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Friday, October 14, 2005

Koi Aap Sa – An almost dud.

Oopppss…Himesh Reshamiya missed the hat trick here. After sensuous sounds in Aitraaz and sensational Aashiq Banaya Aapne, the industry and fans expected him to deliver a third hit with Koi Aap Saa, but alas, hat tricks are scarce these days, on and off the field as well.

The music for Balaji Produced Koi Aap Saa has been out for a while now and the reason I restricted myself to listen to it was that neither the promos nor the star cast showed any promise. Balaji as a production house churned tearjerkers on small screen, I am least interested in. And as for movies, it did produce some forgetful movies with an equally forgetful actor, the Son of Kapoor Household, Tussar Kapoor. Thankfully I don’t see Tussar in Koi Aap Saa.

Since it is releasing now, I suppose it is high time, the music must come under the scalpels on the dissection table. First things first; Label – T Series, Music Director - Himesh Reshamiya, Lyricist - Sameer. As for the cast, Aftab Shivdasani, Natasha, Dipanita Sarma, Himanshu Malik (who is surprisingly missing from the publicity drill, promos and posters….God knows why).

With 10 tracks in Koi Aap Saa, this one is not too promising. Himesh hasn’t used any of the new voices in the music scene these days. But seemed the lyrics haven’t given him any chance to experiment. Usual Shan and Sunidhi for the racy tracks (if by any standards) and for the slow numbers, the veterans like Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik and Sonu Nigam. Lyrics are a mix of some poetry for so called melodious numbers and jugglery of words for fast tracks. Seems our song writers have perfected the art of writing for a typical Bollywood music album.

Now the track listings – first the one which has some meat on it to chew. Tere Dil Ka Rishta is sung beautifully by Sonu Nigam. In fact this is the only track which is hummable till the first few lines. After that, neither does it register in your mind nor are you bothered to recall it.

Seene Mein Dil has a solo version, with Alka Yagnik crooning it and a duet version with Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik. Nothing exceptional about these two – we need soulful lyrics and melodious music, or any one of the two, for a number like this to be a hit with the audience. But it lacks heavily on both the fronts.

Koi Aap Sa, sung by Alka Yagnik and Sonu Nigam, ideally must have been the title track but perhaps it lacked the magnanimity to carry off the responsibility of being the title track and pull off the album all on its own.

Kabhi Na Sukoon Aaya also has two versions – according to the leaflet one is the sad version and to me, I was wondering, which one’s sadder one. Both versions sung by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik give practically nothing to talk about.

Now the remaining tracks are the so called fast numbers – so get ready to put your dancing shoes on…no? Don’t worry. You don’t need them, at least for this album.

Baandh Mere Pairon Mein again has two versions. And the other one is remixed. I wonder why these new breed Music Directors need a remixed version of literally every song in the album. The remixed version is sung by Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan and the other one is sung by Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan. The sound does remind me of the leftovers from Aashiq Banaya Aapne’s music sittings.

Aadat Ho Chuki is one track which somehow captures your attention before getting lost in the oblivion. Again, the remix phenomenon reigns here and we have two versions of the same song, sung by the same singers, Shaan and Sunidhi. The track, seems, don’t belong to this album.

The element of excitement is missing from this album. Previously, the music of Aitraaz and Aashiq Banaya Aapne had a quality of gripping the audience. The music grew with the time on audience and mesmerized them. It captured the mind space; where as Koi Aap Sa has nothing to its credits. A poor job done by the music director with poorer set of lyrics or should I say the minuscule effort to save the ship by a poor sailor with a poorer captain.
Altogether, this one is an average album and I would rate it 3 out of 10 on the scale. Don’t take the pain of buying it, don’t even borrow it from friends and you wont regret. You may see your Radio Jockey playing it once in a while.


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