic Kaisay Kahein, is worthy of your interest…the additional compilation provided here should have no bearing on your motives! Of course this review should give you some idea as well!

Suffice to say the opening track, Kee Kasoor, does little for the album. What starts off as a peppy rock anthem inspired by the Hindi/Punjabi vocals of Zubeen Garg is let down by a loud but monotonous background beat that nags you from start to finish! Also the singer deserves better music and lyrics than what he gets here. If you can overcome that beat then you may enjoy this track but only in the very short term as there is little to hold your attention. The golden thread of mediocrity has already been woven!

Some pleasant and catchy rock based music with strong guitar and saxophone influences greets you in the title track Kaisay Kahein. Shaan’s singing always exudes confidence and here is no exception as he gives the track an extra edge. The song reminds you of his recent performance in Bow Barracks Forever! (the 1950s based English rock tune titled ‘Jab meine dekha ussay, standing there’), but the music lacks the freshness and sparkle from that song. Good listen but again, no lasting impression.

What sounds like a very run of the mill effort to begin with; Arzoo Hai Pyaar Ki, ends up as arguably the most interesting and addictive song here. But pinpointing the reason is another issue altogether! Maybe it’s the lively love enriched melody that does it or the light hearted tones of the singers…actually that’s it, it must be the sparkling form of Sonu Nigam who, after a quiet period, gives glimpses of his very best with emotionally expressed lines such as ‘Tune dil…ko chua hai oh jane jaan, yeh mujhe, kya hua hai, oh jane jaan’. Nikita Nigam (Sonu’s sister) only has a few lines to render here so her support is limited. The jovial lyrics are apt for the music albeit unoriginal. Overall, if you give it a try and don’t dismiss it on first listen, there is a good chance you will come back to this one. Just try it and see if it connects with you! The final track Teri Yaadon starts off in promising fashion due its distinct flavour relative to the rest of the album. The peppy dance track has even more going for it with the exuberant pairing of Sukhwinder Singh and Mahalaxmi Iyer. Sadly, the average arrangements let things down again and by the time it finishes you find yourself well clear of the dance floor! The golden thread of mediocrity completes the album!

Incidentally the additional song compilation (four songs) are from the likes of the recent hit movie Partner and Mithoon’s top selling album; The Train, but unless you have been away from the scene for some time there is a good chance these will already be sitting on your ipod!

In summary, Kaisay Kahein is that unremarkable soundtrack you get very often in the hindi music scene; it isn’t terrible and has some interesting songs that are enjoyable on first listen and you may come back to the odd one. But unfortunately, none hold your attention beyond the short term. With this in mind, the composer should at least have provided one fresh song but there is no evidence of that here which brings me back to my original point; is the movie not worthy of one or did the producers lack the budget? Whatever the reason the soundtrack is another mediocre effort by Pritam and one that will not last long in the memories!

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