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Don Muthu Swami
Producer: Shakti Samanta
Director: Ashim Samanta
Starring: Mithun Chakraborty, Hrishita Bhatt, Rohit Roy, Mohit Raina, Dolly Minhas
Music: Anu Malik
Lyrics: Amitabh
Singers: Emon Chatterji, Deepali, Shaan, Anu Malik, Mahalaxmi Iyer
Audio On: Sa Re Ga Ma Music Records    Number of Songs: 11
Album Released on: May 2008
Reviewed by: Atta Khan  - Rating: 5.0 / 10
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Note the music review and overall score is based on the three tracks relating to the movie (along with two ‘Karaoke’ versions), the rest of the songs are classics from the 1980s when Mithun Chakraborty was at his peak e.g. Disco Dancer by Bappi Lahiri etc and are there to fill the CD)…We also get a track with dialogues from the movie but that’s another space filler.

Oh tis the Anu Malik season listeners! It seems every other soundtrack is coming from the director who was very quiet last year but on the volume of soundtracks scheduled for 2008 he has clearly been very busy…Saying that the quality has been questionable thus far, we have had one decent soundtrack (Woodstock Villa, albeit aided by other composers) sandwiched between two appalling ones (in Anamika and Hastey Hastey) and now we have the comedy Don Muthu Swami starring Mithun Chakraborty…hmm, even the optimists amongst us would rule out this one! But judge not until the evidence is presented and so starts the short soundtrack…

‘Listen to the falling rain, listen to it pour…and with every drop of rain I love you more.’ And joy of joy these famous words from Jose Faliciano’s classic ‘Listen to the falling rain’, lay flowers on the foot of the most beautiful love song titled I love you I love you I love you which gives you glimpses of Anu Malik at his imperious best!

Ok so there is nothing particularly original here but Anu was and has rarely been an innovator like Rahman, moreover he is someone with talent to produce music with strong melody and instant attraction and the occasional classic. But if romance is your scene then this sweet little track will put a reminiscing smile on your face and share the feelings you had when you first fell in love…you see there is this youthful and innocent ambience to the track that makes it such an enjoyable listen!

The soft melody has a lot to do with it; the delightful guitar strumming syncs perfectly with an even sweeter sounding piano with the occasional sublime intervention of a flute and other instruments…all of this sets the scene perfectly for the singers to send you to cloud 9…and Anu does not disappoint here either by selecting just about the best vocalists for such an occasion. You see whilst Emon Chatterji and Deepali failed at the last hurdle to win the 2007 Indian Idol they both left a positive impression on many people including Anu jee who vowed to give them a chance on the big stage…and how they deliver! Emon in particular sounds like a youthful Sonu Nigam, that in itself is high praise indeed. Deepali sounds cute although arguably her vocals are not quite the finished product as Emon’s. But all in all they create a stirring duo for Anu’s best love song since the glorious ‘Humko Maloom Hai’ from Jaaneman….(thankfully the lyrics here by Amitabh are of a better ilk than Malik’s favourite writer Sameer).

Incidentally the ‘Karaoke’ version is the same as the original barring the singing…an extremely soothing and pleasant listening experience.

The less said about the next track I love you the better! Not only does it bring you crashing back down earth with an almighty thump it leaves you cringing in despair and disgust! Also for some strange reason Anu Malik thinks he makes a good singer but on this evidence the reality is far from that, put simply his vocals are annoying and he should stick to composing and arranging music. And Why we need a ‘Karaoke’ version of I love you is beyond me….Avoid both of these!

Which brings us onto the final offering in Tum Kaun Ho which is more of a reprise / alternative to the first track than anything else. Everything from the music to the background chanting of ‘Listen to the falling rain’….it’s all made a return albeit with a little more bass and different lyrics by Amitabh. However this time the composer uses established singers in the form of Shaan and Mahalaxmi Iyer and although both do a decent job, that youthful ambience of the original is no longer prevalent making it sound all the more average in comparison. Still, there’s nothing much more on the soundtrack so it’s worth a listen.

And that’s the short musical offering of Don Muthu Swami; a sweet romantic opener followed by a horrible ‘filler’ and then a reprise of the original…so where are the 'fun' themed songs Anu? Anyway there are signs of laziness and talent all in one here but then again what did you expect from a budget movie that is all about one man (Mithun) trying to make you laugh?

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